The Game

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David Fincher's mind-bending thriller The Game comes to DVD with a somewhat disappointing set of features, including standard and widescreen formats, Dolby Digital Surround and 5.1 Audio, cast and crew filmographies, and Spanish subtitles. Though a deluxe disc is rumored to be in the works, fans of The Game may not be able to wait for a more fleshed-out version of the disc. Despite the minimal supplementary material, the film's challenging, labyrinthine plot and gripping performances by Sean Penn and Michael ...
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Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat March 31, 1998 DVD New in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 128 mins. Aspect ratio: ... 2.35: 1/1.33: 1. Originally released: 1997. sealed. Read more Show Less

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David Fincher's mind-bending thriller The Game comes to DVD with a somewhat disappointing set of features, including standard and widescreen formats, Dolby Digital Surround and 5.1 Audio, cast and crew filmographies, and Spanish subtitles. Though a deluxe disc is rumored to be in the works, fans of The Game may not be able to wait for a more fleshed-out version of the disc. Despite the minimal supplementary material, the film's challenging, labyrinthine plot and gripping performances by Sean Penn and Michael Douglas make owning it on DVD worthwhile.
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Special Features

Standard or widescreen versions; Interactive menus; Biographies of filmmakers and cast; English, French, or Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Another superb thriller from the writing team behind The Net (1995) and director David Fincher, who once again turns even the most static, mundane sequences into visually arresting blitzkriegs of sound, motion, and composition. Michael Douglas is his typically solid self as a privileged, powerful white man whose old boy network entitlements are stripped away, a role he's played before and is starting to buff to a well-oiled sheen. He gets able supporting work from Sean Penn, who really only has two scenes in which he can shine, and Deborah Kara Unger as the under-realized love interest who, to be fair, really can't be better delineated without spoiling the surprise ending. The complex script folds in on itself in satisfying fashion, with a few glaring questions lingering (the result of a third act fall off a skyscraper begs some further explanation), but not to such a degree that the film is spoiled. Where the film achieves "underrated classic" status, however, is in Fincher's relentlessly interesting direction. He seems to combine the drive of Oliver Stone with the class and flair of Alfred Hitchcock, all funneled through the sensibilities of MTV and Generation X. Fincher has the artistic chops to be one of the top shooters alive, but he has the good grace and wisdom to let his script be his guide. The Game (1997) is, just like the film that would follow it, 1999's Fight Club, a superior genre film that deserves more respect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • UPC: 044004783521
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn Conrad
Deborah Kara Unger Christine
James Rebhorn Jim Feingold
Peter Donat Samuel Sutherland
Carroll Baker Ilsa
Anna Katarina Elizabeth
Armin Mueller-Stahl Anson Baer
Tommy Flanagan
Harrison Young
Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
John Brancato Co-producer, Screenwriter
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Camera Operator
Michael Ferris Co-producer, Screenwriter
Steve Golin Producer
James Haygood Editor
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan S. Kaye Set Decoration/Design
Ren Klyce Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Mostow Executive Producer
Don Phillips Casting
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Harris Savides Cinematographer
Howard Shore Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 - Widescreen
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:09]
2. Happy Birthday [:18]
3. Memories [1:46]
4. Initial Contact CRS [6:34]
5. Let the Game Begin [4:13]
6. The Briefcase [7:10]
7. Accidents Happen [9:54]
8. Mysterious Woman [6:30]
9. Housekeeping [1:59]
10. Frustration [4:23]
11. It's a Game [2:52]
12. Panic [7:05]
13. Endless Pursuit [:15]
14. Escape [5:15]
15. Buried in Mexico [2:12]
16. Help From a Friend [3:31]
17. Make the Connection [3:09]
18. Happy Birthday Nicky [4:42]
19. Closing Credits [2:14]
Side #2
0. Chapters
1. Opening Logos [:09]
2. Happy Birthday [:18]
3. Memories [1:46]
4. Initial Contact CRS [6:34]
5. Let the Game Begin [4:13]
6. The Briefcase [7:10]
7. Accidents Happen [9:54]
8. Mysterious Woman [6:30]
9. Housekeeping [1:59]
10. Frustration [4:23]
11. It's a Game [2:52]
12. Panic [7:05]
13. Endless Pursuit [:15]
14. Escape [5:15]
15. Buried in Mexico [2:12]
16. Help From a Friend [3:31]
17. Make the Connection [3:09]
18. Happy Birthday Nicky [4:42]
19. Closing Credits [2:14]
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Menu

Side #1 - Widescreen
   Play
   Language Selection
      English
      French Dubbed
      Spanish Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Theatrical Teaser
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Michael Douglas
            Biography
               Filmography
         Sean Penn
            Biography
               Filmography
         Deborah Kara Unger
            Biography
               Filmography
         David Fincher
            Biography
               Filmography
Side #2
   Play
   Language Selection
      English
      French Dubbed
      Spanish Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Theatrical Teaser
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Michael Douglas
            Biography
               Filmography
         Sean Penn
            Biography
               Filmography
         Deborah Kara Unger
            Biography
               Filmography
         David Fincher
            Biography
               Filmography
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Simply one of the worst films I have ever seen, I'm sad to say.

    Simply one of the worst films I have ever seen, I'm sad to say. I really wanted to like it because I LOVE Fincher's 90s films, but this just aggravated me to no end. I'm shocked, to be honest, that it got a Criterion release.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie I have ever seen...

    This is the best movie I have ever seen... It will keep you awake for the whole time and you can't guess what's gonna happen next. Highly recommended!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Goes Around Comes Around...

    Do un to others, what others would want to be done to u.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like games, you'll like this.

    The Game features a great cast lead by Michael Douglas in which movie watchers are led through a mind-twisting, suspenseful, incredibly fun movie ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ultimate game

    When you add a successful, smart, Handsome, educated man A.K.A Michael Douglas in one of his TM roles, a game given to him by a sibling, infuriating events, and one helluva hot chick, you get The Game. David Fincher's amazing suspense thriller that keeps you guessing from the first end of the movie to the end. Which begs the question: Are we all in a game? ---Joe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Compelling, Mysterious, and Altogether Wonderful

    This has been my fav movie since the first time I saw it. The surprise ending makes such a great twist on the plot that it will make your head spin. Also, majorly mysterious and head turning. This is easily one of the greatest movies of all time. Definately worth seeing.

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