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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson
  • Directors: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Producers: David O. Selznick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Pickwick
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL17M8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,593 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Big game hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked off a remote island and manages to reach safety. He discovers the island is owned by reclusive Count Zaroff, who is also interested in big game hunting, but he prefers his prey to be humans. Soon Bob and Eve Trowbridge are being chased by the count and his ferocious hounds. Made by the same team responsible for King Kong, The Most Dangerous Game shares many of the same eerie island sets.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
What if hunting for sport was taken to its extreme? What if the "civilized" hunt was turned into a lethal game?

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 on a remote island. 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 wrecked on a reef, and her crew and passengers eaten by sharks. Only big-game hunter Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) makes it to the shore of a jungle island, where he is welcomed into the palatial home of the bizarre Count Zaroff, who has several guests waiting for a boat back to civilization. Except according to another "guest" Eve (Fay Wray), his guests have a nasty habit of vanishing.

Bob and Eve find out why, when they break into Zaroff's trophy room... and find other humans on display as trophies. Now that they've found out his secret, Zaroff decides to have Bob as his next prey, with Eve accompanying him. If Bob can get away by sunset, they'll both go free. If not...

Surprisingly, "The Most Dangerous Game" was only made because of another movie -- the original "King Kong." The monkey movie shot during the day, and then the sets and actors were used on "Most Dangerous Game" during the night. It certainly accounts for the lush jungle sets and island setting.

That's where the resemblance ends. "Most Dangerous Game" is a more psychological, suspenseful movie, taking a look at what happens when "killer fun" is extended to human beings. It's a bit on the short side -- just over an hour -- but it's stripped of all extra scenes or dialogue. This is raw filmmaking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2010
Format: DVD
A ship full of mysterious characters is interring a harbor that is miss-charted. We are introduced to them and in two minutes and they are old friends.

A conversation is struck up on the subject of hunting. Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is asked if hunting a tiger is really fare hunt with the hunter having superior file power and asked if he would change places with the tiger.

He philosophically replies, "That is something I will never have to decide... This world is divided into two kinds of people. The hunter and the hunted. I am a hunter and nothing can ever change that."

I will not give you a detailed review of the movie as that is why you will buy the movie to watch the story unfold. However after watching once be sure to listen to the Criterion version voice over and then watch the movie again.

You can tell right off that this is a David O. Selznick picture as he has his name plastered over the credits.

Screen play by James Ashmore Creelman. From a story by Richard Connell.

I found it interesting that many of the actors and the sets will show up in the 1933 version of King Kong.

I also pretty much guessed the story line ahead of time. Not because I saw it or read the book. But I saw most of the remakes and know the formula. Believe me this will not distract from this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew fox on 19 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
I must admit,seeing this classic film when I was a mere 9 years old watching with my gran on a dark winters night in Scotland,Saturday night and well past my bedtime when BBC 2's "horror double bill"was in full flow, it was the film that was shown before the main feature, which was "Zoltan hounds of Dracula"under the original name "the hounds of zaroff,
A truly fantastic film with a brilliant if not unsettling storyline,
A man shipwrecked on an island,( who himself is a hunter!)
Then meeting the slick, cool but sinister Leslie banks,
Along with Joel mccrea and the one and only Fay wray, here we have 3 fantastic performances that will have you gripped to your set for the whole movie.
Banks a hunter himself ,goes about his business very well,already getting rid of a friend of wrays by sending him out drunk into the night, he is hunted down and then slain by banks,
He then sends mccrea and wray out together with the deal that if he catches them before sunrise he will kill them, if they survive he will set them free!!!!
I will save the best for when you buy the movie!
Remastered in superb colour, this enhances the picture and the sound is also fantastic,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Most Dangerous Game (AKA: Hounds of Zaroff) is jointly directed by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack and adapted to screenplay by James Ashmore from the short story written by Richard Connell. It stars Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks and Robert Armstrong. Music is by Max Steiner and photography by Henry W. Gerrard.

Shipwrecked on a remote tropical island, big game hunter Robert Rainsford (McCrea) is taken to the castle home of Count Zaroff (Banks), an aristocrat who has become bored with tracking animals and now only finds his urges satiated by hunting `the most dangerous game'..........human beings.

Richard Connell's story has been adapted many times over the years, but no other has the historical significance that this RKO production does, and few would argue that this isn't actually the best version of them all. The Most Dangerous Game is famous for being the movie made at the same time as King Kong, where using the many of the same sets, staff and production crew, film was knocked out during the down time while Kong's effects work was being strung slowly together. The end result is a moody blend of adventure and horror that has been compacted into just over an hour of film.

It's very much a template of sorts in how to not over bloat your movie, makers here realise they have just enough material to cover an hour and the film is fresh, pacey and vibrant because of it. Sure it's very dated (a saying I don't like using as a rule), but there's very good film making craft here courtesy of Pichel and Schoedsack's camera work, Banks' wonderful twitchy, coiled spring like performance as Count Zaroff, and of course those special Kongy sets. There's genuine horror here as well, from the macabre presentations of Zaroff's trophy room, to the snarling hounds that accompany the unhinged Count on his hunt (close ups are very imposing), it's a film worthy of its classic chiller status. 8/10
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