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King Kong [DVD] [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)

Naomi Watts , Adrien Brody , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Icelandic, English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENUWO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,941 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Movies don't come any bigger than Peter Jackson's King Kong, a three-hour remake of the 1933 classic that marries breathtaking visual prowess with a surprising emotional depth. Expanding on the original story of the blonde beauty and the beast who falls for her, Jackson creates a movie spectacle that matches his Lord of the Rings films and even at times evokes their fantasy world while celebrating the glory of '30s Hollywood. Naomi Watts stars as Ann Darrow, a vaudeville actress down on her luck in Depression-era New York until manic filmmaker Carl Denham (a game but miscast Jack Black) entices her with a lead role. Dazzled by the genius of screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), Ann boards the tramp steamer S.S. Venture, which she--and most of the wary crew--believes is headed for Singapore. Denham, however, is in search of the mythic Skull Island, hoping to capture its wonders on film and make a fortune. What he didn't count on were some scary natives who find that the comely Darrow looks like prime sacrifice material for a mysterious giant creature....

There's no point in rehashing the entire plot, as every movie aficionado is more than familiar with the trajectory of King Kong; the challenge facing Jackson, his screenwriters, and the phenomenal visual-effects team was to breathe new life into an old, familiar story. To that degree, they achieve what could be best called a qualified success. Though they've assembled a crackerjack supporting cast, including Thomas Kretschmann as the Venture's hard-bitten captain and young Jamie Bell as a plucky crewman, the first third of the movie is rather labored, with too much minute detail given over to sumptuous re-creations of '30s New York and the unexciting initial leg of the Venture's sea voyage. However, once the film finds its way to Skull Island (which bears more than a passing resemblance to LOTR's Mordor), Kong turns into a dazzling movie triumph, by turns terrifying and awe-inspiring. The choreography and execution of the action set pieces--including one involving Kong and a trio of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, as well as another that could be charitably described as a bug-phobic's nightmare--is nothing short of landmark filmmaking, and a certain Mr. Spielberg should watch his back, as Kong trumps most anything that has come before it.

Despite the visual challenges of King Kong, the movie's most difficult hurdle is the budding romance between Ann and her simian soulmate. Happily, this is where Jackson unqualifiedly triumphs, as this unorthodox love story is tenderly and humorously drawn, by turns sympathetic and wondrous. Watts, whose accessibility balances out her almost otherworldly loveliness, works wonders with mere glances, and Andy Serkis, who digitally embodies Kong here much as he did Gollum in the LOTR films, breathes vibrant life into the giant star of the film without ever overplaying any emotions. The final, tragic act of the film, set mostly atop the Empire State Building, is where Kong earns its place in movie history as a work that celebrates both the technical and emotional heights that film can reach. --Mark Englehart,

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DVD Universal Pictures UK, 5050582424560, 2005 Special Edition PAL Region 2 4 5

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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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41 of 46 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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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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