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King Kong (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)

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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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (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: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,279 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Kong (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    Movies don't come any bigger than Peter Jackson's King Kong, a three-hour remake of the 1933 classic that marries breathtaking visual prowess with a surprising emotional depth. Expanding on the original story of the blonde beauty and the beast who falls for her, Jackson creates a movie spectacle that matches his Lord of the Rings films and even at times evokes their fantasy world while celebrating the glory of '30s Hollywood. Naomi Watts stars as Ann Darrow, a vaudeville actress down on her luck in Depression-era New York until manic filmmaker Carl Denham (a game but miscast Jack Black) entices her with a lead role. Dazzled by the genius of screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), Ann boards the tramp steamer S.S. Venture, which she--and most of the wary crew--believes is headed for Singapore. Denham, however, is in search of the mythic Skull Island, hoping to capture its wonders on film and make a fortune. What he didn't count on were some scary natives who find that the comely Darrow looks like prime sacrifice material for a mysterious giant creature....

    There's no point in rehashing the entire plot, as every movie aficionado is more than familiar with the trajectory of King Kong; the challenge facing Jackson, his screenwriters, and the phenomenal visual-effects team was to breathe new life into an old, familiar story. To that degree, they achieve what could be best called a qualified success. Though they've assembled a crackerjack supporting cast, including Thomas Kretschmann as the Venture's hard-bitten captain and young Jamie Bell as a plucky crewman, the first third of the movie is rather labored, with too much minute detail given over to sumptuous re-creations of '30s New York and the unexciting initial leg of the Venture's sea voyage. However, once the film finds its way to Skull Island (which bears more than a passing resemblance to LOTR's Mordor), Kong turns into a dazzling movie triumph, by turns terrifying and awe-inspiring. The choreography and execution of the action set pieces--including one involving Kong and a trio of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, as well as another that could be charitably described as a bug-phobic's nightmare--is nothing short of landmark filmmaking, and a certain Mr. Spielberg should watch his back, as Kong trumps most anything that has come before it.

    Despite the visual challenges of King Kong, the movie's most difficult hurdle is the budding romance between Ann and her simian soulmate. Happily, this is where Jackson unqualifiedly triumphs, as this unorthodox love story is tenderly and humorously drawn, by turns sympathetic and wondrous. Watts, whose accessibility balances out her almost otherworldly loveliness, works wonders with mere glances, and Andy Serkis, who digitally embodies Kong here much as he did Gollum in the LOTR films, breathes vibrant life into the giant star of the film without ever overplaying any emotions. The final, tragic act of the film, set mostly atop the Empire State Building, is where Kong earns its place in movie history as a work that celebrates both the technical and emotional heights that film can reach. --Mark Englehart

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    Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. Experience the movie that critics are hailing as a "rousing, exciting cinematic adventure!" (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood)

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    169 of 187 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review for 3 Disc Extended Edition November 14, 2006
    Format:DVD
    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
    By DA MAN
    Format:DVD
    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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    313 of 378 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 Movie,
    I have always enjoyed King Kong and much prefer the directors cut. I can even tolerate Jack Black who I generally dislike as he is OTT, as are almost all Saturday night live... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Steve. R .Young
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Bought this as a gift for a 5.yr old
    Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good show though
    Wow three discs long movie. But bonus is I only have to use third one and very end of second one for my son. Good show though.
    Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A really good movie
    Published 7 days ago by S. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie, picture and sound quality are great
    Published 10 days ago by thomas
    3.0 out of 5 stars Meh….
    I am just burned out on Hollywood blockbusters….I fell asleep… I think the theatrical short version may work better.
    Published 11 days ago by El Paso
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great Movie
    Published 12 days ago by Damien
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade, but...
    I waited awhile to purchase this Blu-ray extended edition because I had the three disc DVD set that was released awhile ago. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
    NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIKE THIS MOVIE, BOUGHT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, BUT IT'S A GREAT MOVIE!
    Published 19 days ago by RENEE LARRY
    3.0 out of 5 stars there's nothing like the original
    Of course, there's nothing like the original, and the Peter Jackson release makes me say that with even more heart. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by R. Pearrow
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    Extended or Not
    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
    Slipcover?
    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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