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Nicolas Cage Double Feature: Adaptation/Red Rock West [DVD]

  • SKU: 1633018
  • Release Date: 05/14/2013
  • Rating: R
$7.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • Red Rock West features: director's commentary
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Red Rock West
    John Dahl directed and co-wrote (along with his brother Rick Dahl) this quirky and energetic film noir that, after a well-received screening at the Toronto Film Festival, was consigned to oblivion before resurfacing on cable television. When the owner of a San Francisco movie theater, who was a big fan of the film, arranged for a theatrical release, the film clicked and toured the country as an art house hit. The film concerns eternal loser Michael (Nicolas Cage), down to his last five dollars and looking for work. He finds himself at a bar in the town of Red Rock. The bartender, Wayne (J.T. Walsh) eyes him suspiciously and asks him, "You must be Lyle, from Dallas." Michael, eager to earn some cash, agrees. It seems Wayne has a job for Michael, but what Michael doesn't realize until too late is that the job is to kill Wayne's wife for $10,000. Michael heads out to Wayne's farm with the cash to warn Wayne's wife, Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Suzanne responds by offering to double Michael's fee if he will kill her husband instead. Michael takes the money and tries to leave town, but when a thunderstorm comes up, he runs over a man who was trying to flag him down. The sheriff arrives on the scene to attend to matters -- who turns out to be Wayne. Wayne proceeds to drive Michael out of town for an execution, but Michael manages to elude him. Flagging down a driver on the road who is driving back into Red Rock, they return to the bar, where the driver offers to buy Michael a drink. As Michael accepts the offer of a drink, he realizes that he is drinking with the real "Lyle from Dallas" (Dennis Hopper) who is awaiting Wayne's return. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Adaptation
    The creative team behind Being John Malkovich -- director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman -- return with this equally offbeat comedy, in which Kaufman himself becomes the leading character. Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a gifted but profoundly neurotic screenwriter who, after the success of Being John Malkovich, has been hired to write a script adapted from the nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. But while Charlie is obsessive about his work, he's also intensely paranoid, given to deep depression, socially inept, and terrified of talking to women, qualities which are making it difficult to get on with his work or hold on to his tenuous relationship with girlfriend Amelia (Cara Seymour). Meanwhile, Charlie's identical twin brother, Donald Kaufman (also played by Cage), has shown up to move in with his brother. Emotionally, Donald is Charlie's polar opposite -- a loudmouthed, over-confident, superficial party animal who has an easy way with the ladies. Donald has decided to follow his brother's footsteps and take up screenwriting as well, but embracing the dictates of screenwriting tutor Robert McKee (Brian Cox), he's cranking out a cliché-ridden serial-killer thriller when not busy making time with new girlfriend Caroline (Maggie Gyllenhaal). As Donald blazes through his screenplay, Charlie slowly picks away at his story, in which author Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) chronicles John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a scruffy but devoted plant enthusiast who tries to save rare species of orchids by stealing them from their natural home in the swamps of Florida. As John and Susan become better acquainted, they find themselves attracted to one another; similarly, Charlie finds himself increasingly fascinated with Susan, and finds himself falling in love with her, even though he's only seen her photo on the dust jacket of her book. Charlie arranges to meet Susan, but is too nervous to confront her face to face, so he sends Donald (who has just scored a seven-figure deal for his script) in his place, while he attends a screenwriting seminar held by McKee. Adaptation also features Tilda Swinton, Judy Greer, and Stephen Tobolowsky. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Nicolas Cage
      Nicolas Cage - Michael
    • Dennis Hopper
      Dennis Hopper - Lyle
    • Lara Flynn Boyle
      Lara Flynn Boyle - Suzanne
    • J.T. Walsh
      J.T. Walsh - Wayne
    • Timothy Carhart
      Timothy Carhart - Deputy Greytack



    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Adaptation is strange; Red Rock West very good.

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      Suzanna23
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      The DVDS has two movies, both starring Nicholas Cage. "Adaptation" also stars Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. But they don't make the movie enjoyable. Cage plays twin brothers, mentally unbalanced. It's just not a fun movie, unless you like orchids. (I did learn useful things about growing orchids; I may even try it.). The other movie, Red Rock West, doesn't look like much from the label, but it actually has a good plot, and you really want to know what's gonna happen next! I recommend Red Rock West and, for the low price, it's worth buying.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two Of The Best Cage Flicks

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      MMcFly15
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      Even though Mr. Cage has struggled a bit recently with his film role choices, these two are part of his golden years. His duel roll in Adaptation is one for the ages but Red Rock West's gritty take on a mistaken hitman caper comes a great psychological thriller. Plus it's always fun to see Dennis Hopper when he's in a crazy character role.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good combo of movies.

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      bjhoneybear
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      I'm a fan of Cage and his earlier acting movies. This combo is a good set of movies for his fan following.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not as great as I was hoping for.

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      Mcgoogles
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      I usually like Nicholas cage, but wow, what a snooze fest. Not one of his good action packed movies.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved it

      Posted
      Earlavery
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      A pair of great movies.very enjoyable to watch,kept me glued to the television screen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Unique double feature

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      gilly
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      A unique double feature. Both films keep you very interested and wanting to see more.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome combo

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      Lunified
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      High brow AND low brow together? Definitely a great combo

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2 quality movies for the price

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      DonF
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      2 quality movies for the price, but have not seen yet.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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