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The Kingdom - Series One and Two

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The Kingdom: Series One and Two includes both volumes of Lars von Trier’s acclaimed supernatural thriller.

The Kingdom is Denmark’s most technologically advanced hospital, but inside its mazelike corridors, bizarre and otherworldly events are occurring. Evil has taken up residence, and now it won’t let go.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Peter Mygind, Søren Pilmark
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Danish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 554 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WZAE86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Hayes on April 5, 2008
This set contains the first two seasons of "The Kingdom". Lars Von Triers made "The Kingdom" with the intention that it would be a trilogy of mini-series, but unfortunately, after the second season, both Ernst-Hugo Jaregard (Dr. Helmer) and Kirsten Rolffes (Mrs. Drusse), that is, the two main actors, died, putting a stop to Season Three (and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't like to see a season without these actors). As a result of this, few of the story lines introduced in Season 1 are resolved in Season 2, and the ending comprises a number of cliff-hangers that Von Triers, presumably, intended to resolve in Season 3. Having said that, "The Kingdom" is an excellent series, and is one of the best TV series that I have ever seen.

"The Kingdom" is set in Denmark's top hospital, which is run by a group of arrogant doctors, who operate a secret society from the hospital's basement, and is haunted by an assortment of ghosts. Season one of "The Kingdom", which was later remade for American television as "Kingdom Hospital", centres around Mrs. Drusse (a Miss Marple-like old lady) and her quest to put to rest the ghost of a young girl who died at The Kingdom many years earlier. Sub-plots include Prof. Bondo's quest to obtain a rare sarcoma; a bizarre pregnancy; and Dr. Helmer's (possibly the most arrogant doctor to ever appear on television) attempts to avoid a malpractice lawsuit.

Season 2 starts off immediately following the end of Season 1. Highlights of this series include Dr.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mozza on December 15, 2008
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For any Twin Peaks fans out there - order this masterpiece right away. Has the same exact qualities as the David Lynch classic:

-Complex, addictive storyline
-Directed by one of the maverick masters of independent cinema
-Darkly funny and, when it comes down to it, not really scary most of the time
-Trademark cinematography - grainy and sepia Handycam effects
-Incomplete - this ends after 2 of what should have been 3 or 4 series

The last point sounds off-putting, but I haven't met anyone who hasn't thoroughly enjoyed this. When this was filmed, Lars von Trier was famous only in his native Denmark. The camerawork is a lot more easily digestible than in some of his later works, and his typical broodiness is balanced by dark Scandinavian humour - totally addictive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spahr Michael on August 20, 2009
Lars von Trier's TV show The Kingdom (Riget) is one of the best thing the Danish director has ever done. Funny. Exciting. Hilarious. Crazy. Scary.
If you have ever worked in a hospital you have to watch this show. The kingdom is not just the name of the hospital, but it is also all about the little kingdoms that exist within the walls of a hospital.
Since Twin Peaks there has never been a TV show that brilliantly mixes a ghost story and absurd comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By akojen on June 29, 2012
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I really love Lars von Trier's Danish TV miniseries. If you're into the world of the bizarre, RIGET (a.k.a. THE KINGDOM) is probably for you. This is NOT Stephen King's KINGDOM HOSPITAL miniseries, though SK did use chunks of the RIGET storyline in his rather blah "interpretation". My only caveat would be that Lars von Trier intended to have a third part and was unable to do this, due to the (real-life) deaths of two of the lead actors. So, you sort of have to enjoy what you get, and keep in mind that you don't really get a solid ending. As for me, even though I always wish for more, I'm quite happy to watch the goings-on at this otherworldly hospital that is packed to the brim with peculiar and fascinating characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Garcia on June 17, 2013
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One of the best TV series,it has a lot of humor, comedy and terror. Excellent performance and direction.
Very good photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Barnes on June 13, 2013
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This is some twisted comedic horror. If that is your twist, ENJOY !!! P.S. If you don't like subtitles, avoid.
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I really enjoyed watching the series and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I like the cinematography a lot it reminds me of silent hill.
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One of Von Trier's more earnest works. Simple and clean fun horror and smirking shock. A great DVD set. Wish the series was longer.
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