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Borgen - Season 1


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IN DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Cited by Stephen King as his favorite television series of the year, Denmark s blockbuster political drama, Borgen ( The Castle ) explores the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics and the press corps that covers it in instantaneous, relentless news cycles. Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. She s an altruistic public servant in an old boys club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and understand that she has advisors but no real friends. She also must perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life while serving as Denmark s first female Prime Minister. The rigors of public life and the press may attract some of Denmark s finest, but it also exacts a high price from them all for participating in an open democracy.

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  • Actors: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Johan Philip Asbaek, Mikael Birkkjaer, Freja Riemann
  • Directors: Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Rumle Hammerich, Anette K. Olesen, Mikkel Norgaard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 606 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BELOF14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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I first became aware of the Danish political drama "Borgen" when Stephen King listed it as the best TV program he had watched in 2012 in a year end edition of Entertainment Weekly. This caused me to seek out the show which has actually aired in a few major U.S. markets. Until now, though, it hasn't had an official North American DVD distribution deal. This four disc set has all ten episodes of Season One which debuted in Denmark in 2010 (the show is currently airing Season Three over there). In 2012, "Borgen" won a BAFTA as Best International TV Series. In a finely honed balance of the personal and the political, "Borgen" is grounded by an extraordinary leading performance by Sidse Babett Knudsen as Denmark's first female Prime Minister. You can draw certain comparisons to the "West Wing" for the juggling of an immense cast and rapid fire storylines or even to Geena Davis' short lived "Commander in Chief" for its depiction of a female leader negotiating the demands of power with those of family. But "Borgen" doesn't really need those comparisons, I just mention them as similarly themed endeavors as a reference point.

Season One picks up shortly after the new Prime Minister takes her position, but her power is not locked in initially. She must navigate the inherent pratfalls of her unexpected ascension with the help of a wily spin doctor (Johan Philip Asbæk), while the media watchdogs police her every move and decision. Aside from getting to know the Prime Minister from a more personal standpoint, the show lets us inside the decision making processes within the cabinet. And a fair amount of time is spent within the press corp.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 12, 2013
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I just experienced a marathon: I just watched an entire season of a television show I was entirely unfamiliar with from the get-go. If you're wondering, it's an import. It hails from Denmark. It's called BORGEN, and it was the winner for the "Best International TV Series" at the 2012 BAFTA Awards. For the record, I normally don't do this. I don't normally run-off an entire program in a single sitting. Like fine wine, I like my television dramas to breathe a little, so I'll usually sip them a few episodes at a time, allowing the experience to sink in a bit, to intoxicate me fully (or not, if it's an inferior wine), to give me something to think about and mull over while I'll looking for something to help wash it down. The problem I had with BORGEN was that - for reasons that I'll try to make perfectly clear by the end of this review - I simply couldn't look away.

Yes, it was THAT captivating.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of character and plot. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Birgitte Nyborg (played with graceful conviction by the lovely Sidse Babett Knudsen) serves as the head of a moderate political party. By a curious set of circumstances, Nyborg ignites a cultural firestorm in a debate performance that inevitably delivers her into the role of Prime Minister of Denmark. Coming to grips with the reality that this job was far from her life-time's ambition, she's forced to learn some very difficult lessons very difficult.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir VINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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I am so happy that "Borgen" has been released in Region 1 NTSC. I first read about it in in the UK Guardian. Season one of this ten-episode series, which is distributed on four disks, introduces the characters and plot. It therefore might seem a bit slow, and even confusing, if one is not familiar with the dynamics of a coalition government, but do persist. By episode two you ought to be thoroughly hooked (I watched six episodes in one sitting, and the other four the next evening). The series is so good that I want to go back and watch it again and pick up the details that I missed the first time around.

Sidse Babett Knudsen plays Birgitte Nyborg, who rises from political obscurity to become head of her political party. When the voters (in an idealistic scenario) recognise her sincerity and reject the political shenanigans of the conservative Prime Minister and the leader of the Labour Party, Birgitte's Moderate party receives a majority of votes. The Queen therefore asks her to form a government. It is fascinating to see the wheeling, dealing and compromises that she has to make in the process in order to achieve her goal.

The characters are well developed, particularly those of Prime Minister Birgitte; Katrine, an ambitious young television anchor; and Kasper, Birgitte's slightly dodgy SPAD (special adviser) and spin doctor, who proves to be an unlikely common denominator between the two women. Knudsen's nuanced portrayal of a wife and mother whom circumstances thrust into the political limelight and who must consequently balance her very public life with her private life, is totally convincing, especially as she gradually realises that in order to be successful, she has to make compromises and concessions in both spheres.
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