The Game [Special Edition]  [DVD]
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Successful San Francisco tycoon and control freak Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) approaches his forty-eighth birthday with some trepidation. For it was at this age that his father fell from his mansion roof and died. Nicholas receives an introduction to Consumer Recreation Services from his younger brother, Conrad (Sean Penn), and is informed that he is now playing 'The Game'. Nicholas soon finds himself losing control and threatened with the loss of not just his company and fortune but also his life.
It's not quite as clever as it tries to be, but The Game does a tremendous job of presenting the story of a rigid control freak trapped in circumstances that are increasingly beyond his control. Michael Douglas plays a rich, divorced, and dreadful investment banker whose 48th birthday reminds him of his father's suicide at the same age. He's locked in the cage of his own misery until his rebellious younger brother (Sean Penn) presents him with a birthday invitation to play "The Game" (described as "an experiential Book of the Month Club")--a mysterious offering from a company called Consumer Recreation Services. Before he knows the game has even begun, Douglas is caught up in a series of unexplained events designed to strip him of his tenuous security and cast him into a maelstrom of chaos. How do you play a game that hasn't any rules? That's what Douglas has to figure out, and he can't always rely on his intelligence to form logic out of what's happening to him. Seemingly cast as the fall guy in a conspiracy thriller, he encounters a waitress (Deborah Unger) who may or may not be trustworthy, and nothing can be taken at face value in a world turned upside down. Douglas is great at conveying the sheer panic of his character's dilemma, and despite some lapses in credibility and an anticlimactic ending, The Game remains a thinking person's thriller that grabs and holds your attention. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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If you love thrillers or Michael Dauglas then this is a must.Why cant they make more like this..
Brilliantly Directed by David fincher, also brilliant performances of course by michael Douglas & sean Penn
The Game is one of those brilliant suspense thrillers where the plot storyline does keep you guessing
scene after scene no scene is boring that's for sure
plus Michael Douglas & sean Penn are Great together as siblings in the film
i've seen this film more than a few times now and i still enjoy it
well Universal have released it on blu-ray but tragically barebones, no extras no nothing
i knew this Universal blu-ray version was waste of money so personally bought
the Criterion collection blu-ray of the Game, i tell you what i have no regrets
this criterion version has a new HD transfer supervised by the D.O.P of the film
Harris savides, the picture quality does look amazing incredible picture quality very sharp & clear in 2:40:1 widescreen for sure
better than the old dvd release anyday
plus 2 new 5.1 Master audio mixes has been added really does boost the sound quality very evenly
1 standard 5.1 master mix and an alternate 5.1 surround sound mix personally mixed for home theater viewing
better than the old stereo mix
Doesn't stop there either
lots of new special features
60mins of behind the scenes footage & interviews with cast & crew filmed during the shooting of the film
there's an Alternate ending aswell
plus feature length Audio commentary
with Director David fincher, Michael Douglas, Harris savides, screenwriter John Brancato
there's Theatrical trailer of course plus the Teaser trailer aswell
plus a new booklet included about the HD transfer and the film
all the extras plus the movie on 1 blu-ray Disc
this Criterion blu-ray is region A locked so you do need ALL REGIONS player for sure
amazon.com still have this blu-ray available to buy for $20 or more
it's very expensive of course but worth the money for sure i have no regrets paying the big Dollars for it
the movie deserves 5 stars for sure
but only 1 star for this U.K. blu-ray thou.
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