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  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ArtHaus
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030I21HE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on 17 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this item, ----I am a life-long KONG fan, and this, ---by far my favourite-ever film,----is one movie I am extremely familiar with, having viewed it literally hundreds of times over the past 2 decades.

THIS PRINT is freshly-minted, richly-struck gold...by far the best I have ever witnessed, and this will be the version I will be sticking with 'til some super-hi-def version arrives: there is detail in this [the rippling water in KONG'S lair, lushly apparent jungle foilage,]that was until now invisible within the home entertainment market.

I resisted buying this, as I am UK resident, but fear not, the 2 KONG discs play fine in both my region 1 DVD players..had I known this, I would have purchased this 2 years previously: the 'SON of KONG' and 'MIGHTY JOE' seperate disks require multi-region facility, however.....but the clips of these sequels [of sorts] are represented on the KONG bonus-disk as being clear and bright......I am hoping to purchase a multi-region player before long, --definately---if it means I can aceess riches such as these...

BONUS FEATURES include: the PETER JACKSON 'spider-pit' sequence [vastly superior to 'youtube' viewings,] a splendid O'BRIEN test sequence from 'CREATION', which features evocative, fascinating animation of a TRICERATOPS mother and offspring, rare snatches of dialogue from MERIAN C. COOPER, FAY WRAY and commentary from RAY HARRYHAUSEN......and much, much, more. All housed in a natty, hinged tin box, with lavish early '33 lobby-card repros---I am absolutely delighted with this thoughtful, impressive package that has been lovingly put together by true enthusiasts who genuinely appreciate this evergreen, and tmeless, property.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 29 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
for me, "monster" films began with 1933's "king kong." a film of this stature and reputation needs no introduction and there isn't much that i can add to what has been written already.
"king kong" isn't strictly-speaking just a "monster" film, it has other facets like fantasy, romance and a touch of eroticism that are all blended into the mix. as a result, we have a masterpeice of a film that was ground-breaking in its day for its stop-motion filming techniques and for creating a motion picture icon in the form of king kong. robert armstrong gives the best performance as carl denham, the similarities between the character and that of merian c. cooper are obvious to see. fay wray and bruce cabot are also effective throughout.
watching this film, i seem to forget how the cast are quite easily upstaged by a character that was only an 18 inch model, that takes centre stage as soon as it makes its grand entrance. i think it is clear to see that the kong character isn't a heartless and cold-blooded killer but is in-depth and almost humane, especially during the climatic scene on top of the empire state building as kong struggles to adapt to his strange and sudden change to his environment.
a classic of a film that only improves with repeated viewing and the effects are just as fascinating to watch now as they must have been back in 1933.
"son of kong" has promise and should have been far better than it is. sadly, the whole thing was rushed into production to capitalize on the success of the original and it shows in the results. the plot is a weak one as there is too much footage taken up with robert armstrong as carl denham struggling to evade new york and the grand jury before the film reaches the main part of the story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Cadwallender on 28 Nov. 2006
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These are the three films that sparked off the whole Kong industry:- King Kong, Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young, presented here in one of the finest box sets I have ever seen.

To begin with King Kong. You will see this film here as you have never seen it before.

The British video version, and, indeed the version that I have only ever seen in this country, runs for approximately 96 minutes, but this American dvd version runs for 104 minutes, and includes an overture that I didn't even know existed in films of this period. The remaining extra minutes consist of scenes of Kong stamping on people and biting off their heads that I can only assume were censored over here when the film was first released.

But not only do you get the original restored movie, you get it presented in a unique two-dvd embossed tin that includes ten glossy colour art cards, and a twenty-four page reproduction of the souvenir programme from the 1933 Premiere at Grauman's Chineses Theatre.

Son of Kong was of course not a patch on King Kong, and although I have only ever seen it once on TV, and that was many years ago, I will never forget the scene at the end of the movie where Kong is sinking, and drowning, in the ocean, whilst holding the heroine aloft to save her life.

Mighty Joe Young, the last in the trilogy, is a personal favourite of mine, and concerns a baby gorilla being adopted by a little girl, which grows up to be another Kong (the gorilla - not the girl). This one, however, has a happy ending, as Joe and the girl are returned to Africa to live happily ever after.

Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young are each in their own dvd case, and although the product details say that there are three dvds in this set, there are in fact four.

Any Kong fan has to have this set. To get so much for so little is truly remarkable (don't forget you will need a multi-region dvd player).
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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful
Turkey Day memories of Great Apes 19 Aug. 2005
By joseph Corey - Published on Amazon.com
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If you grew up with New York City's WOR on your cable box, you have fine memories about their Thanksgiving Day marathon of King Kong, Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young. It's was Big Apes that kept us on the sofa along with too much turkey. I so missed not being able to share that experience with my own family. But now I can thanks to this wonderful DVD set - that comes out just before Thanksgiving.

I had a chance to see King Kong on the big screen a few times and it's still an amazing film. I don't care what they can do with CGI, Kong still comes alive on the screen.

If only Universal would put out King Kong Vs. Godzilla, the experience would be complete.

now for the big specs that you are wondering about on this set:

The King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition (SRP $26.99) will include the 104-minute restored and remastered B&W film on video in its original full frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras will include audio commentary (by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong), the 2005 I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper documentary, a gallery of trailers for other films by director Merian C. Cooper, the new RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World documentary by Peter Jackson (featuring the following featurettes: The Origins of King Kong, Willis O'Brien and Creation, Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder, A Milestone in Visual Effects, Passion, Sound and Fury, The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence and King Kong's Legacy) and Creation test footage (with commentary by Ray Harryhausen).

The Son of Kong will include the 70-minute restored B&W film on video in the original full frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras will include the theatrical trailer.

Mighty Joe Young will include the 94-minute restored B&W film on video in its original full frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras will include audio commentary (by Ray Harryhausen, Ken Ralston and Terry Moore), 2 new featurettes (Ray Harryhausen and The Chioda Brothers and Ray Harryhausen and Mighty Joe Young) and the film's theatrical trailer.

Did anyone else around here enjoy King Kong vs. Godzilla Thanksgiving on WOR? Can I have a witness?
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Great Collection 1 April 2007
By Steven Hedge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well, this is my 100th review and with my dad's recent passing I thought I would do this one in his honor as these were among his favorite films and whenever they would air on WWOR Channel 9's Million Dollar Movie in New York City where I grew up we would all gather as a family and watch these timeless films. I gave this collection 5 stars as it is worth owning all of them, but each film deserves individual treatment, so here goes:

King Kong (1933) *****: This film still holds up after all these many years. Sure the effects and acting are dated, but they are still very watchable. The film is touching and tragic, but also ruthless and violent. The cleaned up, restored version of this film is rarely shown on network television as it includes some rather violent scenes that were edited out in the theatres because the producers were worried about the violent images and that they may make Kong less sympathetic. For instance, there is a close-up scene of him literally chewing on a native that is surprisingly graphic for 1933 and there is an equally graphic scene in which he is stomping to death numerous natives into the ground. All of these are very believable moments in the film, but I find that they don't make Kong any less sympathetic, but rather clearly show his animalistic side which is believable and acceptable. The new Kong by Peter Jackson also made sure that we see this side of Kong. After all, Kong is an animal, but beauty soothes the savage beast in him, albeit, briefly.

Son of Kong (1933) ***1/2: This film was very hastily made after the success of King Kong, but it is nevertheless impressive. In fact, the final scene of the island being destroyed contains effects that are better than the original film itself. However, the film falls short because the script is faulty. The film is saved by the wonderful effects of Kong's son who is just so adorable and his relationship to the man responsible for his father's demise. It's actually a clever little follow up the the epic of its parent film (pun intended).

Mighty Joe Young (1949) ****: This was a beautifully made film with effects that surpassed any of the Kong films before it. The story is not unlike the other Kong stories in that a gigantic ape is caught and sold to a kind of circus act, however, the ape is already domesticated and has a loyal female owner who will stop at nothing to get "Joe" back were he belongs. The scene in which Joe saves children at a burning orphanage is breathtaking and heartbreaking even by today's standards. FYI: The recent Disney remake with the ever reliable Bill Paxton and the Academy Award Winning Charlize Theron is terrific and worth a renting if not purchase.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Set! 20 Dec. 2005
By The Magician - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This set's a great buy with the original 1933 "King Kong" being the stand-out. Kong looks and sounds great especially for a film of that vintage whose original negative has been long lost. There's detail and clarity to the images that I've never seen before--check out the introduction to the island natives and the kong skulls carved into the decor.

The extras on the DVD are numerous and mind blowing! My favorite extra is a lost sequence recreated in black and white by director Peter Jackson. It's a fantastic treat that makes the DVD worth owning just for this.

"King Kong" stands as one of the greatest adventure films in history.

The sequel "Son of Kong" is not comparable to the original, but it's short and zippy and little Kong is adorable and beautifully animated. The DVD image and sound is even better than that of "King Kong". A trailer is the only extra.

"Might Joe Young" is a favorite from my childhood. It's got some truly ingenious sequences especially the amazing orphanage finale. The DVD image is the best of the set--pristine and gorgeous. The disc has a trailer, a good featurette and a fine commentary by Ray Harryhausen as well.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Did You Know? 1 Jun. 2009
By Keel Moose and Squirrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I agree with the 3 reviewers which preceeded me - the film is excellent, it is restored and digitally remastered - marvelous. But I'm not here to talk about the movies; I came to talk about the bonus disc of the 2-disc King Kong, available in this 3-movie set as well as in the solo 2-disc version. It contains two bonus features: a documentary on the producer/director called "I'm the King! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper," (57') and "RKO Productions 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World," (159') a 7 part documentary about the making of King Kong. Cooper is a fascinating man, and I wish I'd owned this when my three kids were younger to share with them regarding an American hero. If your tastes go beyond Kong, stop-motion-animation, and Ray Harryhausen (which are all excellent), then enjoy these facts about Cooper:
- was a WWI & II pilot (he and partner Schoedsack were the pilots who shot down Kong)
- was an explorer, adventurer, and documentarian
- was a founding director of Pan American Airways
- became head of production at RKO
- pioneer with David O. Selznick on technicolor (Cooper was at RKO under head Selznick, who later at Selznick studios made Gone With the Wind - according to GWTW featurettes, Selznick burned down the Kong island village gates set for the burning of Atlanta)
- early pioneer of Cinerama (remember How the West Was Won?)
- attached to the Flying Tigers in WWII
- was invited in 1945 to the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri
- calloborated with John Ford and John Wayne (look for the patriotic reason why)

This are fascinating history about the man, his movies, RKO, the film industry, and, oh yeah, let's not forget the big guy himself - Kong.

Additional findings:
- Ray Harryhausen joined the Cooper team of Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, O'Brien, John Ford, and Robert Armstrong for the making of Mighty Joe Young (go Ray!)
- Fay Wray made 10 films in 1932 in addition to King Kong, one of which was Cooper's The Most Dangerous Game, sharing the same Kong island sets (often same days of filming).
- Excellent featurettes on Willis O'Brien and stop-motion-animation.
- King Kong score by Max Steiner, who also did, or contributed to, Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, and Cassablanca (jeesh!)
- The lost spider pit scsequence is not O'Brien's footage; it is Peter Jackson's recreation of what he thinks the original "might" have looked like. This is OK for what it is, but don't get your hopes up that they are original.

The bonus features are a fine addition to your Cooper, O'Brien, Fay Wray, and Harryhausen collection.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The King And Other Big Apes... 8 Dec. 2005
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I just finished watching KING KONG, SON OF KONG and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG w/ my 9yo son. While KING KONG is my personal favorite of this collection, my son and I loved watching SON and JOE together. This set is perfect for anyone who enjoys stop-motion and lots of monsters! Everyone knows that KING KONG is one of the greatest movies of all time. The tale of a titanic 30' tall gorilla that is no match for modern man's greed and commercialism is a true masterpiece. Faye Wray (The Most Dangerous Game, Doctor X, The Vampire Bat) is beautiful and vulnerable as Ann Darrow. Robert Armstrong (Son Of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Most Dangerous Game) plays the bombastic Dehnam w/ pompous glee. Kong's battles w/ various dinosaurs (as well as his son's fights w/ more big lizards in the sequel) are popcorn-munching classics! SON OF KONG has Dehnam returning to the island where it all began. He meets up w/ Kong's offspring and gets a shot at redemption for the shameful treatment of Kong senior. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG is a sentimental story similar to Kong in it's portrayal of the "beast" as a sympathetic character taken from it's home, only to be thrown into an alien world of exploitation and death. This triple feature is a must for any / all horror / monster maniacs! Highest recommendation...
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