K-PAX

K-PAX

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Director: Iain Softley

Cast: Iain Softley, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack

     
 

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K-PAX, the "is he or isn't he an alien?" film starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, arrives on DVD in a single feature-packed disc from Universal. The film is presented in a sharp 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio with a crisp soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound that leaves no mystery about what the characters are saying. The disc is filledSee more details below

Overview

K-PAX, the "is he or isn't he an alien?" film starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, arrives on DVD in a single feature-packed disc from Universal. The film is presented in a sharp 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio with a crisp soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound that leaves no mystery about what the characters are saying. The disc is filled with special features that will delight the earthbound viewer, including an alternate ending to the film, and director Iain Softley's reasons for ultimately not choosing it for the final theatrical version of the movie. Other special features include a "making of" documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew members, a film commentary by Softley, deleted scenes, a storyboard-to-final film comparison, production notes, and photographs by shutterbug Bridges of the production process. The disc also contains special DVD-ROM features.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This keenly written, engrossing drama takes off on the strength of Kevin Spacey’s dazzling performance -- a real tour de force, and easily his best since American Beauty. K-PAX starts off by asking a deceptively simple question: What would become of a man who claimed to be an extraterrestrial visiting Earth in human form? He’d be institutionalized -- exactly the fate that befalls a mild-mannered, seemingly average fellow who calls himself "Prot"(Spacey). His fanciful story impresses staff psychiatrist Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), a driven but compassionate professional convinced that he can help restore this particular patient's sanity. Under the direction of Iain Softley (Wings of the Dove), K-PAX vacillates from low comedy to high drama, and even takes on the aspect of a police procedural when Powell undertakes an investigation of Prot’s past in an attempt to determine his true identity. The shifts in narrative direction and tone are achieved seamlessly, thanks in no small part to Softley’s splendid cast, which also includes Mary McCormack as Powell’s understanding wife, Alfre Woodard as the institution’s no-nonsense administrator, and David Patrick Kelly as a fellow patient who takes a shine to Prot. For the most part, though K-Pax revolves around Spacey and Bridges, and for their interplay alone it definitely warrants repeated screenings. The DVD features an alternate ending shot by Softley, who also contributes a feature-length commentary. Behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews enliven a "making of" documentary, and there’s also a gallery of still photographs taken on the set by Bridges.
Los Angeles Times
If K-PAX's conclusion is a bit too glib, too pat for what it's trying to do, it's an honorable attempt to create a thoughtful entertainment, and it's got the kind of acting worth visiting from another planet to experience. Kenneth Turan

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
UPC:
0025192155321
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
23,029

Special Features

Commentary by director Iain Softley; deleted scenes; alternate ending; featurette, with behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew; "The Making Of K-PAX": pictures by Jeff Bridges; DVD-ROM Features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Prot
Jeff Bridges Dr. Mark Powell
Mary McCormack Rachel Powell
Alfre Woodard Claudia Villars
David Patrick Kelly Howie
Saul Williams Ernie
Peter Gerety Sal
Celia Weston Mrs. Archer
Ajay Naidu Dr. Chakraborty
Tracy Vilar Maria
Melanee Murray Bess
Kimberly Scott Joyce Trexler
Brian Howe Steve
Mary Mara Abby
Aaron Paul Michael Powell
William Lucking Sheriff
William Saul Actor
Conchata Ferrell Actor
John Toles-Bey Russell

Technical Credits
Iain Softley Director
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Charles Leavitt Screenwriter
Lloyd Levin Producer
Gordon Pollock Executive Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [:23]
2. I Didn't Arrive by Train [:08]
3. Why Did You Come to This Planet? [:18]
4. A Painful Procedure [1:17]
5. A Lot Like Home [4:23]
6. Twin Solar System [2:47]
7. Blue Bird [4:06]
8. Planning to Return [4:46]
9. The Fourth of July [2:18]
10. The Sprinklers [3:02]
11. Hypnosis [4:05]
12. Sarah [6:57]
13. 27th July 96 [1:44]
14. Robert Porter [5:09]
15. Connected [1:52]
16. A Beam of Light [3:51]
17. This Time Is All You Have [1:02]
18. End Titles [1:09]

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