Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

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Director: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Cast: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0037429137321
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:03:00
Sales rank:
29,609

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Bob Rainsford
Fay Wray Eve Trowbridge
Leslie Banks Count Zaroff
Donald Smith Martin Trowbridge
Steve Clemente Tartar Servant
Noble Johnson Ivan
William B. Davidson Captain
Dutch Hendrian Ships Crew
Hale Hamilton 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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The Most Dangerous Game 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
Clocking in at a mere 63 minutes, "The Most Dangerous Game" is certainly a watershed film of the cinema of the fantastic. Leslie Banks stars as the obsessed Count Zaroff, the mysterious denizen of a remote tropical island whose unfortunate visitors are set upon as the prey in a homicidal trophy hunt. Richard Connell's story has been adapted many times over the years (most interestingly in a low-budget chiller entitled "Bloodlust" featuring a young Robert {"The Brady Bunch"} Reed as one of the targets of the manhunt) but never with the grandeur of madness that Banks brings to the role; his Zaroff is a complex creation beyond the cardboard boundaries of most horror films of the era: narcissistic, proud, imbued with a perverse sense of honor, but completely homicidal and certainly sexually psychopathic. In many ways, his exotic turn is a bolder version of Colin Clive's mad scientist in the previous years's "Frankenstein", only in this case, Zaroff is his own man-made monstrosity. Joel McCrea is appropriately stalwart as the world-class big game hunter who just happens to shipwreck on the island and who Zaroff initially admires, (such coincidences are routine in horror films of the era, and perhaps are partly why this genre is identified as "fantastique") and Fay Wray screams with great authority. Interstingly, as well as Miss Wray, the lush settings were partly borrowed from the production of "King Kong" that the creative team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack were in the process of completing; the film also borrows "Kong" composer Max Steiner and cast members Robert Armstrong and Noble Johnson. But this is Banks' show all the way; a historically dynamic villain that this oft forgotten film presents as a worthy bastard sibling to other classic villains of the decade. (Laughton's Captain Bligh and Paul Muni's Tony Camonte come instantly to mind.)Criterion's disc is supplied with interesting liner notes and picture and sound of impressive quality for a film of this vintage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago