WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Game, The

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Anna Katarina & Armin Mueller-Stahl

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1520L
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $99.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 128
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): David Fincher
(Screenplay/Written By): John Brancato & Michael Ferris
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Shore
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeffrey Beecroft
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): James Haygood
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jonathan Mostow
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Brancato & CeŠn Chaffin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Game is a suspenseful, terrifying and intriguing thriller that will play games with your mind. Michael Douglas stars as millionaire Nicholas Van Orton, whose brother, Conrad (Sean Penn), gives him a birthday gift that pits him in the middle of a heart-pounding, custom-made interactive game. Professional actors pose as ordinary people in Van Ortonís life, but soon drag him into a confusing maze of terrifying events. His entire established existence seems to be falling apart. Desperate to protect everything he has ever built, Van Orton must race to finish this deadly game or risk losing control of his life.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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