Financial genius and coldhearted loner Nicholas receives an unusual birthday present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game formulated by the mysterious "CRS."
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- David Fincher
- DVD and Blu-ray
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
One of the pluses of DVD is the way it handles dark images. A well-transferred disk can give you the truest blacks of any home video medium. The Game benefits from these rich, dark color transfers -- any movie that has important scenes in near-darkness benefits tremendously from the format. Zero video noise and sharp details of whatever objects are visible give these sequences almost the same quality they had in the theater.
The sound is also exceptional, if not as flashy as on some other DVDs. Oneof the director's strengths is his subtle use of sound, which is very evocative (try to think of Seven without recalling that film's oppressive soundtrack). The Game makes similar intelligent use of sound that adds to the film's suspense.
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master AudioOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette; alternate ending; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Game is a 1997 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas as a wealthy investment banker whose ne'er-do-well brother gives him a strange gift for his 48th birthday: a live-action "game" that seems more dangerous and destructive than anything else. Suicide is a recurring theme; there's a grainy image of the lead character's father committing suicide by jumping off a roof, and the character himself attempts suicide. There's frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t." An explicitly sexual movie plays in a hotel room in which there's also cocaine on a mirror and dozens of sexually suggestive Polaroids. There is frequent peril: The main character is driven off a dock into a bay by a cab driver, is pursued by machine-gun-wielding mercenaries, and has no idea what's really happening to him and why until the very end.
- Sexual Content
- Explicitly sexual movie plays in a hotel room. Scattered around the room are Polaroid pictures of men and women in various states of undress.
- Distant, grainy image of a father committing suicide by jumping off the roof of a house. A dead body is discovered in a driveway, later revealed to be a toy. A man almost dies when a taxi is driven off a dock into a bay. A distraught man jumps off a building, driven to suicide after he believes he has accidentally shot and killed his brother. Characters fire machine guns. Frequent peril; characters run from seemingly deadly pursuers.
- Frequent profanity includes "f--k" and variations, "s--t" and variations, "d--kface," "son of a bitch." Reference to masturbation.
- Social Behavior
- Explores themes of what's important in life.
- CNN reference.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Cigar smoking and alcohol drinking. In a hotel room, cocaine is spread out on a mirror. A character is drugged and weaves in and out of consciousness before passing out.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it