Category Archives: Versus Machine – A Comparison of Great Things

The Versus Machine takes on two works of art, one source material and one adaptation, and processes it through to discover the differences and similarities of the two. Whether those differences are good or bad is up to you!

The Giver – (The 1993 Book) VERSUS The Giver (The 2014 Movie)



What would happen if you woke up one day and everything you believed in was a lie? What if everything you were taught about the world around you, how to behave, what to feel, how to think…turned out to be wrong? With just a few bits of information, your existence goes from a utopia to … Continue reading The Giver – (The 1993 Book) VERSUS The Giver (The 2014 Movie)


Little Shop of Horrors – (The Musical) VERSUS Little Shop of Horrors – (The Movie Musical)



They’ve both got a green plant, they’ve both got vibrant characters, but just what ARE the differences between Little Shop of Horrors when we compare – The Musical (1982) VERSUS Little Shop of Horrors The Movie Musical (1986)? Versus Machine podcasters Joseph Burge and Ryan Stephens put both entries squarely into the Machine and hit … Continue reading Little Shop of Horrors – (The Musical) VERSUS Little Shop of Horrors – (The Movie Musical)


Resident Evil (The Video Game) VERSUS Resident Evil (The 2002 Movie)



Originally conceived as inspiration from Capcom’s classic Sweet Home, Resident Evil has since taken the world by storm. Through theme park exhibits, video games, comic strips, movies, and everything else, it has become a staple in this world of zombie phenomenon. And there is no better example of the way a zombie should be than … Continue reading Resident Evil (The Video Game) VERSUS Resident Evil (The 2002 Movie)


The Fault In Our Stars – (The Book) VERSUS The Fault In Our Stars – (The 2014 Movie)



The book was a sensation – the movie? A BLOCKBUSTER. Teen angst isn’t just a magnetic property, it is the gravity well for a movie that takes cancer, high school hormones, and nationwide audiences to a level of excitement and awareness that hasn’t really yet been harnessed. Enjoy our very special look at The Fault … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars – (The Book) VERSUS The Fault In Our Stars – (The 2014 Movie)


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – (The Book) VERSUS The Adventures of Huck Finn – (The 1993 Movie)



Children have a very different environment surrounding them now compared to the time period of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, of this we’re certain. But what liberties were taken with the classic Mark Twain tale, “The Adventures of Huck Finn” as it was translated to a major 1993 Disney motion picture? We take it all … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – (The Book) VERSUS The Adventures of Huck Finn – (The 1993 Movie)


The Hobbit (The Book) VERSUS The Hobbit (The 1977 Animated Movie)



A fantasy book is a way to make us see something we had never previously imagined. New worlds, new rules, and new magic permeate in a way that leaves us breathless a great deal of the time. And in terms of fantasy, none are more revered than the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. Through a decisive … Continue reading The Hobbit (The Book) VERSUS The Hobbit (The 1977 Animated Movie)


A Christmas Carol (The Book) VERSUS A Christmas Carol (The 1999 Patrick Stewart Version)



It’s another holiday-dipped in holiday spirit, courtesy of The Versus Machine! We put Christmas inside the crosshairs of this episode with the true, festive emotional roller coaster ride of “A Christmas Carol!” We put two greats into opposing ends of the Versus Machine and let them go! In this corner, note Charles Dicken’s A Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Carol (The Book) VERSUS A Christmas Carol (The 1999 Patrick Stewart Version)


Skipping Christmas – (The 2001 Book) VERSUS Christmas With The Kranks – (The 2004 Movie)



The Versus Machine takes aim at a modern holiday “classic” just for YOU! We’re in for a pulse-pounding, suspense thrill ride with John Grisham (yep, THAT John Grisham) and his yuletide comedy novel going up against the film adaptation starring Tim Allen (yep, THAT Tim Allen)! The book has been pulled off the shelf and … Continue reading Skipping Christmas – (The 2001 Book) VERSUS Christmas With The Kranks – (The 2004 Movie)


The Adventures of Oliver Twist (The Book) VERSUS Oliver! (The 1968 Musical)



We’ve just finished a weekend where full plates, even fuller hearts, and shopping sprees galore score the tastes on our pallets. But what about those that don’t have. Just about everyone’s familiar with the story of “Oliver Twist” – a take that dialogues the lives of orphans, the forgotten and those that don’t have. But … Continue reading The Adventures of Oliver Twist (The Book) VERSUS Oliver! (The 1968 Musical)


Of Mice and Men – (The Book) VERSUS Of Mice and Men – (The 1992 Movie)



The American Dream is by far the most wonderful and enlightening ideal of our world. An idea born from nothing more than a dedication to ourselves, it is one that has more incarnations than almost any in our world. The idea that one person can be born from nothing and make something meaningful and important … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – (The Book) VERSUS Of Mice and Men – (The 1992 Movie)