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In this hilarious, critically acclaimed arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to renquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong.
The stuff of gladiatorial battle is here: good versus evil, right versus wrong, nerd versus... super-nerd? At any rate, it's a more entertaining showdown than most fictional movies can muster. The King of Kong is the saga of Steve Wiebe, a Redmond, Washington dweeb who sets a new record in the video game Donkey Kong, only to see his accomplishment challenged by the grand poobahs of the gaming establishment. And if you don't know how pernickety the grand poobahs of the gaming establishment can be, well, one of the pleasures of this movie is finding out about this collection of oddballs. It seems Wiebe has toppled a score that has stood since 1982, when eminent "Gamer of the Century" Billy Mitchell set it, and Mitchell isn't too happy about being overthrown. A black-mulleted showboat, Mitchell provides the perfect counterpoint to Wiebe's mild-mannered family man, and the smaller fish around him are no less colorful. This is one of those movies you watch in delighted disbelief, marveling that such people exist--and that they gladly allowed themselves to be filmed. Director Seth Gordon does an important thing in presenting this world of eccentrics: he doesn't mock them, or provide editorial nudging; he simply lets them be. The result is an ingratiating classic. --Robert Horton
This is the second time I watched the movie. If you enjoyed the movie, I suggest you go to the Twin Galaxies website and read the behind the scenes FAQ. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Scott C. Brooks
Best documentary I have watched in a long time. It's so serious its comedic at the love and intensity some gamers have for there "sport". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott Hathaway
I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would! They kind of antagonize Mitchell and leave out certain details to amplify it (I did some looking into this afterward which speaks... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Rosier
I saw this movie back in 2009 for the first time. Prior to seeing this movie, I didn't have any interest in classic arcade games. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Stokes
Great movie it's like Rocky versus Apollo but with video gamesPublished 1 month ago by ricky anderson
It was good; largest retro arcade. Takes place in NH.Published 2 months ago by Mommy to Bulldog & Daisies
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I would like to get a chance to see the film. A DVD release would be nice.
Jun 12, 2008 by Kevin L. Dugan | See all 4 posts
|When does this come out on DVD?||
it's out now...
Aug 13, 2009 by Video Game History | See all 2 posts
|Which DVD case do you get?||
Well, if "The blue one" refers to the movie poster, it sounds like you're out of luck, but the DVD cover is apparently reversible (the DVD comes in a clear case), and the reverse side features a piece of artwork of some sort.
Jan 13, 2008 by Tyler Foster | See all 5 posts