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5.0 out of 5 stars Man is the prey
What if hunting for sport was taken to its extreme?

That's the chilling premise of "The Most Dangerous Game," an adaptation of Richard Connell's story about a madman who hunts other men for sport. It's a taut, tightly-written movie with some wonderfully shocking moments, and a sense of suspense that doesn't let up until the final seconds.

A ship is...
Published on Nov. 23 2006 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars insane count hunts humans on his island
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...
Published on Sept. 4 2007 by falcon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent DVD, July 28 2000
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Jesmat (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
There has been some debate by previous reviewers of 'The Most Dangerous Game' about the quality of the digital transfer on to DVD. My own view is that the picture quality is outstanding. You do occasionally catch sight of objects shimmering, but the effect is negliable. What really hits you is the incredible sharpness and clarity of the print. This isn't limited to the picture either - the sound quality is equally as impressive. For a movie 70 years old you simply could not hope for better. The only extra feature is a very good commentary by Bruce Eder, whose knowledge of 'The Most Dangerous Game' seems limitless. This guy really knows his stuff and what's more, he delivers it in a very relaxed and friendly manner. The film itself is an action packed 63 minutes that is enlivened by a luscious Fay Wray with great support from Leslie Banks and Joel McCrea. The relatively short running time actually helps maintain a high level of suspense and interest - it feels like an 80 minute movie but with all the boring stuff cut out! To label 'The Most Dangerous Game' as a classic is an exaggeration. It is still a well-made, exciting movie that has stood the test of time exceptionally well. The film itself deserves 4 stars, but the great picture quality, sound and commentary make this DVD worthy of a 5 star rating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What's with all the digital artifacts?, June 20 2000
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frankenberry (Los Angeles, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
This is a very fun (and somewhat campy) thriller with lots of impressive sets (later used in King Kong).....so why is the Criterion DVD littered with so many compression artifacts? There is so much shifting going on in the image (pieces of the background are always moving, castle doors shift as the arch stays still, trees and hills jitter back and forth whereas the rest of the image is stable)--- for a company so widely revered for "restoring" films, it is a shame that Criterion is using substandard digital mastering for some of their DVDs. Their laserdisc of this title did not have all this artifacting. Yes, the image itself is sharp and clean and looks better than the old public domain videos, but that just makes it even more frustrating that the mastering is so haphazard. It's hard to admire the sets and design when they're moving all over the place like a mosaic painting. I would have given this movie a 4 star rating...the DVD brings it down to a 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, May 30 2000
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Daniel B. Waldman "Film Guru" (Kensington, Maryland USA) - See all my reviews
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Still exciting 67 years after it was first made, this is the movie where Fay Wray first showed off just how good she is at screaming. Certain campy elements aside, there are several moments which are surprising to find in a movie this old -- heads floating in jars for example. Bruce Eder's commentary plays up the serial killing element of this movie, drawing repeated comparison to Silence of the Lambs. But for me his insanity is an excuse for the hero, Bob Rainsford, to feel genuine sympathy for the animals he himself had hunted. Highly recommended, and less expensive than most other Criterion disks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Department of Morbid Details, May 30 2000
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Milo Miles "doctornork" (Cambridge, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars CULT FAVOURITE, May 17 2000
This grim and morose film has strong undertones of sadism and toward the end, brutality. The most dangerous game is man. This genuinely frightening film has Banks cast as a mad Russian Count who lives on strange little island and literally waits for ships to wreck on the dangerous reef along his sinister domain.....I'll not give anymore of the plot away except to say originally, there were to be scenes of decapitated heads which were later thought to be too upsetting to viewers. The atmosphere of the film is really creepy: both the black evil-looking castle and primeval forests on the island are terrific. The dark theme of this movie would be repeated in countless films and radio shows to say nothing of television.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (and Underappreciated) 1930's Era Horror Movie, Jan. 15 2000
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Joseph Hudson (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
Most film viewers are familar with the great horror movies of the early 1930's: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, King Kong, etc. This title belongs in this group! The Most Dangerous Game has a great cast (Joel McCrea as big game hunter Sanger Rainsford; Fay Wray as the beautiful Eve; and Leslie Banks as the sinister General Zaroff); compelling plot (General Zaroff hunts humans on his private island); energetic pacing (the movie runs approximately 62 minutes); high production values (many exterior scenes were filmed from same set as King Kong); and a memorable music score (Max Steiner). What is so amazing about this movie is that all of the above elements came together in a movie that was shot in about 30 days with a limited budget.
The Criterion print of The Most Dangerous Game is excellent - the best print I have ever seen of the movie. Most of the prints available previously on inexpensive videotapes are very poor. In addition, the critic commentary by film historian Bruce Kawin is an added bonus to the Criterion offering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but campy..., Oct. 7 1999
This review is from: The Most Dangerous Game (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
...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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4.0 out of 5 stars Moody, classic thriller from KING KONG filmmakers., Oct. 1 1999
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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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