It’s been a long time coming, but director David Fincher’s 1997 thriller The Game is finally headed to Criterion later this year. Fincher previously talked about the release in an interview with Steve in 2010, and he stated that the hold-up was probably his fault as he still needed to look at the full cut before it could be released. The wait is finally over, as Criterion announced that the disc will hit DVD and Blu-ray on September 25th of this year. Included is a new, restored digital transfer supervised by Fincher and director of photography Harris Savides, an alternate 5.1 surround audio mix, commentary by Fincher, Savides and star Michael Douglas, and much more.
The Game is quite the twisted thriller, and while it’s not my favorite Fincher film it’s definitely worth checking out. Hit the jump to check out the Criterion cover (in keeping with Fincher’s other Criterion discs, it’s black), a full list of features and the trailer for the film.
Here are the features, via Criterion:
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:
- 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
Here’s the film’s original trailer: