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King Kong (2006)

Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Merian C. Cooper , Ernest B. Schoedsack  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
  • Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Format: Dolby, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQTZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Kong" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original 1933 film classic in glorious black and white, newly restored and digitally mastered
  • Merian C. Cooper movies trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

Seeking a backer for his movie, Merian C. Cooper approached a top Hollywood mogul. "You know what a 50-foot gorilla would see in a five-foot girl?" the mogul asked. "His breakfast!" The studio chief wasn't buying but the public was. King Kong saved RKO from bankruptcy and became an all-time classic, ranking 43rd on the American Film Institute's list of Top-100 American Movies. King Kong teems with memorable moments: 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, Kong lives forever.

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188 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD 11/22/2005 August 5, 2005
Format:DVD
From the Warner's press release
Three editions:
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).

The King Kong: Two-Disc Collector's Edition (SRP $39.98) will include all of the above in limited tin packaging that also features a 20-page reproduction of the original 1933 souvenir program, King Kong original one-sheet reproduction postcards and a mail-in offer for a reproduction of a vintage theatrical poster.

The King Kong Four-Disc Collector's Set (SRP $39.92) will include the King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition along with The Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young. It will NOT include the extras in the Collector's Edition tin.

Fortunately, The Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young will also be available separately (as will The Last Days of Pompeii, also by Kong directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack) for an SRP of $19.97 each.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Jackson will never top the Original King Kong April 21, 2005
By MGA
Format:DVD
I have always loved the 1933 King Kong for its life-like special effects created by Willis O'Brien. It would be very difficult to reproduce a period piece such as this, yet that's exactly what Peter Jackson is attempting to do. I hope he succeeds, I really do, but...

You just can't beat the original. And it's not just the FX (spectacular for its day), but the slow build up to Kong and Kong's appearance in NYC...all just fantasic.

Here is some important news below! Warner and HP are digitally restoring King Kong for a new theatrical release followed by a multiple DVD release. This couldn't be better news for Kong fans! Since I'm sure Warner wishes to cash in on Peter Jackson's new magnum opus, we'll probably be seeing the DVDs at Amazon within the near future.

Warner Bros. Studios and HP breathe new life into classic motion pictures

Warner Bros. Studios and HP also announced that they have teamed to restore the 1933 classic motion picture "King Kong." One of the American Film Institute's 100 most beloved films and named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the original camera negative of "King Kong" has long been destroyed, leaving only elements and prints that have been deteriorating over the years.

Warner Bros. Studios has brought the best elements and prints from all over the world and has scanned them into a 4K digital file. Using HP's "dirt and scratch" technology, which was developed by HP Labs, the 72-year-old classic will be digitally restored to its 1933 brilliance. A new camera negative as well as new archival elements will be created so that the film will be saved for generations to come. This new, restored version of "King Kong," as it was originally released, will be screened theatrically and broadcast on television, as well as released on Warner Home Video.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY AND THE BEAST... June 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As a young child in the nineteen fifties, I used to watch this film whenever it appeared on TV on "Million Dollar Movie". I loved it then. I love it now. Time has not diminished the capacity of this film to mesmerize and hold the viewer in its thrall.
The story line is basic. Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), a filmmaker and entrepreneur, leads an expedition to Skull Island where he discovers its deep, dark secret. It is a land where time has stood still, and prehistoric monsters still hold sway over the island and its inhabitants. There, the natives pay homage to the one whom they revere as "Kong", and who is, indeed, king of the island.
Denham, together with his beautiful, budding starlet, Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), as well as with the crew of the ship that brought him to Skull Island, investigates the strange ritual being performed on the island by its native population. Before she knows it, Ann finds herself captured by the natives. She is to become the bride of the mysterious "Kong".
When Ann discovers who the mysterious "Kong" is, she starts screaming and doesn't stop. The ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot), who happens to be in love with Ann, manages to rescue her from the clutches of "Kong". Notwithstanding the fact that "Kong" has taken a shine to her, Ann is relieved to have been rescued by the man whom she loves.
Denham then arranges to capture the creature, whom he calls "King Kong" and takes him back to New York with them on the ship that brought them to Skull Island. There, King Kong makes his debut, one that movie lovers will long remember.
The special effects of this film were superlative for its time and still pass muster today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars yes I remember this
I saw this version 100 or so years ago when I was a kid at the Fox Theatre in San Diego around the same time as Jason and the Argonauts came out. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Al Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars love
Love this movie! A great influence and way better than any of the sequels or remakes. Check this one out.
Published 10 days ago by Michael W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
As many people know, ALL of the King Kong movies are a remake of the original. THIS is the original and it is the best. There is nothing else to say about it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by R. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that must be seen!
The original is still the best. Reflective of the cutting edge technology of the time this movie is epic. A simple story with lots of action well worth viewing. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ernst Stavro Blofeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only
Storytelling at its finest; this film never tries to be something it isn't or offer something it doesn't deliver. Read more
Published 21 days ago by asfarkas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie... Wonderful Blu-Ray
Was pleased with the whole package of the Blu-Ray from the packaging, to the wonderful book inside that was attached to the case and the great extras. Read more
Published 22 days ago by John S. Concepcion
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic film
Wow. What an iconic film. It should be in everyone's video library.
There's several versions of this story, but non match this one.
Published 23 days ago by Angela Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the classic!
Although the last version is superior in many ways, this is the one that started a generation's imaginations. It is dated but I feel still worth a look. Highly recommended.
Published 24 days ago by Kevin Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Great Ape flick
At 81 years of age, even with all of the special effects available for today's filmmakers, this movie has still got it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jay Lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars Still King
The first magical creation of King Kong and still the best even with old technology and film sets. A must watch!!!
Published 26 days ago by Harry Steltmann
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Nearly faultless classic sci-fi film!
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
Aug 24, 2009 by John Patrick Fischner |  See all 4 posts
King Kong 1933, Color and/or B&W?
Turn-down the SHARPNESS level with your remote.
It's just that BluRay is SO sharp, it reveals every tiny grain in that old-time 35mm.
I mean, surely you realize that 35mm is much finer today, in the "grain department"...
Of course, I don't have the BluRay of "KING KONG",... Read more
Dec 12, 2011 by Carl Daigrepont |  See all 14 posts
Ten Movies That Changed The World.
Toy Story sold computer animation. And maybe the wizard of oz and or gone with the wind.
Jan 26, 2013 by FlannMann |  See all 2 posts
King Kong fought an Allosaurus and NOT a T-rex.
Ah yes - Allosaurus, who, according to Paleontologists, was larger, meaner, and had bigger teeth than T-Rex....

<YOWWCH> ^o^
Jun 15, 2012 by Anubis |  See all 2 posts
Did they do a new restoration for the Blu Ray?
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.
Dec 14, 2010 by Casey62 |  See all 21 posts
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