Made in between Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher’s edge-of-your-seat thriller The Game remains arguably his most underappreciated film, bolstered by an exceptional star performance by Michael Douglas.

Despite his large mansion and intimidating bank balance, multimillionaire Nicholas Van Orton is haunted by the childhood memory of his father’s suicide. On the day he reaches the same age his father was when he died, Nicholas receives an unconventional birthday present from his estranged brother Conrad (Sean Penn): an invitation to play a mysterious “game”, the aim and rules of which are kept secret. As the game unfolds, Nicholas suddenly finds himself in a fight for his life, assisted by the enigmatic Christine (Deborah Kara Unger, Crash) but unsure of where to turn and who to trust.

Presented in a director-approved remaster available for the first time in the UK, the twisty mysteries of Fincher’s pulse-pounding paranoiac puzzle are explored in an exciting array of new and archive bonus features.

TWO-DISC LIMITED DELUXE EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited to only 3,000 units
  • Deluxe packaging including a 200-page hardback book housed in a rigid slipcase, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
  • 200-page book exclusive to this edition includes a newly-commissioned full-length monograph by Bilge Ebiri, and selected archive materials, including an American Cinematographer article from 1997, a 2004 interview with Harris Savides by Alexander Ballinger, and the chapter on the film from Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher by James Swallow
  • Arrow Academy Blu-ray including new bonus features and UK home video premiere of director-approved 2K restoration
  • Universal Special Edition DVD featuring archive extras with cast and crew

DISC ONE – BLU-RAY

  • 2K restoration from the original negative by The Criterion Collection supervised and approved by director David Fincher and cinematographer Harris Savides
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 & 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Isolated Music & Effects track
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • New audio commentary by critic and programmer Nick Pinkerton
  • Fool's Week: Developing The Game, a newly filmed interview with co-writer John Brancato
  • Men On The Chessboard: The Hidden Pleasures of The Game, a new visual essay by critic Neil Young
  • Archive promotional interview with star Michael Douglas from 1997
  • Alternatively-framed 4:3 version prepared for home video (SD only), with new introduction discussing Fincher’s use of the Super 35 shooting format
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Teaser trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – DVD

  • Standard definition DVD (PAL) presentation
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director David Fincher, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug
  • Behind The Scenes featurettes - Dog Chase, The Taxi, Christine’s House, The Fall (with optional commentary by Fincher, Douglas, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
  • On Location featurettes – Exterior Parking Lot: Blue Screen Shot, Exterior Fioli Mansion: Father’s Death, Interior CRS Lobby and Offices, Interior Fioli Mansion: Vandalism, Exterior Mexican Cemetary (with optional commentary by Fincher, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
  • Theatrical trailer (with optional commentary by Fincher)
  • Teaser trailer
  • Teaser trailer CGI test footage (with optional commentary by designer/animator Richard Baily)
  • Alternate ending
  • Production design and storyboard galleries
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Michael Douglas

Sean Penn

Deborah Kara Unger
Director:
David Fincher
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Run Time:
129 mins approx
studio:
Arrow Academy
Theatrical Release Year:
1997

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Made in between Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher’s edge-of-your-seat thriller The Game remains arguably his most underappreciated film, bolstered by an exceptional star performance by Michael Douglas.

Despite his large mansion and intimidating bank balance, multimillionaire Nicholas Van Orton is haunted by the childhood memory of his father’s suicide. On the day he reaches the same age his father was when he died, Nicholas receives an unconventional birthday present from his estranged brother Conrad (Sean Penn): an invitation to play a mysterious “game”, the aim and rules of which are kept secret. As the game unfolds, Nicholas suddenly finds himself in a fight for his life, assisted by the enigmatic Christine (Deborah Kara Unger, Crash) but unsure of where to turn and who to trust.

Presented in a director-approved remaster available for the first time in the UK, the twisty mysteries of Fincher’s pulse-pounding paranoiac puzzle are explored in an exciting array of new and archive bonus features.

TWO-DISC LIMITED DELUXE EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited to only 3,000 units
  • Deluxe packaging including a 200-page hardback book housed in a rigid slipcase, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
  • 200-page book exclusive to this edition includes a newly-commissioned full-length monograph by Bilge Ebiri, and selected archive materials, including an American Cinematographer article from 1997, a 2004 interview with Harris Savides by Alexander Ballinger, and the chapter on the film from Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher by James Swallow
  • Arrow Academy Blu-ray including new bonus features and UK home video premiere of director-approved 2K restoration
  • Universal Special Edition DVD featuring archive extras with cast and crew

DISC ONE – BLU-RAY

  • 2K restoration from the original negative by The Criterion Collection supervised and approved by director David Fincher and cinematographer Harris Savides
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original 5.1 & 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Isolated Music & Effects track
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • New audio commentary by critic and programmer Nick Pinkerton
  • Fool's Week: Developing The Game, a newly filmed interview with co-writer John Brancato
  • Men On The Chessboard: The Hidden Pleasures of The Game, a new visual essay by critic Neil Young
  • Archive promotional interview with star Michael Douglas from 1997
  • Alternatively-framed 4:3 version prepared for home video (SD only), with new introduction discussing Fincher’s use of the Super 35 shooting format
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Teaser trailer
  • Image gallery

DISC TWO – DVD

  • Standard definition DVD (PAL) presentation
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director David Fincher, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug
  • Behind The Scenes featurettes - Dog Chase, The Taxi, Christine’s House, The Fall (with optional commentary by Fincher, Douglas, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
  • On Location featurettes – Exterior Parking Lot: Blue Screen Shot, Exterior Fioli Mansion: Father’s Death, Interior CRS Lobby and Offices, Interior Fioli Mansion: Vandalism, Exterior Mexican Cemetary (with optional commentary by Fincher, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
  • Theatrical trailer (with optional commentary by Fincher)
  • Teaser trailer
  • Teaser trailer CGI test footage (with optional commentary by designer/animator Richard Baily)
  • Alternate ending
  • Production design and storyboard galleries
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Michael Douglas

Sean Penn

Deborah Kara Unger
Director:
David Fincher
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Run Time:
129 mins approx
studio:
Arrow Academy
Theatrical Release Year:
1997

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The game

A great under rated movie in another fantastic package from Arrow.

Brilliant

This movie is fantastic. Full of suspense, twists and turns, and the picture quality on this bluray is superb, an improvement over the previous releases. However I cannot say enough about, how great, the book, its design, and articles withhin, are absolutely brilliant, a compliment to this set.

Stunning

Another stunning arrow release, well designed package. As much behind the scenes info as you could hope for. The film itself is underrated, coming out between Seven and Fight Club. Well worth another look

The Game’s afoot

Filmed between the deliciously dark Se7en and the ironically talked about Fight Club, The Game feels like it could win Pointless as an oft forgotten masterpiece of David Fincher (that and the not quite as good but equally not as appreciated Panic Room). Perfectly cast as a Scrooge like character, Michael Douglas pulls you into the Game as much as the enigmatic plotting of the screenplay by John Bracato and Michael Ferris. Sean Penn adds to the tension and everyone else cast seems to be perfectly tailored for the role they play. You wouldn’t think such a film that had an average take at the box office and is only talked about when David Fincher’s name is mentioned in a film conversation at the pub would get carefully curated attention to detail special features as this but it is a pleasing surprise. The box itself feels like it should feature a board game of the film (thankfully not!) but it houses a 200 page (!) special book with excerpts from books on the film as well as a Blu Ray and dvd version of the film. Some special features are pretty standard and have featured on previous editions but need to be on the disc so it feels as comprehensive as possible. The newer features are what you should pay attention to and give a welcome insight into the film (just don’t watch them before watching the film at least once). Commentary is provided by everyone you’d want it from and worth a listen if that’s your thing (certainly is mine and got some useful insights). Would it have been nice to have it all on one disc? Yes but that’s just a small niggle. See this if you have seen a Fincher film but want to see more or if you love a great twist. You’re in for a ride!

When your life seems like you’re going through the motions...

Great movie. Amazing transfer. Beautiful artwork. An amazing edition all-around!

The Game Is On

I am a huge fan of David Fincher. Each film is for a celebration - I can't wait for "Mank". "The Game" might not be a masterpiece, like "Se7en" or "The Social Network", but still it's a film that I enjoy coming back to. By that film Fincher established himself as a visual master. Twisted, meticulously directed, beautifully shot by great late Harris Savides, with outstanding Michael Douglas is a thrilling film. And this incredible edition is a marvel. Housed in a hardbook with behind the scenes photos, crisp 2K restoration from the original negative - what's not to love..! If you love Fincher, I definitely recommend this film!

Amazing packaging

Great film, excellent packaging. Be warned: this is taller than a standard Blu-ray so won't fit on all shelves - it's more like a hard case book. One to display perhaps.

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