Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

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Director: Craig R. Baxley, Craig Baxley Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd

Cast: Craig R. Baxley, Craig Baxley Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd

     
 
Mysterious supernatural occurrences plague a labyrinthine hospital in Columbia TriStar's release of horror icon Stephen King's made-for-television adaptation of Lars von Trier's The Kingdom. Kingdom Hospital is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and features audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1. When you're finished being

Overview

Mysterious supernatural occurrences plague a labyrinthine hospital in Columbia TriStar's release of horror icon Stephen King's made-for-television adaptation of Lars von Trier's The Kingdom. Kingdom Hospital is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and features audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1. When you're finished being spooked by the horrific hospital, check out a commentary track by King and the filmmakers, journey "Inside the Walls" to see the making of the miniseries, hear what the cast has to say about the production in "Patients and Doctors," take a tour of the hospital in "Designing Kingdom Hospital," and read an exclusive essay written by King himself.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Stephen King's "novelized" TV series is based on The Kingdom -- a soapy Danish miniseries from 1994 that blended drama with the paranormal element of ghosts -- created by filmmaking provocateur Lars von Trier. King had a hand in writing every episode of this Americanized version, which took to the air in March 2004. Jack Coleman stars as Peter, an artist who is admitted to Kingdom Hospital in a coma after being hit by a van. When Peter awakens, he discovers he can communicate with the spirits that inhabit the hospital. Diane Ladd portrays Sally Druse, a patient with psychic abilities who can also hear the spirits and persuades Dr. Hook (Andrew McCarthy) to help her identify the ghosts. The cast is rounded out by Ed Begley Jr. as hospital administrator Jesse James, and Bruce Davison as chief neurologist Dr. Stegman. King and co-writer Rick Dooling had even delivered the outlines for Season 2's scripts before an executive shakeup at ABC led to the cancellation of the series in July 2004. Fans will find all 13 episodes of the series in this set, including: "Death's Kingdom," wherein Druse holds a séance to find out who -- or what -- is haunting the hospital; "Hook's Kingdom," which finds the staff battling the violent spirit of a teenage boy; and "Heartless," in which the staff learns about the 1869 fire that killed a number of children on the hospital grounds.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
UPC:
0043396041936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:08:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Stephen King and filmmakers' commentary; "Inside the Walls: The Making of Kingdom Hospital" featurette; "Patients and Doctors: The Cast of Kingdom Hospital" featurette; "Designing Kingdom Hospital: A Tour" featurette; "The Magic of Antubis" visual effects featurette; Previews; Exclusive essay written by Stephen King

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew McCarthy Dr. Hook
Diane Ladd Sally Druse
Bruce Davison Dr. Stegman
Ed Begley Dr. Jesse James
Jack Coleman Peter Rickman
William Wise Dr. Louis Traff
Lena Georgas Carrie Von Trier
Janet Wright Liz Hinton
Meagan Fay Brenda Abelson
Del Pentecost Bobby Druse
Jamie Harrold Elmer Traff
Brandon Bauer Abel
Jennifer Cunningham Christa

Technical Credits
Craig R. Baxley Director
Craig Baxley Director
Sonny Baskin Editor
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Irene Cagen Casting
Mark Caliner Producer
Mark Carliner Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
David Connell Cinematographer
Richard Dooling Producer
Bruce Dunn Co-producer
Lisa Henson Producer
Stephen King Executive Producer,Screenwriter,Source Author
Meg Liberman Casting
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Camille Patton Casting
Robert F. Phillips Producer
Craig Stearns Production Designer
Lars von Trier Executive Producer
Niels Vørsel Screenwriter
Mary Anne Waterhouse Producer
Janet Yang Producer

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Stephen King Presents: Kingdom Hospital 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thought it was a good show. Andrew McCarthy is so cute in this show wow! that's why I got the dvd .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Kingdom Hospitol, and was disappointed when there was no second season. The whole thing is just...yeah. there's something for everyone, and it's one of the funniest things to hit TV in years. I also enjoyed the reference to Insomia ( the BOOK, not the stupid Robin Williams movie). In one of the episodes, Paul calls someone 'shorts'. this is a reference to the fact that he is a long-time being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen King manages to squeeze all the life out of Lars Von Trier's Danish mini-series 'Riget' (Kingdom) and 'Riget II', by thowing a lot of money at it. What's bizarre is that at times King replicates scenes from the original and then suddenly dispenses with the story altogether to insert his own inferior bits. The original is scary, funny, thought provoking and heart warming - All done on a shoe-string budget. King's re-working is sanitized, dumbed-down fodder for the masses. The series is so afraid of alienating the audience with it's 'weird' plot-line that it's explains what's going to happen at the begining of each episode. In case you've really been confused by the heavy handed remedial fashon in which they've been telling the tale they explain the plot fully 3 times in the last episode. The 1 Star earned is for the production values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought kingdom hospital was great! but there were many errors in the making. lIke when peter is lying on the ground and antubis is watching a crow lands on peter but when you go back to peter's view its gone but back again its there. Also some of the acting was a bit iffy like how the little sounded a bit overdone and her crying sounded brutally fake alot of the times. But i did love the dark comedy and I thought Paul(kett turton) was brilliant. But because of americas similar expectations there was no 2nd season very dissapointing.
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