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King Kong [Blu-ray][Region Free]

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Producers: Peter Jackson, Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LF3VU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The extended version of Peter Jackson's King Kong adds 13 minutes to the running time--fortunately those 13 minutes include two dynamic action scenes and no material has been added to the movie's belaboured set-up, which tries to give depth to these quintessentially b-movie characters with a clumsy patchwork of melodrama and in-jokes. But once movie-maker Carl Denham (Jack Black, School of Rock) and his crew finally arrive at Skull Island, the movie kicks into gear with spectacular action, technical wizardry, and genuine feeling. Though Kong seems crafted to dazzle the eye on the giant screen, the overlong structure improves when you can take an intermission at will. At home, each scene can be approached on its own terms, be it the insanely choreographed battle between Kong and three T. Rexes or the subtle and multi-layered interplay between Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive) and Kong (played, through motion-capture technology, by Andy Serkis, who previously played the similarly animated Gollum in Jackson's Lord of the Rings). The addition of a rampaging ceratops and an underwater race with what the movie's crew dubbed a "piranhadon" not only add more eye candy, but provide some valuable moments of character development. But in the end, that's frosting on the cake; when the movie's weaknesses and strengths are weighed, the emotional power of the fantastical relationship between a woman and a giant ape is a real cinematic achievement. --Bret Fetzer

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Epic remake of the adventure classic from acclaimed director Peter Jackson. In Depression-era New York, unscrupulous filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) is desperate to find a leading lady for his new picture. After a chance encounter, naive actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) takes the role, and travels with Denham and sensitive scriptwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) to the mysterious Skull Island, deep in the Indian Ocean. There the filmmakers discover a secret, savage civilisation that time forgot, and that worships a terrifying, gigantic ape called Kong (a motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis). When Ann is captured to be sacrificed to Kong, the ape becomes obsessed with her. Denham uses this obsession to help capture Kong and transport him back to New York, where he hopes he can make a fortune from exhibiting the creature. But after Kong escapes, the ape unleashes his awesome power against the city in an attempt to find Ann, the woman he truly loves, leading to a tragic conclusion atop the Empire State Building.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From genius to B-movie madness, loved it. 7 Mar 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Some people complain about the packaging, I liked it, there's a bit of thought gone into making a fold out Empire State Building case to hold these 4 discs. It's not particularly sturdy but it's not designed to be left open.
There's enough been written about the original movie over the years, it's been one of my favourite movies for ages, I still love the stop-motion effects after all these years. The Kong v Tyrannosaurus scene is a good precursor of the Godzilla movie.
The black and white King Kong disc runs for just under 1hr 36 mins, the colourised version is slightly longer 1hr 40 mins, the scenes where Kong eats his way through the natives looks great in colour, as does the train scene. Years later Godzilla had a similar dislike for that form of transport.
Like a previous reviewer I bought this set mainly for the 2 Toho movies. King Kong vs Godzilla is a classic monster romp with two prehistoric enemies ape & dinosaur return to their stomping ground Japan to battle it out. Godzilla following his natural homing instincts whilst Kong is taken there courtesy of a pharmaceutical company as a marketing gimmick. It is cheesy but it is good fun and the fight between our two titans is unintentionally hilarious, not forgetting Kong fighting a large Octopus as it attacks a village.
King Kong Escapes is a camp classic, international criminal Dr Who is hired by an unnanmed Asian country to help mine Element X from the North Pole. At first using his robot Kong then when that succumbs to the radiation he captures the original Kong. The climactic fight between robot and ape on top of Tokyo Tower is terrific. Female lead Linda Miller was a model living in Japan at the time, she looks great but apparently her voice was dubbed which is odd as it sort of grates after a while.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gypped by the Gorilla 2 Dec 2005
I can't help shake the feeling we're getting the raw end of the deal this side of the Atlantic when it comes to King Kong. Over in the US the original King Kong has been finally released to DVD with a multitude of brand new extras, documentaries, recreated lost sequences - plus it's original sequel (Son of Kong) and belated follow-up from the same production team (Mighty Joe Young). The spectacular collectors set even includes a reproduction of the original programme from the film's premiere in 1933.
Here in the UK we get a rather shabbily designed box set with two of the fun but practically unrelated 1960s TOHO produced man-in-a-gorilla-suit Kong movies from Japan and - horror of horrors - the colourised version of the original film. We also get a 12 year old documentary which first saw the light of day on the 80th anniversary VHS release.
Yup, bit of a raw deal...
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow! 16 Mar 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm sure that by now most of you know the story or have seen the film so I'll concentrate this purely on the quality of the Blu-Ray experience. King Kong is a magnificent movie made so much better by this stunning high-def release. The picture quality is breathtaking at times, especially some of the long distance shots across the rich jungle and the city scenes.It's just gorgeous to watch from end to end. The audio is also amazing, every bit as glorious as you want it to be.

The special features are pretty cool, particularly the way they are embedded into the main feature and are accessed by context-sensitive icons that can be switched on or off at will. I didn't notice much new in there, just a new way of watching them really, but it's great to see them again and really brill to see them so cleverly presented.

Oh, and you get both versions of the movie, the original theatre version and the special edition. Both look and sound utterly remarkable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars King Kong - Far too long! 30 Sep 2008
As a great admirer of Jackson's Lord of the Rings, I came to this with high expectation. In the end I wish Jackson had just done a straight remake of the original. The Fay Wray King Kong was perfectly directed - just the right length to sustain the material. Jackson obviously loves the piece but kills it with kindness. The special effects are superb, but there are too many times when he asks us to not only suspend disbelief but take our brains out. I mean, Naomi, having been hurled around by dinasaurs and the ape, can then take to her heels and run like a gazelle. Is this Superwoman? In the end Jackson over-eggs the pudding and the whole thing is a sodden mess.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Peter Jackson's labour of love is a spectacular, if overlong, remake of the movie that filled him with wonder as a small boy and inspired him to become a film maker. He may play fast and loose with the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief, giving us, as he does, indestructible people who are impossibly lucky when avoiding being trampled and can strafe their entire surroundings with machine-gun fire and only hit the monsters, but this is OK because it's part of the film's glorious sense of fun. And there may be plenty of ripe dialogue and facial contortion but Jackson puts so much heart into his production that this is perfectly in keeping with the tone of the work. Jackson has made a thrilling homage to the original Hollywood blockbuster, while successfully maintaining the emotional core of the plot. Self-indulgent it may be but it's all the better for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 6 days ago by Raz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great! Thank you very much
Published 28 days ago by C. Damman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb picture quality
Excellent picture quality.
Published 1 month ago by Gurprit Kaloya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-make.
Remembering the old King Kong film I didn't consider buying this until I saw the trailer. Having enjoyed it a couple of times already, I have to say that the storyline is really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual reflection of the film - the soul (Watts) drops the ego...
Best King Kong movie ever.
Realllly long film but worth it, cool effects, reminds me of Jurassic Park. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.Potter
Published 2 months ago by PAUL JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars but a brilliant film as a whole
Directors cut, long film, takes a while before the action & effects begin, but a brilliant film as a whole.
Fantastic in Blu-Ray 1080HD.
Published 2 months ago by M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by Miss L E Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive stuff.
King Kong is a good film but falls just short of being a masterpiece.. My biggest criticism is the casting/acting. Jack Black is a abysmal actor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H.E.Cox
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