"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 and Joel McCrea. Before making history with 1933's King Kong, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack wowed audiences with their chilling adaptation of this Richard Connell short story. Criterion is proud to present the DVD premiere of The Most Dangerous Game
in a new digital transfer.
The Most Dangerous Game
is a classic, one of the first talkies to get pictures moving after five very static years following the birth of sound. The plot finds resourceful hero Joel McCrea and heroine Fay Wray being hunted on the island of the insane Zaroff (Leslie Banks). One of the grandfathers of the summer blockbuster, the film's setup has been reworked many times since, notably in John Woo's Hard Target
(1993). By modern standards it's technically primitive, though still gripping stuff, complete with the jungle set built as a test run for King Kong
(1933) and graced by Max Steiner's prototype of all Hollywood action scores. --Gary S. Dalkin