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The Most Dangerous Game - Criterion Collection
The Most Dangerous Game - Criterion Collection
Actors: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson
Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2001     1hr 3min

"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 an...  more »


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Actors: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson
Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel
Creators: Henry W. Gerrard, Archie Marshek, David O. Selznick, Merian C. Cooper, James Ashmore Creelman, Richard Connell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classics, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/03/2001
Original Release Date: 09/16/1932
Theatrical Release Date: 09/16/1932
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 3min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
Edition: Special Edition,Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Daniel A. (Daniel) from EUGENE, OR
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
Short and tight, with focus never veering from the basic plot. The suspense is sufficient to carry the small amount of action. Close to perfect, aside from some annoying vocal performances.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Creepy Horror
Mr Peter G George | Ellon, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom | 07/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Most Dangerous Game is a superb early horror film. It is a really creepy, chilling film with great atmosphere. I always prefer this sort of moody horror to more modern films in the genre that depend on shocks and gore. The Most Dangerous Game can really get under your skin with its central theme of a manhunt. I had always thought, until watching the movie, that the `Game' of the title was referring to a game like Poker or Baseball, but really it is game in the sense of big game, lions and tigers and such. It is man who is `the most dangerous game.' For humans with their intellect are more of a threat to the hunter. This idea of a hunter matching his wits against a fellow human being is a deeply disturbing idea.The film has a really fine cast. Leslie Banks plays the villain Zaroff and is suitably sinister without using histrionics. Joel McCrea shows why he would remain a leading man for the next thirty years and more. He had real star quality and a quiet acting ability similar to that of Gary Cooper. Fay Wray is delightful in a role which gives her more to do than just scream. The Criterion DVD is very good indeed. The print is superb. There is some occasional damage, but it is hardly noticeable. The images are nearly always clear and sharp and show off the black and white photography very well. Best of all however is the sound quality. Many early talkies have terrible sound with indistinct dialogue and lots of background noise. This DVD has great sound and Criterion should really be congratulated. The DVD also has an audio commentary track by film historian Bruce Eder. His commentary is worth listening to as he is obviously enthusiastic and well informed about The Most Dangerous Game."
Excellent (and Underappreciated) 1930's Era Horror Movie
Joseph Hudson | Chicago, IL | 01/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most film viewers are familar with the great horror movies of the early 1930's: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, King Kong, etc. This title belongs in this group! The Most Dangerous Game has a great cast (Joel McCrea as big game hunter Sanger Rainsford; Fay Wray as the beautiful Eve; and Leslie Banks as the sinister General Zaroff); compelling plot (General Zaroff hunts humans on his private island); energetic pacing (the movie runs approximately 62 minutes); high production values (many exterior scenes were filmed from same set as King Kong); and a memorable music score (Max Steiner). What is so amazing about this movie is that all of the above elements came together in a movie that was shot in about 30 days with a limited budget.The Criterion print of The Most Dangerous Game is excellent - the best print I have ever seen of the movie. Most of the prints available previously on inexpensive videotapes are very poor. In addition, the critic commentary by film historian Bruce Kawin is an added bonus to the Criterion offering."
Most Excellent DVD
E. Parsons | 07/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There has been some debate by previous reviewers of 'The Most Dangerous Game' about the quality of the digital transfer on to DVD. My own view is that the picture quality is outstanding. You do occasionally catch sight of objects shimmering, but the effect is negliable. What really hits you is the incredible sharpness and clarity of the print. This isn't limited to the picture either - the sound quality is equally as impressive. For a movie 70 years old you simply could not hope for better. The only extra feature is a very good commentary by Bruce Eder, whose knowledge of 'The Most Dangerous Game' seems limitless. This guy really knows his stuff and what's more, he delivers it in a very relaxed and friendly manner. The film itself is an action packed 63 minutes that is enlivened by a luscious Fay Wray with great support from Leslie Banks and Joel McCrea. The relatively short running time actually helps maintain a high level of suspense and interest - it feels like an 80 minute movie but with all the boring stuff cut out! To label 'The Most Dangerous Game' as a classic is an exaggeration. It is still a well-made, exciting movie that has stood the test of time exceptionally well. The film itself deserves 4 stars, but the great picture quality, sound and commentary make this DVD worthy of a 5 star rating."