David Fincher’s The Game Goes Criterion Blu-ray

Criterion has unveiled their September Blu-ray and DVD releases and among them is the long-rumored title The Game.  David Fincher’s noirish thriller will be released on Blu-ray on Sept. 25 featuring a newly restored digital transfer amongst other special features which you can see below.

The Game had long been talked about as having a Criterion release a few years back but nothing came of it.  It’s something that I desperately wanted to see happen as there is nothing better than having Criterion in charge of putting out a release of the film.  They do a phenomenal job in creating excellent transfers and features for their releases and are incredibly capable of handling the films of one of the most visually specific directors out there.  While The Game isn’t my favorite of Fincher’s works, it is fantastically shot and is a fun, dark thriller that is easy enjoy.  As an enormous fan of Fincher and a completist collector of his work, I’ll be happy to snag up this assuredly quality release which marks the second-to-last Fincher film to hit Blu-ray.  Now all I need is for Columbia to release Panic Room and I’ll be set.

And how cool is that cover art that Criterion has cooked up for us?


  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director David Fincher and director of photography Harris Savides, with original theatrical 5.1 surround theatrical soundtrack, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate 5.1 surround mix optimized for home theater viewing, supervised by sound designer Ren Klyce and Fincher, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Fincher, Savides, actor Michael Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, digital animation supervisor Richard “Dr.” Baily, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, and visual effects producer Robyn D’Arcy
  • An hour’s worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons for four of the film’s major set pieces, with commentary
  • Alternate ending
  • Trailer and teaser trailer, with commentary
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt

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