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King Kong [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Charles Grodin, Julius Harris
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Producers: Dino de Laurentiis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07Q7Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An updated version of the classic monster movie. An oil executive (Charles Grodin) sees the chance to make his fortune when he stumbles upon a remote island, whose inhabitants worship a giant ape-god - Kong. Capturing the mighty beast, the oil magnate brings it back to New York, earmarking it as the greatest attraction to come to Broadway. The ape has other ideas, however, as he goes on the rampage through the streets of the Big Apple. Jessica Lange heads the non-primate cast, as the only human Kong learns to trust.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 9 July 2011
Format: DVD
King Kong 1976 is a fantastic movie and one I have watched many times. The film features a great cast with Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin and the beautiful Jessica Lange. John Barry delivers one of his best ever scores and the direction of the film is excellent. The story is expertly updated to the 1970s, changing details of the original films plot in a believable way. There is less horror in this remake but the romance is played out better and all the characters get fuller parts.
The closing moments of the film are a supreme example of fantastic movie making. Kong lies at the bottom of the World Trade Centre after his fall and the press pour around his dying body, but they soon lose focus on Kong and go straight to Jessica Lange, who despite her traumatic experience(shaking and crying) still seems to love the limelight, camera bulbs flashing in her face. She doesn't fight the press to go to Jeff Bridges. He seems to decide not to go to Her. Meanwhile the once proud Ape lies there. You feel sorry for Kong even more than in the original and the romance between the two leads that was so strong, by the end seems in doubt. Theres alot of detail to each scene, great direction with a marvelous john Barry score to add to the emotion. Again in this remake it is 'Beauty that killed the beast'. Poor King Kong.
King Kong 1976 has some controversy over its special effects, but I personally don't have a problem with it. It's certainly more convincing than alot of the awful CGI you often see in modern films. Plus this remake is more focused on the emotions and motivations of the cast and King Kong than special effects. Huge action and monster battles was more the motivation of Peter Jacksons 2005 effort.
A rare remake that works as well as the original.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben30 on 18 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I Grew up watching this film on VHS back in the early 80'S and i've learnt to love it over the past 20 years
so in my opinion it is a classic and i still enjoy watching it
it was first released on widescreen DVD back in 2001 by universal which i have, no extras at all just the film
the picture quality and audio was Good, better than the VHS quality

and then when i found out that Universal were releasing it on blu-ray i knew i had to buy it
it was released on blu-ray in the U.K. and Australia 2009 but i only bought it couple years ago so i was very lucky to get myself a copy when i did
cause according to amazon uk this film is not available on blu-ray anymore for some reason, looks like it's been deleted by Universal
so it is anybody's guess if this classic 1976 version will be released on blu-ray again which is very disapointing from a fans point of view
you'll have to try buy it on Ebay if you desperatly want a copy.

about this blu-ray release
Picture quality is superb much better quality than the 2001 dvd release, beautiful widescreen, crystal clear picture with black bars at bottom and top of screen
the 2001 dvd release did not have the black bars
the sound quality is very Good surround sound, universal gave the same treatment to this King kong blu-ray release as they did to Jaws blu-ray release
definitely worth the money
and for the first time, there is special features/extras for this blu-ray release
there is a new making of featurette that only goes for 25mins, no interviews with Jeff bridges or Jessica lange
there's not even an interview with Rick baker or Director John Guillerman who has passed away by now i think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 July 2014
Format: DVD
I first saw this 1976 movie as a 9 year old boy, when my father took me to the cinema. I was awestruck and loved the film. It is nearly 40 years later and I still find this film hugely enjoyable. It has a first rate cast, including Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, and Charles Grodin, who act their socks off. Lange and Bridges have terrific chemistry. The tale of Kong is well known to most. It is a fun B-movie tale of a ship expedition to a lost island, who come across a 40 feet tall ape which is worshipped by the primitive islanders. The ape runs off with Lange's character in a poignant beauty and the beast scenario, and Bridges goes into the jungle with the ship's crew to attempt to rescue the damsel in distress. The film score is masterful, by John Barry, and fits the gorgeous cinematography. The film clearly had a big budget for its time and the special effects are nowhere near as bad as some might have you believe. Admittedly not all of the scenes with F/X use a robotic Kong, sometimes you know it is a man in a monkey suit, but I think that this adds to the film's charm. After all, Stars Wars dates back to the same period, and we all know Chewbacca is a man in a monkey suit, but that takes nothing away from the merits of Star Wars. 30 years on and mega budget CGI movies still use men in monkey suits, for instance, the latest films in the Planet of The Apes franchise. I'm also a fan of the original King Kong with Fay Wray, and Peter Jackson's somewhat long-winded modern re-boot, but to my mind, this 1970's version is the pick of the bunch, largely because Bridges and Lange are brilliant actors who get you involved in the flick and make you care about their fates. John Barry's rich orchestral film score is a prime example of the importance of music to a film.Read more ›
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