> While I share your upset about the lack of credit to LVT,
> I don't share your feelings about the possessive prefix on
> the title. Even though the basic story is LVT's, enough of
> the details have been changed that it's worth differentiating.
> Howard Hawks' THE THING [FROM ANOTHER WORLD] as opposed to
> John Carpenter's THE THING
> Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO, as opposed to Robert Bloch's PSYCHO.
> Hell, even Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING, as opposed to
> Stephen King's THE SHINING.
But in all of your analogies, the original was already well known to the
audience viewing the remake. Was there anybody going into "The Shining" that
didn't know it was based on a Stephen King best-seller?
By comparison, the ET story on "Kingdom Hospital" made it look like an original
Stephen King work, which it isn't. It's a remake.
> > Besides that little dose of irritation, I simply can't
> > imagine how they're ever going to pull off some of that
> > **** for a North American audience, unless it's on HBO
> > or something which I gather it isn't.
> No, it isn't. It's on ABC. And I'm not sure what "****"
> you're talking about. It would take a very small amount of
> effort (mostly just snipping -- or not-translating -- a few
> naughty words here and there) to make LVT's original
> broadcastable in the US.
HEAVY DUTY SPOILER TIME, SO DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU: Like, for example, the
scene of the live birth of Udo Kier, or the scenes of Kier's mother
breast-feeding the giant deformed baby, or pretty much anything to do with the
baby in the second series, come to think of it. There's other stuff that won't
translate at all, like the Swedish doctor's absolute hatred of all things
Danish, which I assume they'll just cut completely. (Although it would be funny
if they made that doctor Canadian and had him spouting off anti-Americanisms at
all times. Probably not going to happen though.) Linked to that are the
monologues delivered by the doctor to his toilet bowl, shot from the toilet
bowl's point of view.
So, basically, anything that pushes "The Kingdom" over the top, from creepy into
full-blown crazy, won't make the air. Sort of makes you wonder why they're
bothering at all.
> To me, the biggest issue is that it's a shame that LVT's
> original would be too "weird" for the American viewing
> public, and that in order for them to appreciate the story,
> it has to be filtered through someone they understand and
> appreciate, such as Stephen King.
Unfortunately, you're probably right. But wasn't ABC too chicken to give David
Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." a chance in it's original form?
> While I certainly don't have any expectations that this will
> be better than (or even as good as) LVT's original, I am
> actually interested in seeing what King does with it.
Me too, if only for more fodder for complaining.
Kevin "Whiny" Cogliano
In article <c1nsi6$2kvg$>, dsl79866
> > > Actually it's a four-disc set, and it's a huge improvement
> > > over the Taiwan and Canadian releases.
> > Where might one order it from? Does Diabolik DVD carry it?
> www.laserdisken.dk ships internationally and have it in stock for $50
> plus shipping.
Thanks for the pointer, but unfortunately their site will not accept my
credit card. Perhaps a "EuroCard" MasterCard is somehow different from a
Do you know if they will accept an International Money Order payable in
US$ instead of DKK?
> Thanks for the pointer, but unfortunately their site will not accept
> credit card. Perhaps a "EuroCard" MasterCard is somehow different from
> regular MasterCard.
> Do you know if they will accept an International Money Order payable
> US$ instead of DKK?
That's strange, they show symbols of various cards at the top of their
page, including Eurocard Mastercard. I don't know if they accept money
orders but you can ask them by email (the address is shown at the bottom
of the front page).