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Captured on Blu-ray at last comes "the greatest of all horror films" with "masterly special effects" (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic). Memorable moments abound: a moviemaking expedition on a fantastic isle filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; the giant simian's lovestruck obsession with the film shoot's blonde starlet (scream queen Fay Wray); Kong's capture; his Manhattan rampage; and the fateful finale atop the Empire State Building, where Kong cradles his palm-sized beloved and swats at machine-gunning airplanes. "It was beauty killed the beast." But in these and other great scenes, King Kong lives forever.
"Now you see it. You're amazed. You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you. No escape. You're helpless, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, scream for your life!" And scream Fay Wray does most famously in this monster classic, one of the greatest adventure films of all time, which even in an era of computer-generated wizardry remains a marvel of stop-motion animation. Robert Armstrong stars as famed adventurer Carl Denham, who is leading a "crazy voyage" to a mysterious, uncharted island to photograph "something monstrous ... neither beast nor man." Also aboard is waif Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Bruce Cabot as big lug John Driscoll, the ship's first mate. King Kong's first half-hour is steady going, with engagingly corny dialogue ("Some big, hard-boiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy") and ominous portent that sets the stage for the horror to come. Once our heroes reach Skull Island, the movie comes to roaring, chest-thumping, T. rex-slamming, snake-throttling, pterodactyl-tearing, native-stomping life. King Kong was ranked by the American Film Institute as among the 50 best films of the 20th century. Kong making his last stand atop the Empire State Building is one of the movies' most indelible and iconic images. --Donald Liebenson
Good movie shows how a person can loves someone or something is different.Published 10 hours ago by Angie McGee
This is a great stop-motion film of the 1930s. For it's time era it was amazing and it still is quite good to watch today. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rainey Dawn
This is the one to have. Forget another
version of this film. This is the one to get.
I believe Fay Wray invented the 'screaming, terrorized female' role in film, and patented it with this movie! Eighty years later, it still works!Published 1 month ago by Rykie
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Every thing about the original King Kong is as close to flawless as the 30s could get. The fact that it's "weaknesses" are mostly subjective and related to it's age are proof that the story and the amazing way it was told survive into the 21st as a Classic. This movie struck the same... Read More
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King Kong (1933) b/w vs color?
The truth of the matter is that an excellent colorized version of the original King Kong does exist. It was released on laserdisk and the amount of added detail now visible in color was staggering! Although never released in color on DVD in the US, a sub-video... Read More
Dec 13, 2012 by D. McAndrew | See all 19 posts
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The blu-ray of THE GENERAL is off the camera negative. KING KONG's camera negative is gone. That said, KONG on blu-ray still looks darn good; better than ever, and as good as it is ever likely to get.
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Ah yes - Allosaurus, who, according to Paleontologists, was larger, meaner, and had bigger teeth than T-Rex....
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Toy Story sold computer animation. And maybe the wizard of oz and or gone with the wind.
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