David Fincher’s THE GAME Finally Coming to Criterion on September 25

     June 15, 2012

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.

the-game-criterion-blu-ray-coverHere are the features, via Criterion:


  • 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:


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  • Kai

    Now we just need the same treatment for “Panic Room”.

  • James

    It’s an awful film, but I’m interested in the audio commentary.

  • Christian

    Decent movie, but that’s really cool cover. They put out Being John Malkovich now they need to do Adaptation.

  • Jacob White

    I can’t wait to hear the differences (subtle, I’m sure) between the restored theatrical mix, and this new “home theater” mix. The annoying geek in me would’ve love to have the new “home theater” mix to be in 7.1. But, it’s cool that they’re doing something different at all.

  • Bill

    I love the film and have only seen it on the shoddy first-generation DVD. Can’t wait to view this film in its real glory!

  • HollywoodCed

    Great movie! I don’t have that many Criterion editions as I would like but they are done extremely well. Would love to see them do 2001 a space odyssey.

  • Deepak

    Is this gonna be the same commentary that was on the Criterion laserdisc from back in the day, or a new one?

    • d

      Yes, the old one.

  • will

    Nice going. That first-generation DVD looks like crap. Good to get a nice HD version at last.

  • Northern Star

    David Fincher may be undoubtedly one of the best directors of his generation, but his output tends to be on again-off again in it’s quality; for every ‘Se7en’ there’s a ‘The Game, for every ‘Fight Club’ there’s a ‘Panic Room’, and for every ‘Zodiac’ there’s a (shudder) ‘…Benjamin Button’ – I haven’t seen ‘The Social Network’ or ‘…Dragon Tattoo’ yet so can’t comment on either – for every work of brilliance there’s a work of mediocrity… and don’t even start about (the criminally-underrated) ‘Alien 3′ or we’ll be here all night!

  • Scott

    I can’t believe you guys don’t like the game. I haven’t seen it in forever
    But I remember thinking it was a good head trip with a lot of good twists.

  • Michael Horne

    I love The Game. It gives you a distinctly uncomfortable feeling, which is one of Fincher’s trademarks and the twists and turns, when I first watched it, came out of nowhere (unlike Shylamamamaman’s films). That and Michael Douglas’ and Sean Penn’s performances are flawless