I bought one. It's really fun for the first 10 minutes, then gets really really repetitiveand old fast.
It has the control dash that is a cool concept, the dashboard shoots out the next card. The problem is that 1) it has a bell that gets REALLY annoying after about the 3rd turn and 2) more often than not 2 or three cards gets stuck together and shoots out and clogs the whole thing up.
Replay value=0. Fun factor = 5
Mainly it just looks really cool on the self being all retro and whatnot lol.
I wouldn't expect anyone could market a faithful, working reproduction of the game as it appeared in the movie for US $30.00. Although I haven't yet handled the game personally, the Discovery Channel Store now has more than a dozen reviews up and you can begin to get a feel for what people think of it.
Although it currently has a high overall rating, the comments of those who like the game tend to be general and/or focus on the cosmetic (e.g., "It's fun," "It looks like the game in the movie").
On the other hand, the comments of those who don't like it are very specific and have to do with the game's quality and playability... or lack thereof: card dispenser doesn't work properly, spinner doesn't spin, made of plastic rather than tin, etc.
I'd guess sd1138's review sums it up rather well: This one may have more value sitting static on the shelf as part of your prop collection than it does as a playable recreation of the movie game.
The movie one required multiple people to operate, and the scene with the sparking black hole required people to operate underneath the gameboard. The DVD has great behind the scenes information on the gameboard.