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Not surprisingly, the eighth wonder of the world’s DVD treatment is nothing short of spectacular. The newly restored, digitally mastered print of the 1933 version of King Kong is sharp, well balanced, and given that this film is seventy years old, has very few scratches or blemishes. The restoration is nothing short of amazing. What may frustrate some is the audio. Though crystal clear, it is still in 2.0 Mono. The soundtrack on Kong is such an integral part of the film you really wished they could have pulled it out to at least 2.0 Surround; but this is a minor criticism. The bulk of the commentary track is by visual effects veterans Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston joyfully discussing the special effects of the film and discussing why King Kong is such a favorite and important film to the community of visual effects artists. Spliced between their commentaries are colorful and humorous anecdotes from director from Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray. The two documentaries on disc two run over three and half hours long. I Am Kong! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper is an engaging documentary on the renegade, Hemingway-like director. It is fascinating to learn that Cooper was every bit the adventurer that the fictional director Carl Denham in King Kong was in the film. RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World is a two and a half hour documentary broken into 7 parts: "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." Also included is complete footage of the legendary "The Lost Spider Pit Sequence." Presenting the segments are various film historians and filmmakers including Rudy Behlmer, Cooper biographer Mark Cotta Vaz, the Chiodo Brothers (of Team America: World Police special effects fame), and directors John Landis and Peter Jackson. Here you will learn everything you would ever want to know about the making and importance of King Kong, including that the producer/director team of Cooper and Schoedsack played the pilots who shoot Kong off the Empire State Building. The highly anticipated, long-awaited release of King Kong will meet most viewers' expectations, and exceed everyone's else. --Rob Bracco
Only two days for shipping, fantastic! This was one I really wanted to own. The case had a deep cut in it on the back, but I'm sure that was from the rack it was on and not the... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by charles w. harris jr.
Very quick delivery--thank you Amazon! Great sound and picture quality in this old classic from 1933. The ultimate "horrible monster" movie, no further comment needed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by scooterlover
What can you say about The Original King Kong. For anyone who saw it in the Movie Houses, it is definitely something that no one imagined before. Read morePublished 20 days ago by David N. Krafchick
A fabulous classic movie! You will love it even on the second screening. Read up on the Internet about how it was made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Beeson
A friend once asked me, "Why get old black and white movies on Blu-ray?" This disc is why. B & W films can look incredible on BD, and this film is one of the great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rod Greener
This movie is one of those true classics. This is King Kong! Its just one of those movies that depicts the time it was made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack W. Rohrabaugh
One of the great classics. It far surpasses the remake in every way: casting, characterizations, music, excitement. See it.Published 1 month ago by Patrick Beacham
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|King Kong 1933, Color and/or B&W?||
King Kong (1933) b/w vs color?
The truth of the matter is that an excellent colorized version of the original King Kong does exist. It was released on laserdisk and the amount of added detail now visible in color was staggering! Although never released in color on DVD in the US, a sub-video... Read More
Dec 13, 2012 by D. McAndrew | See all 17 posts
|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
|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
|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....
Jun 15, 2012 by Anubis | See all 3 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
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