For David Mamet fans (me, me!), House Of Games will provide the same high level of intriguing dialogue as his other, more familiar scripts like Glengarry Glen Ross and The Spanish Prisoner. And what really makes House Of Games is the performance of Lindsay Crouse as a psychiatrist well-known for her self-help books. We see Margaret Ford in session with one of her patients who is suicidal over gambling debts. The dedicated doctor goes to the man who holds her patient
The 1.85:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, and exhibits images that are slightly soft and wanting in definition. Colors are rich and well balanced, with generally accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Fleshtones occasionally seem a bit orange. The picture is a bit dark in character, and visual information tends to get lost in the darker scenes. Aliasing problems and pixelization are noticed, but edge enhancement is not a factor. Wanting in dimension and clarity, the picture is mediocre overall. (Suzanne Hodges)
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