- Actors: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Michelle Forbes, Sierra Pecheur
- Directors: Dominic Sena
- Producers: Steve Golin, Gregory Goodman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, W. Lee Wilder, Aris McGarry
- Format: Widescreen, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: Spanish
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Aug. 15 2000
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0792846435
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David Duchovny is a blocked author with a fascination for outlaw killers who hatches a plan to road trip through America's mass-murder landmarks to finish his book. He enlists his frustrated photographer girlfriend Michelle Forbes, who desperately wants to leave the East Coast for L.A., to illustrate the tome, and they advertise for riding partners. Luckily for them, they wind up with a veteran killer, the greasy trailer-park ex-con Brad Pitt, who decides to skip parole with his cowering child-woman girlfriend Juliette Lewis. Duchovny is enamored by gun-toting Pitt's recklessness and lawless disregard for, well, everything; he's simultaneously terrified and thrilled by Pitt's brutal beating of a barfly. Meanwhile, Pitt's leaving a trail of corpses in their wake.
Directed with a cool remove by Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds 2000), Kalifornia falls somewhere between Badlands and Natural Born Killers. Pitt brings a ferocious magnetism to his part, but it's still hard to buy genial Duchovny's odd attraction; Juliette Lewis conveys a terrifying sense of victimization with her poor dumb creature. Despite the film's best efforts, it never really plumbs the psyche of Pitt's simmering psycho--he's just plain bad, you know--but it does fashion an effective little thriller out of the tensions brewing in the restless quartet. --Sean Axmaker
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Pitt is truly evil as Early. He trades his leading man good looks and transforms into a scruffy and violent character. This is one of his best performances from his varied career. Lewis is just as good and plays Adele very convincingly and comes across as sympathetic. You really buy her as someone who gets caught in a situation, that has engulfed her, and there's no way out. As for Duchovny, this film came out before THE X-FIles took hold and became a sensation, therefore this may be his best role next to Mulder. I have been a fan of Forbes since her days on STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, so it was great to see her stretch as an actor. Directed by Dominic Sena, the film has just the right amount of twistedness in it, to keep things rather lively.
The DVD has a small featurette on the making of the film. Viewers can choose between the Widescreen and Pan amd Scan formats. You can also choose to watch either the R-rated version or the unrated director's cut. There is very little difference between the 2 cuts of the movie. Save of course, for more sexual and violent content, but nothing else that adds to the film's narritive. I would like to see a Special Edition of this film someday. I'm sure a commentary track about the film would prove to be quite facinating. Recommended.
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