Criterion Collection: King of the Hill [Blu-ray]
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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.
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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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 treatment...is a fabulous deal. Take 'em up on it.
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.