Movie Review: KALIFORNIA (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

KALIFORNIA was directed by Dominic Sena from a screenplay by Tim Metcalfe and stars Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes.

When urban intellectuals Brian (Duchovny) and Carrie (Forbes) set out on a cross-country trip to research a book about serial killers, they share the ride with a couple they barely know — Early Grayce (Pitt) and his girlfriend Adele (Lewis). Locked in a car hurtling westward, the four travelers struggle to find some common ground. But when they finally do connect, Early’s violent nature abruptly emerges and the terrified Brian and Carrie realize that they don’t need to go very far to learn about ruthless killers…because they are already face-to-face with one!

This 1993 psychological thriller follows Brian Kessler and his girlfriend Carrie Laughlin who decide to pick up Early Grayce and his girlfriend Adele Corners to share expenses on their way out to California. Brian is a writer and Carrie is a photographer and they have plans to stop at certain sites of famous serial killers along the way. The two couples are complete strangers but they really get to know one another as they set out on this memorable road trip from hell that Brian and Carrie will never forget. These two yuppies will soon wish they’d never picked up Early and Adele.

The first thing Brian and Carrie notice about their two new white trash friends is that Early is a loud and obnoxious rebel that comes across in the roughess of ways while Adele has this sweet innocence about her and is almost child-like in some ways. What happens is, with each stop they make, Early becomes a little more unstable and begins to show troubling signs that he’s a complete sociopath and unfortunately Brian and Carrie can’t get rid of him. They also find out that he’s a serial killer and their road trip ultimately turns into a fight for survival.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-def release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kalifornia is a movie that gets better with each watch because as much as I enjoyed it back in the day, I like it even more now. The story about these two couples from different walks of life is what drives this thriller, that and the great performances. Brad Pitt is convincing as this white trash serial killer who shows no signs of mercy or emotion when it comes to picking out his prey and Juliette Lewis delivers a near perfect performance as his simple-minded girlfriend who’s the complete opposite. This is defintely my favorite movie directed by Dominic Sena who’s helmed box office hits like Gone in 60 Seconds and Swordfish but there’s something special about this this one here. Kalifornia may not have delivered at the box office back in the day but this fast-paced rollercoaster ride is entertaining to the max and is a brutal serial killer thriller that is no holds barred from start to finish. Shout Select has given us two cuts of this cult classic on this new release plus it’s the first time the theatrical cut has ever been available on Blu-ray. Kalifornia will be available on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on March 5th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: Theatrical Cut – 117 Minutes (first time on Blu-ray) / Unrated Cut – 118 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include a new interview with the director, original featurette, interviews with the cast, trailers and TV spots.

  • NEW An interview with director Dominic Sena (24:36)
  • Original Featurette (05:22)
  • Cast Interviews (02:35)
  • Trailers and TV Spots (05:50)
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