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King Kong Deluxe Extended Edition 3 Disc Set [DVD]

Naomi Watts , Jack Black , Andrew Lesnie    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks
  • Directors: Andrew Lesnie
  • Producers: James Newton Howard, Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5V90S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,883 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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9 of 9 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE LET DOWN 27 Feb 2011
By 747Rick
Firstly if this was a decent version of the original King Kong I would be giving it 5 stars. It is a classic film and whilst I'm not a complete Kong fanatic still have to respect that.

I just feel a little let down by this box set in general, even though at this price I perhaps shouldn't be too critical. It is nice to have the colourised version even though it is not something I will watch many times.

My main reason for buying this was the inclusion of the two 1960's Toho films. I have always loved these films and they didn't let me down. Badly Dubbed in places, terrible acting and men running around in suits. Perfect. I actually thought the picture quality was pretty good as well.

This collection though just feels like its been hastily thrown together from what is available. I think if we are going to have a proper King Kong Collection all the films should be released in some sort of order with new extras that build into a set worthy of the original film.

I will add that the packaging adds to my criticism because whilst I did get all the films that were advertised the discs themselves were all labelled incorrectly.

To sum up if you have a passing interest in this type of film or are a Kong completist then at this price it's not a bad box set to get. On the other hand if you are looking for a definitive version of the original film then give this a miss and go for the import version.
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41 of 47 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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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 days ago by R.Potter
Published 14 days 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 14 days ago by M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 25 days 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 26 days ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars King Kong Limited Edition DigiBook Blu-Ray
Packaging was absolutely perfect. A beautiful presentation. Looks wonderful on my shelf. It also arrived in pristine condition. I am a very happy collector. Thanks again!
Published 1 month ago by penny
This 2005 version has all the benefits of computer enhanced imagery, and is a remake of the famous '1933' 'Fay Wray' classic, of course, there have been a few other attempts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars King Kong The Original.
King Kong has been remade several times.
But there is nothing like the Original film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 year old daughter loves it.
We bought this for our 2 year old daughter as she seen part of it on TV, and loved it. Since buying this film she's watched it about 80-100 times... money well spent.
Published 8 months ago by cat lowthorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars king kong
brilliant film received dvd before day it was due to arrive great value would recommend to friends and family excellent features
Published 8 months ago by james
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