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Experience King Kong as never before in this exclusive 2-Disc Special Edition! See the larger-than-life film, plus, watch three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson take you behind the scenes of this epic adventure. Thrilling, in-depth featurettes reveal the genius behind the creation of this timeless story.
At least one part of the extras on the two-disc King Kong DVD is as gargantuan as the movie: the voluminous post-production diaries, which document in loving detail the process of putting together Peter Jackson's epic after principal photography. More or less serving as the final chapter to the previously released King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries, the post-production diaries includes everything you'd want to know about the post-production process, from sound mixing to editing to computer effects to cutting the trailer to.... It's three hours of pure Kong pleasure for hard-core fans; for everyone else, it might be a bit of a long haul. Fortunately, you can skip around depending on your interest, if you just want to know about the scoring of the movie, or get a feel for what it's like to be an extra on the steamship Venture (it involves a lot of waiting). Everyone, however, should make a stop whenever they see Andy Serkis -- in addition to being one of the most personable presences in these diaries, originally created for fansite Kong Is King, the sequences devoted to the computer re-creation of Kong himself are the most fascinating, with one technician stating it was harder to create Kong than Gollum (you'll have to have back-to-back screenings of this and the Lord of the Rings extras to decide for yourself). Through it all, Jackson is an amiable host, and you get the feeling despite the ton of work, it's actually fun to work for this guy. The rest of the extras, though, will leave you definitely wondering: is that all there is? Skip past the commercial for the Volkswagen Touareg, and make a stop at "Kong's New York" only if you need a remedial history of the city circa 1933. A bit of fun is had, though, with "Skull Island: A Natural History," which gives a great backstory to the creatures of the legendary island, and is filmed as a true-story documentary of the kind you might see on The History Channel -- hardcore Jackson fans will recognize the sly approach used in the director's hidden gem Forgotten Silver. Still, you can't help but wonder if there's yet another extras-laden DVD down the road, which even Jackson himself hints at. For now, though, this DVD gives you enough to chew on until that (hopefully) appears. --Mark Englehart
It's pretty entertaining, Peter Jackson really makes you feel the fear of Skull Island. The city also has a strange dysphoric reality theme. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Aubrey
This movie is pretty good. Good casting, directing, CG, etc. etc. You can tell Peter Jackson did it b/c of the music(reminiscent of LOTR) and the shots. Read morePublished 14 days ago by BTM
Overwhelming CGI effects do not make a better movie, folks. This trash is the perfect example. Give me Willis O' Brien or Ray Harryhausen over this crap. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Thomas M. Kensil
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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
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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