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The Kingdom (HD DVD/Standard DVD Combo) (2007)

Jamie Foxx , Chris Cooper , Peter Berg  |  R |  HD DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Jeremy Piven
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y9VF92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kingdom (HD DVD/Standard DVD Combo)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Character by Character: The Apartment Shootout
  • Creating The Kingdom
  • The Mission Dossier: Surveillance
  • Constructing the Freeway Sequence
  • History of The Kingdom: An Interactive Timeline
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Berg

  • Editorial Reviews

    "A High-Octane Action Movie." -A. O. Scott, The New York Times Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (Collateral) and Chris Cooper (Breach) and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) and Jason Bateman (Smokin' Aces) ignite the screen in this high-intensity thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to solve a brutal mass murder and find a killer before he strikes again. Out of their element and under heavy fire, the team must join forces with their Saudi counterparts. As these unlikely allies begin to unlock the secrets of the crime scene, the team is led into a heart-stopping, do-or-die confrontation.

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    46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, entertaining action with a splash of humanity December 15, 2007
    By Jet
    Format:DVD
    This movie is a beautiful and stunning rarity: a film where tough, competent, smart characters actually show real human emotions.

    One of the investigators is kidnapped and nearly beheaded. He fights fiercely, taking a severe beating but saving his own life by delaying the filmed execution while he's subdued. When rescue arrives he fights his captors, while bound, with a dogged ferocity that leaves no doubt as to his action-hero cred. But in the moments when the blade is at his throat, there is no question that this man is terrified. After his rescue, one of his friends asks if he's all right. The hilarious and utterly truthful way he responds with an expression is one of the best-acted moments in the movie. And when the rest of the team moves in to confront the bad guys, he stays behind, sinking to the floor in quiet shock. A movie that doesn't show the tough action hero immediately grabbing a gun and rushing into battle without blinking gets my vote for something exceptional.

    In an intense sequence near the beginning of the film, a young Saudi police officer (Sergeant Haytham) chases down terrorists machine-gunning civilian housing, rams their car, and kills both men in a shootout...a heroic task. In the confusion after the attack, Haytham is suspected of being involved, and a ham-headed General has him subjected to a brutal interrogation. He endures it as though it's something to be expected, but when you see him look at his colonel, Faris Al Ghazi (who is clearly troubled by the process) during the beating, there are tears in his eyes. Simple touches like this throughout the film take ordinary action-film standbys and normal action heroes, and elevates them into something more: believable, exceptional human beings.
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    29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good film be careful what you'd hear October 2, 2007
    As we stand in a war that has already lasted longer than all of World War II and Hollywood's method for handling the material is to shoot for the jugular, then crack a one-liner. Audiences can't seem to handle anything remotely serious without shenanigans on the side, but fortunately The Kingdom is so well-made, engaging (even if the screenplay talks smarter than it is), and, at times, heart-stopping that it's impossible to look away As the film opens, terrorists (dressed as Saudi police officers) launch a suicide attack on a softball game involving mostly Americans living inside a Western compound within the capital city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While the suits debate their next move, FBI agent Ronald Fleury (Foxx) negotiates a five-day trip to Saudi Arabia to investigate the crime firsthand. Joining him are three others; the bomb expert (Cooper), the forensics guru (Garner), and the guy whose sole purpose is drop annoying one-liners (Bateman). Once the crew arrives they befriend Colonel Faris Al Ghazi (Barhom), a man who knows the inner workings of the terror cells in the area. As the investigation deepens the team finds themselves at odds with who to trust - and who might be the terror mastermind.

    Director Peter Berg has a keen eye behind the camera and his pacing is what drives the film. While it's more of a procedural than a straight-up action film, once things start getting really ramped up in final forty-five minutes you'll be hard-pressed to catch your breath. That's when it truly becomes apparent that The Kingdom is more about action than actual substance, which is what an astute viewer will pick up on early.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Flick - with Depth January 6, 2008
    Format:HD DVD
    O.k., I love Jamie Foxx - and Jennifer Garner - so I expected this to be what I was looking for. And it was, but also so much more.
    The story in short: There has been a terrorist attack on an American compound in the Saudi Kingdom. A handful of FBI agents are sent over to search for clues. Although at first they have to learn to deal with the Saudi opposition, they succeed to win over the good guys and together they manage to solve the case.
    This sounds very dry. Trust me, it isn't. The film will definitely keep you pinned to the edge of your seat for the 145 minutes.
    The action is extremely well done. Of course there is a car chase, but I have never before seen one like this. And I'm usually not a fan of car chases either. This one had me though.
    You all know Jennifer Garner has had a few lessons in how to fight, and she's showing off some good results, as does Jamie.
    The movie's pace is terrific. It feels natural, never as if constructed.
    The characters are well developed. Jamie, Jennifer and especially Chris Cooper use the little space they have perfectly to paint each individual. But also the Saudi military is portrayed in a credible way. Who wouldn't be mad when a foreign nation sends in his troops to solve your case? Add the differences in cultures and you've got a perfect clash. But good people can find a way out and here they do.
    (Of course this is an action flick, not a documentary. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the terrorists are one-dimensional, but they have less space to develop depth as do the good guys.)
    I will definitely be watching this one over and over again.
    The HD DVD transfer is marvellous. Picture, depth, sound, all state of the art.
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