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King Kong - Extended Cut (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition) (2005)

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Producers: Peter Jackson, Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H30B2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Kong - Extended Cut (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Producer Peter Jackson and Co-Writer/Producer Phillipa Boyens
  • Deleted Scene Intros
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "The Eighth Blunder of the World" - The Must-See Outtake and Gag Reel
  • King Kong Homage
  • A Night in Vaudeville
  • Easter Egg: Playback Addiction
  • "Re-Creating the Eight Wonder: The Making of King Kong" - Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • "Return to Skull Island" - Creating the Mythical World of Skull Island
  • "The Present" - An Original Short Film Made by the Cast of King Kong
  • Original Computer - Animated Storyboards of Kong's Exciting Action Sequences
  • The Video Galleries - Hundreds of Works of Brilliant Concepted King Kong Artwork
  • ROM Scripts - Includes the 2005 and 1996 Scripts for King Kong
  • The Present
  • Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer, Cinemedia Trailer
  • Weta Collectibles
  • Pre-Visualization Animatics
  • ROM: 1996 Scripts
  • Peter Jackson Intro
  • Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong
  • Conceptual Design Video Galleries

  • Editorial Reviews

    Additional Features

    The extended version of Peter Jackson's King Kong adds 13 minutes to the running time--fortunately those 13 minutes include two dynamic action scenes and no material has been added to the movie's belabored set-up, which tries to give depth to these quintessentially b-movie characters with a clumsy patchwork of melodrama and in-jokes. But once movie-maker Carl Denham (Jack Black, School of Rock) and his crew finally arrive at Skull Island, the movie kicks into gear with spectacular action, technical wizardry, and genuine feeling. Though Kong seems crafted to dazzle the eye on the giant screen, the overlong structure improves when you can take an intermission at will. At home, each scene can be approached on its own terms, be it the insanely choreographed battle between Kong and three T. Rexes or the subtle and multi-layered interplay between Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive) and Kong (played, through motion-capture technology, by Andy Serkis, who previously played the similarly animated Gollum in Jackson's Lord of the Rings). The addition of a rampaging ceratops and an underwater race with what the movie's crew dubbed a "piranhadon" not only add more eye candy, but provide some valuable moments of character development. But in the end, that's frosting on the cake; when the movie's weaknesses and strengths are weighed, the emotional power of the fantastical relationship between a woman and a giant ape is a real cinematic achievement.

    Much like the movie itself, the abundance of extra features on the Deluxe Extended Version of Peter Jackson's King Kong mix dazzling skill (the very in-depth "making of" documentary reveals the staggering amount of work that went into animating Kong) and woeful bloat (do we need to know this much about the friends who made cameos as biplane pilots?). As usual, there are mildly interesting but expendable deleted scenes, goof-ups and hijinks (some charming, some cloying), trailers, and outright advertisements (a plug for fans to buy collectible models--annoying until you learn from the doc how much obsessive labor the designers put into these things). But the most intriguing material provides a good long look into the filmmakers' creative processes, both technical (among other things, "pre-viz" animation shows how in some cases the action sequences were conceived before the script) and human (endearing glimpses of Jackson's stop-motion attempt to recreate Kong when he was 12 years old). Jackson and his engaging design team (who are much more interesting to listen to than the actors) clearly revere the original film, and frequent excerpts from it reveal why--but also demonstrate this movie's greatest weakness: "More realistic" doesn't equal "more evocative." --Bret Fetzer

    Product Description

    The King Kong Deluxe Extended Edition is an all-new, action-packed DVD experience! Director Peter Jackson has added more than 13 minutes of never-before-seen footage, including the heart-stopping excitement of a charging Ceratops, the adrenaline rush of a Skull Island underwater creature's attack and so much more. Plus, this Deluxe Extended Edition is loaded with hours of brand-new special features, including a riveting commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, an outtake and gag reel, along with over 38 minutes of thrilling deleted scenes!

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    169 of 187 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 378 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 Great Movie,
    I have always enjoyed King Kong and much prefer the directors cut. I can even tolerate Jack Black who I generally dislike as he is OTT, as are almost all Saturday night live... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Steve. R .Young
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Bought this as a gift for a 5.yr old
    Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good show though
    Wow three discs long movie. But bonus is I only have to use third one and very end of second one for my son. Good show though.
    Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A really good movie
    Published 10 days ago by S. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie, picture and sound quality are great
    Published 14 days ago by thomas
    3.0 out of 5 stars Meh….
    I am just burned out on Hollywood blockbusters….I fell asleep… I think the theatrical short version may work better.
    Published 14 days ago by El Paso
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great Movie
    Published 16 days ago by Damien
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade, but...
    I waited awhile to purchase this Blu-ray extended edition because I had the three disc DVD set that was released awhile ago. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
    NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIKE THIS MOVIE, BOUGHT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, BUT IT'S A GREAT MOVIE!
    Published 22 days ago by RENEE LARRY
    3.0 out of 5 stars there's nothing like the original
    Of course, there's nothing like the original, and the Peter Jackson release makes me say that with even more heart. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by R. Pearrow
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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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