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Mighty Joe Young [1949] (REGION 1) (NTSC)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780650727
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,487 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty good entertainment 17 Sep 2006
By Rod H VINE VOICE
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This 1949 movie was an attempt to duplicate the success of 'King Kong', and while it did not become the iconic movie that 'Kong' did, it still impresses today...
The story is a simple one: Nightclub owner and showman (played by Kong actor Robert Armstrong), discovers giant Ape Joe Young is the pet of a young girl in Africa. He brings them both to Hollywood as the ultimate floorshow for his clubs, but when the Ape runs amok after being given alcohol it is decreed that he is a danger to the public and is to be shot.....
The effects are , of course, the main attraction in the film, and they do not disappoint. Effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who would later go on to do the 'Sinbad' films and 'Jason and The Argonauts', delivers his usual superb artistry to the movie, imbuing the Ape with a sympathetic character. The Nightclub scene where Joe goes berserk is particularly striking, mixing live action actors and animals with model work that was way ahead of its time.
The film will delight viewers of all ages and has aged well, despite the advanced effects work of today's movies. The extras on this region 1 disc are good too, with a commentary by Harryhausen himself, a Theatrical trailer and 2 interesting featurettes. Harryhausen has rightly become revered amongst both moviemakers and audiences for his pioneering effects work and it is good that he is now being recognised for his superb work. Release such as this , which have his involvement and commentary are therefore well worth adding to the collection of anyone with an interest in sci-fi/fantasy or movie history in general. So why no region 2 release?.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 2, PAL version available from Amazon.fr 20 April 2007
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This is more of a reply to the previous review of this great movie.

The Region 2 version is available from Amazon, France, under the title " Monsieur Joe", through the "Editions Montparnasse" label. Unfortunately there are no techincal details, but I have had this label's DVD releases before, and there has always been an English soundtrack, and this was released after the Region 1 disc, so, hopefully, they have used the same print.

Hope this helps for those without a multi-regional DVD player, who wish to enjoy this enchanting film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic 26 Mar 2012
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The movie Mighty Joe Young is a timeless classic from RKO pictures. The picture quality is god on this dvd although there not much for extras. I really like the red effect when Mighty Joe Young saves the kids at the orphange. Overall I would have to recommend this old classic version over the newer remaje of this film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A sort of King Kong. 10 Mar 2014
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I guess it is a film of it's time, and that's why I bought it. It isn't that well made but still a lot of fun. The animation is also good for the time it was made.
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