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Joel McCrea Double Feature: "The Most Dangerous Game"/Bird Of Paradise (1942)

Joel McCrea  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel McCrea
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VL05G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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, but he has to overcome many obstacles. The second feature, The Most Dangerous Game, is one of the tightest, action-filled 62 minutes in movie history! A crazed Russian expatriate hunts people who shipwreck on his deserted island for sport... but McCrea and Wray are tougher prey than he expects. Note: The Most Dangerous Game was filmed almost simultaneously with another RKO classic King Kong and shared many of the same sets and personnel. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Bonus: "King Kong" Trailer and Betty Boop Cartoon "Bamboo Isle" Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 142 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1932; SRP - $4.99.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double dose of island adventure! February 5, 2005
By Dave
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING VERSIONS December 23, 2007
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCH THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME! November 4, 2007
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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! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars McCrea Double feature July 15, 2009
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BIRD OF PARADISE
The plot is that of a young and apparently naïve' adventurer played by Joel McCrea meeting and falling head-over-heels for a tantalizing native girl, Dolores Del Rio who, it seems has a fate which precludes losing virginity, but may include her being BBQ'd .

While McCrea lustfully leaps into the relationship with all abandon, his pals discuss whether he and the head-turning beauty, of the primitive native Del Rio can find happiness as a couple back on US soil. Add to that the predilection Island natives in films seem to have had for sacrificing young and beautiful virgins to the god's of the volcano's. One could within the first few moments see that the romance of McCrea and Del Rio's characters was ill fated, unless he stays alert, out-thinks the enemy and is able to indoctrinate Del Rio away from her primitive superstitions.

While one reviewer called the film "heavy," I saw its plot as frail and silly. What was plodding and heavy, was its desire to destroy the sexual relationship of the young couple, as some sort of sin, which must be somehow punished. However, despite its flaws I found it to be naively charming, but never the less, burdened by silly, trite, and badly constructed plot.

Another reviewer stated, "After initial resistance, the heroine nobly resigns herself to her fate, realizing that there is no place for her in her white lover's civilization." I saw nothing noble about the impending and wasteful self-sacrifice of the life of Del Rio's character.
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