DVD Double Feature Challenge

by HELEN GEIB

Recently Nir and I have had fun with “DVD of the Week” posts where we proposed double features from our personal DVD collections. The themes for our fantasy double bills ranged from competing visions of the city of the future to old-fashioned melodramas about fathers and sons.

Now it’s your turn to play! Leave a comment with three double features from your DVD collection.

Of course, Blu-rays count too, and if you still have some VHS tapes lying around they’re also fair game. The themes are up to you.

For reference, my list:

The Matrix / The Thirteenth Floor
Steamboat Bill Jr. / Project A Part II
East of Eden / Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

…and Nir’s list:

The Bad Sleep Well / Hamlet
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Shutter Island
Metropolis (1927) / Metropolis (2001)

…and the full posts where we explain what we were thinking are here and here.

15 responses to “DVD Double Feature Challenge

  1. I was going to write up a post for this but I suppose that I’ll just mention it here:

    Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” (1973) and Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” (1994). :O)

  2. I can’t narrow it down to three pairings, but here we go:

    Labyrinth (1986)/MirrorMask (2005)–Girl leaves home, enters fantasy land, returns home. If you like, substitute in The Wiz (1978).

    Dead Again (1991)/Memento (2000)–Consequences of memory loss. Substitute Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Ed Wood (1994)/Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)–Gender-bending artist struggles to be understood and searches for a very understanding other half.

    De-Lovely (2004)/Across the Universe (2007)–Notable songs from a composer/band are used to tell a protagonist’s story.

    Last, as you know, Helen, I chose this month’s cult movie night for film group, and they are in all of their glory… ;)

    Night of the Living Dead (1968)/Shaun of the Dead (2004)–The theme here is, well, braaaaaiiiiinnnns…

  3. Shaun of the Dead is a good comedy but I find that it fails to remain funny after the first viewing. George Romero’s “Diary of the Dead” (2007), which is basically a retread of “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) is another really good movie, except it takes place in our contemporary society. It’s gory and still remains a social commentary above all other things, utilizing the internet and “everyone can be a filmmaker” age very well. :O)

  4. Great poster!

    I watched Sanshiro Sugata (Kurasawa) with Throwdown (Jonnie To’s homage/remake). A fun time travel pair would be Returner (Japanese save the world from aliens) and Time After Time,( HG Wells saves our world from Jack the Ripper). Two takes on movie making with Mamet’s State and Main and The Stunt Man, Peter O’Toole as The Director.

    • Richard Winters

      Wow! Miriam. I don’t know too many people who have seen ‘The Stunt Man’ let alone heard of it. It is an interesting movie. I liked Barbara Hershey and the underappreciated Steve Railsback who is probably best know for playing Charles Manson in the excellent TV-Movie ‘Helter Skelter’

  5. I under the impression that The Stunt Man was a famous film. Maybe I was wrong.

    Sanshiro Sugata (Judo Saga) 1 and 2 are terrific as are Throwdown and Returner. :O)

  6. @Miriam: Excellent choices. I’d never thought of pairing “The Stunt Man” with “State and Main” but once you say it it’s so obvious!

    And re “The Stunt Man”, I’ll split the difference and say it’s a cult favorite.

  7. I love a good Double Feature! Hard to narrow it down to three, but I think I’d go with:

    THE SHINING/SHUTTER ISLAND – two visually mesmerizing about men slowly loosing their sanity (from two of the greatest directors in the history of cinema).

    LIFE OF BRIAN/A SERIOUS MAN – two films about men whose entire lives are being ruined by a merciless unseen God

    CITIZEN KANE/NETWORK/THE SOCIAL NETWORK – three films about the media, all of which remain scarily relevant even today

    • I particularly like your pairing of “Citizen Kane” and “The Social Network”- both also fictionalized biopics with wunderkind protagonists.

      You’re the second person to say it was tough to narrow it down to three. I thought the “challenge” would be less daunting if I put a number on it, but it looks like I inadvertently made it harder instead!

  8. First up for me is a Paul Walker double feature – The Fast and the Furious and Running Scared, the latter of which features an amazing performance by Vera Farmiga in a role that defies description.

    Second is my Bill Murray supporting role double feature of Wild Things and Rushmore. Wild Things is way more entertaining than it has any right to be, and it’s in no small part due to Murray’s comedic sensibility, which perfectly balances out the unrelentingly lurid and tawdry nature of the film.

    Lastly, I’ll take Out of Sight and The Limey, two tremendously stylish Soderbergh movies from the late 90’s, with especially superb editing and great performances from the likes of Terence Stamp and Jennifer Lopez.

  9. Out of Sight and The Limey are amazing films. Geoff, great pairings!

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