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Kong: Skull Island (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray Combo Pack)
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When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
- Digital Copy Expiration Date : September 30, 2018
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Director : Jordan Vogt-Roberts
- Media Format : Blu-ray, 3D
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : July 18, 2017
- Actors : Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Tian Jing
- Studio : Warner Bros.
- ASIN : B071VPB7YM
- Number of discs : 2
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(A) Stay true in an important way to the spirit of the original “King Kong”. Check. “Kong: Skull Island” is a very different movie than the 1933 original. The original (which is fantastic; if you haven’t seen it check it out!) was a straight up jungle adventure movie that turned into a three-way romantic triangle with King Kong being given heart and motivation in his clinging to, protecting, and ultimately dying for Ann Darrow. This Kong has no romantic inclinations (despite the callback to the original in one scene) but he is given heart by way of being discovered to be an orphan, a youngling still growing but overseeing and protecting his world, from the monstrous denizens of Skull Island and curious but painful man and their machines. He has empathy and oversight for the gentler inhabitants of Skull Island but shows himself a fearsome fighter against the menacing and hideous skull crawlers. In “King Kong” Kong delivered the beat down to many prehistoric monsters and thus demonstrated his kingly title. In “Kong: Skull Island” he is not yet king but instead is its prince. His parents have been killed and his reign is challenged. He’s on his way to becoming king and though he doesn’t tussle with as many monsters (though there are a lot in this movie) he displays his heart, his courage, and his ingenuity. And this makes him just as compelling as the original Kong.
(B) Deliver an updated and closer to contemporary version of the Kong mythos and make it compelling. Double check. While some might criticize that this is set back in the late 1960s/ early 1970s and should be set closer to now in anticipation of the coming conflict with Godzilla they miss the point that this Kong is still growing, still a junior. By overtly addressing his lineage and recognizing that he is still developing the filmmakers have contemporized Kong while giving him “time to grow”. The Vietnam background is also blended exceptionally well into the film with significant firepower that was able to be brought against a young version of Kong who was still able to decimate man’s war machines without being overwhelmed by them prematurely. The initial contact with Kong and the army and survey forces is a visceral tour-de-force that allows the audience to encounter Kong for the first time in a terrifying maelstrom of unexpected violence and puts us squarely into the same survival mode that our hapless protagonists find themselves in. Compelling? Oh,yeah!
(C) Tie this movie into a developing “monsterverse” that will include Godzilla. Check. This is done by giving Kong a backstory that sets him up as a juvenile giant ape who is still growing, still getting bigger and stronger. Almost 50 years down the road when the two will meet (in 2020) Kong will probably look much the same but just be incredibly, impossibly bigger. The film also gives you a sense of this two when an older Kong is encountered at the beginning of the movie and it is as tall as a mountain. This Kong isn’t the same one that we encounter later in the film, a fact that is easy to miss amidst all of the action.
(D) Ground the story in a palpable human drama. Double check. This movie doesn’t just have characters struggling to keep alive against giant beasties. They have conflicts of interest with each other (the army vets versus the anti-war photojournalist; Samuel L. Jackson’s Lieutenant Colonel Packard realizing that his officers just got butchered by a giant animal that John Goodman’s Randa knew about; Packard feeling it’s his duty to rid the world of Kong because humanity shouldn’t have to be presented with such a reality; ancient natives who speak without verbal language; the internal split amongst the GIs regarding who they should support; and on and on) that play out naturally and purposefully. You may see and feel both sides as the character present them and then find yourself rooting for one and against the other, just as they do. And I think that there are some strong story parallels with Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness”, as also seen woven into “Apocalypse Now”. The acting, too, especially from Jackson and Goodman is great and though the action overshadows the drama, there is drama, drama aplenty.
“Kong: Skull Island” may have outdone itself in probably in every conceivable way. It is a fantastic rousing adventure. It is a timely stamp on one of the most divisive periods in America’s history though it exists as a fiction. It is incorporates compelling human conflict and challenges the way we work and think a little. It is big, brash, and the animal star is something you can root for. And it takes us one step further into the “monsterverse”.
I will never understand why people downvote this type of movie for not being deep and meaningful. It's an action adventure movie. You know what you're getting when you decide to watch it. So why do you give it a poor score for not changing your life?
Oh yeah, Vietnam is cool. Apocalypse Now? Totally cool… with a cool 60s soundtrack? And then some 70s music, like Bowie? More Cool!!!
Dinosaurs - cool. Wait a minute… maybe not so cool. Boring, actually. So how bout horrible lizard-snake hybrids, three times larger than dinosaurs, puking all over the place. Yeah, that’s cool.
Also WW II’s kind of cool…. Can I get that in too? Then we’ll have some young, sexy actors stuck in a kind of Gilligan’s Island boat made of old airplane parts, and Samuel Jackson, and John Goodman, and John C Reilly and samurai swords, and a WWII flashback, and some hilarious sports team references 'bout how things have changed since the 40s, and lots of explosives and napalm and 50 caliber machine guns and stuff… oh, and two sexy babes, one asian...
The movie will have some sad parts too, like when we realize that Kong’s Mom and Dad were killed by the giant snake-lizard, and people say stuff like, 'No one ever really returns from war, do they?' It will be moving and… real deep… (Dude, can you, like, pass the bong this way…?)
Then I’ll rip off some cool music from Dr Strangelove, and Kong will look sort of like a giant weightlifter without his weenie, but, like, totally badass.
Great visuals, annoyingly unintelligent story telling.
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Despite being a digital 2K upscale, the image quality of Kong: Skull Island's UHD BD is impressive and demonstates a clear improvement over the HD Blu-ray, especially the wider colour palette.
Overall image quality is excellent, and fine detail is remarkable; animals' fur, creatures' scales and human skin texture down to their sweat and pores all look stunning. HDR is what truly shines within the UHD BD however, everything from the body decorations of the indigenous people, to the multiple shades and depth to smoke and for, all the way to the bark on a variety of trees, the colour palette is incredible.
As for audio, if you have an appropriately equip sound system, Kong: Skull Island offers an almighty roar due to the Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which perfectly accompanies this monster movie.
It's not a film that offers anything very deep and meaningful. It's a popcorn flick that will keep you entertained though. For that it's worth a watch. If you enjoyed films like the recent Godzilla movie you'll like this.
Kong also looks much better I think - cinema has come a long way, but also he just seems much more realistic and has lost some of the goofy big friendly monkey aspects of his persona in the previous version, thankfully, along with the childish humour. He's a much grittier and much more impressive version.
The action is great and the pacing is very good - the film never drags and each of the main human survivors trying to survive the island have just enough going for them as characters to keep your interest beyond the amazing landscapes and the spectacle of the huge creatures attacking them (and each other!). John Goodman who is partly responsible for kicking everything off is super, Brie Larson is also is very good, if underused, as an anti-war photographer who heads out with the exploration team and their army escort to document the island, Tom Hiddleston is OK as a mercenary tracker leading the good guys, though sometimes a little light and airy for such a role and Samuel Jackson is mostly OK as the colonel who heads up the army escort, but does start to feel a bit text-book colonel-turned-crazy in his performance as he becomes obsessed with destroying Kong. And John C Rielly who is found on the island having survived there for decades after crashing there during the war is superb - his character brings some great humour to the film and he carries it off effortlessly.
Matching the film's setting of the early 70's is an awesome soundtrack throughout which is used really well and compliments the film nicely. Hopefully they stick with this version of Kong and revisit for a few more adventures!
Running Time: 118 Minutes.
A diverse team of scientists, soldiers & adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.
Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man against nature in a battle for survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.
Kong: Skull Island is a fun, entertaining action packed thrill ride that despite a few minor flaws with the human characterisations this movie packs a mean punch & sets the bar very high for future monster movie smackdowns.
The year is 1973 & the plot sees Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard aided by former Special Air Service Captain James Conrad who served in the Vietnam War with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment & Photographer Mason Weaver team up for a government assignment led by William Randa to investigate a unknown island before the Soviets learn of its whereabouts & beat them in discovering what the mystery of the island holds.
What isn't told to the team is there's more to this mission than meets the eye & soon they come face to face with not only a variety of strange creatures but the islands baddest inhabitant, a 100ft Gorilla named Kong makes his first appearance by literally smashing helicopters out the sky the s##t has well & truly hit the fan.
Jordan Vogt- Roberts direction is a spectacular effort who has skillfully directed plenty of tense action pack monster smackdowns against mutated spiders, blue-blooded pterodactyls & a giant saw- toothed Skullcrawler that are both thrilling & entertaining, the CGI animation is fantastic & Kong for the most part looks amazing.
The movies pace is quick moving & gets on with the plot narratives, within 30 minutes Kong appears on Skull Island & causes all manner of destruction, the action set pieces deliver draw dropping mayhem & unlike the recent lacklustre Godzilla 2014 we we hardly seen the monster with Kong we get to witness plenty of monster mayhem on the screen & this movie never lets up until it's exciting post credit scene that teases of what's to come next... Kong Vs Godzilla?
Sadly the human characters are poorly underwritten which shows in the actors performances, Samuel L.Jackson gives his usual cliche performance as Colonel Preston Packard a character similar in tone to Captain Ahab from Moby-Dick who's obsessed with killing Kong, Tom Hiddleson (my hair gets lighter as the movie progresses) is a little bland as tracker James Conrad but does the best he can with the material he's given which isn't a lot while Brie Larson is completely wasted & isn't given a lot to do in her role of anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver apart from take pictures.
The secondary characters fare even worse, Toby Kebbell as Jack Chapman, a United States Army major & Sea Stallion helicopter pilot who writes letters to his son is quickly killed after hinting & building up a arc to be a possible major character, but I knew as soon as Chapman began writing letters to his son he was not long for this world because he has something to live for so he definitely has to die, it's a shame as this character was quite likeable but in the end becomes the equivalent to a Star Trek: Original Series red shirt extra.
John Goodman does well as scientific bureaucrat William Randa but sadly his role quickly became redundant when he arrives on the island, thankfully faring far better is John C. Reilly who scene steals with his performance as the eccentric Lieutenant Hank Marlow a former WWII pilot who's been stranded on Skull Island for 28 years & gone a bit mad & special praise must go to Terry Notary who gives a excellent motion capture performance & brings Kong to life making him a fully rounded character with heart & capable of showing emotion via expression.
Overall Kong: Skull Island is a easy watch monster movie that's crammed full of intense action set pieces that truly pack a punch, however it forgoes character development which is sorely lacking & mostly leaves audiences not caring about these characters fates because there so badly underdeveloped, however if your after a high quality popcorn blockbuster flick then this film is definitely worth checking out.