Death Game BluRay Review

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The Film

Peter S. Traynor’s DEATH GAME is a movie I had only seen once several years ago in a terrible, blurry VHS quality version. Recently I received the new BluRay edition from our friends at Grindhouse Releasing. First off, I have to say that the 1080p transfer looks absolutely gorgeous. It really was like seeing the movie for the first time. The cinematography by David Worth (who also edited it AND did the voiceover for star Seymour Cassel!) just makes the movie so visually lush. The story, which takes place in the home invasion subgenre (Fight For Your Life, House on The Edge of the Park) provides quite a twist. Instead of male psychos this time its two beautiful women (Colleen Camp, Sondra Locke) who are the intruders with Seymour Cassel (Faces, Minnie & Moskowitz, Rushmore) as their victim. The mood between the three main characters moves from innocent to sensual and erotic to maniacal and violent. The two women are revealed to be out for a kind of retribution for events in their past. While I think parts of the movie work well, other parts get a bit over the top and silly. Still, it definitely holds your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the running time. One aspect that is really important about the film is that it was made in about 2 or 3 weeks with a very low budget but looks just amazing and makes you wonder what Peter Traynor might’ve done next if he had continued working in film with a bigger budget. It turns out that this was a bad experience for him and he moved on to other things because of it. The new Grindhouse Releasing BluRay comes with some great special features like two audio commentaries, one with Eli Roth (who remade the movie as Knock Knock) and star Colleen Camp, and other with writer/producer Larry Spiegel & DP/Editor David Worth. In addition there’s interviews with cast & crew, trailers and more. I now own almost all of Grindhouse Releasing’s titles and this is another gem in the collection I would highly recommend to film geeks.


BluRay Review

PICTURE: Presented in (2:35:1) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • AUDIO COMMENTARY with Eli Roth and Colleen Camp -
  • AUDIO Commentary with Larry Spiegel & David Worth -
  • INTERVIEWS with Director Peter Traynor, star Colleen Camp, Larry Spiegel, David Worth -
  • AUDIO INTERVIEW with Sondra Locke'-
  • EXTENSIVE STILL GALLERIES & GRINDHOUSE RELEASING THEATRICAL TRAILERS
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