Blu-ray, DVD Release: King of the Hill

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Jesse Bradford is King of the Hill.

The 1993 drama King of the Hill represented the first Hollywood studio production for Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), whose independent debut, sex, lies, and videotape, had won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years earlier.

Set in St. Louis during the Depression, King of the Hill follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent (Bring It On’s Jesse Bradford) 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.

An evocative period piece about growing up, the film is faithfully adapted from the memoir by the novelist A. E. Hotchner. Among the ever versatile Soderbergh’s most touching and surprising films, it features a strong supporting cast that includes Karen Allen (National Lampoon’s Animal House), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Katherine Heigl (One for the Money), singer Lauryn Hill, Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time in America), and Spalding Gray (Gray’s Anatomy).

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the film includes the following 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
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• 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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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.