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Ultimate DVDs for Parties? 84

Adore333 asks: "I'm hosting a party on new year's eve and was thinking of playing some DVDs in the background (party music over the original soundtrack). I've chosen Trinity and Beyond and Microcosmos as the movies. Even though its likely a bit too late for New Year's Eve, I'd like to hear what media other Slashdot readers would suggest. The films should have great emphasis on visual expression and it would be nice if they were enjoyable as movies as well (like Trinity and Microcosmos). So, what's your ultimate party DVD?"
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Ultimate DVDs for Parties?

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  • Porn (Score:4, Funny)

    by Idealius ( 688975 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:14PM (#7850747) Journal
    Conquest with Jenna Jameson.
    • Re:Porn (Score:1, Troll)

      by slaker ( 53818 )
      I think she did better work in "Blue Movie".

      Her new stuff with Justin Sterling is just... not very good.

      If you're going for acceptable background fucking I think the Tera Patrick "Island Fever" movies are OK. Good photography, decent music (for porn) and it's all straight M/F sex.

      If you're going to actually WATCH a movie, I'd say something funny. Simon Wolfe's Naughty Bedtime Stories or Ron Jeremy's or kitschier work.
  • Duh! (Score:2, Funny)

    by floamy ( 608691 )
    Don't mod me down, but we just had a party here with mostly guys and we went with Girls Gone Wild. Also some action movie with lots of explosions always works.
    • Simply put, he's a geek, and you're not. You don't belong to Slashdot. Get out.
    • --How... Tasteless.

      --Honestly, I *really* don't see the big deal about GGW. Strictly low-class operation, the execs even got into some legal trouble a while back (possibly underage "models" in the shoots, I don't recall.)
      • --BTW, here are some links:

        "For Francis, this legal trouble is in addition to the 22 counts of racketeering, drugs and other illegal activities he has been charged with in Panama City, Florida.5 If convicted, he faces a possible 30 years in prison. Police raided a condo rented by Mantra this past April and seized 175 hours of footage from spring break parties. Parents have complained that their underage daughters were told to say they were over 18 on camera, and prosecutors say the footage contains alleged
        • ...All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
  • Derek Jarman's In the Shadow of the Sun is absolutely great.
  • The Qatsi Trilogy (Score:3, Informative)

    by eak_the_freak ( 689526 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:23PM (#7850793)
    Evidently, any of the Qatsi trilogy [] films are beyond comparison as background visuals.
    • I think Naqoyqatsi isn't on the same level as the first two. It's not Glass's best work, for one thing, and those movies are as much Glass as Reggio. Koyaanisqatsi is best for the score but Powaqqatsi is probably better visually.

      For the uninitiated too lazy to click on a link, the "Qatsi" movies are a visual tour of man's effect on Earth. If you're watching it from the corner of your eye, you'll miss a lot of the impact of the films.
      • It's a matter of taste. Personally, I feel the Powaqqatsi score is more mature than Koyannisqatsi. In particular, I appreciate the development of the "Anthem" throughout the course of the film, and how its complexity grows with the technologies shown.
    • wow, you know you're among g33ks when you are the last to make this suggestion. not only that but there is a whole separate discussion on this.

      I've been geeked. or out-geeked or sumtin.

  • There's a film called koyannisquatsi (koy-on-ees-cot-see), otherwise titled "life out of balance" which is a good film to show in the background, with or without the original soundtrack. it's the first in a trilogy. the latest one , nagoyquatsi (sp?) is available at most blockbusters.
    other than that, im a big fan of invader zim, it syncs up to music really well.
  • Baraka (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Malfourmed ( 633699 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:32PM (#7850822) Homepage
    Baraka []
  • the wizard of oz (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Mr.Coffee ( 168480 ) * <Mr.Coffee@newyor ... om minus painter> on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:35PM (#7850838) Homepage
    I'm sure you've all heard of this,but if you obtain a copy of the wizard of oz, and a copy of dark side of the moon, and start the album with the lion's roar on the mgm logo, the movie and album sync up perfectly. slighty, ot, but i have done this at parties to rave reviews. does anybody know of any other interesting combinations?
  • by dTaylorSingletary ( 448723 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:36PM (#7850840) Homepage
    For DVDs with music:

    Talking Heads Stop Making Sense []

    DJ Q-Bert Wave Twisters []

    For movies in general, dvd or not.

    #1 all-time best party movie:
    Pippi in the South Seas [] (no foolin!)

    Voltron [] (goes with any music)

    Kiss Meets the Phantom [] - Need I say more?

    And then, calm it all down with Bjork's Volumen.
    • o Talking Heads ROCKS

      o Pippi Longstocking - haven't seen the movie but I LOVED the book when I was a kid

      o +1 Voltron reference -- I used to watch the show growing up, and actually made (from scratch) a text-based game on a TI-99/4A 'way back in the day where you could type "FORM BLAZING SWORD" - it was an interactive adventure. Man I wish I still had the source code for that... Lost to time I guess, it was stored on cassette tape.

      --Dude, that 1 post alone was almost enough to put you on my Friends list
  • by szyzyg ( 7313 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:39PM (#7850848)
    This is a fantastic live CD, and it has a second angle which is basically trippy visuals to go along with the music - they look perfectly good with any decent uptempo music. Not so geeky though.

    Being a DJ I'm working on making a Demo video to complement my usual demo CD's - early days yet - maybe I'll have something one day....
    • Jim Steinman, whowas the [only] talent behind MEATLOAF did the music for STREETS OF FIRE [in DVD now with better quality sound than the LP, CD, OR the orig Theater Dolby ] did an album entitled BAD FOR GOOD [lyrics--"you think that I'll be bad foor just a little while, but I know that I'll be bad for good!" and " There's nuthin' wrong with goin' nowhere, baby, but we should be goin' nowhere FAST!" just as a sample]which I regard as [read the qualifications to follow before concluding that I'm the worst he
  • AniMusic (Score:3, Interesting)

    by arrow ( 9545 ) <mike.damm@com> on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:44PM (#7850877) Homepage Journal
    AniMusic []. Not much of a plot, but it will impress the hell out of your party goers.
  • demo dvd (Score:4, Insightful)

    by termos ( 634980 ) on Wednesday December 31, 2003 @11:55PM (#7850916) Homepage
    Definitly the demo dvd (mindcandy) [].

    It features PC demos from 1993 to today. For definition of what a demo is check here []
  • wavetwisters [] the movie.

    bang the machine [] (officialsite [] missing?) (fileplanet trailer [])

    random fun from jlist [] (anime and art films and more)

    random fun from giant robot []

    Koyaanisqatsi (1983) []

    Fantasia (1940) []

    Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) []

    • by slaker ( 53818 )
      Why not Fantasia 2000, especially if you've got a HT setup that does DTS?
      "The Firebird" (the last piece in the movie) makes a fantastic demonstration of what a home theater setup can do.

      The recent remake of "Solaris" is cool, too. The production design and cinematography on that movie is breathtaking, and the Cliff Martinez score is remarkable. The movie itself is so low-key that it's very easy to step away from; there just isn't that much to see besides the cool visuals (and George Clooney's ass, if you'r
      • If all you have are geeks: Monty Python. It must be said. Holy Grail, Life of Brian, whatever. A roomfull of fans and the fun is in watching with the sound off, to see who remembers the most lines.

        This works even without geeks. Each line you remember is one drink, and if you can do the whole scene, you down your glass.

  • I would have recommend a perennial favourite, The Matrix, but the sequels ruined it. Sigh :(
  • 1- This article was also posted here weeks ago (ok, we all know /. loves dupes)

    2- The article is posted 1h45 minutes before midnight, when no shop is open, and too late for online delivery.
  • Akira
    The Wall (Pink Floyd)
    Stop-mo tion films like A Nightmare Before Christmas
    Ultimate Fighting or Kickboxing

    Also, really really dumb action or cheesy old sci-fi movies are ideal for this situation, because you don't have to listen to the crappy dialogue.
  • It's a bit too late now, but oh well....

    I would suggest NIN: And all that could have been [] concert video, as NIN rocks and they use some interesting visuals.

    Also, the Rolling Stones Four Flicks DVD is good, though it doesn't have as many songs as one would expect from 4 DVDs(There are repeats on the discs, from different performances).
  • Have you heard of this one? Its called Scene It? [] It seems like it might be fun. I haven't tried it, but one of my friends was looking for it as a Christmas gift and it was sold out everywhere.
  • Classic (Score:2, Informative)

    by Oopsz ( 127422 )
    Pink Floyd's The Wall
  • Equillibrium (Score:2, Interesting)

    by JonnyRo88 ( 639703 )
    Have you seen equillibrium? That movie has some great action shots while sticking to a very relevant plot about the prices people are willing to pay to make society work, and the consequences of those decisions.

    This movie has something called gunkata, which is sort of a martial arts around guns. You'll like it, trust me. This is the first movie since the first Matrix (not sure which came out first) to spark my interest to that level. Terminator 3 was nice, but having watched Matrix and Equillibrium it
    • --Equilibrium was a great, underrated movie. Recommended for everyone who liked the original Matrix.

      --Sean Bean's almost-cameo performance was a pleasant surprise after seeing him as the villain in Goldeneye, and then as Boromir in LOTR. Nothing wrong with his previous work, but it was a definite departure from his "usual" characters.
    • I've seen the movie, and while I'm not a martial artist, I used to do a bit.

      Kata are used in the martial arts to build reflexes. The only practical point I could ever discern about them beyond that was that in a sparring match (or fight, if you're so-minded), you'll have it well-ingrained in your mind particular collections of patterns of attack, countermoves etc. I mean, they'll be in your muscle-memory, you won't have to think about it, just react. The downside of course being that if you're slow or

      • I agree, it is a tiny bit silly. But it is definately enjoyable to watch. I think this is why they spent so little time explaining gunkata, because they knew that the viewer was going to have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. It was not all that hard to do, as the movie had several other strengths in plot and overall meaning. Especially good for those that liked Orwell's 1984 or A.H.'s "Brave New World"
        • Oh I agree, it's a great movie, very good acting all around and a neat premise.

          I've heard it dismissed as a an "Orwellian knock-off", but really, it is as original as it will get, Orwell got his ideas from somewhere didn't he?. If you haven't read 1984 or Brave New World, you'd probably walk out thinking that the movie is sheer genius, despite the cheezy gun kata and big-boss ending :-)

  • by doublebackslash ( 702979 ) <> on Thursday January 01, 2004 @04:43AM (#7851710)
    I threw a party for my roomates birthday. Loads of fun and liquor. Had my server spin tunes from a playlist, etc. Some people were looing at my movies, somehow Finding Nemo was picked.
    Now, I think that this is the trick, I could be wrong, but I turned on the subtitles so that we could read the movie when we couldn't hear it.
    By the time Dorry and Marlin were with the sharks I had 20+ drunks sitting still, quitetly watching Finding Nemo!!!! Weirdest thing I EVER saw.
    Anecdote asside, turn on closed captioning, more will watch, cause they can read what they can't hear. Unless its just porn, then just turn it up. Either way ;)
  • Strongbad! (Score:4, Funny)

    by breon.halling ( 235909 ) on Thursday January 01, 2004 @04:56AM (#7851735)

    I recommend the collected works of Strongbad. [] I've converted most of 'em to MPGs > VCD (they're SFWs initially). Fun for the whole family!

  • the way things go (Score:2, Informative)

    by oskillator ( 670034 )
    This is mostly good for engineer types, but this is slashdot...

    The Way Things Go [] is a half hour recording of the performance of a rube goldberg machine. All sorts of physical and chemical reactions happening in a row. You may have seen the Honda "Cog" advertisement [] that ripped it off.

    If you have the right mindset, it's riveting from beginning to end.

    • Re:the way things go (Score:3, Interesting)

      by skotte ( 262100 )
      oh! I've seen this! it was in a sort of collection, so we really had no idea what it was or how long it would last. if you arent expecting it, the thing you notice most is how incredibly fFunny it is. it goes on and on and on .... seemingly without end or purpose, smashing things, breaking things, burning things -- damned impressive, i can tell you.

      it's a tiny tiny bit repetitious in a couple places, due to the choice of plastic bags and tiny a number of times. and, at the risk of destroying the illus
  • Great movie, very "trippy" to be blunt. Yet be warned, if you are not the artsy type, I am afraid you might fully enjoy the movie. The entire picture is actually an allagory to the USSR's occupation of Czechoslovakia in the 1960's. I promise you will not be disappointed [].
  • How about Mystery Science Theater 3000 here []

    Your guests could either listen to the dialogue or the background images of cheesy sci-fi movies would set the 'geek' tone for your party...

  • It depends on your tastes, but the Grateful Dead Movie is good for visual stimulation. Keep in mind that it was originally released in the mid-70's, though don't let that stop you. It can be pretty trippy to watch, especially during the opening scenes.

    GD Movie [] *disclaimer: yes, I'm a deadhead.
  • I'm partial to the Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" time synced with The Wizard of Oz video. I believe it's called "Dark Side of the Rainbow".

    It's pretty wild how the audio matches the video.

    I guess it really depends on what drugs will be present at your party...

  • The Story of Riki []! Gore, gore, gore! And funny!

    Remember back when Kilborn hosted the Daily Show, and every time he interviewed somebody he'd play that clip of the dude getting his head smashed and it looking like a watermelon being hit with a baseball bat? It comes from this movie!

    Try it out sometime. Good stuff.
  • Porn for the insane (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    For grown-up parties, try to track down "The Operation," a porn flick filmed in IR (so you only see body heat) on an operating table in one of those medical ampitheater things. It's pretty insane.
  • The ANIMUSIC [] DVD is incredible.
  • I used to work at a bar that played music, and also played videos on monitors around the bar. They had problems with customers wanting to listen to the soundtrack of the movie instead of the DJ's music. The solution they came up with: play silent movies, so those who wanted to could still follow the movie. My bar played Charlie Chaplin films, but for a party situation I think "Metropolis" would be a good choice, if just for the interesting imagery and cinematography.
  • ( Ichi the Killer )

    Blood, gore, and sadistic violence, sets a very different mood if you can laugh about that sort of thing. (I guess it depends on your company.. ;)

  • I was DJ'ing at two different parties here on New Year's Day (from about 3am to 6am and around 10am to 1pm at the next). In both cases they were showing hardcore porn continuously on the various video screens around the place.

    Could just be an indication of the types of parties I spin at, but it sure seemed to help people get into the swing of things.... :)
  • ZARDOZ is great, i swear one of the actors looks like Paul McCarthy, not that I care but he does. THIS QUIET EARTH is another one, great ending.THE FITH ELEMENT isnt to bad, good effects a little too much bruce hollywood.Hot babe if you like the skiny ones.
  • ...I had very good luck at my house playing the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One, surprisingly. Also just letting Adult Swim's NYE party run produced some chuckles.
  • Donnie Darko - you won't regret it...

    • While this is seriously my favourite movie, I don't think it would be a good movie @ parties, as most wouldnt even understand a good part of it without intently watching it, with sound.

      And back to the smurfettes....:D
  • How about Alice []? It is a strange adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. I haven't seen it in years, but I remember it being pretty bizarre to look at.
  • Spartacus. I watched it at a party a little while ago. There's also a Rage Against the Machine concert DVD out as well.
  • Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness? The holy trilogy is perfect for all occasions.

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