The Kingdom - Series One (Riget)
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However there is a problem with the DVD edition issued by Koch/Lorber. On Disc Two, Episode 3, during the scene where Helmer enters the Central Archive after Mogge, the picture suddenly skips (at just after 39mins) to a part of the movie that is actually from Episode 1 on Disc One (the scene where Helmer's nose is being patched up). This sequence from the previous Disc then goes on for about 2 minutes before you suddenly switch back to the current episode but several minutes later with Dr Mogge already out of the Central Archive and running for his life. You are left wondering what happened in between.
This is not a problem with an individual disc. Replacing the disc makes no difference because they all have the same flaw. It is a production issue. It probably occured during the video-editing or mastering process. How this could have been passed for release is beyond me. I know Fox Lorber's previous reputation for producing shoddy DVDs but after the name change and several fairly good early releases under the Koch/Lorber label, I actually believed they had reformed. Alas not. This kind of sloppiness is wholly unacceptable. Koch/Lorber goes into the same black book as its disgraceful predecessor. If it had any conscience, Koch/Lorber would order a recall and replacement. But with this company's reputation, it's hardly likely. Hopefully the rumors are right and Criterion will pick this up for release in the future as part of a Lars von Trier retrospective.
I sent them a brief message explaining the problem on a Sunday afternoon at 4:42 and by 6:18 Monday morning had received a very polite response from Jason Vitteritti (email@example.com) - That's not a typo, the address on the email read "kochent", not kochnet like you might expect.
Anyway, the long and the short of it was by Wednesday I had a new disc two with no errors so as far as I'm concerned Koch Lorber rules!
Oh, and Riget is awesome too.
The miniseries works on all these levels. It's a quirky, incredibly atmospheric study of the hospital centering upon the discovery of the ghost of a girl murdered 75 years previously on the same site haunting the hospital, and it revolves around a giant cast of dozens of memorable characters, all of whom are intensely sympathetic even though they're pretty miserable human beings. The three at the core of the story are a malingerer, the septuagenarian medium Mrs. Drusse, obsessed with discovering the story behind a ghost; a blackmailer, the young and sexy Dr. Hook; and his nemesis in the neurology department, the jaw-droppingly arrogant brain surgeon Dr. Helmer, who had to take this job in Denmark (which he loathes) after being cast out of a job in his native Sweden under suspicion of plagiarism. Although the Gothic aspects to the story are beautifully brought out by the labyrinthine deserted basement hallways of the hospital and Von Trier's gorgeous sepia-tinted cinemtography, like all the best ghost stories the ghosts here serve as metaphors for what's wrong with the state of society in general.Read more ›
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The sound quality... the film's lack of a full color spectrum... the jittery camera work - initially it seemed I was watching a student film from 10 years ago shot with a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by chazview
Interesting premise with decent execution albeit with some in stances of over the top acting but it was like a soap so I'll give them that.Published 15 months ago by RavenB&W
Back in 1994, Lars von Trier offered to Danish television his first TV series, the Kingdom (Riget). A four episode per season saga that gave Lars his first popular success with the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Omnes
I picked this up years ago on VHS at Tower Records. The end was decent,but it took way too long to build to the climax. Really needed better pacing,I almost didn't finish it.Published 16 months ago by dynaryder
A comedy horror that is really fun to watch. I had seen this years ago and was happy to get it at such a great price. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Pulpman
Compared to other "haunted hospital" films that I've come across, this one is way too farcical. As a result, there is an excess of absurdity and very little believability, which... Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by Cary B. Barad
Hey,I taped the whole entire series on vhs,when it originally aired on ifc,in the mid 90's. The whole entire series seemed to get on one tape,as far as I can remember? Read more
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