Typical Cronenberg film giving trademark Cronenberg feeling: original, intellectual, weird and mind-blowing. But soo slow and monotonous most of the time, but that's O.K. The film tells the self-destruction story of brilliant twins who grow up to be successful gynecologists Elliot and Beverly; the former is dominant, extrovert, controlled and ladies man; and the latter, more sensitive, shy and less sociable. The twins share virtually everything, from medical practices to women. But, the real story begins when a famous actress enters into twins life. After her, the equilibrium between the twins starts deteriorating, until both retreating into private disintegration and finally heading to own self-destruction.
I must say that the real treat of the film is Jeremy Irons, who delivers a standout performance in a dual role, succeeding to impersonate twins as substantially different people.
With its strong psychological elements, "Dead Ringers" is a kind of film that you will either love or hate, there is very little middle ground. Ideally suited for mature, patient, intelligent and attentive viewers. Just most Cronenberg films, it deserves a second viewing. The story is not that complicated with full of mysteries need to be untangled but there are lots of subtle details scattered throughout the movie that must be put together to see the whole picture clearer.
Last word about the product: Contrary to the movie, the DVD is just a "bare to bones" disc. Audio options and DVD transfer is poor, pictures are grainy, and of course it lacks any special features. What a shame... (3.8/5.0)