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King Kong [Blu-ray]

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Peter Jackson    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Movies don't come any bigger than Peter Jackson's King Kong, a three-hour remake of the 1933 classic that marries breathtaking visual prowess with a surprising emotional depth. Expanding on the original story of the blonde beauty and the beast who falls for her, Jackson creates a movie spectacle that matches his Lord of the Rings films and even at times evokes their fantasy world while celebrating the glory of '30s Hollywood. Naomi Watts stars as Ann Darrow, a vaudeville actress down on her luck in Depression-era New York until manic filmmaker Carl Denham (a game but miscast Jack Black) entices her with a lead role. Dazzled by the genius of screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), Ann boards the tramp steamer S.S. Venture, which she--and most of the wary crew--believes is headed for Singapore. Denham, however, is in search of the mythic Skull Island, hoping to capture its wonders on film and make a fortune. What he didn't count on were some scary natives who find that the comely Darrow looks like prime sacrifice material for a mysterious giant creature....

There's no point in rehashing the entire plot, as every movie aficionado is more than familiar with the trajectory of King Kong; the challenge facing Jackson, his screenwriters, and the phenomenal visual-effects team was to breathe new life into an old, familiar story. To that degree, they achieve what could be best called a qualified success. Though they've assembled a crackerjack supporting cast, including Thomas Kretschmann as the Venture's hard-bitten captain and young Jamie Bell as a plucky crewman, the first third of the movie is rather labored, with too much minute detail given over to sumptuous re-creations of '30s New York and the unexciting initial leg of the Venture's sea voyage. However, once the film finds its way to Skull Island (which bears more than a passing resemblance to LOTR's Mordor), Kong turns into a dazzling movie triumph, by turns terrifying and awe-inspiring. The choreography and execution of the action set pieces--including one involving Kong and a trio of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, as well as another that could be charitably described as a bug-phobic's nightmare--is nothing short of landmark filmmaking, and a certain Mr. Spielberg should watch his back, as Kong trumps most anything that has come before it.

Despite the visual challenges of King Kong, the movie's most difficult hurdle is the budding romance between Ann and her simian soulmate. Happily, this is where Jackson unqualifiedly triumphs, as this unorthodox love story is tenderly and humorously drawn, by turns sympathetic and wondrous. Watts, whose accessibility balances out her almost otherworldly loveliness, works wonders with mere glances, and Andy Serkis, who digitally embodies Kong here much as he did Gollum in the LOTR films, breathes vibrant life into the giant star of the film without ever overplaying any emotions. The final, tragic act of the film, set mostly atop the Empire State Building, is where Kong earns its place in movie history as a work that celebrates both the technical and emotional heights that film can reach. --Mark Englehart

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic July 1 2007
I grew up loving the early ape films King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949). King Kong is a classic retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story and the original was groundbreaking in its use of special effects. Remaking a classic will always attract harsh critics.

For me, a lover both of classic films and of modern science fiction, I place King Kong (2005) among the best films I have seen in years. In the cinema, this was a true spectacle to behold. The action and CGI special effects were astounding. Peter Jackson took a fairly sparse story and fleshed it out. I appreciated the longer back-story to the characters in New York prior to the sea voyage to Skull Island.

The exposure of themes relating to racism, animal and ecological abuse, and treatment of women was obvious, but not preachy. Despite this being an action film, these themes seemed to me as large as Kong was himself.

Jackson tweaked the storyline a bit and improved on the original. The introduction of the writer (Brody) as love interest instead of the ship captain made more sense and was simply a better story. With the original film, I was quite moved as a kid when Kong died. With this version, I was at least as moved or more as an adult. The relationship with Kong and Ann was portrayed better. I believed that they had made a bond with each other. The moment of Kong's demise is one of the most touching moments I have seen in a film in years.

Finally, James Newton Howard's soundtrack is quite moving, with beautiful, stirring melodies befitting this grand film. Worth listening to in its own right. I would have liked to watch the film with an isolated music score. Unfortunately, this was not included as an option on any edition so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Kong Feb. 20 2010
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No matter how many times I watch this movie, I love it every time. I really like Naomi Watts, she gives a most affective performance, her eyes tell the audience everything she's feeling.I also follow Adrien Brody's career. The special affects were simply amazing. The DVD came quickly in the mail, much quicker than I expected, in fact, and it was in excellent condition. His prices were much more than reasonable. I would order from this dealer in the future, certainly.
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I took a ten-year old boy (family friend - there's nothing sordid about this review!)to see this film in the theatre. I am sure my enjoyment of the film was heightened by his presence, because the thing is custom-made for a 10 year old boy to love, and it was obvious to me that this was a seminal film moment in the kid's life. But aside from that, I have to admit that I quite enjoyed it. Like the LOTR films there were some moments that could have been cut. And there was far too much doey-eyed slo-mo reaction shots (this time from Naomi Watts, instead of Elijah Wood). But all in all, I am flabbergasted at how much depth Jackson was able to give to a film that, essentially, is about a giant monkey climbing the Empire State building. I found it to be a helluva lot of fun. And the sequences atop the Empire State building are (especially on the big screen) spellbinding. I actually felt some vertigo at one point and had to look away. I don't know of any film that's ever had that effect on me.

The extras on this are actually quite monotonous, saving the best stuff for the separately released "Production Diaries".
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is pure Peter Jackson entertainment, some humour, tons of amazing SFX shots, an amazing story, (Although written by someone else, there are little bits added in.) The only thing I didn't like about this film is the fact that he added in about half an hour at the beggining which, although fun to watch and had good character development, was forgettable and was insignifigant to the story. In a magazine I read a review stating that this movie was only intended to be two hours, at the end Peter [Jackson] saw that it was three hours, and he wondered how he ended up with it. Well, that extra half hour at the beggining might have assisted in it.
OK, so the sotry goes that a young actress, Ann Darrow, is looking for a movie or stage she can act at. So, this movie guy askes her if she'd like to go to Skull Island to shoot a film. So they go to Skull Island (How can anyone go to Skull Island? Isn't the name kinda like a warning to stay away?) and find a band of canibalistic natives that really freak me out and take Ann as a sacrfifice. So, a big gorilla named Kong (Or King Kong) comes and takes her away. The rest mainly consistes of getting Ann back and some totally wicked three way T-Rex fights, giant bugs and a brontosaurs stampede involving raptors, or Baryonix, I cant tell, in the mix.
This movie is going to win an oscar for SFX (five bucks says so.) and may win best film of the year. I just can't say how great this film is! But, if sitting through a three hour film isnt your thing, go look at Zathura or Brokeback Mountain, you'll get a kick out of those. Five stars, Bar none.
If you liked this movie you'd also like: Godzilla: Final Wars, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Alien Quadrilogy, Jarhead, Zathura, Brokeback Mountain, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favoritys films ever, Brody is the only mistake.
Published 1 month ago by Ketedije
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mauril Girard
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long
The movie is about 3 hours and nothing really happened. It was really drawn out.
Published 2 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would expect a ridiculous idea like a gigantic ape loving a tiny...
Who would expect a ridiculous idea like a gigantic ape loving a tiny woman to be such a terrific movie, but it is sooo well done. Well worthy of five stars.
Published 2 months ago by Collin
2.0 out of 5 stars Mauvaise version
C'est la version doublée en France que contient cette supposée édition bilingue, ça aurait été chouette de l'annoncer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Francis Janvier-Jalbert
5.0 out of 5 stars à acheter absolument
Le film contient des scènes supplémentaires au film présenté au cinéma. Il y a des bêtes supplémentaires sur l'ile. à acheter.
Published 4 months ago by Claude Normand
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIQUE
Qu'elle merveilleuse interprétation du film KING KONG autant pas son image , son son et ses acteurs.. A POSSÉDER DANS SA COLLECTION!
Published 5 months ago by Jacques Potvin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good remake
Almost as good as the original. Jack Black is surprising good. Adrian Brody of course is very solid.
Good addition to any collection.
Published 9 months ago by George Lasic
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes and the ears
Had the DVD witch was already very good.But on Bluray, it's a new level !
Sometimes Blurays can be disapointing compare to the original DVD.
But in this case,WOW ! Read more
Published on April 2 2012 by Meg1st
5.0 out of 5 stars All Three Major King Kong Movies, from the Original (1933) to Later...
Reviews of "King Kong", the technically, visually, and dramatically stunning 2005 remake of this now classic cinematic tale, are legion on the Amazon's North American [...] sites. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2009 by Celil Parker
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