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K-Pax [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard, David Patrick Kelly
  • Directors: Iain Softley
  • Writers: Gene Brewer, Charles Leavitt
  • Producers: Gene Brewer, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Michael Levy, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I3F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When a man arrives in New York, calling himself Prot and claiming to be from the planet K-PAX, the police turn him over to a psychiatrist Dr Powell, believing him to be insane. Prot's behaviour is unusual and his claims unbelievable, but as time runs out, Powell finds that the truth may be even stranger.


A wonderfully fresh, original piece of work, K-Pax is a film that manages to combine a variety of genres while still maintaining its own unique identity. The premise of alien life on earth may not be a new one, but Ian Softley's movie is a startling new take on the subject. Spacey's Prot is picked up by the police and, when he claims to be a traveller from the planet K-Pax, is delivered to the care of psychiatrist Jeff Bridges. The intense relationship that develops between the two forms the core of the film, as Bridges searches for the truth about his mysterious patient while also gaining valuable insights into his own life. The movie's great strength is that it keeps the audience guessing up until the very end, refusing to offer them an obvious, tidy conclusion.

Spacey is, as ever, fantastic, playing the kind of charismatic oddball that brought him such acclaim in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He manages to embody the themes of the film perfectly, imbuing his character with both a rich humanity and an eerie otherworldliness. Bridges (20 years after he played the role of an alien in Starman) is a revelation, reasserting his position as one of Hollywood's great unsung actors. Softley handles the film with precision, with each revelation from Prot's past adding to the mystery of the story, countering the film's dark, moving moments with episodes of real humour and warmth.

On the DVD: K-Pax offers a wealth of treasures on disc. Director Softley provides two commentaries (one for the UK and one for the US) and there is an interesting "making of" featurette that goes beyond the usual platitudes to offer a genuine insight into the creative process. A series of deleted scenes are combined with an alternative ending, though all the material on offer is careful not to spoil the vital ambiguity of the plot's conclusion. All the major participants are interviewed and there is a gallery of still photographs taken by Bridges. The film's often dreamlike visual mood is captured beautifully by the enhanced format; this is undoubtedly a well thought out package. --Phil Udell

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stracs VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
K-Pax is yet another excellent film that stars Kevin Spacey. The basic premise of the film is a man called Prot, who claims to be from the planet K-Pax, ends up in a psychiatric hospital and Jeff Bridges's character, Prot's psychiatrist Mark, has a battle to reveal Prot's true identity before he returns to K-Pax. Prot, though, is extremely convincing and Mark begins to wonder about the reality of the situation.
Whilst the idea of life from another planet is not a new subject to be explored by films, K-Pax approaches it from a unique perspective. The film is genuinely suspenseful, and it is one of the rare films that is so well scripted that I did not see the "twist" coming at all. The film proceeds at a good pace, whilst still exploring all the issues in depth. The end is truly moving and memorable.
Kevin Spacey is once again superb in this film. He was originally offered the role of Mark, but turned it down as when he read the script it was Prot he set his heart on playing. It is easy to see why, as he really is a wonderful character and one which of all actors out there Spacey was born to play. He is very convincing as Prot and makes the character wholly believable. He builds up Prot's disturbance masterfully throughout the film and interacts brilliantly with the other characters. He also manages to force down a whole banana (skin and all - Prot loves fruit), which really is dedication to the part! Jeff Bridges is also excellent as the psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with Prot. The exchanges between the two central characters are the best parts of the film, which is funny, moving and inspirational all in one. The two actors work extremely well together.
K-Pax really is a beautiful film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Davies on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
How K-Pax slipped relatively quietly through cinema release will remain a mystery. And mystery is what the film is all about.
Kevin Spacey is mesmeric in his performance as 'Prot', a mental hospital patient who just may be what he says he is - a visitor from the planet K-PAX.
Jeff Bridges brings his usual multi-layers of depth to the role of Prot's psychiatrist. Seeing these two top-draw character actors complement each other is a rare treat.
But without great material, actors cannot perform - and thankfully, the script is witty, intelligent, thought-provoking and full of warmth. It's the kind of film made for a sunny winter's sunday afternoon, with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits. And plenty of time to fall headlong into Prot's world.
The DDVD package is pretty decent - the alternate ending shows how good the choices the director made were. Cast interviews are a little happy clappy, but director Iain softley's commentary is as intelligent as the movie itself.
It's a great film, and really deserves very wide recognition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Field on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
I watched this on television last night and found it one of the most uplifting films I have seen in recent times, and possibly ever. A deeply philosophical and often metaphorical work, superbly performed by the entire cast. Kevin Spacey is a revelation in this film, and I would agree that Jeff Bridges has never been better.
I don't feel that the story is open ended, as there are many clues (some more subtle than others) as to the truth about who/what Prot actually is. I won't spoil things by saying any more here, but if you missed the point first time round, have another look at it and take note of Prot's explanations and jokes about himself when being interview by the Doctor early on in the film, and what he says with regard to the photo of Robert Porter, near the end.
To sum up: If you haven't seen this film, you don't know what you're missing! If you have and didn't understand it - please watch it again! If you don't like it, then I guess no film can please everybody. Personally, I'd give it a galaxy of stars (sorry, couldn't resist it). Simply brilliant.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jakobee" on 17 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
As soon as I knew about this film I wanted to see it. I remember leaving the cinema and hearing people say "what was that all about...I didn't get it!" This film is whatever you want it to be - it is original, though-provoking, mysterious and mature. The acting is excellent and the characters believable(!) This is a film for people who like being encouraged to think - it is a film that requires attention & questions (you cannot be spoon-fed the answers). This is a complex, in-depth story (with a variety of chatracters) that makes sense if you let it. It made sense to me and I enjoyed being given the evidence but being allowed to make up my own mind. It has beliefs, morals and a good view of our world and humanity. There is alot to learn from this film (which, although not as detailed as the book, is better that the book for mystery and realism). I loved this film from the start (even the music is excellent); it is a slow, unfolding mystery that manages to install different emotions and feelings within the audience. You don't have to like Sci-Fi to enjoy this film - there is something for everyone in it, and alot to learn and think about. This provoking film is one that will stay with you for a long time after seeing it and is even better the second time. Don't expect a clear-cut outcome to this film - what you believe is up to you....
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