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King Kong: Limited Edition Blu-ray Book

Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Ernest B. Schoedsack , Merian C. Cooper    Unrated   Blu-ray
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"Now you see it. You're amazed. You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you. No escape. You're helpless, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, scream for your life!"

And scream Fay Wray does most famously in this monster classic, one of the greatest adventure films of all time, which even in an era of computer-generated wizardry remains a marvel of stop-motion animation. Robert Armstrong stars as famed adventurer Carl Denham, who is leading a "crazy voyage" to a mysterious, uncharted island to photograph "something monstrous ... neither beast nor man." Also aboard is waif Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Bruce Cabot as big lug John Driscoll, the ship's first mate.

King Kong's first half-hour is steady going, with engagingly corny dialogue ("Some big, hard-boiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy") and ominous portent that sets the stage for the horror to come. Once our heroes reach Skull Island, the movie comes to roaring, chest-thumping, T. rex-slamming, snake-throttling, pterodactyl-tearing, native-stomping life. King Kong was ranked by the American Film Institute as among the 50 best films of the century. Kong making his last stand atop the Empire State Building is one of the movies' most indelible and iconic images. And this is the definitive video version: remastered from a pristine archival print, with previously censored scenes of Kong flossing with natives restored. Also restored is the curious scene in which Kong peels poor Fay's clothing like a banana and tickles her fancy. --Donald Liebenson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing July 14 2013
By Sorpse
amazing how a movie this old can hold up and be so spectacular today. I loved this movie way more than I expected to. The animation is what impressed me as im sure it was with many other people. The stop motion is so fun to watch and since it was made in the 30's it works as an interesting period piece and Is fun to see how creative they had to be with their limited technology. Kong shaking people off a log to their death, fighting dinosaurs, holding onto his love, and of course climbing the empire state building are all super fun and interesting to watch. Ray Harryhausen in incredible and I really need to see more of his movies because this one and clash of the titans both blew me away. I can't wait to dive into more films like this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King Kong March 14 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I felt that for a movie from the 1930's that the special effects were good. The movie is a favorite of my husbands and mine. I was actually very sorry to see Kong die.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure June 24 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A great show from a different time. Classic movie making, few films last this long. And those that do stand on their own. Timeless adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Welp. June 20 2014
By Tyler
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Bluray itself is everything I wanted and more. The condition of brand new case I ordered was not. All the edges were bent on the case and there was multiple dents and creases on it as well. As a collectors item I was not pleased.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a classic movie that I enjoyed from the first few minutes. Although some consider it to be a mindless destroy-kill movie it is actually a very enjoyable love story with a good mix of action. The T-Rex fight was very well done along with the other fights. The island was very believable with the natives and all, and King Kong looked pretty cool and the SFX used to make him were very good, especially for a time like that.
The story goes at a good pace. It wasn't rushed and was very well done. Kong was made lovable throughout the movie and the connection between Ann Darrow (Fay Ray) and Kong was good.
My favorite scene in the film would have to be when Kong fought the Rex. It was cool and at the last part where he breaks the dinosaur's jaw and starts playing with it was funny and we had a bit of laughing aloud. (With my family.) The island was full od dinoaurs and it was pretty funny when the diplodacus (Is that how you spell it?) started eating people. I thought it was a herbivore! Very funny.
The main reason this film is such a classic is very simple. It was one of the first true horror films! I.E. when the film debuted and Kong's face was first shown, people cringed and screamed in the audience. That's the type of impact this film had on people and the way movies are made. The spark just sent the flame spinning through the air!
Five stars, a must have for any film collector.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars King Kong (1933) Aug. 7 2004
The story is simple yet entertains throughout, from the discovery of the primitive tribe of Skull Island that worships Kong, to the kidnapping of beautiful Faye Wray, to the many perils faced by the men who are pursuing the great ape through the jungle, and finally to Kong's destructive rampage through New York City. The final scenes atop the empire state building are awesome with the city spread out below and the camera taking the point-of-view of the biplanes zooming towards the giant ape. Truly astounding special effects for such an old movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Kong Nov. 5 2010
By Freddie
This is a movie that will never be topped. It's just as much a thrill to see as when I saw it fifty years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fay Wray monkeys around July 9 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
The basic story is of Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who makes those cute little animal pictures that are going out of style. If he wants to stay in business he must add a female interest and some excitement. Circumstances forcing him to leave port quickly, he meets a girl Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), that is down on her luck and convinces her that he will make her a star (on the up and up).

Things get complicated as you know it is bad luck to bring a woman onboard a freighter. And Ann really stirs them up including the first mate, Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). On top of this she has a large date awaiting her at Skull Island.

I will not tell the rest of the story just incase you are one of the few that has missed the movie. But as you have guessed it includes a big ape named KONG. Not that cheesy thing that is always tussling around in Japanese movies, but a much more convincing Kong that can show great emotion.

You are about to watch the eight wonder of the world.
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