Kings - The Complete Series
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Witness the riveting rule of a modern-day monarchy in Kings: The Complete Series, the compelling, thought-provoking drama starring Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (Deadwood). King Silas Benjamin (McShane) rules the country of Gilboa with steely determination unmatched by any rival. During a tense battle with the neighboring nation of Gath, David Shepherd (Chris Egan, Eragon), an idealistic young soldier from the countryside, heroically crosses over dangerous enemy lines and rescues a critical prisoner-of-war – the King’s son. Now, the lives of David and the King will become powerfully intertwined as greed, war, romance, forbidden love and secret alliances threaten to tear apart the kingdom. Co-starring Allison Miller (17 Again), Susanna Thompson (NCIS), Sebastian Stan (Rachel Getting Married), Eamonn Walker (Oz) and Dylan Baker (Revolutionary Road), this epic David-and-Goliath tale has critics proclaiming, “Kings is a big, ambitious, imaginative fantasy…” (Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly).
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 5821500
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 9 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : September 29, 2009
- Actors : Ian McShane, Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller, Christopher Egan, Sebastian Stan
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Universal Studios
- ASIN : B0024FAD88
- Number of discs : 3
- Customer Reviews:
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The story is "meh", some of the actors are "meh", the ones who aren't are fantastic, David needs a new speech writer, and Macaulay Culkin is just... ????????????
The storyline is based on the "David and Goliath" story in the bible apparently, but it's completely unrecognizable and not at all preachy. David is a farmer's son and a soldier, Goliath is a tank that's gone "boom" by 10 minutes in, and the rest of the story is basically every other political drama. There are two highly annoying guards who pop up constantly and the language does these these weird flip-flops between modern English and what I consider "Biblical" english, just without any kind of natural transition so it's incredibly jarring within the story.
But yeah, Sebastian Stan is one of the "Excellents". The story itself is what's weak.
The casting and locations of this series were refreshing at a time when so much of TV is a wasteland of the refried series, hackneyed plotlines, and pseudo-real romps. I would have liked to see this series go beyond its first season to tell the full story of 'David', but Hollywood's short attention-span [and greed] have always been markedly pronounced. The revenue [and ratings] must not have been what they wanted. Hence, the plug got pulled- as it usually does after a series is green-lit for a first season, not beyond. One could hope for a resurrection, but I doubt that will happen. Even if it does, there will not be the great cast and writing that makes this series decent viewing.
It's a modern retelling of the David and Goliath biblical tale, but if religious shows aren't your thing, don't let it deter you -- it's not preachy or evangelical, though there are religious elements to it (omens, prophecies, other supernatural elements framed within Christianity).
The cast is fantastic, and I think this is be one of Sebastian Stan's best performances. The characters do speak in an unusual, almost poetic dialect, which gives you a very interesting and intuitive understanding of who is and isn't "high class" just based on how they describe things. It's absolutely fascinating, and every time I go back to this show, I fall more and more in love with it.
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The only negative thing I have to say really is that it's such a huge shame that such a magnificent show was never given the recognition that it wholly deserved.
shame on the networks for at least not offering their viewers a single 'wrap-up' episode to at least finnish it off properly.