King Kong

King Kong

DVD - 2006
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Young and beautiful actress Ann Darrow is from the world of 1930s vaudeville, who is down on her luck. She meets Carl Denham, an over-ambitious filmmaker, who brings her on an exploratory expedition to Skull Island where she finds compassion and the true meaning of humanity with an ape named Kong. Together, beauty and beast finally meet their fate in New York, where the filmmaker has taken and displayed the ape in the quest of finding his fame by using commercial exploitation which ultimately leads to catastrophe, including the man who falls in love with Ann and plays an unlikely hero by trying to save her from Kong and her destiny.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, 2006, c2005.
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781417027637
1417027630
Characteristics: 2 videodisc (ca. 188 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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lissa_adamson
May 24, 2020

Good, sure, but its a movie made for Hollywood and not for the fans.

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richmole
Nov 20, 2019

Hi, gang.
The movie in a moment, but first: to respond to some other commenters' questions and comments:
There have been 3 versions of King Kong. The first 1933 from a relatively small studio, RKO; the second, 1976, a more typical--and best forgotten--updated Hollywood treatment (They're on the island to find oil; Kong fights jets) starring Jeff Bridges. It was a huge hit, though--earning almost five times its cost; and this one, from 2005.

The original: "cliched characters and poor story line." One day, they will say same thing about 2018's Black Panther. Hmm, maybe they're already say that! Anyway, think about it: the 1933 version was released just 4 years after sound was introduced. Compared to what we see today most 1930s movies' story-telling seems "poor" and characters "cliche". Try reading books written 85 years ago. Same thing. People attitudes and expectations change--movies are forever. One commenter suggests Jackson's remake is "lesser" than the original. Don't think it's fair to compare, but of course, many of us do anyway. Hard not to.

Length: too long, say many. This is the 2-disc package. It's even longer in the 3-disc set. Jackson added another 15 minutes. He was careful when he did so. Not all deleted scenes were simply re-inserted, because, as he says, length "doesn't necessarily make a good movie."

SS Venture: There were 3 versions of the ship. Jackson actually bought an old 1950s ship and did a major retrofit to age it back to the 1930s. All the external "ship at sea" shots are the real thing. Then his model crew produced a stunning miniature--used in the hair-raising sequence in the rocks. When Jackson and others saw color photos of the real ship and miniature, nobody could tell the difference between the two. Then the crew took most of the superstructure and put it back together again on the sound-stage for actors' dialogue against blue screen.

The ultimate package: the 3-disc Deluxe Extended Edition, (2006, no blu ray) In addition to the bonus features seen on the two discs in the 2-disc version, disc 3 gives you more behind-the-scenes features, including a relatively short "comparison homage" feature that shows you how Jackson incorporated scenes and dialogue from the original. The real eye-popper: a three-hour (yes, 3!) "Making of" documentary. The craft and passion that went into this feature film is just remarkable. One aside: want to know why it cost $207 million US? Watch this and understand.

Only one other "remake" in motion picture history comes close to this incredible "new version" of an original: Ben Hur. But there, the comparison ends.

Because there is no comparison. This is one for the ages, made by a man whose life changed at age 8 when he saw the original King Kong.

🦍 A great 90 minute movie that takes over three hours. I enjoy the part where he runs amok in Times Square, chasing all the blondes. Sure, we've all DREAMED of doing it…

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DUVIDL
Jul 18, 2019

Good Try BUT: Making Ann a thief (she does steals the apple) violates the premise of the original (Ann, even though starving, can't bring herself to steal. She's that (now) much maligned creature: A Good Girl.) And by going overboard in the gigantic wall, Jackson loses all credibility and makes the scene boring. Okay, but too many missed opportunities.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

EHH. Was a little long, fell asleep in some parts.

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messala2
Aug 17, 2017

Valiant effort but the lesser to 1933's version. One day I sat watching it and mused as the Venture moved out of New York harbor, "I wonder how that looks in black and white?" Pulled out the color and a richer much more involving film revealed itself. Jackson had originally toyed with making it in b/w. Shoudha, woudha, couldn't.

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rickytick_0
Dec 29, 2016

There are three versions of King Kong. Which one is this?

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booksmile
Oct 07, 2015

Just go watch the original king kong if you want a collection of cliched characters and a poor story-line in half the time.
(They dehumanized the islanders even more than the original movie, why?!)

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akirakato
May 13, 2014

This is a 2005 adventure film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name.
DISC 2 contains a 145-minute documentary called "Production Diary," which starts at 33 weeks before the gala opening.
It reveals that the principal photography started on September 6, 2004 at Camperdown Studios in Miramar, New Zealand.
The majority of the SS Venture scenes were shot aboard a full-scale deck constructed in the parking lot at Camperdown Studios
and then were backed with a green screen, with the ocean digitally added in post-production.
Over the course of filming the budget went from $175 million to $207 million over additional visual effects work needed.
Director Peter Jackson decided early on that he did not want Kong to behave like a human, and so he and his team studied hours of gorilla footage.
Andy Serkis, who would act as King Kong while creating his movements, went to London Zoo to watch the gorillas, but was unsatisfied.
He ended up going to Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas in the wild.
The resulting Kong is entirely a special effect, who acts and moves very much like a real gorilla.
It is a profoundly amazing and fascinating documentary I like better than the feature film.

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Libraryman1_0
May 02, 2014

Peter Jackson continues to impress and succeed with these films and here he brings his version of the tale of the Giant ape and his love for a human woman to the screen. Leaves you breathless with action, and the film never lets up for one second. Andy Serkis does a double role as Lumpy the cook and as the title creature KONG. Naomi Watts is a beautiful Ann Darrow, while not to the degree of Fay Wray, she brings a strong determination which adds to her character so that she isnt just screaming throughout the film. I thought Jack Black was ok, but I preferred Robert Armstrong. Nice to see Adrien Brody here as Jack Driscoll. LOved it when I first saw it and cant wait to view it again.

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Violence: Man eating bugs, dinosaurs.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Carl Denham: And lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty, and beauty stayed his hand. And from that day forward, he was as one dead."

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