Two years after he shocked audiences with "that ending" in "Se7en," David Fincher returned with the less critically acclaimed but still mightily impressive mindscrew "The Game." The twisted thriller centers on enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas), who receives a strange gift from his wayward younger brother (Sean Penn) on his birthday: a live-action game that, if he agrees to play by its rules, will change his life. "The Game" is by no means definitive Fincher, but it still makes for quite the sordid ride, with a paranoid Douglas in top form and enough twists to keep you guessing until the final reel. And thanks to the folks over at the Criterion Collection, the film's never looked better.
Extras: Audio commentary by Fincher, Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, digital animation supervisor Richard “Dr.” Baily, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug; an hour’s worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons of four of the film’s major set pieces, with commentary; an alternate ending; the trailer and teaser, with commentary; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt.
With "Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond outing to make its way to screens, opening in late October timed to the franchise's 50th anniversary, MGM presents all 22 previous 007 films packaged in one massive box set for the first time ever. Among the crop, nine ("Goldeneye," "Octopussy," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "You Only Live Twice," "The Living Daylights," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Diamonds are Forever," "A View to a Kill" and "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service") are making their Blu-ray debuts.
Extras: Over 130 hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen content from the Bond archives, and one disc of brand new bonus content approximately one hour in length.