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Joel McCrea Double Feature: "The Most Dangerous Game"/Bird Of Paradise
Joel McCrea Double Feature The Most Dangerous Game/Bird Of Paradise
Actor: Joel McCrea
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
NR     2004     2hr 5min

This Joel McCrea double feature DVD begins with Bird of Paradise. In this south sea island adventure a man aboard a yacht rescues a beautiful native girl from a volcano. He falls in love with her, wishing he could stay,...  more »


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Actor: Joel McCrea
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: Vci Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Double dose of island adventure!
Dave | Tennessee United States | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To be honest, the only reason I got this dvd was because of the 1932 classic "The Most Dangerous Game", which I've desperately wanted to see ever since I read the story by Richard Connell in high school. But surprisingly enough I enjoyed both movies, as well as the bonus features.

The first movie, 1932's "Bird of Paradise", is honestly a very ridiculous movie, but I found it entertaining. Joel McCrea and his comrades are traveling on a yacht in the South Seas when they find a beautiful island inhabited by natives who worship a volcano. McCrea nearly drowns while fishing one day, but he is saved by a beautiful native-girl (played by the ultra-hot Dolores Del Rio). It's love at first sight, but when her chief comes between their happy romance, they flee to a deserted island nearby. Will she choose McCrea over her loyalty to her people? Watch and find out!

Next, we have the 1932 classic, "The Most Dangerous Game", where a lunatic hunter, Count Zaroff (played to creepy perfection by Leslie Banks), has his own mysterious island where his prey are shipwreck victims. But, his latest shipwreck victims, Joel McCrea and Fay Wray, prove to be more than a match for the crazed Zaroff. This very entertaining classic was filmed at the same time that "King Kong" was filmed, using many of the same sets and crew.

The picture quality is pretty good considering the movies are over 70 years old (and the dvd is so inexpensive!). The bonus features are a fun 1932 Betty Boop cartoon and the original theatrical trailer of "King Kong". I'm very glad I bought this dvd and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an old-fashioned island adventure!"
Felipe N. Gajate | Miami, FL | 12/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The double DVD is an interesing program. Quality wise is not the greatest of transfers. The image is soft as if transfered from 16mm. prints."
John Hargraves | 11/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Haven't seen the other one yet, but The Most Dangerous Game was VERY good considering it was made back around the time I was born! :)"
Dangerous Game
Agatha | Australia | 05/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this disc for The Most Dangerous Game and its amusing play on words, and got Bird of Paradise as a bonus. The transfer is disappointing of course, but the price is so modest one can't complain. One of the fascinating things about these early sound pictures is watching the directors struggle with recorded sound, the endless music scores concealing the lack of any ambient sound. It's a pity David O. Selznic got cold feet over The Most Dangerous Game and chopped the spooky bits, because it throws the story out of balance but it's a great yarn and Joel McCrea (always filne) and Fay Wray are terrific. Bird of Paradise is really silly for much of the time, with some charming innuendo. Johnny telling Luana that a house is for sleeping in - O and that too. McCrea delivers the line with enjoyable insouciance. The last moments are unexpectedly moving. I'm glad to add these to my collection, as they are both better than the almost unwatchable Silver Cord made a year later, even with the presence of Irene Dunn and the future Mrs. McCrea and the disappointing Richest Girl in the World in which the exterior shots seem to barely record what sound there is .