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  • Actors: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh
  • Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040XZI6E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jill Young (Terry Moore) has brought up Joe, her pet gorilla, since she was a child in Tanzania, Africa, but when the gorilla becomes fully grown its strength is incredible. Hollywood promoter Max O'Hara (Robert Armstrong) convinces Jill to bring her extraordinary gorilla back to America to star in his nightclub floor show with Jill as the Jungle Queen commanding the Mighty Joe Young. The opening night is a resounding success, but as Joe becomes more exploited, the novelty soon wears off for the caged animal and his loving owner. As Joe rests in his basement cage, a group of drunks torment him with alcohol and cigarettes until Joe bursts from his shackles and goes on a destructive rampage…

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rod H VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2006
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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 By M. Massey on 20 April 2007
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2015
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Unfairly chastised in some quarters for being a kiddie friendly King Kong, Mighty Joe Young is as charming as an Autumnal day. Many of the team from King Kong reteam to make this film, and undoubtedly it's pretty much the same plotting only with a different resolution.

However, the effects work is still magical, harking back to a time when geniuses like Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen sweated buckets to make the magic move on the screen. Mighty Joe, the huge Gorilla of the title, is beautifully realised, full of expressions and emotions, he even has time for some sense of humour traits.

Action is never far away, with models and sets destroyed with brute force, while plenty of beings get flung about to emphasise the madness of it all. Narratively like Kong there's still themes of greed and ignorance, the tampering with Mother Nature a big mistake, which all leads to a thrilling finale that in turn leads to something to savour.

Kiddie Kong? Who cares! A wonderful film of skill and guile, of charm and brains. Go Joe Go! 8/10
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By P.D.Nash on 16 Jun. 2013
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Toddler Jill Young trades a torch for a baby gorilla and names him Joe. Her father has reservations but Jill is allowed to keep him with the warning that he will get bigger. 12 years later, showman Max O'Hara (Robert Armstrong) and Gregg (Ben Johnson in one of his few non-western roles) are in Africa on a hunting expedition when an oversized gorilla attacks the camp. Rushing to attack the giant beast, the camp attempts to shoot, then lasso (shades of Valley of Gwangli) the gorilla before Jill (Terry Moore) arrives to pacify the ape. Max immediately realises the potential of Joe and Jill and offers them a contract in Hollywood. Cue much exploitation as Joe is humiliated by raucous crowds and forced to perform stunts like a tug-of-war involving the world's strongest men (including ex-heavyweight boxing champ Primo Carnera). When several drunks offer Joe alcohol, the ape reacts by wrecking the nightclub. A judge tells the police to shoot the animal but before they can do so, Joe escapes with help from Jill, Max and Gregg. On their escape they come across a burning orphanage (cliche alert!) where Joe rescues several children. With this action Joe is reprieved and allowed to return to Africa.
Basically, a remake of King Kong it re-unites the team from that film - RKO pictures, director Ernest N Schoedsack, producer Merian C Cooper, writer Ruth Rose, animator Willis O'Brien and actor Robert Armstrong. The story is virtually the same - ape taken from his homeland - ape exploited - ape goes on rampage etc - except this story is lighter in tone (witness Max on horseback in Africa) and has a happier ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boyd Wengert on 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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