Via Vision’s Imprint prides itself on unearthing award-winning gems of their day to which we rarely turn our collective minds. As with Save the Tiger for Jack Lemmon, Imprint’s excavation has presented Ellen Burstyn’s Oscar-nominated turn in 1980’s Resurrection with a chance to once again shine.

As you might guess, the premise involves Burstyn’s Edna returning from the dead shortly after seeming to die in a car accident that also kills her boyfriend. Left with limited mobility, Edna soon discovers she can heal people with touch and concentration, including herself. What’s most interesting is the ambiguity of the cause for Edna’s powers, offering a nice meditation on how this might play out were it to happen in real life. Sadly, and despite Burstyn’s best efforts as a crucial central anchor, that plot comes off the rails by the end and squanders any inherent promise. Still, it’s a lovely looking and feeling film, the kind that really wouldn’t get made today.

Per normal, Imprint has packed the film with extras — of particularly note, a new interview with Burstyn herself, as well as an audio commentary from film historian Lee Gambin and a new video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger. Imprint’s usual high standard for subtitling is met, and it’s all packaged very nicely with a great 1080p image from a new 2K scan. It’s a nice trend I’m happy to see on older titles. Those who enjoy this era of film might enjoy Resurrection, even if it doesn’t reach its full potential.