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

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Joel McCrea
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VL05G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Felipe N. Gajate on 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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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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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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I bought this disc for The Most Dangerous Game and its amusing play on words, and got Bird of Paradise as a bonus. The transfer is disappointing of course, but the price is so modest one can't complain. One of the fascinating things about these early sound pictures is watching the directors struggle with recorded sound, the endless music scores concealing the lack of any ambient sound. It's a pity David O. Selznic got cold feet over The Most Dangerous Game and chopped the spooky bits, because it throws the story out of balance but it's a great yarn and Joel McCrea (always filne) and Fay Wray are terrific. Bird of Paradise is really silly for much of the time, with some charming innuendo. Johnny telling Luana that a house is for sleeping in - O and that too. McCrea delivers the line with enjoyable insouciance. The last moments are unexpectedly moving. I'm glad to add these to my collection, as they are both better than the almost unwatchable Silver Cord made a year later, even with the presence of Irene Dunn and the future Mrs. McCrea and the disappointing Richest Girl in the World in which the exterior shots seem to barely record what sound there is .
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I'm hoping you've already read the reviews, that supply all the detail, because all I'm gonna give is my opinion.

"The Most Dangerous Game" is a superior and stylish adventure for it's time (1933), but generally speaking, talkies were at least half a decade away from their first great era. Movies made before 1939 rarely excite me. But, by comparison, this is still much more exciting than Universal's monster movies, which, as an adult, I find eternally slow and boring. That's bound to piss-off a few of you, but it's just my personal experience. Actually, I think I really enjoy everything about this movie except it's slow build up, before the exciting chase sequence.

"Bird of Paradise" is a beautiful fantasy-romance, from a time when America was enjoying it's first love affair with the islands of the South Pacific, while business interests exploited it's natives. The cultural arrogance of the main character, while spawned primarily from simple ignorance, is still maddening to me. Otherwise, it's a very nice film.
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