King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
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First things first, Peter Jackson (director of Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the cast and crew of King Kong appeared in a number of video production diary entries which were streamed on the King Kong website KongisKing. So when you pop one of the two DVD's into your DVD player don't expect to see a long form documentary. What you will be watching are short little pieces related to the making of the film. They seem to average 3-7 minutes, I could be off a little bit on the time but they are short little pieces related to the production. Some are very technical about setting up scenes while others are light hearted and include Jack Black or other cast members goofing off. In one piece you see the cast getting ready for and participating in a press conference with journalist, in another short piece Jack Black and Naomi Watts are seen in full costume. Just trying to make it clear that you aren't going to pop this baby in and see King Kong the big ape himself everywhere.
The 25,000 question is where is the big monkey? Perhaps he is here on one of the discs in one of these little pieces but after watching this set for a great deal I didn't get to see the big monkey.Read more ›
Their relatively short duration makes them easily digestible and on the DVD you can either view them in chronological order or by shooting location. Some of the cast join in on the fun, joking around on the set and getting into the spirit of it all. More importantly, these diaries shed light on the unsung aspects of the production that aren't usually documented in making of featurettes.
One of the most fascinating aspects is how Jackson created 1930s New York City in New Zealand. He studied period photographs and even took a tour of the Empire State Building (with actress Naomi Watts in tow). He didn't want to create a stylized New York but depict it as realistically as possible. Ultimately, they create it through a mix of actual sets, miniatures and CGI. The second disc of the production diaries focuses on the shooting that took place on the New York City sets, providing snap shots of various aspects, like extras, dressing up the sets, the vehicles and so on.Read more ›
The 54 shorts no longer exist on KongisKing.com -- they've been replaced by a similar post-production series. The original series migrated to DVD the day before the new "Kong" opened, giving viewers the unusual option of watching a hit film's DVD extras just as it premieres. Jackson plays host throughout, taking time to explain what's happening on the "Kong" set in New Zealand even when he's so tired he's stumbling. "We didn't try to hide anything," a seriously slimmed-down Jackson says in the intro. "We didn't censor ourselves."
Some of the actors love hamming it up for the fans, such as Jack Black and "King Kong" Andy Serkis. "I can't believe they get to see me in costume and makeup," Black says early on. "Isn't that verboten?" Leading lady Naomi Watts seems dubious, but comes around in the series' second half.
The shorts aren't all that different from most well-made production featurettes, but few projects have looked into this many corners of the filmmaking process or spent 3 1/2 hours doing it. Everyone from Jackson to the woman who brews coffee takes a turn explaining what they do and how they feel about it. Some of the segments are full of detail -- say, the piece on how movie cameras work.Read more ›
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When I heard that the King Kong Production Diaries do not duplicate material in the Extended Editions' extra features and discovered that they were not available anywhere online, I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gregory Bennett
Firstly, the package arrived spotless and in perfect condition, unopened. Secondly, the box that the DVD's come in is beautiful and you can see the great care and talent that went... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Takeshi Takahashi
Everything was as advertised, the real reason I ordered this was for the concept art. purely beautiful and in great quality too!Published on February 10, 2014 by ChappellFilms
OMG ! This Is Amazing To Watch ! If You Wanna Be A Filmmaker Or If You Simply Like To Watch How Amazing Movies Are Made, You Have To Watch This ! Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Davion Washington
This set is really nice. The packaging is cool, the DVD footage is very informative and interesting, and the concept art makes a nice decoration above any collection. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Ryley J. Lyons
I thought the movie was with it,but it was'nt. But all in all i still liked it good history of how they made the movie,it was good.Published on March 15, 2013 by Binnie R. Warren
if you love king kong and the making of movies you will love this set i love it you should by itPublished on August 31, 2008 by The don
If you want to know every detail about the making of King Kong, then buy this. Otherwise, you may get bored like I did.Published on March 23, 2008 by jimmyt05
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