Dario Argento's The Card Player

Dario Argento's The Card Player


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Dario Argento's The Card Player

A serial killer with a knack for video poker and a taste for blood taunts a determined policewoman in director Dario Argento's attempt to bring the traditional giallo into the digital age. Detective Anna Mari (Stefania Rocca) is sitting at her desk when a message from an anonymous online gambler bearing the moniker "The Card Player" invites her to join a game of video poker. When the game screen loads, Mari is horrified to learn that the stakes of the game are higher than she ever could have imagined, as an unidentified female in an over-pixilated web-cam window screams for her life. Though the chief initially refuses to take part in the killer's horrifying game, the death of the innocent victim leads Mari to seek more unconventional means of tracking the murderous gambler. As the killer continues to taunt police, British policeman John Brennan (Liam Cunningham) is brought in to help solve the case. When the killer ups the ante by kidnapping the police chief's daughter, it's only a matter of time before the killer and Mari herself are locked in a pulse-pounding, life-or-death game in which anyone could hold the winning hand.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
UPC: 0013131287790
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Playing With Death (interview with director Dario Argento); Maestro of Fear (interview with composer Claudio Simonetti); Audio commentary with author Alan Jones; Theatrical trailer; Behind-the-scenes footage; 8 page booklet; Electric press kit; Dario Argento bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Cunningham John Brennan
Adalberto Maria Merli Actor
Stefania Rocca Anna Mari
Claudio Santamaria Carlo Sturni
Fiore Argento Lucia
Vera Gemma Actor
Silvio Muccino Remo
Mario Opinato Inspector Morgani

Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marina Pinzuti Ansolini Production Designer
Claudio Argento Producer
Patrizia Chericoni Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurizio Di Coste Sound/Sound Designer
Benoit Debie Cinematographer
Florence Emir Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Fasano Editor
Franco Ferrini Screenwriter
Antonello Geleng Production Designer
Tomasso Quatrini Sound/Sound Designer
Claudio Simonetti Score Composer
Sergio Stivaletti Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Happy Birthday (Main Titles) [4:12]
2. The Game Begins [4:58]
3. First Victim [6:23]
4. Rematch [7:28]
4. Forensic Evidence [5:08]
6. Hunter and Prey [6:59]
7. Card Shark [5:58]
8. Third Game [6:02]
9. Intruder [9:11]
10. Still Alive [3:46]
11. High Stakes [7:35]
12. Deadly Bait [4:52]
13. Race Against Time [6:35]
14. Missing [8:01]
15. Death Match [3:16]
16. End Credits [10:26]

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