David Fincher’s excellent thriller “The Game” is getting an extras-packed new Special Edition release from Arrow in July
On July 27th, we’re finally getting a UK Special Edition release of the excellent The Game, by director David Fincher, from Arrow Academy.
The release will feature a director-approved 2K transfer of the film, a mix of new and archive extra features, as well as a 200 page hardback book.
Pre-orders are live right now.
Made in between Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher’s edge-of-your-seat thriller The Game remains arguably his most underappreciated film, bolstered by an exceptional star performance by Michael Douglas.
Despite his large mansion and intimidating bank balance, multimillionaire Nicholas Van Orton is haunted by the childhood memory of his father’s suicide. On the day he reaches the same age his father was when he died, Nicholas receives an unconventional birthday present from his estranged brother Conrad (Sean Penn): an invitation to play a mysterious “game”, the aim and rules of which are kept secret. As the game unfolds, Nicholas suddenly finds himself in a fight for his life, assisted by the enigmatic Christine (Deborah Kara Unger, Crash) but unsure of where to turn and who to trust.
Presented in a director-approved remaster available for the first time in the UK, the twisty mysteries of Fincher’s pulse-pounding paranoiac puzzle are explored in an exciting array of new and archive bonus features.
TWO-DISC LIMITED DELUXE EDITION CONTENTS:
- Limited to only 3,000 units
- Deluxe packaging including a 200-page hardback book housed in a rigid slipcase, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
- 200-page book exclusive to this edition includes a newly-commissioned full-length monograph by Bilge Ebiri, and selected archive materials, including an American Cinematographer article from 1997, a 2004 interview with Harris Savides by Alexander Ballinger, and the chapter on the film from Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher by James Swallow
- Arrow Academy Blu-ray including new bonus features and UK home video premiere of director-approved 2K restoration
Universal Special Edition DVD featuring archive extras with cast and crew
DISC ONE – BLU-RAY
- 2K restoration from the original negative by The Criterion Collection supervised and approved by director David Fincher and cinematographer Harris Savides
- High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
- Original 5.1 & 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Isolated Music & Effects track
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- New audio commentary by critic and programmer Nick Pinkerton
- Fool’s Week: Developing The Game, a newly filmed interview with co-writer John Brancato
- Men On The Chessboard: The Hidden Pleasures of The Game, a new visual essay by critic Neil Young
- Archive promotional interview with star Michael Douglas from 1997
- Alternatively-framed 4:3 version prepared for home video (SD only), with new introduction discussing Fincher’s use of the Super 35 shooting format
- Theatrical trailer
- Teaser trailer
- Image gallery
DISC TWO – DVD
- Standard definition DVD (PAL) presentation
- 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with director David Fincher, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, director of photography Harris Savides, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug
Behind The Scenes featurettes – Dog Chase, The Taxi, Christine’s House, The Fall (with optional commentary by Fincher, Douglas, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
- On Location featurettes – Exterior Parking Lot: Blue Screen Shot, Exterior Fioli Mansion: Father’s Death, Interior CRS Lobby and Offices, Interior Fioli Mansion: Vandalism, Exterior Mexican Cemetary (with optional commentary by Fincher, Savides, Beecroft and Haug)
- Theatrical trailer (with optional commentary by Fincher)
- Teaser trailer
- Teaser trailer CGI test footage (with optional commentary by designer/animator Richard Baily)
- Alternate ending
- Production design and storyboard galleries