46 The Most Dangerous Game

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46 The Most Dangerous Game

#1 Post by Martha » Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:13 pm

The Most Dangerous Game

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One of the best and most literate movies from the great days of horror, The Most Dangerous Game stars Leslie Banks as a big-game hunter with a taste for the world’s most exotic prey—his houseguests, played by Fay Wray and Joel McCrea. Before making history with 1933’s King Kong, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack wowed audiences with their chilling adaptation of this Richard Connell short story.

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- Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
- Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

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#2 Post by Matt » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:18 am

Jeremy "The Movie Martyr" Heilman's review:
The 1932 adaptation of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is most historically significant due to its affiliation with 1933's special-effects-driven, monster movie classic King Kong. Made at the same time as that film, The Most Dangerous Game contained much of Kong's production crew, including one of its co-directors, its stars (Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray), and even used many of the same sets. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Game never feels like a second-rate production. It is a short film, at a little over an hour long, but it never looks cheap. The tale told in the film simply doesn't require the elaborate effects used in Kong, though a shipwreck that occurs in the first reel is definitely technically impressive. The film itself is a rather faithful adaptation, and much of the story's original dialogue is reused here. Thankfully, the running time reflects the minimal amount of padding that the producers felt necessary to tack on to the source material.

I haven't read the short story since the 9th grade, but I am fairly certain that Fay Wray's character is the biggest addition in the original's transfer to screen. She seems somewhat superfluous in any case, though she allows Bob (Joel McCrea), a famed hunter who serves as the hero, to explain his thoughts to the audience. The hero be damned, though! The star of this picture is Leslie Banks (the lead in Hitchcock's original The Man Who Knew Too Much). His maniacal yet refined portrayal of the evil Count Zaroff absolutely steals the show. Essentially secluded in his island fortress, his creepy air of superiority over his fellow humans is served up with a pompous relish that is priceless. He doesn't really sell the drama so much as make it irrelevant. We don't care what happens to Bob so much as we care about seeing how over the top Zaroff will get in his relentless pursuit of him. The film's plot allows him to really go wild, and he's the provider of a good deal of insubstantial fun. His Cossack guards are effectively repulsive and shifty-eyed. His speechifying is wonderfully overblown. The inevitable showdown between him and the hero is well staged and exciting. The Most Dangerous Game is basically a mindless action movie, but there's nothing inherently wrong with that. The film is somewhat austere, especially in its first half, but it is directed well enough that it manages to thrill when it wants to thrill.

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#3 Post by david hare » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:01 am

I watched this again the other day in anticipation of the Kong box.

For once I though Ebert's commentary was at least informative. Even if you already know, it is fun to pick out the jungle sets that were being used back-to-back in Kong, and I very much like the Leslie Banks/Joel McCray partnership. And again, like Kong's lost spider pit, Game is missing the preserved heads and corpses in the vault from Leslie's exploits. Ebert does go on about "sexual perversion" without getting down and dirty specific, but that's Ebert. Fay certainly seemed to understand what Leslie was up to.

The disc was a bare boner (should I say that?) but the transfer is pretty good.

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#4 Post by Ashirg » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:13 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's Eder's commentary.

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#5 Post by david hare » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:26 am

You are right! No wonder it's better than Ebert's usual!!!!!

Jesus!!

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#6 Post by Cinephrenic » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:43 am

A new releasein COLOR is being released on DVD by the company Legend. This will also include the black and white version. No commentary so I don't know if this is worth double-dipping for Criterion's DVD.

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#7 Post by Lino » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:45 am

No doubt to capitalize on Zodiac.

you gotta be kidding me

#8 Post by you gotta be kidding me » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:49 am

No kidding! The part in Zodiac where they crashed a boat on an island and were hunted by a mad mustache-twirling rich man was TOTALLY swiped from Most Dangerous Game, word!

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#9 Post by arsonfilms » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:05 am

you gotta be kidding me wrote:No kidding! The part in Zodiac where they crashed a boat on an island and were hunted by a mad mustache-twirling rich man was TOTALLY swiped from Most Dangerous Game, word!
We must not have seen the same movie. The one I saw was about a seriel killer who was obsessed with the old Ernest Schoedsack film. The one you saw sounds TOTALLY rad, though.

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Re: 46 The Most Dangerous Game

#10 Post by knives » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:34 pm

Is the Crit still the best edition?

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Re: 46 The Most Dangerous Game

#11 Post by Tribe » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:53 pm

knives wrote:Is the Crit still the best edition?
There's always the colorized version from Legend Films/Genius Products. :twisted:

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Re: 46 The Most Dangerous Game

#12 Post by knives » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:59 pm

That's the best they've come up with? Tsk tsk, people need to get competitive.

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