Peter Berg's gripping action film THE KINGDOM, released this past fall, was originally supposed to hit dvd shelves this coming Tuesday. However, due to the holidays, Universal released the disc yesterday (at least at Best Buy on Pico in West Los Angeles). After watching the film with the commentary supplied by Berg, I love the movie even more. He's a cool guy to listen to; informative, funny, and modest. The various documentaries detailing all forms of production on the film are also terrifc. I loved this film after I saw it at a test screening last April, and the second viewing upon regular theatrical release last September was equally as exciting. It's a no fat, no nonsense procedural with an exotic setting and some absolutely first rate action sequences. Sporting an R-rating, and earning it during some particularly brutal close-quarters shoot-outs, it's a visceral film that pulls no punches. It's also smart and timely; the dark coda packs a punch as well. If you missed this film in the theaters, well, shame on you. Check it out on DVD.