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King Kong (Extended Version) 2005

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In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Jack Black
Runtime:
3 hours, 20 minutes

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Genres Drama, Adventure, Action, Horror
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black
Supporting actors Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell, Lobo Chan, John Sumner, Craig Hall, Kyle Chandler, Bill Johnson, Mark Hadlow, Geraldine Brophy, David Denis, David Pittu, Pip Mushin, Jim Knobeloch, Ric Herbert, Lee Donahue, Tom Hobbs, Tiriel Mora, Jed Brophy, Frank Edwards, Michael Lawrence, Crawford Thomson, Richard Kavanagh, Stephen Hall, William Wallace, Joe Folau, Tim Wong, Steve Reinsfield, John Wraight, Matthew Chamberlain, Lee Hartley, Troy O'Kane, Louis Sutherland, Jason Whyte, Toa Waaka, John Clarke, Ray Woolf, David Dengelo, Greg Smith, Chris Bailey, Peter McKenzie, Peter Ford, Tamihana Nuku, Roussel Dubois, Todd Rippon, Eddie Campbell, Philip Grieve, Vicky Haughton, Jacinta Wawatai, Terence Griffiths, Stephen A. Buckley, Chic Littlewood, Rick Baker, Jim Dietz, Gene de Marco, John Dybvig, Tim Gordon, Lee McDonald, Stig Eldred, Billy Jackson, Katie Jackson, Tania Rodger, Samuel Taylor, Bob Burns, Kathy Burns, Joe Gertler, Jennifer Gertler, Geoff Timblick, Geoff Allen, Belindalee Hope, Crushanin Dixor-McIvor, Jodie Taylor, Hilton Denis, Geoff Dunstan, Daniel Tusia, Paul Wilson, Shannon Wilson, Jesse Rasmussen, Sosina Wogayehu, Peter Corrigan, Colin Bogaars, Susan Eastwood, Caron Dallas, Matthew Dravitzki, Darryl John, Felicia O'Brien, Peter Jackson, Rick Porras, Frank Darabont, Hamish Bruce, Latham Gaines, Julia Walshaw, Randall William Cook, Luanne Gordon, Lorraine Ashbourne, Edwin Wright, Glen Drake, Lawrence Jarden, Ross Duncan, Jim McLarty, Matt Wilson, Jarl Benzon, Lee Donoghue, Matt Gillanders, Eric Leighton, Sam Manzanza, Michaela Morgan, Christian Rivers, Howard Shore, Eric Vespe
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Keith W. Johnson on November 14, 2006
Format: DVD
The biggest problem most people had with King Kong was its length, so there's no surprise that reaction by the general public to the release of an extended edition of another 3 hour-plus Peter Jackson film was almost the equivalent of a collective groan.

The surprise is that everything added to the Extended Edition of King Kong should have never been cut. More dinosaurs and more creatures and more action on Skull Island only improves the film, and one wonders if these scenes were cut mostly for time and pacing, why wasn't a little bit of the 51 minutes of pre-Skull Island snipped or perhaps a few overly drawn scenes of Kong and Anna gazing into each other's eyes?

The more noticable scenes are that of a rampaging Ceratops and a fun scene of an underwater monster attacking Adrien Brody and Co. while they are rafting down a river. A bit more character development with some seedy behavior by Carl Denham (Jack Black) and heroic deeds by Jack Driscoll and the shipmates add a bit of flavor to the male characters literally overshadowed by Kong in the film. The spider pit sequence is also a bit lengthened with some more lines by Jack Black. Overall, a worthy 13 minutes of added material, but the film still feels too long in the last act.

The special features to this extended edition are the special features that were missing from the first release of the Kong movie, including a commentary from Peter Jackson and extensive behind the scenes features, describing the making of Kong from concept artwork to the screen a la the performance of Andy Serkis.

I enjoyed the extended cut, but I don't know that this lengthy movie is better served with added material. It's not like the LOTR films where the additions enhance your viewing and understanding of Tolkien's world. But hey, I am not going to complain about more dinosaurs and the raft sequence I was disappointed was missing from the original cut.
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Format: DVD
Hello People,

well Peter Jackson's Opus, King Kong now comes in it's extended version only on DVD... This review basically gives you a guide as to what you might expect from the DVD release.. I have no breakdown of what scenes are make up the extra minutes, but from Perter Jackson's comments and Comic Con presentation, there have been indications of what might be make up the running time...

The dVd details -

Firstly this dvd presentation is brought to you in 3 discs. An additon of thirteen(13) minutes of footage has been added to the extended version of the film.

Extra scenes include :

* King Kong's capture at Skull Island and journey to New York.

* A river scene; where our heros are stuck on a log/raft, and

them being attacked by a large aligator. (Comic Con info)

More to be added soon...

King Kong Extended Edition: Disc 1

2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation

English Dolby Digital 5.
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I was one of those people who thought King Kong was a mistake for director Peter Jackson. Fresh from his monumental success and Academy Awards with his work on The Lord of the Rings, I wasn't confident that he would make an equally, much less surpassively, good film. I was proven wrong.

Running at a horrendously intimidating 187 minutes, I had my fears that there would be parts where cinematographic drags would consume my interest in the film, especially since there were several such moments in Fellowship of the Ring which Jackson also directed. However, I was pleased to find that dragging moments were limited and the whopping runtime was put to good use... so take care of your bladders prior to watching.

I have heard many complaints regarding the first third of the film which takes place in depression-era New York city. It is in this third where the titular beast is nowhere to be seen, but we are introduced to all the other main characters. I have argued many times that a film is not without it's characters and so far in his blockbuster career, Peter Jackson has not disappointed in characterization. It keeps the audience in the hearts and minds of everything that happens onscreen and therefore maintains an engaging atmosphere. All in all, you care about all the fuss and you watch and wait, with interest, for the next scene to unfold. Therefore, in spite of the gargantuan runtime, I was riveted to the screen.

Carl Denham (Jack Black... yes, Jack Black) is a struggling filmmaker whose career has been so far almost successful. When he learns his latest film is about to be scrapped, he escapes with his film and crew to continue production.
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