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King Kong Escapes [Blu-ray]

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A Colossal Battle Between Two King Kongs! It's KingKong to the rescue when a giant robot threatens to destroy Tokyo in the gripping King Kong Escapes! The action begins when the conniving Dr. Who builds a robot Kong in order to retrieve a highly radioactive element for his mysterious benefactor, Madame X. When the robot proves less than reliable, the devious duo scheme to kidnap the real Kong from his remote island home of Mondo. Interfering with their plans are the heroic trio of U.S. Cmdr. Carl Nelson, Lt. Jiro Nomura, and Kong's current crush, Lt. Susan Miller. It's up to them to outwit the greedy ape-nappers in this sci-fi adventure that takes Kong to unprecedented heights of excitement.

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  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I3C1T7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1. Send out your nation's cutest spy to recruit a megalomaniac, super-villain and offer him millions along with a much-needed dental plan.

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!

Muahahahahaa!!!!
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I've been trawling through the very worst of the King Kong wannabe movies that the world has produced and I am glad to say that this one is a real hoot. It's lots of fun to watch if you don't take it seriously and just enjoy the silliness.

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.
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A Toho/Rankin-Bass co-production, King Kong Escapes offers an imaginative, engaging story, with some surprisingly good special effects, and a first-rate musical score by Akira Ifukube. This is the first and only movie to feature MechaniKong, one of Toho's most popular creations. With a few nods to the original Kong as well as the Rankin-Bass cartoon that spawned it, King Kong Escapes makes for some of the best escapist fun anyone can have at the movies.

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.
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This movie is a hoot. The miniatures are BEAUTIFUL in this film - the shot of Mechani-Kong rising up out of the hangar is almost breathtaking. The shot of Mechani-Kong standing at the edge of the ice as Kong swims away, while a helicopter approaches on his right, is. (that shot always makes me think of a Mechani-Kong voice over: "Come back!...he'll never know how I really felt about him" which makes me laugh popcorn out my nose).

Other highlights:

*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.

*SOME
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