David Fincher

The Game

The Game

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

The Game
Cast
Michael Douglas
Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn
Conrad
Deborah Kara Unger
Christine
James Rebhorn
Jim Feingold
Peter Donat
Samuel Sutherland
Carroll Baker
Ilsa
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Anson Baer
Anna Katarina
Elizabeth
Credits
Director
David Fincher
Written by
John Brancato
Written by
Michael Ferris
Produced by
Steve Golin
Produced by
Ceán Chaffin
Director of photography
Harris Savides
Production design
Jeffrey Beecroft
Editor
James Haygood
Costume designer
Michael Kaplan
Sound design
Ren Klyce
Music
Howard Shore
Executive producer
Jonathan Mostow
Coproducer
John Brancato
Coproducer
Michael Ferris
Casting
Don Phillips

From The Current

All in The Game
All in The Game

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

By David Sterritt

On Film / Essays — Sep 25, 2012
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