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gryffinmaster
06-15-12, 02:55 PM
http://www.criterion.com/films/28058-the-game

http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/release_images/3968/627_box_348x490_BD.jpg?1339786418

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

-- New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director David Fincher and director of photography Harris Savides, with original theatrical 5.1 surround theatrical soundtrack, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition

-- Alternate 5.1 surround mix optimized for home theater viewing, supervised by sound designer Ren Klyce and Fincher, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition

-- Audio commentary by Fincher, Savides, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, digital animation supervisor Richard “Dr.” Baily, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, and visual effects producer Robyn D’Arcy

-- An hour’s worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons for four of the film’s major set pieces, with commentary

-- Alternate ending

-- Trailer and teaser trailer, with commentary

-- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt

bunkaroo
06-15-12, 03:01 PM
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

TheMovieman
06-15-12, 03:01 PM
Finally :)

Now I can retire my old DVD (well, I'll wait until I have this one in my hands)

Solid Snake
06-15-12, 03:13 PM
Now this Criterion deserves it's own thread for sure. About goddamn fucking time.

ScissorPuppy
06-15-12, 03:28 PM
Doesn't seem like the Psychological test film from the lasderdisc is ported over, unless that is considered "Behind the scenes" material.

OldBoy
06-15-12, 03:36 PM
thank god!

trespoochies
06-15-12, 03:45 PM
Bout damn time! Nice cover to boot.

Geofferson
06-15-12, 04:03 PM
About time indeed and yeah, love that cover :up:

JakeNeff
06-15-12, 05:53 PM
Another of my favorites finally in Blu, and a Criterion too!

BuckNaked2k
06-15-12, 06:06 PM
The cover is.....a huge spoiler!! :D

mattysemo247
06-15-12, 06:46 PM
This will be my first Criterion. Damn good movie.

manicsounds
06-15-12, 07:00 PM
The cover is.....a huge spoiler!! :D
Is it? With the father falling off the building in the opening credits?

My Other Self
06-15-12, 08:41 PM
Wow, this is a release I always just chalked up to internet hopefuls. Must have been close to 10 years ago I remember rumblings about this to begin with. Nice to see it finally gets a release it deserves.

DJariya
06-15-12, 09:03 PM
:thumbsup: It's about damn time!!

I do have the Region 3 DVD that has that same commentary track with a few extras.

Looking forward to this.

Decker
06-15-12, 11:56 PM
The cover is.....a huge spoiler!! :D

So is the movie's title.


I am SO glad this is finally coming out. I don't think I've watched this since seeing it on VHS back in the day, but it blew me away.

gerrythedon
06-16-12, 01:05 AM
I've only seen this movie once [my brother's HD DVD].... This will be mine!!!

MasterofDVD
06-16-12, 01:45 AM
Oh hell yes!

TomOpus
06-16-12, 09:09 AM
Awesome news!

JGaitan82
06-16-12, 12:20 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to own it! Now if only Criterion can bring Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai on blu ray, that would rock.

The Lizard King
06-16-12, 01:23 PM
Well, my Criterion LaserDisc just plummeted in value.

TLK :cool:

LickTheABCs
06-16-12, 01:41 PM
Nice. Good Burger can't be too far behind.

Dr. Mantle
06-16-12, 01:56 PM
The Game and the Avengers on the same day. Woooo!

Ringmaster
06-16-12, 06:53 PM
Is it? With the father falling off the building in the opening credits?

As someone who has never seen the film, I can say that the cover is not a spoiler because I can't relate it to movie. Your response, manic, IS a spoiler because now I know why the cover relates to The Game. Dont worry, ill forgive you.

StephenX
06-16-12, 10:44 PM
Yeeeeeesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

dsa_shea
06-16-12, 10:45 PM
Too bad we can't have this one like now.

AnonomusBob15
06-17-12, 01:40 AM
the special features on the laserdisc suck, with the only noteworthy feature being the commentary.

I've watched my DVD maybe 2 times in the last 13 years. Waited too long. Pass. Will pick up if I find it sub 10-12 bucks.


My grandmother rented this while I was at the beach with her. She creams for MD. I was eleven, and I loved the movie, introduced me to Fincher. My grandmother's affections for Mr. Douglas were never the same. This and Casino are the only movies she says she thinks are "disgusting" films. What a prude.

AnonomusBob15
06-17-12, 01:44 AM
note: my grandmother is a prude, and there's not a nicer way to put it. She has good taste, but she enjoyed The Talented Mr. Ripley immensly although completely oblivious to the sub plot involving homosexuality. I hope she doesn't rig up her mid-90s Macintosh to browse DVDtalk. Would that even be possible?

Dean Kousoulas
06-17-12, 03:48 AM
Man, it feels like we've been waiting for this one for years right?

Solid Snake
06-17-12, 10:42 AM
Man, it feels like we've been waiting for this one for years right?

feels like?

We have waited for years.

gryffinmaster
06-17-12, 10:44 AM
Man, it feels like we've been waiting for this one for years right?

I was this close to putting "No, seriously!" in the thread title for this very reason. :)

asianxcore
06-17-12, 12:55 PM
Sweet! Going to upgrade from my HD-DVD copy.

Guru Askew
06-17-12, 03:58 PM
This ranks towards the bottom of Fincher's filmography but I'll take Fincher's B-list over the A-list of most other directors.

I can't help but feel that there will be a lot of people hyping this up and then being somewhat disappointed since this edition has been rumored for years.

On the other hand, it's relative obscurity compared to his other films plus the big C on the cover will probably cement it's status as "Fincher's lost masterpiece" no matter how undeserving the film itself is.

Now bring on "Panic Room" (which I'd say is arguably a more-effective thriller than "The Game") so his filmography will be complete on Blu.

LPMA
06-17-12, 06:51 PM
This film was my first foray into "mindfuck thrillers" as a kid, and I remember loving every second of it. I don't think I have rewatched it since, but I am looking forward to revisiting it in what will undoubtedly be its 'definitive' edition.

DVD Josh
06-17-12, 07:04 PM
This ranks towards the bottom of Fincher's filmography but I'll take Fincher's B-list over the A-list of most other directors.

I can't help but feel that there will be a lot of people hyping this up and then being somewhat disappointed since this edition has been rumored for years.

On the other hand, it's relative obscurity compared to his other films plus the big C on the cover will probably cement it's status as "Fincher's lost masterpiece" no matter how undeserving the film itself is.

Now bring on "Panic Room" (which I'd say is arguably a more-effective thriller than "The Game") so his filmography will be complete on Blu.

The fact you think Panic Room is better than The Game demonstrates you shouldn't be allowed to comment on movies ever again.

NoirFan
06-17-12, 08:05 PM
I think we can all agree that Fincher's finest work is still Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video.

Guru Askew
06-17-12, 11:50 PM
The fact you think Panic Room is better than The Game demonstrates you shouldn't be allowed to comment on movies ever again.

This is exactly what I'm talking about, as if being convoluted... err... "intricate" makes The Game inherently superior to a straightforward thriller.

I mean, I've wanted this for years too but if there's a movie in his filmography that is just kinda unremarkable and deserves to get lost in the shuffle it's this one. It's not like I'm some Panic Room-loving The Game hater. I've read every Criterion announcement for months upon months waiting for this and now I'm like "how excited can I get about The Game?" I can actually kinda understand why approving the transfer was low on Fincher's priority list.

Between Se7en, The Game and Fight Club Fincher was walking dangerously-close to Shyamalon levels of using mindfuckery as a crutch and Panic Room luckily broke that cycle and I feel he's a better filmmaker because of it, and I don't think you can look at The Game and see it as a huge misstep but all these years later it doesn't hold up to the previous and subsequent films in his filmography.

But yeah I'm glad the people at Criterion made this happen and now it's just a matter of time before the computer program at Sony that decides what Blu-rays to release gets a Google alert about a new Kristen Stewart movie and slaps the HD Panic Room transfer the undoubtedly have onto a Blu-ray disc with all the extras from the 3-disc DVD.

Dean Kousoulas
06-18-12, 12:05 AM
feels like?

We have waited for years.

I know. It's been talked about and rumored for years, but never something I thought we would see, so I would always forget about it.

mhanlen1
06-18-12, 07:25 AM
Skipping past the arguments of the films merits to say, Ohmygodyes! This was my very first Fincher movie. Way back when it came out I had started my first job at a movie theater. I knew nothing about the film, but it was playing at another theater in town where I was able to see movies free. I don't remember if I had even seen a trailer, so I went in knowing nothing- and boy was it a fun ride. I've had this on DVD for years, and have heard about the Criterion edition for nearly as long. I'm so happy! I'd even welcome the Panic Room on Criterion- which I actually like a lot too. But won't hold my breath.

kefrank
06-18-12, 08:57 AM
I probably need to give The Game another chance. I saw it about 12 years ago and my vague recollection is that I mostly liked it up until the ending, which I thought was incredibly annoying and ruined the movie for me. Since then I've always wondered why people seem to think it's great. Maybe I'd have a different reaction now.

JeffTheAlpaca
06-18-12, 03:03 PM
I own the original DVD but I won't buy the Criterion.

Once you know the ending it loses some of its appeal.

Artman
06-18-12, 09:26 PM
The ending MADE the movie for me....it's a redemptive story. Depressing films are good for a one-time viewing, but I prefer to re-visit the more positive, encouraging ones.

PopcornTreeCt
06-18-12, 11:33 PM
I've actually never seen this movie. I saw parts of it on TV but never all the way through. I'll check it out when it goes on sale.

Josh Z
06-20-12, 01:14 PM
The fact you think Panic Room is better than The Game demonstrates you shouldn't be allowed to comment on movies ever again.

Panic Room is better than The Game. Though certainly not Fincher's best work, Panic Room at least has an ending that makes coherent sense and doesn't rely on an absurdly convoluted string of coincidences and improbabilities.

mattysemo247
06-25-12, 09:32 PM
Preorder up at Amazon

Decker
06-25-12, 10:03 PM
I think we can all agree that Fincher's finest work is still Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video.

While I know this is a joke, it got me thinking. I got double DVD sets of Spike Jonez and Mark Romanek music video compilations and I really enjoyed them both. Too bad they didn't make one for Fincher (I have to assume they tried and were turned down). It would have been an interesting look at the formative years of a soon-to-be visionary director. I was aware of his brilliant Madonna videos, but until I checked his Wiki page, I had no idea he directed "Freedom '90", which is my favorite video of all time.

Shannon Nutt
06-26-12, 07:35 AM
Once you know the ending it loses some of its appeal.

Really? Is there anyone that didn't figure out the ending before seeing the movie? I mean, even if you had no knowledge of the plot going in, the title is a dead-giveaway, isn't it?!

TheMovieman
06-26-12, 09:07 AM
I mean, even if you had no knowledge of the plot going in, the title is a dead-giveaway, isn't it?!

Well, it doesn't tell you what kind of "game" it is, meaning it could be a cat and mouse, crime game if that makes sense.

Doctorossi
06-26-12, 09:10 AM
Panic Room is better than The Game.

Yikes! I've never seen The Game, but I won't bother if that's the case. Panic Room had a cool premise, but the script was a turd.

Decker
06-26-12, 09:44 AM
Yikes! I've never seen The Game, but I won't bother if that's the case.

It's not the case. Sean Penn's performance alone makes The Game way superior.

Guru Askew
06-26-12, 01:02 PM
Regardless of whether you rank The Game above or below Panic Room the fact that they tend to fall pretty close to one another in most rankings of Fincher films is pretty telling. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who would put it towards the top of his filmography among his best films.

The Valeyard
06-26-12, 01:06 PM
Panic Room is better than The Game. Though certainly not Fincher's best work, Panic Room at least has an ending that makes coherent sense and doesn't rely on an absurdly convoluted string of coincidences and improbabilities.


That's funny. Those are my exact complaints about Panic Room.

islandclaws
06-26-12, 01:08 PM
It's not the case. Sean Penn's performance alone makes The Game way superior.

I recently watched it and I felt his character could have been played by a thousand other actors. His involvement had no effect on my enjoyment of the film, but he was good in his limited role.

OldBoy
08-14-12, 08:42 PM
so the date has been changed to 9/18 to not coincide with The Avengers, yah?

bsmith
08-15-12, 02:22 AM
I remember watching The Game on DVD when it was first released and enjoying it very much. Contrived and implausable, absolutely, but done in such a way as to create an interesting ride that wouldn't have been possible if trying to maintain a realistic approach. I picked of the UK blu-ray when released and watched it again and still enjoyed it knowing the ending. Since then I have watched it two more times with guests, enjoying their take as it all unfolds. I really enjoyed Sean Penn's performance as well.

As for Panic Room, it really is a "to each his own". I saw it once when it came out and while it was enjoyable, I've had no interest in seeing it again.

Solid Snake
09-01-12, 01:32 AM
Bluray.com review (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Game-Blu-ray/39030/#Review)

TomOpus
09-01-12, 07:41 AM
Sounds awesome. :up:

OldBoy
09-01-12, 09:44 AM
can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but, is this coming out the 18th or 25th?

Solid Snake
09-01-12, 11:11 AM
18th.

I must say...I've only seen this once like...10 years ago. Never saw it again cuz I don't watch TV and never could break down to buy the meh DVD of it. I'm pretty excited for this. Fincher is one of my favs for sure.

asianxcore
09-01-12, 01:11 PM
Really looking forward to this!

gp1086
09-01-12, 08:35 PM
Review is solid and seems top-notch. This one is crazy expensive though (maybe not by Criterion standards - I'm kind of new to their discs, so don't have great point of reference).

Robert
09-01-12, 08:41 PM
Review is solid and seems top-notch. This one is crazy expensive though (maybe not by Criterion standards - I'm kind of new to their discs, so don't have great point of reference).

It has the same MSRP as every other single disc Criterion Blu.

Trevor
09-02-12, 06:59 AM
I just lost.

spartickes
09-02-12, 01:24 PM
I just lost.

Haaaaaa, I see what you did there!


Dammit, now I lost too.

ctyankee
09-03-12, 10:18 AM
I probably need to give The Game another chance. I saw it about 12 years ago and my vague recollection is that I mostly liked it up until the ending, which I thought was incredibly annoying and ruined the movie for me. Since then I've always wondered why people seem to think it's great. Maybe I'd have a different reaction now.

Doubtful. People talk about it being a 'mindfuck' movie, I think it's more appealing to the 'mindless'

OldBoy
09-11-12, 01:55 PM
anyone know or think they know if this might be the same $19.99 pricepoint at BB as The Royal Tenenbaums was? Or does anybody know why BB still shows a 9.25 release date and if this will cause it not to be in stores next week (9.18)?

Robert
09-11-12, 08:20 PM
anyone know or think they know if this might be the same $19.99 pricepoint at BB as The Royal Tenenbaums was? Or does anybody know why BB still shows a 9.25 release date and if this will cause it not to be in stores next week (9.18)?

The Lethal Weapon box set was moved up a week and BB didn't get it until almost a month later. Their website kept its status as "pre-order" with the wrong release date for about a week after it was released. Hope this doesn't happen with <b>The Game</b>...

OldBoy
09-11-12, 09:31 PM
The Lethal Weapon box set was moved up a week and BB didn't get it until almost a month later. Their website kept its status as "pre-order" with the wrong release date for about a week after it was released. Hope this doesn't happen with <b>The Game</b>...

amen. if not updated by Sunday, will go with Amazon then.

Larry C.
09-12-12, 11:52 AM
How the fuck did I miss this thread!!!!!

The Game is one of my all time favs. I've seen it about 5-6 times and can't get enough.

OldBoy
09-13-12, 09:15 AM
confirmed to not be listed in BB ad next week. oh well. Amazon here i come...

Willh51
09-14-12, 09:00 AM
confirmed to not be listed in BB ad next week. oh well. Amazon here i come...

I was hoping Best Buy would grab onto this since it's such a mainstream movie (well, compared to stuff like Antichrist and Rashomon) and sell it for $20. Dream spoiled.

Geofferson
09-14-12, 09:18 AM
Review sounds awesome -- can't wait to pick this up :up: Will be my first Criterion purchase in quite a while.

WOODPRODUCTIONS
09-17-12, 09:34 AM
Have been very curious for awhile now on Criterion Collection flicks since I have never owned one. What better way to get an awesome introduction than this flick. One of my all time favorite movies.

Jack Straw
09-21-12, 07:57 PM
Got this in the mail today. Will definitely be checking it out over the weekend. Good times coming.

Giles
09-21-12, 08:08 PM
I'm looking forward to revisiting this film, because when I saw it initially in the theater, it didn't wow me in the slightest. I only can take Sean Penn in small doses - he's not an actor I don't particularly care for

Mr. Cinema
09-22-12, 11:10 AM
I got mine from Amazon the other day. This transfer is superb, especially compared to the lifeless, drab version we got on the HD DVD. For the first time, I can see actual detail and clarity in the picture and the colors are much improved. Fantastic job by Criterion.

Jonathan Little
09-29-12, 07:53 AM
I really enjoy this film and I'm happy to finally have it in my collection. I realized after watching it the other night that it probably helped spawn a fascination in me for BMWs fifteen years ago. The 7-Series is practically a costar in this one.

gerrythedon
11-16-13, 01:44 PM
I already have the CC but couldn't resist getting this [came in 2 days ago]

http://static2.thcdn.com/productimg/0/600/600/31/10836031-1374771988-891567.jpg

http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/the-game-zavvi-exclusive-limited-edition-steelbook/10836031.html?vwo_ppr=a

Solid Snake
11-16-13, 02:02 PM
nice.

I really loved the BD of this. Lighter than I'd want but still good.

Why So Blu?
11-16-13, 02:20 PM
That's a cool steelbook.

gerrythedon
11-16-13, 02:26 PM
nice.

I really loved the BD of this. Lighter than I'd want but still good.

yeah would have loved a new commentary or a documentary of sorts.

Fincher related: hopefully with SONY now distributing Criterion titles somehow we will get a nice 2-disc PANIC ROOM [with everything from the 3-disc DVD]

OldBoy
11-16-13, 02:57 PM
...and ordered!

Solid Snake
11-16-13, 03:02 PM
I REALLY loved how the menu started up on the SE of it. I'd love something like that as well for the BD... If they ever got to it.

Not sure why it isn't as admired but I really like that one.

gerrythedon
11-16-13, 03:14 PM
...and ordered!

:up:

clayg
11-25-13, 01:30 AM
Great flick. Glad Criterion finally gave it the treatment. But this artwork brings to mind the 9/11 falling man. Creepy.