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The Game

David Fincher

 
The Game (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1997
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
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  • Spine #627

The enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) receives a strange gift from his ne’er-do-well younger brother (Sean Penn) on his forty-eighth birthday: a voucher for a game that, if he agrees to play it, will change his life. Thus begins a trip down the rabbit hole that is puzzling, terrifying, and exhilarating for Nicholas and viewers alike. This multilayered, noirish descent into one man’s personal hell is also a surreal, metacinematic journey that, two years after the phenomenon Se7en, further demonstrated that director David Fincher was one of Hollywood’s true contemporary visionaries.

Cast

Nicholas Van OrtonMichael Douglas
ConradSean Penn
ChristineDeborah Kara Unger
Jim FeingoldJames Rebhorn
Samuel SutherlandPeter Donat
IlsaCarroll Baker
Anson BaerArmin Mueller-Stahl
ElizabethAnna Katarina

Credits

DirectorDavid Fincher
Written byJohn Brancato and Michael Ferris
Produced bySteve Golin and Ceán Chaffin
Director of photographyHarris Savides
Production designJeffrey Beecroft
EditorJames Haygood
Costume designerMichael Kaplan
Sound designRen Klyce
MusicHoward Shore
Executive producerJonathan Mostow
CoproducerJohn Brancato and Michael Ferris
CastingDon Phillips

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Harris Savides, with original theatrical 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround mix optimized for home theater viewing, supervised by sound designer Ren Klyce and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary by director David Fincher, Savides, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, digital animation supervisor Richard “Dr.” Baily, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug
  • An hour’s worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons for four of the film’s major set pieces, with commentary
  • Alternate ending
  • Trailer and teaser, with commentary
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Sterritt

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

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All in The Game

By David Sterritt September 25, 2012

No mere jigsaw movie, David Fincher’s thriller is also a nuanced character study, a satire of corporate culture, and a film about filmmaking. Read more »

Film Essays

The_game_essay_feature_current_thumbnail

All in The Game

By David Sterritt September 25, 2012

No mere jigsaw movie, David Fincher’s thriller is also a nuanced character study, a satire of corporate culture, and a film about filmmaking. Read more »


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