The King Is Alive

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Shot against the barren sand dunes of Africa's Namib Desert, The King Is Alive is the fourth film to adhere to the stripped-down aesthetic of the Dogma 95 movement, and the first to bear the directorial stamp of the manifesto's co-author Kristian Levring. The improvised, shot-on-digital video production concerns the exploits of almost a dozen tourists who find themselves stranded when their bus breaks down miles from civilization. A thespian amongst the group, Henry (David Bradley), is the first to suggest that their situation may be more dire than it seems. His doubts send the rest of the folks -- including American travelers Ray (Bruce Davison), Liz (Janet McTeer), Ashley (Brion James), and Gina (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a high-minded Parisian, Catherine (Romane Bohringer) -- into fits of fear and dread. To get their minds off the heat, hunger, and dehydration, the castaways stage an impromptu reading of Shakespeare's King Lear, which they can only fitfully remember. As their situations worsen, the tourists begin to take out their personal aggressions on one another. The King Is Alive was shown as part of the 2000 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi.

English: stereo surround, English & spanish language subtitles, .

Subtitles: English (Closed Captioned).

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Shot against the barren sand dunes of Africa's Namib Desert, The King Is Alive is the fourth film to adhere to the stripped-down aesthetic of the Dogma 95 movement, and the first to bear the directorial stamp of the manifesto's co-author Kristian Levring. The improvised, shot-on-digital video production concerns the exploits of almost a dozen tourists who find themselves stranded when their bus breaks down miles from civilization. A thespian amongst the group, Henry (David Bradley), is the first to suggest that their situation may be more dire than it seems. His doubts send the rest of the folks -- including American travelers Ray (Bruce Davison), Liz (Janet McTeer), Ashley (Brion James), and Gina (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a high-minded Parisian, Catherine (Romane Bohringer) -- into fits of fear and dread. To get their minds off the heat, hunger, and dehydration, the castaways stage an impromptu reading of Shakespeare's King Lear, which they can only fitfully remember. As their situations worsen, the tourists begin to take out their personal aggressions on one another. The King Is Alive was shown as part of the 2000 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi.

English: stereo surround, English & spanish language subtitles, .

Subtitles: English (Closed Captioned).

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Starring: Miles Anderson, David Calder, Bruce Davison, Brion James, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Janet McTeer, Chris Walker, Romane Bohringer, Lia Williams, David Bradley
Director: Kristian Levring
Studio Name: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Full Frame
Run Time (in minutes): 106 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Stereo
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8
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1.0 stars 2/11/2010 by SailboatSailor
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I am so disappointed in this product. The director shot this movie in 2.35:1 aspect ratio, better known as letterbox or widescreen format. However when the studio released the DVD they chopped it to only a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, better known as full frame. For all you people with one of the new TVs, this aspect ratio will not fill up your screen, and worst of all, you won't see the full movie as the director intended. The back of the box contains misleading and inaccurate information. The box says, "Standard Theatrical Release Format" However this is not true. This is not the version shown in theaters.

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