Excerpt: David Fincher’s The Game is at once a noir-ish take on the grand conspiracy genre, while at the same time being a bit of a cynical take on the genre itself. It’s a tight thriller that raises more questions than it answers, and after the success of Se7en The Game also helped solidify David Fincher as a directorial force to be reckoned with. For me personally, I’m a bit of a David Fincher enthusiast.
Excerpt: On his 48th birthday, Nicholas is a man apart, living alone in the huge mansion where his father killed himself at that very same age. Nicholas’ black-sheep brother Conrad (Sean Penn) gives him a present, a gift certificate of sorts to the shadowy Consumer Recreation Services, which is described as “an experiential book-of-the-month club.” The grip of paranoia is palpable as CRS burrows its way into every corner of Nicholas’ ordered life and unravels it completely.
Conclusion: 'The Game' is a twisting, faintly metafictional suspense film that takes its audience on a dark, paranoid journey down the rabbit hole. An exercise in layers of deceit, the film presents a compelling mystery, and a multifaceted commentary on cinematic logic and manipulation. Previous high-def releases have been disastrous, but this transfer appears to offer an authentic and respectful video presentation that should please fans.
Conclusion: The Game does not get as much credit as David Fincher's other films, but I maintain that it is one of his best. This '90s thriller gets the lavish treatment it deserves in Criterion's satisfying Blu-ray Disc, which delivers a fantastic feature presentation and a good collection of supplements. I highly recommend both this fine disc and the smart, sharp suspense film it holds; both are worthy of your time and money.
Summary: David Fincher's "The Game" (1997) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include original theatrical trailer and teaser for the film; alternate ending; film-to-storyboards comparisons; behind the scene featurettes; audio commentary with director David Fincher, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and visual effects...
Excerpt: Has it really been nearly ten years since “The Game” came out? My how time flies. I can remember seeing it in theaters while still in college and literally saying “Oh my God” at the ending. Naturally I won’t divulge that for those of you that might not have seen this gem from the late 90′s. Suffice it to say that this ranks right up there with some of my favorite films from the last decade.
Summary: David Fincher's "The Game" (1997) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios-UK. Unfortunately, there are no supplemental features to be found on this Blu-ray disc. In English, with optional English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Catalan, Dutch, and Traditional Chinese subtitles for the main feature. Region-Free.
Excerpt: What do you get the man who has everything? In Nicholas Van Orton's case, you enroll him in a game. What kind of game, you ask? A game with no rules. A game where manipulation, intimidation, and maybe even murder are all considered fair play. A game that could very well kill him. Why would anyone do this, you might wonder to yourself. That's what Van Orton ponders as he runs a gauntlet of ever-increasing depth, complexity, and danger.