King Kong (King Kong / Son of Kong / Mighty Joe Young) (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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I had a chance to see King Kong on the big screen a few times and it's still an amazing film. I don't care what they can do with CGI, Kong still comes alive on the screen.
If only Universal would put out King Kong Vs. Godzilla, the experience would be complete.
now for the big specs that you are wondering about on this set:
The King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition (SRP $26.99) will include the 104-minute restored and remastered B&W film on video in its original full frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras will include audio commentary (by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong), the 2005 I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper documentary, a gallery of trailers for other films by director Merian C. Cooper, the new RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World documentary by Peter Jackson (featuring the following featurettes: The Origins of King Kong, Willis O'Brien and Creation, Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder, A Milestone in Visual Effects, Passion, Sound and Fury, The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence and King Kong's Legacy) and Creation test footage (with commentary by Ray Harryhausen).Read more ›
King Kong (1933) *****: This film still holds up after all these many years. Sure the effects and acting are dated, but they are still very watchable. The film is touching and tragic, but also ruthless and violent. The cleaned up, restored version of this film is rarely shown on network television as it includes some rather violent scenes that were edited out in the theatres because the producers were worried about the violent images and that they may make Kong less sympathetic. For instance, there is a close-up scene of him literally chewing on a native that is surprisingly graphic for 1933 and there is an equally graphic scene in which he is stomping to death numerous natives into the ground. All of these are very believable moments in the film, but I find that they don't make Kong any less sympathetic, but rather clearly show his animalistic side which is believable and acceptable. The new Kong by Peter Jackson also made sure that we see this side of Kong. After all, Kong is an animal, but beauty soothes the savage beast in him, albeit, briefly.
Son of Kong (1933) ***1/2: This film was very hastily made after the success of King Kong, but it is nevertheless impressive. In fact, the final scene of the island being destroyed contains effects that are better than the original film itself.Read more ›
The extras on the DVD are numerous and mind blowing! My favorite extra is a lost sequence recreated in black and white by director Peter Jackson. It's a fantastic treat that makes the DVD worth owning just for this.
"King Kong" stands as one of the greatest adventure films in history.
The sequel "Son of Kong" is not comparable to the original, but it's short and zippy and little Kong is adorable and beautifully animated. The DVD image and sound is even better than that of "King Kong". A trailer is the only extra.
"Might Joe Young" is a favorite from my childhood. It's got some truly ingenious sequences especially the amazing orphanage finale. The DVD image is the best of the set--pristine and gorgeous. The disc has a trailer, a good featurette and a fine commentary by Ray Harryhausen as well.
- was a WWI & II pilot (he and partner Schoedsack were the pilots who shot down Kong)
- was an explorer, adventurer, and documentarian
- was a founding director of Pan American Airways
- became head of production at RKO
- pioneer with David O. Selznick on technicolor (Cooper was at RKO under head Selznick, who later at Selznick studios made Gone With the Wind - according to GWTW featurettes, Selznick burned down the Kong island village gates set for the burning of Atlanta)
- early pioneer of Cinerama (remember How the West Was Won?)
- attached to the Flying Tigers in WWII
- was invited in 1945 to the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri
- calloborated with John Ford and John Wayne (look for the patriotic reason why)
This are fascinating history about the man, his movies, RKO, the film industry, and, oh yeah, let's not forget the big guy himself - Kong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is definitely one of my most favorite movies of all time. I watch this at least once a week.Published 2 months ago by John C. Martinez
The 1933 King Kong and the other two movie's were great the Black & White picture was great and it really showed that it was a classicPublished 10 months ago by fasteddy
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