King of the Hill (#698)

$29.99
Type: New Blu-Ray

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.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

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

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Tonguette, a 1993 interview with Soderbergh, and an excerpt from Hotchner’s 1972 memoir