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Dead Ringers (2005)

Jeremy Irons , Genevieve Bujold , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider
  • Producers: David Cronenberg, Marc Boyman
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009298N4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Ringers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Cast/filmmaker interviews and filmographies
  • Dead Ringers Psychological Profiler (menu-based quiz)
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Claire Niveau is in love with Beverly. Or does she love Elliot? It's uncertain because brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle are identical twins sharing the same medical practice, apartment and women - including unsuspecting Claire. In portrayals that won the New York Film Critics Best Actor Award, Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists whose emotional dependency collapses into mind games, madness and murder. Genevieve Bujold, the Los Angeles Film Critics Best Supporting Actress choice,? is Claire. And David Cronenberg (The Fly) won Los Angeles Film Critics Best Director honors for melding split-screen techniques, body doubles and Irons? uncanny acting into an eerie, fact-based tale ?unnerving but also enthralling? (Desson Howe, The Washington Post).

DVD Features:Audio Commentary:by Jeremy IronsFeaturette:Behind the Scenes FeaturetteInterviews:Cast/Filmmaker Interviews and FilmographiesOther:Dead Ringers Psychological ProfilerTheatrical Trailer:

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Minds Think Alike April 11, 2007
After creating the viscerally charged and bewildering Videodrome, Cronenberg took on a few projects with a bit more mainstream appeal: The Dead Zone, The Fly, and this film: Dead Ringers.

It's not just a clever title (in fact, the movie was going to be called "Twins" until one of Cronenberg's old producers, Ivan Reitman, asked if he could use the title for a movie he was working on with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito). The movie stars -- and stars again -- Jeremy Irons as twin gynecologists, Beverly and Elliot Mantle. Although they are physically identical, their personalities take divergent paths as they grow older. Elliot grows into a confident womanizer, a sponge for the spotlight. Beverly withdraws into books, confident in little else other than his research.

They have a good thing going. Elliot woos the women and whisks them off of their feet, and when he tires of them, he hands them off to his bro Bev. The ladies are, apparantly, none the wiser. None, that is, until they try the stunt on Claire Niveau. Claire is a melodramatic and needy type, who has a steady addiction to pills, but she's also a pretty popular actress -- a student of human actions -- and the difference between the two men's faces are easier to hide from her than the differences between their hearts. It doesn't help matters, of course, that Beverly falls in love with her.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The Mantle brothers, Beverly and Elliot, are more than just identical twins. They're like two aspects of one person's internal character turned into two separate external realities. They're both brilliant gynecologists specializing in infertility problems with women and have spent their whole lives living as if they were one individual. They live in the same flat, work at the same clinic and share the same unsuspecting women until Beverly falls in love and no longer wants to share. This emotional break initiates an evaluation of the self, ultimately calling into question the very nature of the brothers symbiotic relations. Can they survive without each other? Jeremy Irons does more than just clone himself in this role, but engenders the brothers Mantle with two distinctive characterizations that are convincing and compelling. Based on an actual case.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but a great film! September 28, 1999
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This is my favorite David Cronenberg film. It also features an amazing performance by Jeremy Irons (I instantly became a Jeremy Irons fan and have since seen all his movies). Jeremy Irons plays twin brothers who are physically separate but emotionally and mentally attached. Jeremy Irons performance(s) is(are) so flawless that the viewer forgets that one actor is portraying both characters. The film is based on a true story of twin gynecologists in Toronto (home to me!!), which makes it more interesting. The plot is twisted and Cronenberg is as usual unconventional (with the exception of "M Butterfly" which is a so so film). Watch out for the scene when both brothers are in bed with their love interest. The ending will stick with you for a long time. I saw the film 5 years ago, and I still remember the horrifying ending as if I'd just seen the movie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique, disturbing, haunting and great October 7, 2003
When I first saw "Dead Ringers", I was about twelve years old. All I can say about that first viewing is that it really gave me shivers...years later (five days ago), I got the Criterion DVD by mail, which I ordered from Ebay. I watched it and was really disturbed. Then, I listened to the audio commentary by the director, David Cronenberg, which also directed pretty great films such as "Crash", "Naked Lunch", and "eXistenZ". The commentary itself is worth the DVD's price (even though it can be hard to find because it is out of print). It really helps understanding Cronenberg's vision of every scene, and believe me, he brings many nuances and psychological details, even though Jeremy Irons' acting is awesome and really eloquent and meaningful.
The film is about two twins, Elliott and Beverly (both played by the fantastic Jeremy Irons) who are gynecologists and discover that some women suffer from mutations in their uterus. Besides their work, these two twins are pretty much the same least, on the outside (they live in the same apartment, they have the same job, they even share the same women!)...on the inside, it's different, and that's what we discover when the disturbing mind of Beverly unfolds before our eyes and hearts.
Cronenberg is ambitious. Like he said, most of the films that feature twins are comedies or thrillers in which one of the twins is good and fights his evil brother. He takes a very different approach and focuses on the complexes and psychological flaws that having a twin could create. Personally, if I had a twin and saw this film, it would completely change my life. This film goes deep.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It is NOT scary
Movie kept my attention the whole time about what happens next but nothing interesting ever happens... except for a few tit scenes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Happy r/c
5.0 out of 5 stars It Is A Dead Ringer
I saw the movies many years ago,and I loved it, Could never find the video in a store at that time, so when I saw it on Amazon and at a GREAT Price. Well, what can I say? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna Gerhard
4.0 out of 5 stars Irons is stronger than some of the writing
Parts of this could have been better if the writing had been stronger. What saves the day is the dual performance by Jeremy Irons as twin gynecologists who trick a mutant woman... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie thriller and Jeremy Irons fans must see!!!
This is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Jeremy Irons does a phenomenal job acting in this thriller...caveat...not for the weak-stomached. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joe Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Creeeeepy!
.No one knows how to make creepier movies than David Chronenberg. This film has left me with indelibly unsettling images that I will never forget. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ike Snopes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant character study on identical twins!
Firstly, this is definately not your 'fast-food' hollywood flick, but one of those rare films that keeps you thinking even after the end credits. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ankur Mukherjee
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
Published 15 months ago by Cloe' Picou
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete
I saw this movie when it first came out.....and was DISAPPOINTED that it did NOT follow the book....which was ghastly and almost stomach-turning. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. R. Joseph
1.0 out of 5 stars Brand new but with flaws?
Shipping was no problem. DVD was shrink wrapped, an indication that it was brand new.
However, when played it kept freezing up at certain spots of the movie... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bryan J. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars intense psychological drama
Superb acting by Jeremy Irons and Genevieve Bujold. Well directed disturbing subject matter. This movie is over twenty years old and goes much deeper than current films along the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert J. Remillard
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