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Criterion Collection: King of the Hill [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Jesse Bradford, Adrien Brody, Katherine Heigl
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Feb. 25 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,887 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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For his first Hollywood studio production, STEVEN SODERBERGH crafted this small jewel of a growing-up story. Set in St. Louis during the Depression, King of the Hill follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent who, after his tubercular mother is sent to a sanatorium, must survive on his own in a run-down hotel during his salesman father’s long business trips. This evocative period piece is among the ever versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films.

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Steven Soderbergh and supervising sound editor and rerecording mixer Larry Blake, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray New interviews with Soderbergh and A. E. Hotchner, author of the memoir on which the film is based Against Tyranny, a new video essay by ::kogonada in which he explores Soderbergh’s unique approach to character subjectivity The Underneath (1995), Soderbergh’s follow-up feature to King of the Hill, with an interview with the director Trailers PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Tonguette, a 1993 interview with Soderbergh, and an excerpt from Hotchner’s 1972 memoir

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Gem of a movie, overlooked, a must see.The only reason i heard of this movie is i stumbled across it in a movie review book.
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HASH(0xa7ba3d74) out of 5 stars Talk About Bonus Features! March 1 2014
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I have been waiting for years for 'King Of The Hill' to have a DVD release. It is a lovely movie (too lovely, according to Soderbergh...but he quibbling with himself). When I pre-ordered this disc, I had no idea that Soderberg's next feature, a box-office flop called 'The Underneath,' would be included as a 'bonus feature.' if you're thinking about buying "K.O.T.H.,' I recommend that when you get to the disc containing 'The Underneath,' that you watch the movie first, AND THEN watch the addendum in which the director talks about the movie.

When 'The Underneath' came out, I was already a Soderbergh fan and I really enjoyed what seemed to me to be a slightly experimental neo-noir. The director considers it an almost total failure. OK. It might have failed to meet his expectations but it's a terrific 'B' movie and worth watching. It's also hard to find 'The Underneath' on DVD in its proper aspect ration. Having these two early movies from a great director in one package...with the Criterion a fabulous deal. Take 'em up on it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65d0384) out of 5 stars A must-have for Soderbergh fans! March 27 2014
By Cubist - Published on
Personally, supervised by Soderbergh, the transfer for King of the Hill looks fantastic with excellent detail and the warm color palette faithfully preserved.

There is an interview with director Steven Soderbergh who looks back at King of the Hill. He feels that the film looks too beautiful and should have had a rougher edge to it, if he was making today. He talks about the book, what drew him to it and how he went about adapting it. Soderbergh speaks highly of Jesse Bradford and why he cast him as Aaron. As always, the director is honest about his own shortcomings and that of the film.

Also included is an interview with author A.E. Hotchner who wrote the book on which the film is based on. It was a fictionalized account of his experiences growing up during the Great Depression. He talks about writing the book and his life, in particular, his parents.

“Against Tyranny” is a visual essay about Soderbergh’s career in terms of narrative. In particular, it analyzes a dream sequence in King of the Hill. This featurette also juxtaposes the linear style of the rest of the film with this rather abstract sequence.

There are six deleted scenes and alternate takes.

Also included is a trailer.

Finally, a treat for Soderbergh fans is the inclusion of The Underneath, a neo-noir that stars Peter Gallagher and Alison Elliott. The director is interviewed and candidly talks about what a disappointing experience it was for him. He deems the film a failure, but it inspired him to re-evaluate his entire career. He talks about what drew him to the film. As always, Soderbergh is an eloquent speaker and talks knowledgably about filmmaking. A trailer for the film is also included.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa666dda4) out of 5 stars A gem, such a great movie! Jan. 12 2014
By Kimberly W. - Published on
I have read Aaron Hotchner's book and I love this movie adaptation! I have waited years for it to be released on dvd. So many future stars are in this as children, and it is so enjoyable to watch again and again. I have introduced it to students many times and I'm worried my old VHS copy is ready for retirement.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65ae438) out of 5 stars Excellent movie, and a bonus movie April 11 2014
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This is actually a movie two-pack and Criterion should have clearly labeled it as "King of the Hill and The Underneath - two movies by Steven Soderbergh." Needless to say, "King of the Hill" is a gem; excellent in every way. "The Underneath" is well made but strangely uninvolving. It is interesting and worth watching, and Criterion shouldn't have ignored it on the packaging. The bonus features are great, the interview with the 93 year old author of "King of the Hill" being a real nice extra!
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HASH(0xa6849420) out of 5 stars A Classic Soderbergh Movie Oct. 1 2014
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Steven's Soderbergh's wonderful movie now in blu-ray and looking even better than ever. Engrossing, captivating and everything a really good film should be. I've seen it several times over the years and each time I find something new. It has one of Jesse Bradford's first performances and look for a very young, pre-oscar Adrien Brody. Also a wonderful Spalding Gray. As a surprise extra you'll find in the package yet another Soderbergh movie. The little known "The Underneath." Be sure to watch the extras of this disc after you view the film and you'll find out what Steven Soderbergh really thinks of it. Fascinating stuff from one of our great directors.

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