King of California
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  • Don't Waste Your Precious Time
    There is just not much of anything to review here. Pretty much a pointless waste of time-sorta film. Michael Douglas acts slightly manic, in a crazier performance in the Wonder Boys mode, but most everyone else is hard to watch. There is not a compelling, exciting or interesting moment in this film. It's competantly made of course - but the script and the project are just sorta...needless.

    Save your precious time and watch something else....more info
  • King of California - Blu-ray Info
    Version: U.S.A / First Look Pictures / Region A, B, C
    Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    VC-1 BD-25 / AACS / Advanced Profile 3
    Running time: 1:33:19
    Movie size: 13,25 GB
    Disc size: 16,29 GB
    Total bit rate: 18.94 Mbps
    Average video bit rate: 15.99 Mbps

    DTS Audio English 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

    Subtitles: English SDH / Spanish
    Number of chapters: 12

    #Audio commentary
    #Outtakes - (SD - 4m:43s)
    #Featurette: The Making of King of California (SD - 9m:59s)
    #Theatrical Trailer (HD - 2m:23s)
    #Previews (HD)...more info
  • Awesome movie, decent picture.
    Movie is great, picture quality I'd give a 4, a few dark scenes with a good amount of grain....more info
  • Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood work well together
    Hoping to replicate the overwhelming positive critical response he received for his performance in Wonder Boys, Michael Douglas plays another quirky outsider in King of California. Despite being produced by Alexander Payne (Sideways (Widescreen Edition)), the film enjoyed a brief theatrical run and finally makes its debut on DVD.

    Michael Douglas is excellent as the wildly eccentric Charlie. There is a mischievous glint in his eyes when he feels like he is getting closer to the treasure. The older Douglas gets and the more films he does, the more comfortable an actor he becomes. He delivers a nuanced performance that never veers off into showy scenery-chewing territory. With his mountain man beard, Douglas certainly looks the part of an ex-mental patient and, at times, seems to be channeling Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (Widescreen Collector's Edition).

    Evan Rachel Wood plays Charlie's extremely patient daughter and narrator of this unusual tale and so, naturally, our sympathies lie with her because she's, y'know, the sane voice of reason. Miranda is the responsible one to Charlie's childish antics. Wood is the ideal foil to Douglas, the straight man to his kooky eccentric.

    King of California belongs to Douglas and the film sinks of swims based on how well he sells his character's mad quest - kind of like Robin Williams' traumatized bum in The Fisher King. And while Mike Cahill is no Terry Gilliam, Douglas is more than up for taking on this wild ride with the charisma to draw us in, much like Charlie convinces Miranda to follow him.

    There is an audio commentary by writer/director Mike Cahill, cinematographer Jim Whitaker, production designer Dan Bishop and first assistant director Richard L. Fox. Cahill talks about how a lack of money forced him to rewrite the opening scene and improve on it. Everyone takes turns pointing out the various locations used in the film which is as boring as it sounds. They also point out dry technical details like the wonders of colour timing. It's amazing that this commentary can be so dull with all of these skilled artists at hand but unfortunately this is the case.

    "The Making of The King of California" your standard electronic press kit with soundbites from the cast and crew mixed with clips from the film. Douglas claims that this was one of the best scripts he has ever read and compares his character to Don Quixote. Cast and crew talk about the film's two main characters and gush about the film in general.

    "Outtakes" is a fairly amusing collection of blown lines, miscues and goofs.

    Finally, there is a theatrical trailer....more info
  • Crazy, entertaining but not great...!
    The 4 stars goes totally all to Michael Douglas for the great performance given on such a peculiar script. I can't say I didn't enjoy the movie, because I did, but I found part of it a bit strange.

    Personnally, I found Evan Rachel Wood was not giving her 100% and many times, her expressions didn't fit the situation. To me, that plays a lot in a movie.

    Apart from this, it's entertaining and in most parts funny, especially with all the ridiculous ideas in Michael Douglas character's mind.
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  • Very disappointing!
    This is quite simply a dragged out dumb movie. I couldn't even stay with it long enough to see the end. After an hour of it, you simply don't care how it ends. ...more info
  • Nice little film with heartfelt performances
    A nice little film that elicits a wonderful and (thankfully) restrained performance from Michael Douglas as a recent mental institute release who believes a long lost treasure is located underneath the local Costco. His 17 year-old daughter Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood) has somehow managed to get on with life on her own through some beurocratic foster home snafu, and has adjusted to eking out a simple life without her parents. When her Dad gets released after a few years in the loony bin, she has to slowly readjust to his presence and is not certain he is actually "cured", as he spouts off about buried treasure and naked Chinamen. But is there some truth to his wild claims?

    There are some good laugh-out-loud moments here and well as some emotional ones, though there is a slight depressing feel through the movie. Evan Rachel Wood, gives another great performance with a chemistry with Douglas that just gels. ...more info
  • Review for King of California
    A heartwarming comedy with the flavor of a treasure hunting adventure. A young woman's delusional father makes her struggle to hang onto the family home, car, her job, etc. a bigger challenge when he insists he's found and deciphered a coded map for buried treasure. He found the clues while still in the 'Looney bin', so it's no wonder his daughter doesn't believe him. When it begins to look like Miranda's father may really be on the path of a true treasure, it takes a huge leap of faith to go along with his crazy plan.

    Chrissy K. McVay - Author...more info
  • Dreadful Film
    Save your money and stay away from this stinker. I generally like all of Michael Douglas movies, but this movie is a COMPLETE disaster. You end up not liking ANY of the CHARACTERS and the aproximate 1 and half hour movie takes an ETERNITY to end. JUST PLAIN BAD. Even if you have an hour and a half to waste, go outside and jog....more info
  • A Few Laughs...
    ... and an adroit portrayal of a nut-case California libertarian dysfunctional father with a heart (or possibly a whole chest) of gold. If you've ever lived in California, especially southern, you're excused; you don't need to see it, you can just sit on a step-ladder in your patio and watch your neighbors. Otherwise, you might not feel too bad about wasting an hour-and-a-half on a film that aspires to be as wildly sardonic as a Coen Brothers movie, but ends up as sappy as Gidget.

    Oh yeah, the young woman, Evan Rachel, deserves another chance, in a stronger role. But please, don't cast her as a precocious seventeen-year-old again!...more info
    **1/2 2007. Written and directed by Mike Cahill. A quirky dad convinces his daughter that there is a hidden Spanish treasure waiting for them in the neighborhood. Their quest will reconcile them. Harmless and disappointing, KING OF CALIFORNIA isn't a study of character nor a domestic drama, the director clearly preferring to entertain the viewer with the description of Michael Douglas's efforts in pursuit of the treasure. When I hear this honourable actor/producer, in the bonus section of the DVD, seriously proclaim that the screenplay of KING OF CALIFORNIA was one of the best scripts he had ever read, I can but scratch my nose with sadness. Already forgotten. ...more info
  • Tres Jolie
    The best thing about this movie was the original song written and performed by Jolie Holland. A snippet plays during the movie and then during the credits at the end....more info
  • Fantasy
    Charlie Sheen certainly shows just exactly what the imagination can do to lead us on a merry chase after the impossible dream. The film brings out the true feelings that many viewers may have in reagrds to following the rainbow to find the pot of gold....more info
  • Where did this move hide?
    Had not heard of this movie before and was delighted to have "discovered" it. Great entertainment....more info
  • Maybe not King but ok.
    Michael Douglas is one of my favorite actors and he does a great job with his latest film "King of California". The story overall is so so and fairly simple. A 16 year old girl has had to fend for herself since her mom has moved on and her father has been locked away in a psychiatric ward is now reaquainted with her father. Is his idea of finding gold in the suburbs of Santa Clarita residual craziness or can he really be onto someting? The two have good chemistry but aren't helped much by such a simple plot. This film pales in comparison to most of Douglas's other films but is still enjoyable....more info