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King Kong [Blu-ray] (2005)

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,293 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Thomas Kretschmann
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KZVQJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • BD-Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
  • U-Control: Picture in Picture
  • U-Control: The Art Galleries
  • My Scenes
  • Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen

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    Product Description

    Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.

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    170 of 188 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review for 3 Disc Extended Edition November 14, 2006
    Format:DVD
    The biggest problem most people had with King Kong was its length, so there's no surprise that reaction by the general public to the release of an extended edition of another 3 hour-plus Peter Jackson film was almost the equivalent of a collective groan.

    The surprise is that everything added to the Extended Edition of King Kong should have never been cut. More dinosaurs and more creatures and more action on Skull Island only improves the film, and one wonders if these scenes were cut mostly for time and pacing, why wasn't a little bit of the 51 minutes of pre-Skull Island snipped or perhaps a few overly drawn scenes of Kong and Anna gazing into each other's eyes?

    The more noticable scenes are that of a rampaging Ceratops and a fun scene of an underwater monster attacking Adrien Brody and Co. while they are rafting down a river. A bit more character development with some seedy behavior by Carl Denham (Jack Black) and heroic deeds by Jack Driscoll and the shipmates add a bit of flavor to the male characters literally overshadowed by Kong in the film. The spider pit sequence is also a bit lengthened with some more lines by Jack Black. Overall, a worthy 13 minutes of added material, but the film still feels too long in the last act.

    The special features to this extended edition are the special features that were missing from the first release of the Kong movie, including a commentary from Peter Jackson and extensive behind the scenes features, describing the making of Kong from concept artwork to the screen a la the performance of Andy Serkis.

    I enjoyed the extended cut, but I don't know that this lengthy movie is better served with added material. It's not like the LOTR films where the additions enhance your viewing and understanding of Tolkien's world. But hey, I am not going to complain about more dinosaurs and the raft sequence I was disappointed was missing from the original cut.
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    60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars tHE eXtra that make the difference.... August 3, 2006
    By DA MAN
    Format:DVD
    Hello People,

    well Peter Jackson's Opus, King Kong now comes in it's extended version only on DVD... This review basically gives you a guide as to what you might expect from the DVD release.. I have no breakdown of what scenes are make up the extra minutes, but from Perter Jackson's comments and Comic Con presentation, there have been indications of what might be make up the running time...

    The dVd details -

    Firstly this dvd presentation is brought to you in 3 discs. An additon of thirteen(13) minutes of footage has been added to the extended version of the film.

    Extra scenes include :

    * King Kong's capture at Skull Island and journey to New York.

    * A river scene; where our heros are stuck on a log/raft, and

    them being attacked by a large aligator. (Comic Con info)

    More to be added soon...

    King Kong Extended Edition: Disc 1

    2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation

    English Dolby Digital 5.
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    313 of 379 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that beats on it's chest and roars! January 16, 2006
    I was one of those people who thought King Kong was a mistake for director Peter Jackson. Fresh from his monumental success and Academy Awards with his work on The Lord of the Rings, I wasn't confident that he would make an equally, much less surpassively, good film. I was proven wrong.

    Running at a horrendously intimidating 187 minutes, I had my fears that there would be parts where cinematographic drags would consume my interest in the film, especially since there were several such moments in Fellowship of the Ring which Jackson also directed. However, I was pleased to find that dragging moments were limited and the whopping runtime was put to good use... so take care of your bladders prior to watching.

    I have heard many complaints regarding the first third of the film which takes place in depression-era New York city. It is in this third where the titular beast is nowhere to be seen, but we are introduced to all the other main characters. I have argued many times that a film is not without it's characters and so far in his blockbuster career, Peter Jackson has not disappointed in characterization. It keeps the audience in the hearts and minds of everything that happens onscreen and therefore maintains an engaging atmosphere. All in all, you care about all the fuss and you watch and wait, with interest, for the next scene to unfold. Therefore, in spite of the gargantuan runtime, I was riveted to the screen.

    Carl Denham (Jack Black... yes, Jack Black) is a struggling filmmaker whose career has been so far almost successful. When he learns his latest film is about to be scrapped, he escapes with his film and crew to continue production.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars King Kong
    Great movie.
    Published 3 hours ago by ISRAEL
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Great Price and Excellent Bluray Movie. I watch it in my projecter and blew me away. Great Movie
    Published 5 days ago by Selva
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fanciful reimagining, great execution
    A great film and an excellent homage to the original. Jack Black was cast perfectly as the ambitious, almost ruthlessly ambitioned young director. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by David Earnshaw
    5.0 out of 5 stars Movie just as described shipping was great!
    classic! Movie just as described shipping was great!
    Published 9 days ago by Donna Barron
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this movie!
    Published 9 days ago by Betty Tucker
    3.0 out of 5 stars Another Version of this Fable
    King Kong, 2005 film

    It begins with two friendly monkeys. Next we see a zoo and a shanty town, then a soup kitchen. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Acute Observer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    thank you
    Published 12 days ago by Henry Abell
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    good
    Published 13 days ago by A. E. Perez
    3.0 out of 5 stars Falls Flat
    Let's be honest Peter Jackson's "remake" of King Kong is okay. It isn't anything that you want to tell people about, but at the same time there is enough where you should... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by joshua pierce
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great collectable
    Great collectable, but packaging was slightly damaged
    DVD case was also damaged in transit
    Great film if a bit over long, superb special effects, great behind the scenes... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Trev
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    Extended or Not
    The BR is great since it includes both versions of the movie and the audio and video quality is EXCELLENT.

    HOWEVER, as for extras it only includes a commentary track by Jackson and writer Phillipa Boyens (spelling?) which was pretty cool (I heard it last night) but NONE of the documentary... Read More
    Sep 15, 2009 by R. C. Harris Jr. |  See all 7 posts
    So was this a great movie?
    Was it good? Oh yeah. Throws you into an amazing, immersing world full of danger and thrills. i really reccomend it
    Mar 20, 2008 by J.D. Realms |  See all 12 posts
    Slipcover?
    from what i know, its only the 1st batch of releases that come with the slipcover, once they get sold out...they are sold as it is.

    and if you find them in stores...well thats just luck.
    Oct 1, 2009 by Vivek Suvarna |  See all 7 posts
    Jackson isn't double dipping here people.
    Overall the point is all the film companies are screwing everyone with these multiple releases.. the only way to get the best release is to refuse the purchase of any new DVD release for 6 months to a year after release until the "final" release is out..

    every re-release is a total... Read More
    Oct 25, 2006 by ~´¯`·Ixodic·´¯`~ |  See all 7 posts
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