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5.0 out of 5 stars Get into The Game
A masterful thriller in the finest tradition that would have made a man like Hitchcock proud. For the rest of us, the reaction to this terrific piece of work should be nothing less than impressed.

Michael Douglas has seldom been better in a role tailor made for his talents, playing an emotionally stunted millionaire, far removed from the people around him and...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Go for the Criterion release instead of this
Universal are now by far the laziest of the big Hollywood studios in terms of the quality of their back catalogue blu rays. This is another weak transfer with none of the dvd extras present but does come with a cheap main menu screen. Don't believe me ? if you can play region A blu rays then check out the Criterion release with its new transfer supervised by director...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go for the Criterion release instead of this, 25 Jun 2013
Universal are now by far the laziest of the big Hollywood studios in terms of the quality of their back catalogue blu rays. This is another weak transfer with none of the dvd extras present but does come with a cheap main menu screen. Don't believe me ? if you can play region A blu rays then check out the Criterion release with its new transfer supervised by director David Fincher - blows this coaster out of the water.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get into The Game, 3 Nov 2007
A masterful thriller in the finest tradition that would have made a man like Hitchcock proud. For the rest of us, the reaction to this terrific piece of work should be nothing less than impressed.

Michael Douglas has seldom been better in a role tailor made for his talents, playing an emotionally stunted millionaire, far removed from the people around him and distant to the point of total social disconnection. His brother (Sean Penn) gives him an unusual birthday gift; a game that is supposed to make his life more `fun' but eventually turns into a waking nightmare. The ingenious screenplay engineers its twists with such breathless intelligence and wit that upon the first viewing it plays as a thriller. The next time around the film reveals itself as a character study of the most gripping kind.

Douglas' performance is remarkable and arguably his finest. His whole job in this movie is to make the transition from uptight and repressed investment banker to an unhinged and suicidal shell of a man, palpable. In the beginning he is almost too distant to be really empathetic, his steely demeanour giving us nothing to really like about the man. Plus he's rich, and who likes to feel sorry for a millionaire? His performance bridges the implausibility of plot logic so that his final 'test' at the climax comes from an emotionally honest place and has considerable impact (no pun intended) and resonance. The support given to him is also incredibly strong, having an on-form Sean Penn in his corner, ably backed by the alluring Deborah Kara Unger and a fantastic James Rebhorn.

David Fincher has been lauded over the years for his work on "Seven," and "Fight Club," yet this is by far his most elegant piece of work. The classy direction captures the isolation of a man lost in the maze of a psychologically torturous game, and never falters once in its pace and stylistic integrity. The film is beautiful to watch from sorrowful beginning right through to the moving end. How many thrillers do you know that can hold you in suspense and deliver an affecting emotional punch without trading up on either? Make no mistake, "The Game," is not simply visually exquisite and dramatically powerful, it also contains some of the more alarming and unexpected set-pieces you are likely to see in what essentially boils down to a thoughtful character piece.

However, don't let my superlatives put you off the idea of seeing or buying this movie. It delivers on its promise of surprises and twists, still in keeping with its themes while the end game is delivered with sound judgement. Howard Shore's haunting score adds the extra layers of depth and nuance to the story, highlighting the background and subtext with a captivatingly atmospheric piano solo in all the right places. Mood, atmosphere, tension, this under appreciated classic has the lot. If you stay with the plot and Douglas' protagonist, and suspend your disbelief to a certain degree, you may even find the ending quite moving if you appreciate the emotional complexity of the main character and Douglas' amazing performance of him.

In my opinion this is Fincher's finest work to date. A perfect puzzle box thriller on the first viewing and a deeply intelligent character study on repeat experiences. Do yourself a favour, if you haven't seen this film yet, set a night aside sometime soon and get into the game. It's a true classic that never gets old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie!, 22 Oct 2011
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Victoria J. Leane (Australia) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic performances all round and awesome cinematography make this a great addition to any blu-ray collection! I was really happy with the transfer and the movie itself is brilliant, easily one of Finchers best, even though it doesn't get as much recognition.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more than your average thriller, 4 Jan 2008
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It goes without saying that David Fincher has unique visions when it comes to filmmaking, steering clear of any traditional styles. We saw this in "Se7en", "Fight Club", "Alien³", and even "Panic Room". Here, we have another interesting work from his cliché-free point of view.

The movie is organized and shot impeccably; the plot is imaginative and complicated as well as entertaining, pulling you immediately in. Sometimes the story drags on and next move seems visible, but this is not a big deal. The acting of Douglas, Penn, Unger and and even minor roles is satisfying.

Nicholas Van Orton, a workaholic investment banker, is such a hotshot that Michael Douglas was born to play: powerful, wealthy & brainy as well as cocky, mighty & haughty. Initially cool and reserved, then gradually less and less sure of himself, more and more perplexed when the things go awry. What a perfect character for Douglas as an actor...

Overwhelmed by his father's suicide and his divorce, he built a psychological & emotional cocoon around himself. But his life began changing entirely when he became enmeshed in an outstandingly elaborate real-life game, given as a birthday present by his brother Conrad. The game, arranged by a sinister outfit called CRS, is a bizzare one: no defined rules & no specified beginning or end. The aim of the game is to give Van Orton what he's lacking in real life. Actually, he starts out DEAD but the game brings something in him to life. After multitudes of twists, turns and near-death experiences arranged by CRS agents and allies, the cocoon is shattered and he turns into what he was made to be: a human being.

This is a film that will make you wish that you could play such a game in real life...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Douglas' The Game, 24 Dec 2013
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Quick delivery and arrived in good condition. This is an excellent film, owned it once came to watch it recently and it wouldn't play, so just had to buy it again. What more can I say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Controlled, 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Game [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
It took 3 separate settings for me to finally see all of this film. I got bored during most of it.

Michael Douglas, plays a very rich man who is a control freak. In fact he is so controlling his beloved wife left him. Nicholas Van Orton is his name, and on this night he comes home to his very large mansion for his birthday dinner consisting of eating a cheeseburger served on a silver tray and watching CNN. He has an unexpected visitor, his brother, Conrad, played by Sean Penn. Conrad's gift is some sort of new thing calked 'The Game'. Conrad tells him his life will be fun again. He diddle saddles, but one day goes to sign up, which turns out to be an all day process of physical and mental exams. He decides this is not for him and leaves.

Startlingly strange things start to occur, and this is where the film lost me, forever. The paranormal and extraterrestrial are not for me. Suffice it to say, that excitement, terror, gun shots, sexy women, blood and gore, tainted drinks, jumping from a building are all part and parcel. Lesson learned, you decide.

Not Recommended For Me. prisrob 09-30-13
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Deserves Better, 23 Oct 2010
One of Fincher's classics.Sean Penn & Michael Douglas in a really cool thriller.
Nice Blu-Ray transfer, DTS sound, but terrible menu system that is so poor it has to have a guide(can't understand why Universal do it !!?? Just like the awful menus on the DVDs. Why ??!!)
Add to that a totally Vanilla disc.
No commentary, no extras, NOTHING.
The movie itself is 5 stars, great to see Harris Savides work in HD, but the total lack of extras let it down.
The Game stands up well against Fight Club, Alien 3 and all of Fincher's early stuff, but doesn't get anywhere near the recognition it deserves.
If you have not seen this film, turn the sound up, the lights off and enjoy this very stylish slow burner. You won't be disappointed.
For the rest of us , hopefully Universal will give the film the blu-ray it deserves.
This film deserves more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very big thanks for the great quality of box and blu-ray, 11 July 2014
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A Very big thanks for the great quality of box and blu-ray. See you in next orders. :)
Vladimir
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Jun 2014
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very happy with product and service
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP SERVICE, 24 Mar 2014
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very happy with this dvd fast and quick dispatch service and enjoyed every minute of the feature film great service
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