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King of California Blu-ray

United States
First Look Studios | 2007 | 93 min | Rated PG-13 | Jan 29, 2008

King of California (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (15.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 2.3 of 52.3
Based on 5 user reviews

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Comedy17%
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King of California

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King of California Blu-ray delivers stunning video and decent audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

At age sixteen, Miranda has already been abandoned by her mother, dropped out of school and has been supporting herself as an employee at McDonald's while her father Charlie resides in a mental institution. When Charlie is released and sent back to their home, the relatively peaceful existence Miranda's built for herself becomes completely disrupted. Charlie has become obsessed with the notion that a long-lost Spanish treasure is buried underneath their local suburban California Costco. Initially skeptical, Miranda soon finds herself joining in Charlie's questionable antics in an effort to give him one last shot at accomplishing his dreams in this darkly funny, exciting and surprisingly hopeful take on the modern family and the American dream.

For more about King of California and the King of California Blu-ray release, see King of California Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber, Kathleen Wilhoite
Director: Michael Cahill

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King of California Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Unlike The Amateurs, another recent release from First Look, King of California's 1080p, 1.85:1 image looks superb. The first thing I noticed was the great black levels on display. Colors are also rich and vibrant. The film offers many scenes bathed in bright, natural sunlight, and the result is a pleasant, never overbearing, natural look and feel. Darker scenes, notably those taking place inside locales lit only by flashlights and other extremely low light sources, look nearly flawless without relying on artificial brightness for increased detail. In fact, this transfers sports an excellent level of shadow detail. There is good depth to the image, not completely three-dimensional but better than an awful lot of other transfers I've rated over the last several months. There are a few barely noticeable speckles on the print in places, but it's in very good condition overall. The quality and look of this film reminded me of Employee of the Month and not just because of the similar locales. Both have a pleasant, film-like look that recalls some deep memory of the way my brain thinks movies should look in the theater, and it's very nice to have this look reproduced here. Bravo, First Look. I hope we can expect more transfers like King of California from you in the future.


King of California Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

King of California does not offer viewers the option of a lossless or uncompressed soundtrack. While the source material doesn't cry out for one, that doesn't mean there wouldn't have been a discernible upgrade from the lossy DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks offered up instead. King of California is a primarily dialogue driven film, and it is reproduced with fine clarity and definition through the center channel. The film also offers a delightful score that is pleasing to the ear and is spread across the front soundstage with a slight bleed over into the rears to provide listeners with a nice, wholesome, and believable experience. There are a few moments where the track showcases more than dialogue and soft music, such as a bulldozer scene in chapter four and some rock music that coincides with the use of a jackhammer in chapter eight, but such "heavier" uses of sound are few and far between. Besides, this is the kind of movie you watch for the story, not for an overly rambunctious use of sound. The best that can be said about this soundtrack is that it allows for full enjoyment of the film, never distracting or adding too much punch and charisma to what should be an understated mix that plays second fiddle to the story on-screen. In that sense, this is a completely acceptable soundtrack that may have fared slightly better with a lossless option.



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King of California and The Amateurs Coming to Blu-ray - September 21, 2007

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