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The Kingdom - Series Two

Udo Kier , Ernst-Hugo Järegård , Lars von Trier  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Peter Mygind, Holger Juul Hansen
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 291 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WZAE8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kingdom - Series Two" on IMDb

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Acclaimed director Lars von Trier (Dogville, The Five Obstructions) presents Series Two of his supernatural thriller set inside Denmark’s most esteemed but cursed medical institution. Malicious forces are once again at work as the hospital’s restless spirits become even more entwined with the eccentric staff and residents. Resuming after the birth of "Little Brother," the deformed offspring of demon-doctor Aage Krüger (Udo Kier), these four episodes will propel you deeper into the madness and evil that dwells within The Kingdom.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Finally! Lars Von Trier's "The Kingdom Part Two" gets a domestic release! This is joyous news for all those Kingdom fans out there. No more terrible dubbed-from-a-Chinese-DVD VHS tapes. It's not a massive, feature-laden release, but at least we get to see the conclusion of the series. The previous reviewer is incorrect in stating that this is not the end of the series. It is my understanding that "The Kingdom" project has been abandoned for many reasons, not the least of which involves the death of one or two main characters. Although Von Trier repeatedly mentions a "Kingdom Part Three" in "Trier on Von Trier", I think he's basically lost interest in the story.

This series, much like Twin Peaks, does not end with a complete wrap-up of every story arc. And, without giving anything away, you'll probably be disappointed with the ending. Clearly, there should be a third part to the series, but I doubt it will ever get made.

The lack of a satisfying ending should not in any way hinder your enjoyment of part two. Where the first two episodes of part one were fairly deliberately paced, now by part two, all sorts of interesting stories are in place and each episode is incredibly engaging.

Most Von Trier fans already know about his Dogma 95 movement and the "vow of chastity" involved, but for those who don't, it's an important issue when approaching his work. The vow of chastity involves many technical features that seek to separate the movement's art film from mass Hollywood productions. Cameras are handheld, there is no artificial light, no non-diegetic music (save for the credits), all actors do their own wardrobe and makeup . . . you get the idea.

That is all to say, video quality isn't outstanding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second and final season of Lars von Trier's Riget (Kingdom). As we learn from the commentary and featurette, the third and concluding season was never filmed because Danmarks Radio which commissioned the first two, lost all interest in it. A major impediment was the fact that 4 of the main stars had died in the interim. Most notably the charismatic Ernst-Hugo Järegård who played Prof. Stig Helmer the dyspeptic and bigoted Swedish neurosurgeon. Kirsten Rolffes who played Mrs Drusse, the endearing hypochondriac and spirit-medium had also died by then. Morton Leffers the male half of the Dishwasher duo had also passed away. The Dishwashers were the pair with Down's Syndrome who acted as a kind of Scandinavian Greek Chorus intoning cryptic revelations and other surreal comments along the way. Ironically, the actor who played Death in Series 2 also died. As Lars von Trier quipped in the commentary, the quickest way to the crematorium was through Riget.

Series 2 takes place immediately after the events of Series 1. However it was shot some 3 years later. The children especially look much older - notably Mona the brain-damaged girl and Mary the ghost-child. Series 2 is zanier, weirder. Playing more towards comedy than horror. Nevertheless it's still very entertaining. Von Trier claims that even the Danish Royal Family were fans. In Series 1, Helmer the Swede, constantly went up on the rooftop to gaze longingly at his beloved Sweden, proudly and reverentially listing all of Sweden's wonderful achievements, "Tetra-pak, Volvo, Hepstars, Bjorn Borg," before looking around him in utter disgust at the backwater in which he has landed and screaming in exasperation "Dansk Jävlar" (Danish Scum).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beginning and a middle, but no end April 3, 2008
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"The Kingdom" Season 2, is the second installment in a trilogy that has no end. 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.

Keeping that in mind, Season 2 of "The Kingdom" isn't bad. Season 2 starts off immediately after the end of Season 1: Dr. Helmer is back from Haiti with his zombie poison; Bondo has his sarcoma; Judith has just given birth to her monster baby; and a new set of spirits is now loose in the hospital for Mrs. Drusse to deal with. In my opinion, Season 1 was better, I found the first two episodes of Season 2 to be a bit tedious (I didn't like the sub-plot about Prof. Moesgaard seeking psychiatric help or the one about Judith and her baby, at all). However, the final two episodes more than make up for them, and by the end, I really did want to see more.

Highlights of this series include Dr. Hook turning into a patient-hating psychopath, after a rather unpleasant incident (I found Hook to be smug and self-righteous in Season 1, so really enjoyed this change of character); the revelation of Aage Kruger's true nature; ambulance racing; and a new mystery for Mrs Drusse to solve. There is also a greater focus on the occult in this season, and I found this season to be both sillier and scarier than the previous one.

Fans of "The Kingdom" Season 1, will definitely enjoy Season 2, but don't go in expecting a satisfactory conclusion or you'll be disappointed.
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