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The King Kong Collection (King Kong / Son of Kong / Mighty Joe Young)


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  • Actors: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh
  • Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
  • Writers: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace, James Ashmore Creelman, Leon Gordon, Ruth Rose
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AY3KNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The King Kong Collection (King Kong / Son of Kong / Mighty Joe Young)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • King Kong
  • Disc 1: The Movie
  • Original 1933 Film classic in Glorious Black and White, Newly Restored and Digitally Mastered
  • Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
  • I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper -- 2005 documentary
  • Merian C. Cooper Movies Trailer Gallery
  • Disc 2: King-Sized Special Features
  • RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World - 7 Part Documentary including...
  • The Origins of "King Kong"
  • Willis O'Brien and "Creation"
  • Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder
  • A Milestone in Visual Effects
  • Passion, Sound and Fury
  • The Mystery of the Lost "Spider Pit" Sequence
  • King Kongs Legacy
  • Creation Test Footage with Commentary by Ray Harryhausen
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Commentary by Terry Moore and visual effects veterans Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with interpolated interviews excepts of Merian C. Cooper
  • A conversation with Ray Harryhausen and the Chiodo Brothers
  • "Ray Harryhausen and Might Joe Young"
  • Son of Kong
  • Mono soundtrack
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Product Details Actors: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper, Peter Jackson Writers: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace, James Ashmore Creelman, Leon Gordon, Ruth Rose Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 4 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Turner Home Ent DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005 Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews) ASIN: B000AY3KNA

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How can you go wrong buying all 3 great ape classics in one set?
Johnathon Scott Hinds
It's special effects are as good as some of the heavy CGI movie's presently out there!
Angel Santiago
Everyone knows that KING KONG is one of the greatest movies of all time.
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein

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159 of 166 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on August 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you grew up with New York City's WOR on your cable box, you have fine memories about their Thanksgiving Day marathon of King Kong, Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young. It's was Big Apes that kept us on the sofa along with too much turkey. I so missed not being able to share that experience with my own family. But now I can thanks to this wonderful DVD set - that comes out just before Thanksgiving.

I had a chance to see King Kong on the big screen a few times and it's still an amazing film. I don't care what they can do with CGI, Kong still comes alive on the screen.

If only Universal would put out King Kong Vs. Godzilla, the experience would be complete.

now for the big specs that you are wondering about on this set:

The King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition (SRP $26.99) will include the 104-minute restored and remastered B&W film on video in its original full frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras will include audio commentary (by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong), the 2005 I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper documentary, a gallery of trailers for other films by director Merian C. Cooper, the new RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World documentary by Peter Jackson (featuring the following featurettes: The Origins of King Kong, Willis O'Brien and Creation, Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder, A Milestone in Visual Effects, Passion, Sound and Fury, The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence and King Kong's Legacy) and Creation test footage (with commentary by Ray Harryhausen).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hedge on March 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Well, this is my 100th review and with my dad's recent passing I thought I would do this one in his honor as these were among his favorite films and whenever they would air on WWOR Channel 9's Million Dollar Movie in New York City where I grew up we would all gather as a family and watch these timeless films. I gave this collection 5 stars as it is worth owning all of them, but each film deserves individual treatment, so here goes:

King Kong (1933) *****: This film still holds up after all these many years. Sure the effects and acting are dated, but they are still very watchable. The film is touching and tragic, but also ruthless and violent. The cleaned up, restored version of this film is rarely shown on network television as it includes some rather violent scenes that were edited out in the theatres because the producers were worried about the violent images and that they may make Kong less sympathetic. For instance, there is a close-up scene of him literally chewing on a native that is surprisingly graphic for 1933 and there is an equally graphic scene in which he is stomping to death numerous natives into the ground. All of these are very believable moments in the film, but I find that they don't make Kong any less sympathetic, but rather clearly show his animalistic side which is believable and acceptable. The new Kong by Peter Jackson also made sure that we see this side of Kong. After all, Kong is an animal, but beauty soothes the savage beast in him, albeit, briefly.

Son of Kong (1933) ***1/2: This film was very hastily made after the success of King Kong, but it is nevertheless impressive. In fact, the final scene of the island being destroyed contains effects that are better than the original film itself.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Magician on December 19, 2005
Format: DVD
This set's a great buy with the original 1933 "King Kong" being the stand-out. Kong looks and sounds great especially for a film of that vintage whose original negative has been long lost. There's detail and clarity to the images that I've never seen before--check out the introduction to the island natives and the kong skulls carved into the decor.

The extras on the DVD are numerous and mind blowing! My favorite extra is a lost sequence recreated in black and white by director Peter Jackson. It's a fantastic treat that makes the DVD worth owning just for this.

"King Kong" stands as one of the greatest adventure films in history.

The sequel "Son of Kong" is not comparable to the original, but it's short and zippy and little Kong is adorable and beautifully animated. The DVD image and sound is even better than that of "King Kong". A trailer is the only extra.

"Might Joe Young" is a favorite from my childhood. It's got some truly ingenious sequences especially the amazing orphanage finale. The DVD image is the best of the set--pristine and gorgeous. The disc has a trailer, a good featurette and a fine commentary by Ray Harryhausen as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keel Moose and Squirrel on May 31, 2009
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I agree with the 3 reviewers which preceeded me - the film is excellent, it is restored and digitally remastered - marvelous. But I'm not here to talk about the movies; I came to talk about the bonus disc of the 2-disc King Kong, available in this 3-movie set as well as in the solo 2-disc version. It contains two bonus features: a documentary on the producer/director called "I'm the King! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper," (57') and "RKO Productions 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World," (159') a 7 part documentary about the making of King Kong. Cooper is a fascinating man, and I wish I'd owned this when my three kids were younger to share with them regarding an American hero. If your tastes go beyond Kong, stop-motion-animation, and Ray Harryhausen (which are all excellent), then enjoy these facts about Cooper:
- was a WWI & II pilot (he and partner Schoedsack were the pilots who shot down Kong)
- was an explorer, adventurer, and documentarian
- was a founding director of Pan American Airways
- became head of production at RKO
- pioneer with David O. Selznick on technicolor (Cooper was at RKO under head Selznick, who later at Selznick studios made Gone With the Wind - according to GWTW featurettes, Selznick burned down the Kong island village gates set for the burning of Atlanta)
- early pioneer of Cinerama (remember How the West Was Won?)
- attached to the Flying Tigers in WWII
- was invited in 1945 to the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri
- calloborated with John Ford and John Wayne (look for the patriotic reason why)

This are fascinating history about the man, his movies, RKO, the film industry, and, oh yeah, let's not forget the big guy himself - Kong.
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