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Kingdom Hospital (2004)

Jamie Harrold , Diane Ladd  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Harrold, Diane Ladd, Bruce Davison, Jack Coleman, Julian Richings
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 608 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F3SB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kingdom Hospital" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: Patients and Doctors: The Cast of Kingdom Hospital
  • Featurette: Designing Kingdom Hospital: A Tour
  • Featurette: The Magic of Antubis
  • Inside the Walls: The Making of Kingdom Hospital

Editorial Reviews

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Kingdom Hospital is horror novelist Stephen King's adaptation of Danish director Lars Von Trier's cult miniseries The Kingdom, geared very much for an American audience. The story unfolds across 15 hours, telling the story of a hospital in Maine that's been built on the site of a 19th-century mill fire that killed most of its young occupants--themes that King fans will be familiar with. In the present day, Kingdom Hospital is haunted by the ghost of 10-year-old child worker Mary and, even more bizarrely, a fearsome giant anteater-like creature called Antubis. It falls to the ace doctor Hook (Andrew McCarthy), the paraplegic artist Jack Coleman (Peter Rickman), and the hypochondriac psychic Sally Druse (Diane Ladd) to enlist the help of a surreal assortment of hospital staff and patients to help Mary and save Kingdom Hospital itself from certain doom.

Fans of Stephen King will probably enjoy the blend of black comedy, spectral horror, and general weirdness, which owes a big debt to previous television series like Twin Peaks and even ER. But too often, Kingdom Hospital seems to be trying too hard to make itself into a cult series, something which King is just not a subtle enough writer to carry off. But Kingdom Hospital looks good, especially the CGI Antubis, who steals every scene in which he appears. Generally, though, the series is more of an entertaining experiment than a cult-in-the-making. --Ted Kord

Product Description

Kingdom Hospital is the first television series written and produced by Stephen King, the legendary master of horror. Kingdom Hospital is not like other hospitals - it is built on the wreckage of two horrific fires. The first fire, during the civil war, burned down the gates falls mill where small children toiled away under nightmarish conditions - nearly all of the long-suffering children were trapped and died in the fire. The second fire destroyed the "old Kingdom," a creepy hospital where an evil doctor performed hideous experiments on patients. The "new Kingdom" is the site of strange, paranormal phenomena, where the unquiet dead still roam.

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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone's dying to meet you.... October 12, 2004
Format:DVD
First, let's clear up a misconception. "Kingdom Hospital" was created specifically as a limited series with a beginning, middle and end. Like "The Prisoner", King had envisioned it as a "true" novel for television. If ABC had chosen to renew it, King would have developed a series of different story arcs. So it wasn't cancelled so much as it concluded. Another point to clear up--King's series created in collaboration with co-writer Richard Dooling, director Craig Baxley, executive producer Mark Carliner was an attempt to graft King's unique sense of humor and horror to Lars Van Trier's original allowing it to reach an American audience better.

King's series is every bit as effective in its own way as Lars Van Trier's "The Kingdom" but one made for a very different audience. An American audience. Since Lars Van Trier was an executive producer on the series, I doubt that he would have given it his blessing if he didn't see King's version as a quirky complimentary vision to his own. A warning, though, about "Kingdom Hospital". This is a ghost story not a horror thriller. The show unfolds at a leisurely pace allowing the story to unfold gradually creating suspense vs. a rapid fire horror story. "Kingdom Hospital" has more in common with, say, "The Stand" or even "Twin Peaks" (and the original source mini-series as well) in that regard.

Anyhow, on to the DVD. Looks terrific and the CGI effects are top notch throughout most of the series. The campy over-the-top acting style of this "E.R." meets "Twin Peaks"series is crossed with King's twisted imagination.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series! October 18, 2004
By khtig
Format:DVD
I first want to clear up a misconception here. A reviewer stated on here that after watching the first of the four disks he noticed that several scenes were cut out of the DVD as broadcast on television. I purchased my copy of Kingdom Hospital and watched the first disk and saw no such scene cuts.

Kingdom Hospital was an awesome series that did not get the credit it desevered. Watching it on DVD made the experiance twice as memorable. It was great not having to deal with commercials. The picture was also so clear that I was able to pick up on so many more things that I missed watching it on my home taped version. I enjoyed the feature on the magic behind Antubis and I enjoyed listening to the film makers commentary.

I wish I could give this series/dvd more than 5 stars!

Awesome! :)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Miniseries Ever by the "King" of Horror August 30, 2004
Format:DVD
It is true, this is one of the most chilling miniseries ever put together by Stephen King himself. Parts of it are actually based upon his personal experiences after being hit by a driver in Maine. While it was being aired on television it was a little touch and go there for a while, since the evil network was putting off the subsequent episodes for the longest time. Luckily they finished the series and I must say, this was definitely something I looked forward to watching week in and out. Thus, it would be something worth watching over and over again on DVD, so I highly recommend that you buy it if you enjoy the creative genious and irony of Stephen King. Yes, this series is very ironic and full of odd twists, but that all adds to the mystique. This DVD is one for the ages, and one that will not truly be appreciated for a year or two to come, because it is such a modern piece of artwork. If you watch all of the episodes in order on this DVD then you will understand how great Kingdom Hospital really is. I knew of a few people who missed several episodes while it was on television, and therefore justice just was not done in their eyes, but that was their fault! The unifying theme is the hospital itself, the people contained in it, and the tragic events they all must grapple with and live through. Dr. Hook was perhaps the funniest and best character in the entire series, a true man's man in every sense of the word. Dr. Stegman also made the series very interesting and humorous at times, although you always wanted to just see the old coot get his just desserts (which he often did). Then of course you have the old, sometimes seen as senile, Mrs. Druise. She definitely made the series what it is and made for a great character analysis. So in conclusion, I highly recommend this DVD series and think that you will enjoy it extremely if you like the paranormal, horror, irony, and creative genious of Stephen King. No library of King material would be complete without it!!!
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Remake Actually Improves Upon the Original January 28, 2005
Format:DVD
This Stephen King miniseries takes place in a haunted hospital in Maine, which was built on the site of a Civil War-era fire where a score of helpless children perished. It's King, so you can bet the ghosts aren't too happy with their lot in the afterlife. The chilling but comedically off-kilter teleplay (one installment was entitled "The Young and the Headless") features a strong ensemble cast and a few searingly memorable talking animal characters. One is a German Shepherd complete with a Teutonic accent named Blondie (voiced by Julian Richings), and another verbose pooch is called Charlie (Ryan Robbins). Most striking of all is an often malevolent but always judicious phantasmagorical anteater (CGI, modeled on a real giant anteater; voiced by Kett Turton) named Antubis. Antubis's long tongue finds ants hiding in some very unexpected places ("Antsolutely delicious!" he chortles, dipping into an insect-infested human brain). Based on a Danish miniseries called The Kingdom by Lars von Trier.

What a difference a DVD makes. Without the concentration-blowing commercial interruptions, and the luxury of being able to watch as much (or as little) of the 13 hour opus as one likes, Kingdom Hospital plays a lot better. That is not to say that it's a perfect miniseries. It's pretty weird, takes some getting into, and it almost lost me a few times with its weirdness. I felt some of the music choices were really inappropriate and rather irritating, and thought one scene of the doctors breaking into a song-and-dance routine was far too "Cop Rock". But if you stick with it throughout all it's quirky eccentricity, Kingdom Hospital will reward you with some terrific characters, excellent acting performances, and an intriguing storyline.

Staci Layne Wilson
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1.0 out of 5 stars WAIST
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Published 4 days ago by James Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror hospital
Great scary mini series, written by Stephen King
They have made a good adaptation.
The cast is also up to the task of bringing this to fruition.
Published 11 days ago by Annette Radocaj
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Worth the money and worth the scare love the movie now to find the one its based off of of
Published 25 days ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars good series
i got to see this series when it first came out,its so weird yet so excellent. a must watch and also includes a great cast
Published 1 month ago by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a great show classic steven king great story kept me entertained for hours .
excellent cast good acting.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Nathan T. Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
Was looking for this item for a long time, found it here. Within three days of ordering it arrived. Perfect condition as it was stated. Very satisfied.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars king
i have never seen any movie that is Steven king that i really did not like. i did not watch this yet but the condition is great.
Published 1 month ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars She will love it
This was purchased as a gift for my daughter. She absolutely loves this time period in history and I know she'll enjoy having this book in her library.
Published 1 month ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Hospital
Produced by Stephen King from his enjoyment of another's work.

It is not surprising to me that he would like something this weird. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert de Lorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series
I bought it used, and it is in perfect condition.Very pleased with it.Loved it when it was on TV.Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Ann
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