James Toback made his screenwriting debut with this taut drama, loosely adapted from the story by Dostoevsky. Axel Freed (James Caan) is an intelligent and well-respected professor of literature at a noted New York university, who uses great writing as a springboard for examining moral and philosophical issues in his class. But when he’s not in front of the chalkboard, Axel has a serious problem — he’s hopelessly addicted to gambling.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
NEW Audio commentary from cinema author & critic Matthew Asprey Gear (2021)
NEW “After the Game” Video essay by Chris O’Neill (2021)
NEW “On The Morning After: Composing The Gambler” – A new interview about Jerry Fielding’s legendary score with author/film music historian Jon Burlingame.
In On The Cut – Interview with assistant editor Sue Kingsley
1991 archival audio interview with Karel Reisz about his life & career from the British Entertainment History Project
LPCM 2.0 Mono
Optional English subtitles
Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies