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on June 15, 2001
Shipwrecked McRae washed ashore on the island of Banks' Count Zaroff, a deranged sportsman with a flair for tracking humans. Guess who becomes the mad count's next target. Oft-told tale is compellingly related in this, the first of many using Richard Connell's famous short story. If deja vu sets in, don't worry. This production uses most of the scenery, staff, and cast from its studio cousin, "King Kong." Remade in 1945 as "A Game of Death" and in 1956 as "Run for the Sun." The Criterion Collection is a Must have.
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on September 4, 2007
this is an old movie(1932).it's about an insane count who lives in a
castle on an island.every once in a while,a ship wreck occurs on the
island(not accidentally)and the count invites the survivors in,treating
them as guests at first.then,he drops the bombshell.he is the hunter
and they are the hunted.he hunts the people for sport,usually killing
them.i thought the movie dragged a bit in spots,but not enough to quit
watching.Leslie Banks plays the count,and he is definitely creepy,but
at times i think he over exaggerated the creepiness.Faye Wray is in the
movie as a female prisoner.she definitely knows how to scream,but i
also think she overdid it at times.after a while,i found it somewhat
annoying.the music is by Max Steiner and i thought it was very
effective.it elevated the tension,in my opinion.the movie is
co-directed by Ernest B.Schoedsack(who directed "King
Kong"(1933)).Merian C.Cooper("King Kong")is an associate producer on
the film and David O.Selznick(also from "King Kong")is the executive
producer.if you liked the 1933 version of "Kink Kong",you will probably
like this movie.many of the same sets are utilized in this movie.it has
the same look and feel to it.liked King Kong a bit better than this
movie,maybe because of the spectacle.you might also like "Surviving the
Game" and "Hard Target",both of which are contemporary versions(though
"Surviving the Game" is more similar)of"The Most Dangerous Game".for
me,"The Most dangerous Game"is a strong 3/5
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on January 25, 2004
The Alpha DVD of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME gets 5 stars from this commentator. The price is nearly impossible to pass up, even with a merely acceptable transfer of the film. But what Alpha offers here is superb image and sound quality. The way this 70 year-old film looks on this disc is nothing short of astounding. The blacks are deep and rich, and the image has a silvery, film-like luster. Speckles and scratches are few and far between. This is the kind of quality we may expect from Criterion, who also has this title on DVD, with a comentary track. If you can live without the commentary, go with the Alpha. It's hard to imagine that Criterion, or anyone, could improve on this film transfer.
Other comments here can provide backgound on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. It's an amazingly exciting, beautifully shot and scored masterpiece of adventure. The acting is mostly pretty hammy, but that only adds to the enjoyment. Was Irving Pichel a great director? Who knew?
A great addition to any DVD collection.
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on March 17, 2003
Still the best screen adaptation of one of the great short stories of all time. The theme of Richard Connell's masterpiece has been used countless times, from "Woman Hunt" to "Slavegirls from Beyond Infinity." The movie was made on the set of "King Kong," and Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Noble Johnson were in both. Total running time may be short, but it's still longer than it takes to read the story.
In the original, the only characters on the island are Zaroff, his servant, and the shipwrecked Rainsford. Naturally, though, Hollywood needed romance, so Fay Wray, no stranger to playing a damsel in distress, makes a fine heroine. Robert Armstrong, on the other hand, grossly overplays the part of the drunken American boor. But overall, it's a good, enjoyable picture.
By the way, the original story is politically incorrect from every angle and could not possibly be faithfully adapted to the screen today. (Zaroff expounds on how easy it is to hunt men of certain races.) And some otherwise intelligent people insist that "dangerous game" in the title refers to the game Zaroff plays of hunting humans. But it obviously means that, for the hunter, the most dangerous game to stalk is man.
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on October 7, 1999
...but then again it was made 67 years ago. Widescreen wasn't invented there ain't much your missing. One thing though. It's a good movie and way ahead of it's time (even if it's only 62 minutes long) and I was pleasantly surprised. It's the first ever movie in which humans are hunted for sport. I reccomend you buy it. Seriously...it's cool
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on November 7, 2015
By today's standards, it's pretty cheezy, but it's still the "best" interpretation of a great short story. My students love to compare it to the story and we have good discussions about what makes movies popular. They always complained about the grainy black and white so now we have a colour version.
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on October 1, 1999
Richard Connell's tale of a man who is shipwrecked on a deserted island unaware that it is ruled by a fanatical "big game" hunter. Tense, sometimes unrelentless action film is a must-have for any classic movie collector. Banks performance is terrifying.
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on February 1, 2013
Excellent sur toute la ligne. Produit de première qualité et expédié rapidement !
Exactement comme promis et selon la réputation du fournisseur.
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on May 30, 2000
Apparently a favorite of the never-captured Zodiac Killer, who wore a costume based on the hunter's outfit in this film.
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on February 10, 2016
bon service avec version colorisée je n'ai pas encore eu l'occasion de le visionner
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