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The Kingdom - Series Two

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Art House & International movie directed by Lars von Trier

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 … see full wiki

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Director: Lars von Trier
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At last! Highly recommended to all fans of the first part!

  • Feb 4, 2008
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. It looks like what you would expect from handheld cameras using available light. The DVD looks about as good as one could expect. Since my previous experience was with a poorly dubbed Chinese DVD-to-VHS, the improvement is drastic. If you've seen the part one DVD, you know what to expect. I'm happy to report that there aren't any technical glitches like there were on disc two of part one. Everything looks fine.

If you enjoyed the first part, you *must* see the second. It's phenomenal. The pace is fast, the characters are weird, the situations are even more bizarre than the first part. It's an experience. Don't waste your time with the adulterated American version - see the original and enjoy!

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