Three Kings (Blu-ray)
It's good to be King.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 12, 2010
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Additional scenes
- 2 commentaries: One by writer/director David O. Russell, the other by producers Charles Roven and Edward L. McDonnell
- Feature Under the Bunker: on the set of Three Kings
- David O. Russell's Three Kings video journal
- An intimate look inside the acting process with Ice Cube
- Tour of the Iraqi village set with production designer Catherine Hardwicke
- Interview with director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg & Ice Cube|
|Performer:||Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff Curtis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Judy Greer, Liz Stauber & Holt McCallany|
|Directed by||David O. Russell|
|Edited by||Robert K. Lambert|
|Screenwriting by||David O. Russell|
|Composition by||Carter Burwell|
|Story by||John Ridley|
|Produced by||Paul Junger Witt & Charles Roven|
|Director of Photography:||Newton Thomas Sigel|
The last reel descends into a muddle of trade-offs, heroic about-turns and romanticised rebels, but this is defiant, provocative cinema; Russell may yet prove a film-maker to treasure. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Interesting and occasionally exhilarating. Full Review
...KINGS is more interested in guts than glory, in all its meanings....Russell nails the absurdity angle...
Ithis is a career making movie, then its writer/director David O. Russell who deserves the credit with this very creative effort from the debut filmmaker.
Rating: 3.5/4 -- No, Three Kings is not a great picture, but it is a very good one, perhaps the first feature of merit to come out of the Gulf War. Full Review
Globe and Mail
...An acutely funny and provocative surprise....[Clooney] gives his finest performance to date...
...It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days....THREE KINGS is awake and hyper...
Description by OLDIES.com:
While high-tech U.S. specialists fought, career soldier Archie Gates marked time in his Gulf War base camp. But now it's time for action. Gates and three other restless Americans decide to raid a bunker holding a stash of gold stolen by the Iraqi army. Get in, get out, get rich, be back in time for lunch: the plan couldn't be easier. George Clooney portrays Gates, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze are his fellow commandos and Nora Dunn plays an ambitious TV newswoman in this acclaimed film that by turns is a war movie, an antiwar movie, a surreal comedy and a powerful drama of human compassion - all written and directed with exhilarating style by David O. Russell. From start to finish, "Three Kings rules" (Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today).
David O. Russell makes his entry into the major studio big leagues with the electric war dramedy THREE KINGS. The politically charged script, based on a fictional story by John Ridley, is a sly reworking of KELLY'S HEROES, and concerns four Gulf War soldiers who discover a map that may lead to an enormous stash of gold bullion. Russell gives actors George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze a chance to shine, in roles that step outside the usual cinematic clichés and enable them to create human, believable characters, resulting in one of 1999's most exciting, original, and underrated motion pictures.
David O. Russell's multifaceted war film is an exhilarating display of cinematic bravado. As the Gulf War winds to a close, three American soldiers discover a map that leads to a stash of gold bullion hidden in a bunker by Sadaam Hussein's army. The soldiers--Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), "Chief" Elgin (Ice Cube), and Pvt. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze)--are busted by Special Forces Sgt. Major Archie Gates (George Clooney). Gates orders a top-secret mission in which the four of them will track down the gold and keep it for themselves. Their journey seems simple enough, as Hussein's troops ignore the Americans due to the recently called truce. But after securing the gold, they witness the execution of an Iraqi woman in front of her family. Their morality compels them to fight for what is right, risking their lives--and the gold--in the process. Working within the limitations of the war genre, Russell manages to reinvent and revitalize it by shooting the film with a bleached out look and hyper-kinetic editing style. He also stuffs it with a potent blend of comedy and drama that is reminiscent of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, only he updates it for the materialistic 1990s.
- The film's primary filming locations were Casa Grande, Arizona; El Centro, California; and Mexicali, Mexico.
- Director David O. Russell spent eighteen months researching the Gulf War before writing his script.
- Director of Photography Thomas Newton Sigel utilized an original technique in developing the film stock called "bleach bypassing," which entails skipping a bleach process in order to leave a layer of silver on the negative, making the image look washed out.
- Sgt. Major Parker, Lt. John Rottger, and Col. King Davis all participated as military advisors during the shoot.
- Arabian consultants throughout the production: Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini, Sermid Al-Sarrof, and Al No'mani.
- One early title for the film was SPOILS OF WAR.