Five months after its release, “The Hunger Games” remains one of the most satisfying Hollywood productions of the year. Have yourself a great time with the new DVD/Blu-ray release, but when you're done, you might enjoy a look at the great-grandaddy of the murder-as-a-reality-show genre — Elio Petri's 1965 film, “The 10th Victim.” Unlike the generally serious “Hunger Games,” it's a satiric romp, with
Endlessly inventive in both humor and visual design, the film is sheer candy. Based on a short story by Robert Sheckley, which he later reworked into a novel, “The 10th Victim” has since been an influence on the Austin Powers movies — see Andress' 1965-model bullet bra — and other comedies and action films. Perhaps what's most remarkable is the extent to which it predicts many of the details of reality TV 25 years before reality TV existed.
The history of the film on American video is, well, a little strange. Anchor Bay released a so-so
"The 10th Victim" (Blue Underground,