The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

DVD - 1999
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A madman on his island fortress, tired of pursuing game, becomes obsessed with the idea of hunting the most dangerous game of all-- man.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, c1999.
ISBN: 9780780022119
0780022114
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (63 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: A madman on his island fortress, tired of pursuing game, becomes obsessed with the idea of hunting the most dangerous game of all-- man.
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Nursebob
Jun 24, 2016

Borrowing much of it’s jungle sets from King Kong which was being filmed at the same time with leading lady Miss Wray, this wonderfully overdone bit of gothic camp wastes no time in establishing character and mood as it plunges its cast into a murky world of steamy swamps and moonlit cliffs. McCrae’s sense of moral outrage is the perfect compliment to Banks’ melodramatic madman and Wray gasps and screams in all the right places. Made before the Hays code was in full effect the directors treat us to a bit more skin than usual while a trophy room of mounted human heads is one of the more macabre sequences to come out of the 30’s. Clocking in at a mere sixty-three minutes this is one of the most perfectly realized films I’ve yet to see. Visually striking and creepy as hell!

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1aa
May 25, 2015

A rather silly cliche-filled and cliche-driven action/suspense movie; like a campfire story for eight year olds.

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ManMachine
Feb 09, 2015

If you ask me, I think that the decidedly deranged Count Zaroff seriously needed to chill, big-time, and, with that, find himself some cute, little boy-toy to play around with and just put all of the mad zest for the sport of the hunt right out of his head.

(I mean, c'mon, man! Give it a rest, already!)

Even though I'd say that this somewhat stilted moldie-oldie (from 1932) had plenty of potential, it, unfortunately, also left a whole lot to be desired.

Regardless of its surprisingly brief 63-minute running time, this Adventure/Thriller noticeably dragged its ass in a number of crucial scenes. And, with that, I'd say that a good 15 minutes edited from its story would have benefited the sluggish pace of the action, immensely.

This tall tale of "cat & mouse" also contained some really unconvincing violence that, often enough, had me hooting with laughter. Believe me, regardless of some expensive-looking sets, this 82-year-old early-talkie certainly hasn't aged very well, at all.

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OlivePlaid
Aug 20, 2014

There is a great commentary track that accompanies the movie so plan to watch it once for the action and dialog and again for the film experts' observations. The movie is only about 62 minutes in length.

GManBruce Dec 15, 2011

There is a reason why classic films are classic. They paved the way for what we see on our screens today.
This classic hold true:
The bad guy is bad.
The good guy is good.
The Drunk guy is drunk and he gets to die.
The girl (Faye Raye before Kong) is hot!
I could go on ...
I give it all the stars!

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