The Most Dangerous Game [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1932]

Ernest B. Schoedsack's influential 1932 thriller The Most Dangerous Game is presented here in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by film scholar Bruce Eder, who provides a great deal of insight as well as context for the film. This is yet another first-rate release by Criterion.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Synopsis

The Most Dangerous Game
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game was put together by producer Willis O'Brien and directors Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel in 1932. Leslie Banks stars as loony Russian count Zaroff, a renowned big-game hunter who tires of stalking animals and begins hunting down the "most dangerous game"-human beings. Luring unwary victims to his remote island, Zaroff wines and dines them, gives them a few hours' head start to run into the jungle, then hunts them down with rifle and bow and arrow. As his grisly trophy room demonstrates, Zaroff hasn't missed yet. Shipwreck survivors Joel McCrea and Fay Wray are Zaroff's latest quarry. "First the hunt, then the revels!" declares Zaroff, casting a lecherous eye towards the wide-eyed Ms. Wray. The original Connell story had no heroine, but who wants to watch Joel McCrea lose most of his clothing while scurrying through the jungle? The Most Dangerous Game was filmed on RKO's standing King Kong sets during a lull in the production of that classic film, utilizing most of the Kong personnel (actors Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente and Dutch Hendrian; producer O'Brien; director Schoedsack; composer Max Steiner). While the plot has been reshaped and recycled many times since 1932, RKO's only official remake of Most Dangerous Game was 1945's A Game of Death. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Joel McCrea
    Joel McCrea - Bob Rainsford
  • Fay Wray
    Fay Wray - Eve Trowbridge
  • Leslie Banks
    Leslie Banks - Count Zaroff
  • Robert Armstrong
    Robert Armstrong - Martin Trowbridge
  • Image coming soon
    Steve Clemente - Tartar Servant
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