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Desert Island DVDs
Topic by: Brockton
Posted: January 16, 2004 - 1:49 PM PST
Last Reply: January 21, 2004 - 1:16 PM PST

author topic: Desert Island DVDs
Brockton
post #1  on January 16, 2004 - 1:49 PM PST  
Here's the scenario: like that guy Tom Hanks played in Cast Away, tomorrow you will find yourself alone on an isolated island with no indication of when, if ever, you will be found and rescued. Instead of having the companionship of a volleyball, you will have a portable DVD player, and unlimited supply of batteries, and 10 DVDs. Only ten, mind you. Given your state of mind today, what would those 10 titles be?

Here's my list (which I'll probably want to change 5 minutes from now):

Vertigo
The Big Sleep
Rashomon
Pulp Fiction
Barton Fink
Being John Malkovich
Singin' in the Rain
The Godfather
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Sullivan's Travels

What does your list look like?
dpowers
post #2  on January 16, 2004 - 6:00 PM PST  
i will put in another list later but for now, for today's state of mind, i would take with me ten of the longest fun movies ever to fit on 10 DVDs.
hamano
post #3  on January 17, 2004 - 6:57 AM PST  
> On January 16, 2004 - 1:49 PM PST Brockton wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Only ten, mind you. Given your state of mind today, what would those 10 titles be?

Ten TITLES, OR ten DVDs? I would take any 10 titles that are multi-disc sets. I figure I'd need at least 5 discs to form the letter "S" and 8 discs to form the letter "O". That's 18 discs to spell out a reflective "SOS" sign. I wonder if there's any way to make a radio out of a DVD player? Maybe I can use the laser to signal airplanes at night, by bouncing the beam off a DVD...
Brockton
post #4  on January 17, 2004 - 8:15 AM PST  
Alright. Ten single titles. For the sake of argument, let's say that special features and the like are irrelevant to the question.
larbeck
post #5  on January 17, 2004 - 10:41 AM PST  
Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Rings (Extended Edition)
Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers (Extended Edition)
Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
(you ain't standing me until it is released!)
Ah! My Goddess!:The Movie
Cosmos
Sailor Moon R Movie:The Promise of the Rose
How the West Was Won (Led Zeppelin in Concert)
The Wall, Live from Berlin
Woodstock
.hack//SIGN

Yea, heavy on the special effects and heavy on the music. If you are gonna watch them over and over both help.
rmarkd
post #6  on January 17, 2004 - 8:56 PM PST  
What I'd say now in my comfy apt. is the following:
The Matrix
Mulholland Drive
Fight Club
Wages of Fear
Being John Malkovich
Goodfellas
Godfather
Grosse Pointe Blank
Donnie Darko
Dead Man (and I'm still not sure why I like it or even if I do!)

In reality, I'd probably get a bunch of porn...
-Mark


kachina
post #7  on January 18, 2004 - 5:22 PM PST  
Well I very much like Brockton's idea of "Singin' in the Rain!" I'd also definitely add "The Adventures of Prince Achmed." Throw in some Cocteau, some Bergman, some Orson Welles, some Hitchcock, some Jackie Chan, something with Johnny Depp, "La Salamandre" [since I can't find it otherwise!], and a surprise [what's the good of being on a desert island if you don't have a surprise??!]
underdog
post #8  on January 19, 2004 - 10:54 AM PST  
> On January 16, 2004 - 1:49 PM PST Brockton wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Here's the scenario: like that guy Tom Hanks played in Cast Away, tomorrow you will find yourself alone on an isolated island with no indication of when, if ever, you will be found and rescued. Instead of having the companionship of a volleyball, you will have a portable DVD player, and unlimited supply of batteries, and 10 DVDs. Only ten, mind you. Given your state of mind today, what would those 10 titles be?
>

I'll probably want to change mine every five minutes, too, or at least weekly, but off the top of my head, here are 10 DID's that would help while away the hours on the desert island:

1) How To Escape From Desert Islands When Stranded

2) Singin' in the Rain (me too! That film gives me so much pleasure every time I see it, and I'm not even a big musicals fan.)

3) Lord of the Rings -- the whole shebang, and no cries of cheating by calling that one movie :-P

4) Sullivan's Travels -- me too, again; one of my favorites, it almost gives me goosebumps the amount of humor and humanity that courses through it

5) Young Frankenstein

6) Raiders of the Lost Ark

7) Seven Samurai

8)
North by Northwest -- so many Hitchcocks to choose from, but this one is so epic, entertaining and wonderful I'd watch it over and over again

9) The Looney Tunes Collection box set -- sorry, I'm cheating and calling that a "title" -- need something to cheer me up while alone

(er, I'm avoiding putting porno on this public version of my DID list)

10) Annie Hall

11) Fellini, either 8 1/2 or Nights of Cabiria

12) Buster Keaton -- probably The General or Sherlock Jr
underdog
post #9  on January 19, 2004 - 10:55 AM PST  
PS: Yes, I cheated a bit with 2 extras -- but of course the first one is a joke, and the Looney Tunes one is sort of a bonus item that the judges may disqualify. ;-)

larbeck
post #10  on January 19, 2004 - 4:40 PM PST  
> On January 19, 2004 - 10:54 AM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> 3) Lord of the Rings -- the whole shebang, and no cries of cheating by calling that one movie :-P
>
Okay, but as long as it is not the Extended Editions! Mmm, I bet there will be a Giant Boxed Set of the Whole Shebang in a couple of years.
larbeck
post #11  on January 19, 2004 - 4:41 PM PST  
> On January 19, 2004 - 10:55 AM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> PS: Yes, I cheated a bit with 2 extras -- but of course the first one is a joke, and the Looney Tunes one is sort of a bonus item that the judges may disqualify. ;-)
>
oh, no - i have gotta to drop one of mine for the Looney Tunes....but only when the new version that includes "What's Opera, Doc?".

manfarang
post #12  on January 19, 2004 - 7:30 PM PST  
At the moment, my DIDVDs would be:

Beijing Bicycle

Cyclo

Farewell My Concubine

Good Morning

Happy Together

Hairspray

Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

Mildred Pierce

Tokyo Story

Waterboys (Adam Sandler is NOT is this one)
LStokes
post #13  on January 21, 2004 - 1:16 PM PST  
No messing around here...

My 10 desert island DVDs:
============================
Ossessione
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Reservoir Dogs
Double Indemnity
Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
Office Space
Touch of Evil
Mean Streets
Scarface
Foxy Brown

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