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Old 10-20-2005, 01:05 PM   #1
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The Card Player question

I had been holding off from buying THE CARD PLAYER due to the mixed reviews I read for Anchor Bay's disc, however, I saw it for cheap the other day at Best Buy and temptation set in. Now I don't expect the film to be another masterpiece in the vein of DEEP RED, but for those of you who have seen it, can I at least expect an entertaining giallo similar to say THE CAT O' NINE TAILS or SLEEPLESS? Lastly, does the ending/unmasking pack a punch, or is it anticlimatic? I may pick it up tomorrow depending on the feedback I get.

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Old 10-20-2005, 03:13 PM   #2
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I enjoyed it. Especially the ending. If I were you I would definitely pick it up. I would put in the same ball park as Trauma. No complaints with the DVD as well.
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Old 10-20-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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Just buy it,it's Argento dammit!
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:00 PM   #4
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This is one of my least favorite Argento flicks; It's not bad, just banal... In my opinion, not as good as either Cat O' Nine Tails or Sleepless... I thought the ending was one of Argento's weakest, I really didn't care for the killer... I'll probably end up getting it on dvd but only as a completist thing...
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Old 10-20-2005, 10:21 PM   #5
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Fantastic Film. 9/10.

The entire climax was extremely dumb, the way they did was actually pretty ridiculous.

Anyone care to refute that?
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Old 10-20-2005, 10:26 PM   #6
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Isn't one of my favorite Argento films, but I enjoyed it. If I were you, I'd rent it first.

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Old 10-20-2005, 10:31 PM   #7
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Buy it at DeepDiscountDVD. It's only $10 shipped until tomorrow, I think. I ordered one yesterday.
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Old 10-20-2005, 10:46 PM   #8
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I'm an Argento fan so I love everything he does. With that said, the movie has a great pacing, the kills are all done off camera but it works, it's driven by the Goblins - Claudio "Techno" score which is reminiscent of his old films. I really enjoyed the film and never figured out who the "killer" was till the end. The concept of playing cards with the killer is pretty cool too. I highly recommend it, especially if you are an Argento fan. Great Film.

PS. "The making of" on the DVD is worth the price alone. Argento goes through a lot of the shoot and there's a lot of behind the scenes.

I would pick this up with Trauma, which came out at the same time, if you haven't picked it up yet.

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Old 10-21-2005, 12:11 PM   #9
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Old 10-21-2005, 12:52 PM   #10
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It's awful. The dialogue is laughable, even by Argento's standards. Overall 3/10.
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Old 10-21-2005, 01:03 PM   #11
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It's awful. The dialogue is laughable, even by Argento's standards. Overall 3/10.
Once you can get over the initial awkward dialogue it actually turns into a pretty decent and suspenseful film IMO.

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Old 10-21-2005, 01:15 PM   #12
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It's just so naive somehow ... I did enjoy it (in a dumbfounded sort of way) but it's pretty worthless compared to Argento's other films. In fact, I'd even go as far as say that I prefer Phantom of the Opera to this one - at least Phantom was somewhat different. The Card Player is totally formulaic and ridiculous.

The performances are ok, the make up is very, very sub-standard, I liked the cinematography - very stark, very stylish (not Profondo Rosso-stylish, but still it looks good), but Argento seems to be holding off the visual pyrotechnics that make him so interesting.

The identity of the killer is lame, but the climax itself is pretty ok. Or something like that
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:33 PM   #13
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Get it and watch in Italian, it works better somehow.

Oh, and it's not a Goblin soundtrack, it's only Claudio..... and I love it.
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:16 PM   #14
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Oh, and it's not a Goblin soundtrack, it's only Claudio..... and I love it.
I liked it, too. The interview with him on the AB disc was fascinating; he is really one of the true greats in the music world IMO.
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Old 10-22-2005, 04:39 AM   #15
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I saw this film in Italian and the dialogue was fine. I also liked the soundtrack and I'm glad that Simonetti did it. Anyway, I didn't get the AB disc because of what I heard about the English soundtrack. It's too bad that AB didn't include the Italian track but that's pretty much the usual case. I don't know, if the film takes place in Italy then they should definitely include that track (IMO).

I wonder if the writers wrote the script in Italian and had it translated to English (poorly), which was the version used for filming. Too bad.
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