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The Game (1997)


This information is for the Laserdisc release, not a DVD release.

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection laserdisc release of The Game.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director David Fincher, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, actor Michael Douglas, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, digital animator supervisor Richard "Dr." Baily, visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, and director of photography Harris Savides Rating:7.5/10 (13 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badkarmaboy on January 13th, 2008:Find all reviews by badkarmaboy
Great commentary (the Fincher part). He talks about his view on films not only about technical stuff, which in my opinion, are rarely interesting. He even criticizes his movie, The Game. His commentaries are personal and entertaining. Highly recommended.
My vote: 9

Don't forget: commentaries are like documentaries, 99% of them are boring as hell and useless. Sadly most of them won't give you any usable or relevant knowledge about life. But this one does sometimes :)
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 7th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Too boring. I have gotten used to David Fincher doing good commentaries, and so he has set a standard for himself. And while this is not that bad, it is far from great. He is very un-enthusiastic. 6/10
Reviewed by musíl65 on September 5th, 2011:Find all reviews by musíl65
This commentary is quite okay. There are too many speakers involved. The best parts are those from Fincher und Douglas. They talk about the script and the acting. Also the compromises because of the studio are discussed. It would be better to have only these two persons on this track. 6/10

P.S. This track could be found also on the DVD Special Edition (not only on Criterion).
Reviewed by sedna on August 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
I'll have to side with the lot that said the best parts are from either Fincher or Douglas. You get a few (I could count on my hand) insights from Harris Savides on some of the technicals, but you won't come out learning a lot about the technicality of it. Fincher is where it's at. He does talk a lot about his theories on storytelling and how HE does it, or tries to. The bulk of what Finch has to say is quite interesting. I really listened to it for his insight. And he does provide it, which left me informed.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 13th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
FYI Commentary lovers, This entire track is on Youtube. Sadly, it is ported from the R2 disc, so watching the film with it generates some lag time. But, as the above reviewers mention, this is a solid track. Like other Criterion efforts, it is well edited. The best morsels of information come from Fincher and Michael Douglas. It's very insightful to hear Mr. Douglas' approach to acting, as well as his admitted ignorance of film history. Fincher is even more revelatory in his words. An amalgam of ego and brilliance that comes across throughout his portions of the track. I enjoyed the writers' thoughts as well. Nice for burgeoning screenwriters out there. All about story construction and the requisite omissions that happened along the production. If you want to hear this track in perfect sync,I believe the criterion Blu-ray was released as of this date.
Reviewed by wizenhymer on October 3rd, 2014:Find all reviews by wizenhymer
The Fincher and Douglas bits are highlights, but it's far from the best Fincher commentary.

Reviewed by grimjack on July 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
If you are thinking this is one of Finchers weaker films, you are definitely going to think it is his weakest commentary. It might be okay from another directors, but for him, this is lacking a lot of his insights and enthusiasm.

One point I did find fascinating was that he edited special effects before the laserdisc version, that he wish he had the time to do for the theatrical run. I am having a hard time thinking of another time that was ever done (other than the more obvious entire scenes added in or out).

Douglas brings up various interesting takes on how he approaches acting, and Fincher does talk some technical stuff. Since the script is actually the most important part of this films production, I am glad the writers had their say, and spoke about the different directions it almost went, but I wish they had been recorded at the same time as Fincher as the debate would have been more interesting.