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King's Game ( Kongekabale ) [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel, Nicolas Bro, Lars Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Niels Krause-Kjær, Rasmus Heisterberg
  • Producers: Birgitte Hald, Bo Ehrhardt, Lene Nielsen, Meta Louise Foldager
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nordisk
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6UYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Denmark released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Danish ( DTS 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Posters, Teaser(s), Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Starting a new job as a political journalist at a leading newspaper, Ulrik Torp witnesses a brutal struggle for power in the Midparty's ranks a struggle that coincides with the party's charismatic leader's involvement in a near fatal car accident. A flurry of lies and media speculation surround the incident. Gradually, Ulrik unearths a ruthless conspiracy involving the incumbent prime minister and becomes obsessed with bringing the truth into the light. But neither his colleagues nor the politicians are willing to listen to him, and as election day draws near, Ulrik finds himself alone, battling against the powers that be. ...King's Game ( Kongekabale )

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The leader of an opposition party is hospitalised after a horrific car crash days before polling day. Rivals to be his successor maneuver for support. A journalist looking to make his name on the political beat has a sniff of a story.

Many political thrillers have raw ingredients similar to that. What raises King's Game above them is the skill and the freshness with which they are combined.

The freshness of course is aided to British eyes by this being another great Danish thriller (featuring, amongst others, Lars Mikkelsen, he of The Killing, Borgen and the lesser known Flame and Citron) rather than yet another American one.

It has that distinctive Scandinavian touch of thoughtful, low key and gradually building tension. In Hollywood's hands we would have improbably handsome actors rushing about at high speed to a thumping music sound track. Here we have rather more typical looking characters, letting you play Danish actor bingo as you spot familiar faces from the successful TV shows, a more credible pace and more plausible plot, all accompanied by music that subtly adds to the tension rather than battering your eardrums into submission.

Watch and listen, by the way, all the way to the end. The final clips of journalists talking as a car pulls away adds a believable and bitter twist which gives the film a powerful postscript.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
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This is a review of the Danish edition of the film `King's Game' (Danish = Kongekabale). It comes with full English subtitle options, not just for the film but for many of the extras too.

This political thriller based around a Danish general election fits in well with many Danish crime series (`The Killing', `Borgen', `The Bridge') now becoming popular on British TV. It is shot in green-blue-grey subdued colours. The music too has a foreboding beat, reminiscent of behind-the-scenes machination and skulduggery, whilst elsewhere we hear low atmospheric chords with slow piano over the top.

The film, although released in 2004, still has a contemporary resonance, feasting as it does on the intimate relationships between politicians, the press, and the police. Sounds familiar? `Twas ever thus. As well as Murdoch and the Metropolitan Police's embarrassment, I was also reminded of the case of David Kelley. So, much of what we see here acted out in Denmark is very credible. I remember at the time of its release how big a thing the film was in Denmark, with many shocked that politicians could behave in the ways depicted.

Cleverly, the director, Nicolaj Arcel, shows the comeuppance of Dreier, the politician seeking by fair means and foul to win the election and become Prime Minister, on live TV; but instead of showing us the studio scene itself, his downfall is portrayed in the shocked faces and reactions of those off-screen. This is just one example of a director who clearly knows what he is doing, allied with a superb script worked from the memoires of a real spin-doctor, and a brilliant cast.

There is a generous selection of extras on the Danish version. As mentioned above, most, if not all of these have English subtitles.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2014
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Eleven days before the parliamentary election, the Centre Party's main candidate, who is about to become the next Danish Prime Minister and his wife have a car accident. His situation is critical and nobody knows if he will survive. Even his wife, who is also hospitalised, is not informed. The next day, Torp is assigned to cover the election. Quickly, he is drawn into the internal power struggle in the Centre Party where two very different politicians, Erik Dreyer and Lone Kjeldsen, show interest in gaining power and potentially becoming the next Prime Minister. Torp, the son of a previous justice minister, writes his first front-page story after a tip-off from the Centre Party press coordinator, Peter Schou. The story turns out to be "planted spin" in order to damage Lone Kjeldsen (Nastja Arcel) to allow the advantage to Dreyer who benefits from her lost credibility.

The back story to 'King's Game' is said to be the story of an ex-parliament staffer who saw first hand the political games that were played. He wrote a book which then became a film. The film came out in 2005 and won many top prizes. This is the kind of political film that reveals what we only THINK goes on.

Anders W. Berthelsen, plays Ulrik Torp a newspaper journalist promoted to cover the Parliament because his father was a member, and he must have connections. On his first day he is given a 'spin story' after the current candidate for election in the Centre Party is brain dad after a horrific car accident. Two members of the Center Party want to be the next candidate, and one if them plays very dirty, indeed. Ulrike gets caught up in the lies and intrigue and tries to figure out the real story. This is intrigue and politics at it's dirtiest and at it's best.
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