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  Admitted to ‘Kingdom Hospital’  
Posted 2005-07-17 by Tony Walsh
I don't watch television much, but make exceptions for intriguing DVD-collections. I was introduced to the Kingdom Hospital boxed set last week, and finished watching the 13-episode mini-series this weekend. An American remake of the 1994 Danish TV mini-series Riget, Kingdom Hospital was written by Stephen King, who retained most of the plot-points and characters. The show consists of darkly-comedic horror, and while it features some minor scares, it is more suspenseful and bizarre than terrifying. I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I found the series to be well-written and captivating--probably because it bears some major similarities with Silent Hill (one of my favourite video games), and with one of my old personal projects known as "Gloomveil."

Since every American remake usually pales in comparison to the European original, I look forward to finding and viewing a copy of Riget. Viva subtitles!
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Comment posted by Jos 'Hyakugei' Yule
July 18, 2005 @ 8:12 am
Ya, "The Kingdom" is great - i'm sure you will enjoy it as much, if not more, then the US version!

Nice wikipedia entry on it too.
Comment posted by Titus
July 18, 2005 @ 1:49 pm
The original Kingdom is spectacular.

I've been meaning to get a personal copy for the past three years, but have always found convenient excuses to avoid spending the cash. Whenever this happens, I start off feeling pretty good about my indolent little self, but then the guilt sets in, and I have to lock myself up in the Box.

One time I crawled in there without my paddle. You should have heard my woeful cries then; the neighbors sure did.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
July 19, 2005 @ 12:18 pm
Hrm, it looks like the DVDs for Riget are hard to come by. Amazon only sells it via third parties.
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