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On the DVD: Although a little light on extras, this is happily the Director's Cut, restoring scenes that were censored after the film's original 1933 run, including Kong peeling off Fay Wray's clothes like a banana, and our hirsute hero using unfortunate natives as dental floss. The ratio of 4:3 is correct for a film of this age; the picture and (mono) sound are perfectly acceptable without being revelatory. The 25-minute "making of" documentary from 1992 is a 60th anniversary tribute to the film, which details all of Kong's many ground-breaking contributions to cinema, from Willis O'Brien's use of stop-motion and rear projection effects to Max Steiner's music score. There are contributions from film historians, modern admirers of the film including composer Jerry Goldsmith--who admits that Steiner created a template that Hollywood composers are still following--and a few surviving participants such as sound effects man Murray Spivak. Apparently, director Merian C. Cooper's original idea was to capture live gorillas, transport them to the island of Komodo and film them fighting the giant lizards! Thanks to Willis O'Brien's pioneering effects work good sense prevailed and a cinema classic was born. --Mark Walker
I thought of buying this movie previously but didn't because I don't tend to ever watch old films especially black and white ones from the 1930's. Read morePublished 19 days ago by R. Ewen
The original & best plus the bonus of Son Of Kong. None of the remakes of King Kong have matched the class of this original version Son Of Kong is more tongue a in cheek attempt at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Liam Smith
original and best. made in 1933, over 82 years old. was an amazing film made at that time. loved everything about it, watched at cinema when i was young. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Lesley Smith
Bought this a a present fort Father it's his all Tim favorite, he loves itPublished 1 month ago by David Berry
Brilliant special effects, my grandchildren love it, so do I.
I recommend this highly.
This is my all-time favourite movie.I remember first seeing this in 1956 then a young teenager and it left an indelible impression with me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by king kong
I will always have a soft spot for King Kong as it was the first movie i ever saw.Two scenes always stuck out for me from that first viewing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brendan Keane