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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
This is by far my husband's favorite version of King Kong. The story has humor, excitement, some danger, romance, and great special effects. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cooler by the Lake
It is great to see an extended version of my favorite king kong movie.Published 12 days ago by Charisse Jenkins
I saw this movie on cable and knew I had to have it as a part of my movie collection. Peter Jackson (The Hobbit and LOTR fame) did an excellent job in making this one of the most... Read morePublished 15 days ago by BlingFairy
Great movie, long but worth it, love Naomi, fantastic actress and beautiful, easy to see how King Kong had the hots for her.Published 1 month ago by Tommy A. Land
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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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