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King Kong Escapes (1968)

Ishiro Honda  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1BXFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's King Kong to the rescue when a giant robot threatens to destroy Tokyo in the gripping King Kong Escapes! The action begins when the conniving Dr. Who builds a robot Kong in order to retrieve a highly radioactive element for his mysterious benefactor, Madame X. When the robot proves less than reliable, the devious duo scheme to kidnap the real Kong from his remote island home of Mondo. But interfering with their plans are the heroic trio of U.S. Cmdr. Carl Nelson, Lt. Jiro Nomura, and Kong's current crush, Lt. Susan Miller. It's up to them to outwit the greedy ape-nappers in this sci-fi adventure that takes Kong to unprecedented heights of excitement.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing January 22, 2009
I've been trawling through the very worst of the King Kong wannabe movies that the world has produced and I am glad to say that this one is a real hoot. It's lots of fun to watch if you don't take it seriously and just enjoy the silliness.

The plot is pretty daft to say the least. An evil genius called Dr Who has created a robot King Kong which he intends to put to work excavating a rare ore called "Element X", at the request of a mysterious ambassador from an unnamed "certain country", who is willing to pay hefty sums of money for it. At the same time, a UN submarine runs into trouble (I forget why) and the crew find themselves on a remote island called Mondo island, which just happens to be the home of the REAL King Kong. Dr Who finds all this out somehow (I forget that bit too) and decides to capture Kong to take over the digging work from the robot Kong who has somehow malfunctioned. It's then action all the way as the UN crew try to thwart the evil Dr Who and the two Kongs fight it out together over Tokyo.

Well as you can probably tell, the plot didn't make enough sense for me to remember the details, in fact it has massive holes in logic all over the place. But the fun comes from the big monkey antics of course, and there are plenty of these. You better realise up front that the King Kong you will see here is light years away from a realistic looking gorilla. With a big lumpy suit, an immobile plasticky looking head and seams showing all over the fur costume, this Kong is a laugh a minute. But I don't wish to completely insult him - despite his big glassy eyes (complete with papery eyelids that actually blink!) and fang filled mouth, this Kong actually has real character. I don't know why, but I found him a pleasure to watch in every scene.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking over the Planet in Four Easy Steps June 13, 2013
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1. Send out your nation's cutest spy to recruit a megalomaniac, super-villain and offer him millions along with a much-needed dental plan.

2. Feign disinterest while said villain uses money to build a giant, robotic King Kong.

3. Pretend the villain isn't a complete whack-job when he reveals a diabolical scheme to use Robot-Kong in harvesting the super-rare "Element X" for quick & easy nukes.

4. Halfheartedly collaborate in an unnecessarily elaborate plot to lure a goofy blonde who the real Kong has the hots for to help you capture the big perv and then make HIM harvest Element X!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King Kong vs. MechaniKong February 7, 2010
A Toho/Rankin-Bass co-production, King Kong Escapes offers an imaginative, engaging story, with some surprisingly good special effects, and a first-rate musical score by Akira Ifukube. This is the first and only movie to feature MechaniKong, one of Toho's most popular creations. With a few nods to the original Kong as well as the Rankin-Bass cartoon that spawned it, King Kong Escapes makes for some of the best escapist fun anyone can have at the movies.

As colorful and imaginative as it is ridiculous, King Kong Escapes is one of several films Toho co-produced with U.S. studios in the late 1960s to expand its international audience. Although the King Kong suit itself is awfully cuddly (meant to appeal to kids who enjoyed the Rankin-Bass King Kong cartoon), the big ape turns in an entertaining performance--falling head over heels for almost-actress Linda Miller, fighting the giant rubber dinosaur Gorosaurus, and wreaking havoc at the North Pole. The crowning grace of the movie, though, is MechaniKong, the simian's 60-foot metal counterpart, engineered by that international Judas, Dr. Who (played by Eisei Amamoto). Toho's special effects department went to town with King Kong Escapes; it's a beautifully photographed, very colorful movie with some highly impressive miniature work.

The American version presented here is virtually the same as the original Japanese; only a few minor differences exist between the two. This Universal DVD, though bereft of extras, offers such a beautiful widescreen print that I consider it an irresistible item. This is half of a two-fer from Universal, the other half being King Kong vs. Godzilla.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rankin & Bass Do King Kong October 17, 2006
Just as Rankin & Bass had tackled Tolkien before Jackson did, they also did a King Kong movie. Once again we have a remote island where Kong lives. He also meets a blonde beauty and falls in love. But this version has more. We have an evil villain who has constructed a giant robot Kong to aid him in his schemes. But the villain, Dr. Hu, discovers that the real Kong would work even better.

Now add some gorilla mind control, suitmation, miniature sets, and titanic battles between giants and you get an unforgettable epic (even if you want to forget it). The result is a film that fits somewhere between the original and a Godzilla film. Visually speaking the film is pure Godzilla-style and a credit to the Kaiju films of its day. While not as polished as some modern Kaiju films no Kaiju library should be without one. The dubbed dialogue actually adds to some of the fun as the villain gloats and compares the two Kongs. Check it out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way silly . January 18, 2013
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Awesome special effects , great acting , deep plot line and great character developement , yep you'll find none of that here . King Kong Escapes is so cheesy that if you're lactose intolerant ,you may want to pass . Where most producers spend the majority of the budget on making the main character look cool , these guys did the exact opposite . Kong just looks dreadful , lifeless eyes , mouth hanging open , I thought I was watching a Twilight movie ( sorry Kristen Stewart ). Seriously if you're going to rethink Kong then make it look better than something you can find in a costume shop , not worse . Anyway , it is what it is , a poorly acted low budget film directed towards entertaining kids .
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5.0 out of 5 stars shipping time was great, good movie to bring back the past
excellant movie,shipping time was great,good movie to bring back the past.
Published 9 days ago by carnut
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun movie.
Published 14 days ago by Matthew Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Cheesy
This is a wonderful cheesy movie. The special effects are horrible. The strings are visible. But you know what? I loved every minute of it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Rick Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's great to see these old classics on Blu Ray A++
Published 23 days ago by I-Zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
Arrived quickly safe & Sound.
Good movie.
Published 26 days ago by Captain Kirk
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Published 1 month ago by Marcus Starr
great movie terrible process used to transfer it to Blu-ray--

grainy through out the bulk of the film I tried 2 copy's of this film and returned them both back to amazon... Read more
Published 1 month ago by wildwitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Kong is forced into indentured servitude to mine uranium or ...
Kong is forced into indentured servitude to mine uranium or something and then opens a can of " whoop ass" on a mechanical Kong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Nixon
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Published 2 months ago by robert sanborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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