DVD Review: House of Games
|The Criterion Collection |
Movie •••• Picture •••• Sound •••½ Extras ••••
Extras are relatively few for a Criterion Collection release, but they're potent nonetheless. Mamet and actor/gambler/expert-con-man Ricky Jay deliver what may be one of the most intense, no-holds-barred commentaries ever committed to disc. New 15-minute interviews with stars Joe Mantegna and Lindsay Crouse are equally revealing. "David Mamet on House of Games," a 25-minute low-tech featurette, actually blends vintage documentary footage and interview material. You also get storyboards, a con trick that didn't quite make the movie because it was deemed too private to reveal, and a printed booklet containing an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from the screenplay. [R] English, Dolby Digital mono, letterboxed (1.78:1) and anamorphic widescreen; dual layer.