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on June 20, 2000
This is a very fun (and somewhat campy) thriller with lots of impressive sets (later used in King Kong) 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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on May 1, 2001
They don't make movies like this anymore...but they should!
Reduced to the very essential due to budget constraints, this film is the best example of clear, solid exposition that I've ever seen. Everything in it is for a reason. And the purpose-driven plotting serves the story admirably well.
This one is all about the chase, the thrill of the hunt. So, there would be no reason anyway to dull things down with long scenes and explaining the obvious.
This film deals with familiar types and our basic instincts. And it is photographed wonderfully. The last 15 minutes are nothing but pure adrenaline-soaked action. Some of the best scenes of this type ever shot!
I won't give away the ending...but I must say that the last scene in this movie is splendid. Truly artful...and in that it is amazingly at odds with the content. I'll say no more. Just watch this movie and see!
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on 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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on March 25, 2002
The DVD of "The Most Dangerous Game" (1932) is worth seeing for four reasons. The first reason is that it is the precursor to "King Kong" made at the same studio at the same time. The second is to see how a good story can be told with lean economy within a 60 minute running time. The third is to see how much more cinematic and fluid the camera work is compared to both Universal's "Dracula" and "Frankenstein", each made only one year earlier. The fourth is the wonderful print which belies the film's age.
I can't wait for Criterion to release "King Kong" and "Son of Kong" on DVD, both of which are long overdue.
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on May 30, 2000
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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on July 9, 2001
Fay Wray, Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks star in the entetaining adventure-thriller THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.
Wray and McCrea are two people stranded on a lush tropical island, inhabited by the mad Count Zaroff who has a very strange hobby. He hunts humans, and proposes a dangerous mission in that if they survive, they will be free to leave the island. If not, Wray is his, and McCrea will be killed...
A fast-moving finale makes up for the creaky, talky start. The story really gets going after the first forty mintutes.
With Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson and Hale Hamilton.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon July 22, 2011
Since many have written of the awesome, original story. i will comment on the quality of the dvd. i owned a copy before criterion remastered it from the original 35 mm. composite fine-grain master. What a difference! Made in 1932 the transfer is not perfect and has a few flaws, but on the whole this version is worth every penny to get a decent copy of one of the best horror movies ever created based on a short story by Richard Connel. Audio commentary by film historian Brucce Eder. Subtitles added. 63 min. b & w. monoral. 1:33:1 aspect ratio.
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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 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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