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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
King Kong is such a classic and is a premier example of the cutting edge special effects of that time. It's a must see by all means.Published 14 days ago by P. Canter
Who doesn't like the original King Kong? State of the Art Special Effects for its time.Published 14 days ago by Deborah Livingston
A favorite of mine. This version even has the scenes cut from the original by blue noses.Published 29 days ago by James Trapp
What else can you say about the best movie of it's time. I've watched this movie so many times when I was younger that I know the dialog by heart. Still fun to watch.Published 1 month ago by wally
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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
|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 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 14 posts
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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....
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