- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00IIJ9F2E
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King Kong [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Product arrived on time and in excellent condition.
Both Theatrical and Extended editions are included, as well as tons of great bonuses. The Theatrical edition is also included within the DVD and the DIGITAL HD.
I love this movie. Peter Jackson does something most filmmakers don't: takes his time. We won't find character moments boring if the characters are good, which they really are. Adrien Brody's writer character is pretty weak, but Jack Black's multi-layered villain is very strong, and more than makes up for Brody. I just wish someone else had played Black's part, because he isn't very intimidating. The first hour and a bit is all character development, and then the next two hours is basically non stop action, which is really nicely done. The effects are amazing and the stakes are high. Kong himself is perfect. I mean perfect. The mocap effects give him an expressive face, and his relationship with Anne actually works, unlike in the original. In fact, this remake is better than the original. [5 out of 5 stars]
This is possibly the most comprehensive home video release ever. I mean, you aren't gonna believe how much they crammed on to the bonus disc of the Ultimate Edition. But let's start from the top, with the extras on disc one. Before the menu even appears, we are immediatley greeted by a screen that lets you choose which cut of the movie to watch. I personally prefer the Extended Edition, as it includes even more of that epic action I love from this film. The extras sub-menu only gives us a commentary and two PiP tracks (neither of which I have watched, but they are here if you like that sort of thing). This collection is quite small, and for a while was the only disc you could get. Worry not, however, as this new Ultimate Edition gives us an absolutely towering collection of features on it's exclusive disc two.
"Recreating The Eighth Wonder" is a sprawling, three hour documentary covering Jackson's inspiration to make the film, starting pre-production after finishing "Return of the King", filming in various sets and locations, the effects work and of course, much, much more. This doc alone would be enough to warrant a five-star rating for extras, but there is still so much more. The biggest wealth of content found here is the nearly four hours of Production Diaries. You can sort them by location or by date. Date is the way to go, because you follow the developments in the production "as they happen", so to speak. You really feel like you are experiencing the making of the film with the crew and cast. No, they are not as refined or well-made as the documentary, but that's what I love about them. You feel really immersed in this production. I can't recommend watching these enough, as they offer insights into the most minute details of filmmaking. If you somehow thought that wasn't enough, there are also two and a half hours of post production diaries! These follow the same format, but now show us what it is like to work on effects, music, editing and so on.
Next up is 45 minutes of deleted scenes, each with an into by Peter Jackson. A gag-reel is next, and although it is immature, it really made me laugh. Jack Black appears most in this video, no surprise there. A monstrous collection of featurettes is included as well, most of which are very much worth watching. We have an in depth look at the making of a specific dinosaur fight scene, a half hour look at recreating 1930's New York, a comparison of the remake to the classic film, pre-vis animatics and a long (probably promotional) look at the creation of the epic sculptures WETA sold around the release of the film.
There are quite a few more fun goodies on the disc as well. We have the uncut Vaudeville montage from the opening, a mockumentary about Skull Island, conceptual design image galleries, and, goofiest of all, a short film entitled "The Present", which was created by the cast of the film. The package is finally rounded off with every single trailer for the film. I don't need to use a single more adjective to describe this set of extras. [5 out of 5 stars (obviously]
a bunch of people in the 40s trying to make a movie escape their creditors to escape to a mysterious island to finish their film and find more than they bargained for...
Most of the movie is on the island chasing kong- and he looks great! Visuals and action is amazing and plentiful in the 3 hour span. And they do yhe whole monster love tragedy quite well.
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