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Desert Island DVDs

I love making lists.  Sometimes, just for the sheer hell of it (sad, strange little man that I am).  

Like this one I made for my choice of DVDs I'd like to have with me in the event I ever got stranded on a desert island with plenty of food, shelter, a solar powered TV/DVD player and my own choice of three movies and one TV series to keep me entertained. 

Right away I decided to cheat and count Peter Jackson's excellent LoTR trilogy (special editions of course) as just one movie.

Then I chose Galaxy Quest because it's just so darn excellent.

Until recently, my last movie choice would have been Without A Clue, a brilliantly funny Sherlock Holmes spoof, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley,

but since I've seen it four times since Christmas, I think I have to go with the latest Star Trek movie

As for the TV show, it has to Joss Whedon's fabulous, fantastic Firefly.  If ever there was a perfect TV show, filled with great stories, clever dialogue and amazing characters, this is it.

 and yes, I'd find a way to sneak Serenity in there too.

How about you?

Which Desert Island DVDs would you choose?


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Aug. 21st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen the new Star Trek, but I could happily watch and rewatch LOTR, Galaxy Quest and Firefly, so I think I'd be pretty happy on your island. And really, Serenity is an extension of the TV show, so of course it should go along with Firefly.

There are days when LOTR and Galaxy Quest would be two of my three picks. Assuming it was NOT one of those days, I would choose:

1. Pride & Prejudice, the BBC Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version
2. You've Got Mail (I love me my romcoms.)
3. The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn

TV: Slings and Arrows, a Canadian TV show about a Shakespeare festival. So very much fun to watch (and re-watch).
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
You'd get along well with Senior Management, Kelly. She chose a fictitous 'Jane Austen Movie Collection' made up of her favorites (one of which is your choice of P&P and an equally fictitous Shop Around the Corner box set, featuring the James Stewart and Judy Garland versions, plus a bonus disc with the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan update :)
I still haven't seen the new Star Trek, - dotificus - Aug. 21st, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Desert Island DVDs--Two of my three movie choices match yours: LOTR and Galaxy Quest. My third, I think, would be the classic "Harvey."

And if I were choosing two non-LOTR/Galaxy Quest, one would be "Sense & Sensibility" with Emma Thompson & Alan Rickman, and the other would be the original "Italian Job" with Michael Caine.

TV series: "Fawlty Towers."

Documentary: "Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story."

Edited at 2010-08-21 03:59 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I love the ending of The Italian Job.

In fact, I used that last line, "Hang on a minute, lads. I've got a great idea." as a chapter ending in Fur-Face :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
That's a tough question but I think I will take with me
Dr. Zhivago, The Big Lebowski, and The Man from Snowy River
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting choices. Any thoughts on which TV show you'd take with you?
(no subject) - maryjdal - Aug. 21st, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 21st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
For edumactional purposes I would have to have the complete seasons of Gilligan's Island (so I would know all of the dumb things that wouldn't work), Survivor (to ensure I was fit to handle the competition), Lost (so I can be found), and that movie with Tom Hanks talking to Wilson (so I know the warning signs of losing it).
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Lol, good choices, Aaron :)
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Aug. 21st, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Cheating is allowed. After all, you're alone on the desert island, so who's going to check your DVD cases when you get there?

That's my excuse, anyway ;)
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I love and agree with each of your choices! If I had to add any it might be Buffy the Vampire Slayer for my TV choice. And maybe Raiders of the Lost Ark and yes, sigh..Pride and Prejudice.
Thanks for reminding me about "Without a Clue" I've got to add that to my Netflix list.
Have you seen the most recent Sherlock Holmes? I really enjoyed it :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, all our islands will be close enough to swim out to visit from time to time :)

I enjoyed the new Sherlock Holmes, but it's not a patch on Without a Clue in my book.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Various HBO series would be on my list, plus a bit of comedy. Plus Firefly, of course.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Firefly is so well written, it breaks my heart to watch it because I get halfway through and start getting upset that Fox cancelled it :(

Got a favorite episode?
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Aug. 21st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's a tough call. If I'd never seen Firefly I think I'd go for The Big Bang Theory.
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
OK, no one has mentioned the dichotomy— desert island and DVDs. Where is the electricity coming from on this desert island? You could go science fictional and make it "trip to Alpha Centauri and DVDs."

But assuming there is power and a functioning TV and DVD player, and I'm not merely staring at the box while replaying the movies in my head, I would go with:

1) LoTR partly because it's a 3-fer and partly because it's got everything— comedy, romance, action, and great scenery.

2) Some Like It Hot, because it is as funny as it gets and I'm going to need laughter if I'm stuck on a desert island.

3) Notting Hill, because every time I watch it, I like it more.

But Galaxy Quest, Bringing Up Baby, and Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth BBC version) are runners-up.
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
It's a solar powered TV/DVD player :P

Good choices, all. Hopefully everyone's islands are within swimming distance, so we might still get to see the movies which didn't quite make our own list :)
(no subject) - karen_w_newton - Aug. 21st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 21st, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
All excellent choices. :)

I would have chosen a show that went several seasons, though.
Aug. 21st, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hehe, something with the longevity of Days of our lives, but with a slightly more gripping set of charcaters and storylines :)
(no subject) - lizziebelle - Aug. 21st, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
I share your 'Without a Clue' love ;o)
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
It's one of those movies that gets better every time you watch it :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
With you on LOTR. I'd bring that and everything with Clint Eastwood in it.
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Did you ever see City Heat, with Clint and Burt Reynolds? Excellent movie :)
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Aug. 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Good (and brilliantly geeky) choice. I think the best part of Galaxy Quest is where they land in the middle of a Convention. Hilarious.
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love the bit where Alan Rickman practicaly vomits the words "By Grabthar's hammer...what a savings" :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Galaxy Quest! I haven't seen it since it was released and need to re-watch it soon.

but I don't think I'd take it to a desert island. Hmmm. . . . Using your excellent rules of cheating, I'd take the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for fun and Johnny, Rashomon for thinky fun and beauty, and Lawrence of Arabia.

For TV, I'd take Buffy.
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I loved the first Pirates movie, but the second left me cold and the third wondering why they bothered :(
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Dude, can I come live on your island?!?!?!!?!? You've practically named my list though I think I'd change Galaxy Quest for the Collin Firth Pride and Prejudice.
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Lol, We'll all build canoes and go a-visitin' :)
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