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The Game [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1997]

  • SKU: 6699817
  • Release Date: 09/25/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (225 out of 230)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary by Director David Fincher, Savides, actor Michael Douglas, Screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, Digital Animation Supervisor Richard "Dr." Baily, Production Designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Haug
    • An hour's worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons for four of the film's major set pieces, with Commentary
    • Alternate Ending
    • Trailer and Teaser, with Commentary
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt

    Synopsis


    The Game
    Director David Fincher followed the success of his dark and atmospheric crime thriller Seven (1995) with another exercise in stylish film noir, this time lifting the pallid atmosphere a notch to indulge in a fast-paced trip through the cinematic funhouse. Michael Douglas plays Nicholas Van Orton, a Scrooge-like San Francisco investment banker following in his father's Scrooge-like footsteps. On Nicholas's 48th birthday (the age at which his father committed suicide), his younger, free-spirited brother Conrad (Sean Penn) blows into town and gives Nicholas a special gift for "the man who has everything" -- a ticket to CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that constructs games custom-fit for each participant to provide, as CRS salesman Jim Feingold (James Rebhorn) cryptically puts it, "whatever is lacking." Nicholas's secure life begins a downhill slide as CRS masterminds a series of elaborate pranks, harmless at first, that quickly become malicious and life-threatening. Stripped of financial resources and convinced that he can trust no one, Nicholas begins to wonder if CRS is a front for a more covert operation, and if the game is in fact an attempt to steal his fortune and leave him for dead. Determined to fight back alone, Nicholas infiltrates CRS in order to "pull back the curtain and meet the wizard." ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Michael Douglas
      Michael Douglas - Nicholas Van Orton
    • Sean Penn
      Sean Penn - Conrad
    • Deborah Kara Unger
      Deborah Kara Unger - Christine
    • James Rebhorn
      James Rebhorn - Jim Feingold
    • Peter Donat
      Peter Donat - Samuel Sutherland



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 230 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great packaging but very disappointed with the xtr

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      CLARK0288
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      The packaging is great and that's why I purchase it in the first place. I love the movie the game and it's one of David Fincher's best movies. However I was very disappointed in the fact that I couldn't get a store pick up and paid for shipping when the store actually physically sold it before the street day. I got an exchange even because the digital copy wouldn't work and the second copy wouldn't work either I'm about to return it for the third time to see if I can get a code but if not I might have to forego this purchase all together because I want both the digital copy and the physical item self. Other than that great design and very cool artwork

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Interesting Well Acted Film

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      BahamaJoe
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      I am a fan of nearly all David Fincher's movies for their interesting plot twists and sometimes edgy neo noir themes. The Game has the interesting plot twists and excellent acting especially from the supporting cast which really makes this a good and engaging film. It is a bit more Hollywood and a little less edgy for my taste though than his great films like Seven, and Zodiac and not quite as exciting as his Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.The movie picked up steam when it got to the game itself and perhaps would have been better if some of the character development part in the beginning had been shorter. Anyway, this remains a good film from one of the best directors in the business and therefore this blu deserves to be part of any Fincher fans collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THE MOVIE IS TOO REAL IT WAS DIFFICULT

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      Cornerhorn
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      I could see this happening to anyone. The movie is old but timeless, the plot makes my heart beat hard, maybe my bp was going up, I even wanted to turn it off, was hard to endure the pain and feeling all that empathy was so difficult to take. I can only dream they can make movies this good again. wow. THIS MOVIE IS JUST FANTASTIC. YOU CAN SEE MORE REVIEWS AT IMDB. I JUST WISH EBAY SELLERS WOULD NOT BUY ALL THE STEELBOOKS AND THEN SCALP THEM ON EBAY THIS MUST END. PUT A LIMIT SAY 2 PER CUSTOMER ON PURCHASES OF STEELBOOKS. SHIP THEM IN BOXES NOT BUBBLE WRAP AS THEY ARE ALWAYS DENTED AND DAMAGED.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Thriller, David Fincher At His Best

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      AppleUser32
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      Before there was Gone Girl, there was The Game. David Fincher once again creates a slick, well-paced, thriller which keeps you guessing throughout. Michael Douglas plays Nicholas Van Orton, a wealthy man who has money, power and success but is not completely happy with how his life has turned out. Sean Penn is cast as his little brother who decides to sign Nicholas up for "The Game" as a birthday present for the guy who has everything. Little does Nicholas know that this game will turn out to be the surprise of his life. I would highly recommend this psychological, well-crafted thriller to all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Douglas' Best Work - Period

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      LetterJ

      This movie was the first DVD I purchased, way back when my brother and I first got out Play Station 2, one Christmas. Michael Douglas and Sean Penn are both phenomenal in this "over-the-edge of your seat" thriller. Directed by David Fincher, who brought us "Fight Club" - the visuals and cinematography are both top notch, and helps keep the feeling of complete paranoia always at a max level. The gut renching suspence never stops, and goes all the way to the end of the film. Hands down, one of the best surprise endings ... ever. Glad to see it was released on HD DVD. My old copy does not want to agree with my new player.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorites

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      KevinV
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      When I first watched this movie, I felt like I had stumbled onto a secret that I wanted to let everyone in on. I wanted to make sure everyone I knew watched this. Probably as close to a "perfect" movie as you will see. All the twists and turns you could want in a movie. Douglas at the top of his game (he does play the wealthy man with such ease). Penn does a masterful job and the criminally underrated Deborah Kara Unger is superb. If you haven't seen this movie, you are doing yourself a disservice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's no Criterion - but the price is less

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      LightTrinity
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      I really want the Criterion version of this movie as released on Blu ray, however, I'm also "cheap", waiting for used copies to drop below $15 shipped. In the meantime, I'm happy to upgrade my DVD version of this movie to this Blu ray edition - it may be lacking in special features, but for me for now that's OK. David Fincher's vision for his movies is again clearly seen and felt in this one. I always find Michael Douglas easily watchable in all his films, especially this one, seems like a role tailor-fit just for him.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another David Fincher's great!!!

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      INRI1989
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      Stellar cast with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, this is another great film by David Fincher. There is a Criterion blu-ray release for this film which comes with substantial amount of extras, while this blu-ray release is just bare bones with the feature film without any special features. Video and audio quality are great. If special features isn't worth your consideration, then this version for around $6-7 is the best way to go rather than getting the Criterion for $25+.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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