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Once Bitten (1985) / Vampire's Kiss (1989) (Totally Awesome 80s Double Feature) (1985)

Nicolas Cage , Maria Conchita Alonso , Howard Storm , Robert Bierman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Beals
  • Directors: Howard Storm, Robert Bierman
  • Writers: David Hines, Dimitri Villard, Jeffrey Hause, Jonathan Roberts, Joseph Minion
  • Producers: Adine Duron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once Bitten (1985) / Vampire's Kiss (1989) (Totally Awesome 80s Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Disc 1 Side A: ONCE BITTEN WS Disc 1 Side B: ONCE BITTEN P&S


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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic, and Cage's best performance September 8, 2002
This movie is a must-see for those who appreciate black comedy done well, and superbly acted.
Cage carries the entire movie on his shoulders, and it's one of the rare times you'll see someone do that comedically with 100% success. His portrayal of Peter Loew, one of the weirdest characters in movie history, is truly a tour-de-force. There's a scene near the end that knocks me out every time: he carries on a delusional conversation with a wall, hallucinating other people and their reactions. The scene uses surrealism perfectly. Reminds me somewhat of Lindsay Anderson's classic films, like "If..." or "O Lucky Man", in which bizarre surrealism would often be injected into otherwise normal scenes - and it always worked because there were never any clear explanations for it written into the script. Viewers have to figure it out for themselves. (Although, as DVD commentary often reveals, usually the directors have no idea what it means either!) That's why I like well-done allegories - they require thought. Anyway, the part where Cage talks to the wall is a masterpiece. It's sidesplittingly funny as he mumbles his crazy responses to his own ghosts, yet sad and frightful at the same time, considering he's just killed a person and has blood all over his face and clothes. It works equally as well as he thereafter walks down the streets of New York with a wooden stake in his hand, screaming at his nonexistent girlfriend, while real sidewalkers (not extras) walk by, not even paying attention this babbling, insane man who is in fact Nicholas Cage performing what was perhaps the best scene of his career! This, as well as many of his other scenes in the film (such as his crazed recitation of the alphabet), were Oscar material in my opinion. It just doesn't get any better than that.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal film August 22, 2005
By Eolake
I saw this first time in the movie theatre, and I got the feeling that most of the audience did not get it at all. After the film ended, one man said sarcastically: "I can't wait for the sequel!"

I think most people think it is comedy, due to Nick Cage's extreme acting. But... I don't think it really is. It is basically unclassifiable, and as such has a hard time in the market.

To me it was strange, and funny, and fascinating. I see it as a portrait of a man who is going mad. This is rare, and an extremely difficult thing to do, because we know so little about madness. And of course it is a very uncomfortable subject also.

Cage was just fantastic in this role.

Maria Alonso too, and so beautiful.

I recommend it, if you like to try different things.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Never Goes Away" January 26, 2005
This is probably one of the most hilarious and satirical black comedies I own. Even though it is from the late eighties, it's a timeless gem, and when I need a good laugh, it's there. Just like New Yorker character yuppie literary genius, Peter says, "It never goes away".
Mind you, this is not a vampire movie, but a satirical view on a lonely young man that has "everything" falling apart. It all begins when he's getting ready to go to work and cuts himself shaving, and somehow he distortedly begins to think sex vixen Jennifer Beals who's supposedly a vampire bit him. From that point on it's a steady downward spiral of peculiar and weird scenarios to come; his personality becomes more erratic and his actions unpredictable and bizarre to say the least. He begins showing up to work in a suit, but no socks, becomes photophobic, and begins picking on his Cuban secretary played by Maria Conchita Alonso.
One of my favorite scenes is when he is at the psychiatrist office and he is standing on the ledge of the high-rise window holding a wooden stick, and he tells her he's going to go out there and find real love. The infamous scene when he eats the cockroach is a little disturbing, but you know they paid him good money to do so, but that's a good one too. I don't want to give the movie away since you must see it.
At times while watching the movie, or at least the first time, you wonder what's real and what isn't, and it's a pit perturbing however at the end you can figure it out.
Vampire's kiss is a satire about psychosis, and as you see, it doesn't care if you have a prestigious job or if you're a genius.
Every time I see a N. Cage movie I think of Peter, because there has to be just a little bit of him in there somewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars satirical psychoanalysis August 30, 2007
By LizzieW
This movie is terribly misunderstood by those who have little understanding of the human psyche. Cage portrays a narcissist who desperately seeks love but equally fears it and cannot achieve it without disassociating from reality and creating a fantasy.
Although the movie is hilarious, it's equally disturbing as the viewer observes Cage's character developing from narcissist into psychopath and ultimately, a murderer. Apparently, he knows he has issues and attempts to desperately seek help from an egocentric psychiatrist.
Long and short; the movie is brilliant, Cage is brilliant and I must say it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. I'll never grow tired of watching it.
Definitely a movie for anyone who studies Psychology!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And you thought your boss was bad! August 25, 2006
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I tend to view Nicolas Cage's film career as split somewhat down the middle. There is 'interesting and edgy young Nicolas Cage' who turned in odd--if not downright weird--performances in minor films. Sometimes these performances worked against the grain of the film, however, they were always riveting. Then there is 'mainstream Nicolas Cage' who, after winning his Academy Award, tended to make safer choices as a leading man or a heroic figure. Cage's work has always been solid and intelligent, but his acting choices have lost much of their original maverick appeal.

Cage plays Peter Loew, an elitist and pretentious literary agent at a publishing house. Loew fancies himself a ladies' man, but in fact leads a rather cold and lonely life. Loew also speaks with a strange and completely contrived accent, which he feels will make him more interesting to people. Unfortunately, most people only find this annoying--virtually guaranteeing Loew's inability to connect with anyone in a meaningful way. One night, after picking up a beautiful woman (Jennifer Beals), Loew brings her home for what turns out to be a rather violent sexual encounter. When the woman delivers a savage bite to his neck, Loew becomes convinced that she is a vampire and that he will now become a vampire as well. Thus begins Loew's spiral into madness.

Alva (played to perfection by Maria Conchita Alonso) is Loew's beleaguered and bullied secretary, who finds herself becoming the focus of Loew's escalating and alarmingly inappropriate behavior. He rages at her over the smallest error, verbally abusing her as no other boss has ever abused his secretary. He chases her down the hall, even following her into the ladies' bathroom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was way funny though, reminds me a lot of Jim
Cage is a psycho in this one. It was way funny though, reminds me a lot of Jim Carrey
Published 16 days ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars I miss 80s movies.
Everything cam in good condition. Jim Carey was actually very cute when he was young. Loved this whole movie! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tivvums
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't say?
Vampire's Kiss is one the best dark comedies of the 80's. Also, listen to the commentary.
Published 2 months ago by Justin Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Jackson Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars nicolas uncaged
i was weaned on the 80s, and naturally gravitated to quirky films; yet i never saw - nor even heard about - this one (part o' that oversight was no doubt due at least partially to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by hunter s burroughs
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movies
I got this double feature to see Nicholas Cage have some of those memorable, insane moments that i've seen everywhere on the internet. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Wilkolak
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Vampire's Kiss has the commentary track.
You're here because you want to buy Vampire's Kiss, but the original DVD has gone out of print. This double feature has the widescreen version of the movie on one side, and the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Moviefan
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire's Kiss is one of the craziest, most entertaining films I've...
This is what happens when you let Cage run wild. Pure perfection. One of the greatest comedic performances of all-time, just not sure if it was intentional. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BRIAN D'AMICO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
It is one of the best 80's movies out there.
Watched it when I was a kid now my kids love it!!
Published 5 months ago by BLM
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I totally enjoyed these two films.One of Nick Cages best performances, funny,sad and scary. intresting takes on the vampire genre
Published 5 months ago by deverill weekes
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