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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 (1,253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H30B2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • New extended edition with 13 minutes of added footage
  • 38 minutes of deleted scenes
  • "Re-Creating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong" - an eight-part documentary on the film
  • A Night in Vaudeville
  • King Kong Homage
  • Weta Collectibles
  • "The Present" featurette
  • Pre-Visualization Animatics
  • CD-ROM of the 1996 & 2005 versions of the script
  • Outtake and Gag Reel
  • 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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161 of 175 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for 3 Disc Extended Edition November 14, 2006
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
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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308 of 373 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 set
I couldn't find this edition with all the features anywhere else. It's a gift especially for someone who really likes this movie and the price was reasonable too.
Published 4 days ago by Christaline
4.0 out of 5 stars To long
I like the movie but I think it could have been shorter . Not all movies need to be 3 or 4 hours long . Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bonnie X
5.0 out of 5 stars king kong delux edition
this item was heavier than expected but full of detail. a very nice item to add to my collection. I just wish they had this in a blu ray edition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite
King Kong is one of my favorite movies and I just have to have a copy on my Amazon so I can see it when ever I want, where ever I am.
Published 1 month ago by Mazin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kong!!!
Great movie and version of the original. Great cast, story, and action. The blue ray version was done well, and I have no compliants.
Published 1 month ago by Raymond James Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful special effects and compelling story
What an interesting re-imaging of the classic film. This was one of the first Blue-Ray films that I bought for viewing on my player at home, and I was not dissappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. 9 Fingers
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something?
This Blu-Ray, including the extended version and theatrical version is good and all, but it's missing something from the 3-disc deluxe extended edition DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Great additional segments!
I really enjoyed the added action parts in this movie and the whole movie in general. I hate that I bawl like a baby at the end.
Published 1 month ago by Maria D.
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring dumb ape of a film.
Peter Jackson does not work by halves. When the legendary director turned his eye to remaking a childhood favourite film: the classic tale of a giant ape, the woman he loved, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate beast of a movie!
Peter Jackson does not work by halves. When the legendary director turned his eye to remaking a childhood favourite film: the classic tale of a giant ape, the woman he loved, and... Read more
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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
Extended or Not
It will contain both versions according to movieweb here are the rest of the disc details:
Original Version
- U Control: The Art Galleries
- My Scenes
- BD Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
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- U Control: Picture in Picture
- U Control: The Art Galleries
- My Scenes
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Nov 18, 2008 by Minh Chau |  See all 7 posts
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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