DVD of the Week – Three Double Features

by HELEN GEIB

Choose-your-own double features are all the rage on the movie blogosphere right now. In the spirit of the moment, for this week’s DVD recommendation I offer you three themed double features from my home library:

The Matrix and The Thirteenth Floor (both 1999)

Did you know the world is really a computer simulation? The Matrix famously introduced American multiplex audiences to Hong Kong-style fight choreography and wirework, while the noirish The Thirteenth Floor looked back to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) and Project A Part II (1987)

Buster Keaton is one of Jackie Chan’s most important cinematic influences. Compare and contrast the acrobatics and precision timing of The Great Stone Face and the kung fu clown with a double feature of Steamboat Bill Jr. and Project A Part II.

East of Eden (1955) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Father-son melodrama par excellence. Presumably everyone still recognizes James Dean, even if his films aren’t much seen these days. The Indian gentleman is Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. The father in East of Eden is played by Raymond Massey, the father in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (trans. “Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness”) by Bollywood superstar-legend Amitabh Bachchan.

New releases this week: Rio, Soul Surfer

4 responses to “DVD of the Week – Three Double Features

  1. Hello Helen —
    Great job on the movie reviews. I did lose your contact information after law school and so please do send me a message if you think of it.

    — Ned Milenkovich

  2. This post is a nice touch.

    And speaking of Buster Keaton, I’ve recently purchsased the 3-disc DVD set of the Buster Keaton shrots, all 19 of them courtesy of Kno International. The video quality is astounding and the shorts themselves are, well… Jackie Chan made movies because of Buster. Personally, Buster is one of the greatest directors of all time. :O)

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