The Most Dangerous Game

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Commentary by film historian Bruce Eder; Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This classic horror film stars Leslie Banks in a tour-de-force of pure evil as the sadistic Count Zaroff, who waylays shipwrecked boats on his foggy island then unleashes his vicious dogs and hunts humans in the jungles for sport. Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray are among the prey and would be reunited the following year for co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack's wonderful King Kong, while the other co-director, Irving Pichel, would go on to act in Dracula's Daughter. The timeless adventure story has been copied many times, decades later by John Woo in Hard Target (1995), but few of the remakes compare to the somewhat tatty but effective original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • UPC: 037429137321
  • Original Release: 1932
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,637

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Bob Rainsford
Fay Wray Eve Trowbridge
Leslie Banks Count Zaroff
Robert Armstrong Martin Trowbridge
Steve Clemente Tartar Servant
Noble Johnson Ivan
William B. Davidson Captain
Hale Hamilton Ships Crew
Dutch Hendrian Ships Crew
Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Ernest B. Schoedsack Director, Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Richard Connell Original Story
Merian C. Cooper Producer
James Ashmore Creelman Screenwriter
Henry W. Gerrard Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
David O. Selznick Executive Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening credits [1:36]
2. "The lights are a bit off" [3:03]
3. The tiger's place [1:45]
4. Shipwreck and sharks [2:20]
5. The island [1:23]
6. Zaroff's fortress [4:20]
7. Victims of circumstance [2:47]
8. New sensation [3:44]
9. The most dangerous game [2:23]
10. ."..and then the woman" [6:01]
11. Zaroff's trophy room [4:07]
12. "I always bring them here..." [6:02]
13. Scouting the island [2:14]
14. Setting traps [3:31]
15. A man trap [3:00]
16. The chase/The log bridge [4:35]
17. Understanding the game [1:47]
18. Rainsford at the waterfall [2:08]
19. The hunt ends [5:34]
20. End Credits [:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Logos/Opening credits
   Commentary
      Play Commentary
      Commentary Index
         Introduction
         The Bit Players
         Budget And Script Cuts
         The Shipwreck
         Visual Effects
         Noble Johnson/Leslie Banks
         The Fortress Decor
         Robert Armstrong
         Pathology/Censorship
         Joel McCrea
         Cuts In The Movie
         Cooper And Schoedsack
         The Partnership
         Schoedsack's Career
         The Chase/The Jungle
         Later Schoedback's Films
         Steiner And Sound Effects
         Rainsford's Transformation
         Finale
   Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Correction

    In the above summary, Willis O'Brien is listed as the producer of the 1932 Most Dangerous Game. I'm pretty sure Merian C. Cooper was the producer. Willis O'Brien did the animation and special effects for King Kong. Fans of King Kong will enjoy seeing some of the same sets used in King Kong including the swamp and the log across the ravine. Like Kong, this movie is fast paced. Leslie Banks gives an excellent performance as Count Zaroff.

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