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|The Most Dangerous Game / And Then There Were None|
Directors: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, René Clair
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Most Dangerous Game: The sole survivor of a yachting accident Robert Rainsford swims to a mysterious island to save himself. There he finds his way to the mansion of Russian Count Zoroff. He is made welcome and introduce... more »
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Finally, a decent transfer of these films...
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 11/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both of these films have been in the "public domain" for a while, and really lousy video & DVD transfers have inundated the shelves, cheap quickies with poor picture & scratchy sound. Both films are classics, and deserve a treatment as good as this (if not better). I enjoy "And Then There Were None" maybe a little more. The very stylish director, Rene Clair, assembled a cast of reliable "supporting" players, including Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Roland Young, etc., and they are in confident command of the wonderful Agatha Christie material. "The Most Dangerous Game" is also terrific; at only an hour long, it is suspenseful and the entire cast is marvelous (Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Anderson). You could do a lot worse than to purchase this fine duo by Marengo Films."
MARENGO SHINES ON TWO GORGEOUS TRANSFERS
Mike Smith | Thibodaux, Louisiana United States | 02/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you have been looking for quality transfers of these two titles, here they are. MARENGO'S work on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME is every bit as good as the CRITERION version and, in my opinion, better in one respect. The Marengo transfer is printed a shade lighter which results in sharper details in the outdoor night scenes which comprise the vast majority of this wonderfully exciting classic. And the clear and booming audio track will blow you away as well.
For AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, MARENGO does a freeze frame on each of the main titles with a seamless bleed over from one to the other. This completely clears up the soft focus and distortion caused by the jumpiness of the main titles in the IMAGE version. And the rest of the transfer is sharp with a clean and clear soundtrack.
Kudos to MARENGO for a job well done."
Best of the budgets...
Dirk De Bruyne | Schoten, Belgique Belgique | 08/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all let me explain this review : as people who read my other reviews will know I have a great DISaffection for low budget companies who put out lousy copies of public domain films...HOWEVER..I took the chance with Marengo based upon the generally favorable reviews and I was NOT dissapointed ! Yes, indeed, there is a glowing review with each and every one of these dvd's, obviously written by a guy who works for that company(he doesn't even make a secret of that!)...but for once that is honest publicity because the prints are indeed clear and crisp and the sound is good to very good !
Of course you will still get a better print with the Criterion edition, there are a few minor faults with this print, the framing of "the most dangerus game" is a bit off, but do not let that deter you from buying this dvd because everything else is as good as it will ever get for a dvd in this price range and in the public domain ! This is without any doubt the "best value for money" buy and with these prices(and hoping the other prints on their dvd's are as good as these) I will be buying more from this company..;and i will keep you informed, objectively and non-allied, as to the quality of their prints!"
Perfect for the price!
EF Critical | Long Island, USA | 04/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The original 1932 version of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME is the best example of "less is more" that I can find. It's two hours worth of drama, thrills and action packed into a mere 63 minutes! The Marengo transfers for this and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE are excellent, and you can't beat the price! The Criterion print of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME is only very slightly better, but in my opinion, the Criterion price of at least $30.00 that you'd have to pay for a 63 minute movie is just not worth it. For those who must own this movie, this is your best bet."