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Game of Death [Blu-ray]
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Newly Mastered in HD! The great Robert Wise (Run Silent Run Deep, The Haunting) directed this suspense thriller based on the classic Richard Connell (Meet John Doe) story, The Most Dangerous Game. A shipwrecked Don Rainsford (John Loder, Sabotage) washes up on a homicidal big-game hunter s Caribbean island where the madman hunts human prey for his personal island habitat. A Game of Death is a thrilling adventure yarn, which was beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by the great J. Roy Hunt (I Walked with a Zombie, Crossfire) and also featured wonderful performances by Audrey Long (Born to Kill, Desperate) and Robert Clarke (The Man From Planet X, The Hideous Sun Demon).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith | Trailers
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I read the Richard Connell short story as a freshman in high school and loved it and paid the greatest tribute a freshman in high school could give to this short story. I wrote my own version of this short story which was a complete theft of Connell's classic.
In college, I saw the original movie and loved the film's realization of the short story.
This version was very similar in almost every scene. Of course, no one could beat Leslie Banks. There was insanity in his eyes.
Fay Wray and Joel McCrea are also so much better. More emotion! More involvement.
While John Loder was too British and mild for his role, I though Edgar Barrier was very good.
Richard Connell wrote a real classic and he needs to get the recognition of writing this original, gripping story. Thank you, Richard where ever you are. I am so glad that his short story was part of my freshman literature book. I have never forgotten it!
Granted, the story pretty much follows the exact same scenes we see in the '32 version but there is a modest production improvement, seen mostly during the jungle hunt. The 72 minute film stars John Loder as hunter and writer Don Rainsford. Loder's acting is quite an improvement over a younger but much hunkier Joel McCrea in the original. Here, Fay Wray's Eve (now Ellen) is portrayed by Audrey Long, a dead ringer for Naomi Watts, at least in the looks department.
Rainsford is the lone survivor of a shipwreck, orchestrated by the evil Erich Kreiger (Edgar Barrier) who has misplaced the channel markers near the island. He lives alone in an old castle, properly modernized, of course. Ellen and her brother Robert (Russell Wade) are the remaining survivors of an earlier wreck. Although there were others they have mysteriously disappeared.
Kreiger, himself a hunter has becomes so psychologically focused on having challenging game has resorted to...you guessed it, hunting humans. Specifically men. As he says hunters never kill the female. In one scene, Rainsford goes into the jungle in the dark of night with only a pocket knife and manages to concoct some great human traps with nothing more than moonlight to light the way. Amazing! OK, a few smirks aside, I found the film to be fun to watch. I did recognize popular character actor Gene Roth (here billed as Gene Stutenroth) as Kreiger's servant and henchman. Also look for Jason Robards, Sr. as the doomed ship's captain.