King of Kong Debuts

A critically acclaimed video-game documentary arrives to entice the geek set to theaters this weekend as Picturehouse opens The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in limited release. Also hitting screens is Weinstein Co.’s King Arthur tale The Last Legion and Warner Bros.’ The Invasion, a remake of the sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

Deriving its name from the Nintendo arcade classic Donkey Kong, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters focuses on gamers competing to break world records on old-school video games. The film is directed by Seth Gordon, who was a cinematographer on the acclaimed Dixie Chicks doc Shut Up and Sing, and was a visual effects artist whose credits include the short-lived MTV animated series Clone High.

King of Kon centers on a fierce rivalry between Billy Mitchell, who became the highest-scroing Donkey Kong player in the world in the 1980s, and Steve Wiebe, a family man who broke the once-thought unbeatable record by scoring a million points in 2003. As a result, the men decided to engage in a cross-country duel to see who would make it into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. Many critics have said that the resulting documentary provides better drama and comedy, and more engaging characters than most fiction films released this year.

Though it’s only currently playing in just five theaters in the U.S., King of Kong has received better reviews that the wide-release newcomers The Invasion and The Last Legion. The Invasion features visual effects by Zoic Studios, Hydraulx, Scanline VFX, Lola Visual Effects and Look! Effects. Duboi is the only vfx house listed for The Last Legion.