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The Big Apple is again besieged by the monstrous King Kong. Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange star in this ambitious remake of the 1933 original, which adds a great deal of camp and good fun to the story, Again, the gargantuan ape battles attacking aircraft high above the streets of New York, this time plunging from the top of the World Trade Center to his death amidst thousands of horrified onlookers. King Kong won an Oscar for special effects, and the horror and the thrills are brought anew to another generation in this classy production.
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and then it was released on DVD back in 2002 with only a Theatrical trailer
and now on blu-ray by Universal France with an all new High Definition transfer in 2:35:1 widescreen
this new blu-ray of 76' KONG is from Universal France, not American release
and Universal french really made the effort on the picture quality for a film that's 35 years old now
the picture quality looks very sharp & clean nice bright colours, much better quality than the old DVD release
Universal made the effort with the sound quality aswell a new 5.1 Master audio mix sounds really Good
the 5.1 Master track really Boosts John Barry's music score so well, sounds fantastic
the special visual effects with the enourmously tall Ape are amazing, back in 1976 the special effects in this film were revolutionary
some scenes had Rick baker dressed in an Ape suit and other scenes had specially made mechanical arms
made by special effects man Carlo rambaldi
to look like Apes Hands especially in closeups of Jessica Lange being held by the Ape's hand
i still think the effects still Hold up today compared to extremely advanced computer Generated imagery
but it is matter of opinion really
for me personally watching the special effects scenes with the Ape still look really Good, convincing
little bit cheesy but i still enjoy a kick out of the special effects
again it's matter of opinion
Universal have also produced retrospect featurette for this blu-ray called MAKING KONG (23mins)
Unfortunately no new interviews with Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin or Director John Guillerman
Movie critic & American Journalist Rick Cline is interviewed about the making of Kong, no subtitles interview is English
he talks about executive producer Dino de Laurentis & Director John Guillerman
Jeff Bridges & Jessica lange, Charles Grodin
he talks about the Difference between the 1993 version & this 1976 version
he talks about the 1978 TV broadcast and the Deleted scenes, very Detailed 23mins that's for sure
there is only about 5mins archive interview with Rick baker from 1975 towards the end of this 23mins featurette
talking about him being in an Apes suit for the film
there is also Deleted scenes on this blu-ray about 14mins of Deleted scenes
all of these scenes are from the 1978 TV broadcast of King Kong
the TV broadcast was extended to 170mins which includes the Deleted scenes & commercials
some of the Deleted scenes are extended scenes of scenes from the Theatrical version
one extended scene is where Kong is fighting the Giant snake there is more footage of them brawling
and other extended scenes aswell
these Deleted scenes have been given a new HD transfer aswell, same treatment as the Theatrical version
although there is no official U.S. release of Kong 76 this french release is region AB anyway
you can select English language from the Language menu
so if you have the old DVD release of King kong, scrap it
and time to upgrade & get this new Blu-ray version which has new retrospect making of featurette
has new Deleted scenes added & the Theatrical trailer
you can still buy a copy from amazon there's still some listing from $24 and up
so it is very expensive but worth the money for sure
5 stars, based on brand new HD transfer/new 5.1 Master audio mix & a new making of featurette
I guess when you're young and impressionable, you don't see the flaws or you just don't care. The story is the centerpiece, and the 76' Kong had a liberal/modern take on the traditional King Kong story and I loved it. The monkey suit and the dated 70's effects are products of their time and that's what I think detractors of the film forget. Well, then again, the monkey suit! Someone got lazy and didn't want to do the stop animation like they really should have. The mechanical Kong is a very sad waste of dollars and horribly stiff for the three to five seconds you see it on screen. All that hype of a mechanical Kong (when I was young I actually thought Kong was the big robot the whole time - what a gullible boy) and that's all the producers got from their investment, a stiff wanker!
The characters were a little stiff themselves, with Charles Grodin miscast (I think) in his role of Fred Wilson; but the haunting love story was strong and Richard Kline's cinematography was the true Savior of this film. If you want a reason to watch it, Richard Kline is it. This film is beautifully shot with some legendary scenery. He also makes the monkey suit palpable - but just barely!
Another reason to see the film is John Barry's haunting score! Of three King Kong films I like Barry's score the most. And as of this writing - great news, Film Score Monthly and Paramount Pictures teamed up to release a COMPLETE 2CD release of the soundtrack on October 3rd 2012.
Time may not have been kind to this film and Peter Jackson's King Kong in 2005 raised the bar forever, eclipsing this film to the annals of history.
So should you buy, watch it or what . . . I'll put it this way, if you're a child of the seventies and have nostalgic cravings for that era - YES, by all means. If you're a sophisticated movie goer by todays CGI standards - NO, you won't glean anything from it but disdain.
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