King Kong Escapes [Blu-ray]
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2. Feign disinterest while said villain uses money to build a giant, robotic King Kong.
3. Pretend the villain isn't a complete whack-job when he reveals a diabolical scheme to use Robot-Kong in harvesting the super-rare "Element X" for quick & easy nukes.
4. Halfheartedly collaborate in an unnecessarily elaborate plot to lure a goofy blonde who the real Kong has the hots for to help you capture the big perv and then make HIM harvest Element X!
The plot is pretty daft to say the least. An evil genius called Dr Who has created a robot King Kong which he intends to put to work excavating a rare ore called "Element X", at the request of a mysterious ambassador from an unnamed "certain country", who is willing to pay hefty sums of money for it. At the same time, a UN submarine runs into trouble (I forget why) and the crew find themselves on a remote island called Mondo island, which just happens to be the home of the REAL King Kong. Dr Who finds all this out somehow (I forget that bit too) and decides to capture Kong to take over the digging work from the robot Kong who has somehow malfunctioned. It's then action all the way as the UN crew try to thwart the evil Dr Who and the two Kongs fight it out together over Tokyo.
Well as you can probably tell, the plot didn't make enough sense for me to remember the details, in fact it has massive holes in logic all over the place. But the fun comes from the big monkey antics of course, and there are plenty of these. You better realise up front that the King Kong you will see here is light years away from a realistic looking gorilla. With a big lumpy suit, an immobile plasticky looking head and seams showing all over the fur costume, this Kong is a laugh a minute. But I don't wish to completely insult him - despite his big glassy eyes (complete with papery eyelids that actually blink!) and fang filled mouth, this Kong actually has real character. I don't know why, but I found him a pleasure to watch in every scene.Read more ›
As colorful and imaginative as it is ridiculous, King Kong Escapes is one of several films Toho co-produced with U.S. studios in the late 1960s to expand its international audience. Although the King Kong suit itself is awfully cuddly (meant to appeal to kids who enjoyed the Rankin-Bass King Kong cartoon), the big ape turns in an entertaining performance--falling head over heels for almost-actress Linda Miller, fighting the giant rubber dinosaur Gorosaurus, and wreaking havoc at the North Pole. The crowning grace of the movie, though, is MechaniKong, the simian's 60-foot metal counterpart, engineered by that international Judas, Dr. Who (played by Eisei Amamoto). Toho's special effects department went to town with King Kong Escapes; it's a beautifully photographed, very colorful movie with some highly impressive miniature work.
The American version presented here is virtually the same as the original Japanese; only a few minor differences exist between the two. This Universal DVD, though bereft of extras, offers such a beautiful widescreen print that I consider it an irresistible item. This is half of a two-fer from Universal, the other half being King Kong vs. Godzilla.
*The tops of Linda Miller's stockings! AAAGGHH AAAAAAAAGGGHHHHHHHH
*Mechani-Kong HEADBUTTS KK. Wonderful. Far too short a monster rumble, but one of the all-time best moves.
*The logic behind the building of Mechani-Kong.
*The idea that if some guy draws a picture of a giant gorilla, and then you turn that drawing into a FUNCTIONING STEEL ROBOTIC COLOSSUS, that that is somehow stealing.
*Everything about Dr. Who.
*A supervillain junk drawer? With a corncob pipe?! This is the scene that blows my mind the most. Seriously, pause this shot when it happens. Does Dr. Who smoke a corncob pipe? Then who does? Madam X?
In a way, KKE makes me a bit sad. We have in KKE an example of What Could Be: a showa-era kaiju eiga with (comparatively, at least) superb production values, an international cast, an engaging script, yet without any pretensions. In some* ways, it's the equal of Mothra vs. Godzilla, IMO. I'm ignorant as to the actual production schedule, but am I right in assuming they had longer to work on this one? It just feels as though they took their time with it. It makes LZ's squandered potential more poignant.
Pop this one in your player "any day, anytime" (I just quoted the movie, so you know this is a good review) for an Instant Saturday Afternoon.
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Great movie, awesome fights and music is intense, works pretty darn good, the must have movie for anyone who is a fan of King Kong!!!Published 29 days ago by Christopher
If you like Mecha-Godzilla movies, you'll like King Kong Escapes, with Mecha KongPublished 1 month ago by Scott J. Brush
Wow! I never thought that I would ever see this movie again. I loved it when I was a child and now just reminiscing with my husband was fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nikita
A typical mad scientist, with the unfortunate name of Dr. Who (Eisei Amamoto), needs someone or something to dig Element X for him but it’s radioactive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Einsatz
A real hoot campy DOCTOR WHO fans will chuckle because oF The Villians name!Published 4 months ago by PB
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