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King of the Hill

Steven Soderbergh

 
King of the Hill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

25 Feb 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

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  • United States
  • 1993
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #698

For his first Hollywood studio production, Steven Soderbergh (whose independent debut, sex, lies, and videotape, had won the Palme d’Or at Cannes a few years earlier) crafted this small jewel of a growing-up story. Set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, King of the Hill follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent who, after his younger brother is sent to live with a relative and his tubercular mother to a sanitarium, must survive on his own in a run-down hotel during his salesman father’s long business trips. This evocative period piece, faithfully adapted from the A. E. Hotchner memoir, is among the versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films.

Cast

AaronJesse Bradford
Mr. KurlanderJeroen Krabbé
Mrs. KurlanderLisa Eichhorn
Miss MatheyKaren Allen
Mr. MungoSpalding Gray
Lydia Elizabeth McGovern
SullivanCameron Boyd
LesterAdrien Brody
BenJoseph Chrest
Patrolman BurnsJohn McConnell
Ella McShaneAmber Benson
Mrs. McShaneKristin Griffith
Billy ThompsonChris Samples
Mrs. ThompsonPeggy Freisen
ChristinaKatherine Heigl
Mr. SandozJohn Durbin
Elevator operatorLauryn Hill

Credits

DirectorSteven Soderbergh
Executive producerJohn Hardy
ProducersBarbara Maltby, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa
WriterSteven Soderbergh
based on the memoir King of the Hill byA. E. Hotchner
Director of photographyElliot Davis
Picture editorSteven Soderbergh
Costume designSusan Lyall
Production designerGary Frutkoff
MusicCliff Martinez
Supervising sound editor/Rerecording mixerLarry Blake

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised 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 source memoir author A. E. Hotchner
  • Against Tyranny, a new video essay by :: kogonada exploring Soderbergh’s unique approach to narrative
  • 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

    New cover by Gregory Manchess

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