The Most Dangerous Game (1932) – By Jason S. Lockard

I recently received the 75th anniversary addition of the 1932 classic; The Most Dangerous Game. The film is a Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack film adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell.

The film follows ship wrecked survivors Bob Rainesford (Joel McCrea) and Eve (Fay Wray) who find themselves on a on a remote island. They find a fortress-like house and are greeted by the owner Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks), all seems to be well and fine, but looks can be deceiving. What they soon find out is that Count Zaroff is insane. He likes to play ‘the most dangerous game’, he releases his guest into the jungle where he hunts them down and if he does not find them by sunrise he will set them free. Will Bob and Eve escape the grim reaper twice or has their time come? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

In 2007 Legend Films and legendary effects master Ray Harryhausen took the time to not only restore the classic black & white film to pristine condition, but also colorized this classic film! The color is absolutely beautifully done and you can hardly tell it’s colorized. Major kudos to Legend Films and The Master Ray Harryhausen for bringing this classic to vibrant color.

So if you love thriller films as much as I do, you can’t go wrong with this one. Max Steiner’s Score just builds the tension to a fever pitch! It’s a thrill a minute adventure. This DVD not only includes the B&W and Colorized versions of this film, but includes bonus features: Ray Harryhausen on the importance of a Movie Score, James D’Arc talks about Merian C. Cooper, John Morgan, composer discussing Max Steiner and trailers for She and Things to come. This is one tremendous release! It’s one ever classic movie fanatic should own. Head over to www.LegendFilms.com or your local DVD retailer pick up a copy of this film you won’t be disappointed!

Moral Rating: Mild Violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Genre: Thriller
Length: 63 Minutes
DVD Released: 2007
Our DVD Rating: A+