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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film
I've just read the previous reviewers comments that this film is outdated. That may be because its SEVENTY TWO YEARS OLD! This film would have been terrifying at the time, the stop action animation was state of the art and the audience would have bought it. The story is an absolute classic and still stands up today although film structures have changed and it may...
Published on 1 Dec 2005 by Mr. Paul D. Maher

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1.0 out of 5 stars How to insult a classic
Apparently this is a special edition? Rubbish. How dare they re-release this classic legendary movie with absolutley no extras to compliment it. Of course if you have a region one player then you can buy the region one 2 disc version which IS a special edition, with numerous documentaries on how this great movie was made. Once again the region two buyers are shafted as...
Published on 2 Dec 2005


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5.0 out of 5 stars the queen of scream, 28 Oct 2013
This review is from: King Kong [DVD] [1933] (DVD)
Fantastic film production skills, all cutting edge for the period. Almost as big an impact now as it must have had at the time or release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 16 Oct 2013
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I love it but not as much as Night of The Demon. A classic film, which my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAY H, 25 Jun 2013
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The digital restoration of this film is excellent. King Kong never looked better. A triumph for early thirties movie making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film, 22 Feb 2013
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great movie well wort the money .well wort looking at.it is much better then the new king kong movie the end
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love old films as they have a far better story ..., 15 Sep 2014
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I love old films as they have a far better story line then the films we got today that rely too much on special effects and less of the story which puts me right off them. King Kong maybe 81 years old but it's still one of the best films that I enjoy and I don't care if the effects is pretty funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The clay monkey has never been bettered, 19 Oct 2001
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There have been many pretenders to the crown, but the original King Kong kicks all other monster movies out of the park! Effects that put terror into the cinema-goers of the thirties still have the power to shock whilst making you feel for the big gorilla. A classic!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and Best, 11 May 2007
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This was the first film I saw - I was about seven years old! What I felt then, as now, was the atmosphere of forboding and terror: 'Tell her (Fay Wray ) to scream her heart out' to which the answer: 'What does he ( the expedition leader) expect her to see?' Considering the year this film was made, the special effects were remarkable, especially Kong's final demise on the top of the Empire State Building. I was very upset at such human cruelty. Every 'plane he swatted, I cheered to stop myself from crying. The film's creepy sense of compulsive viewing is something no later version has eclipsed. Like Kong, I fell in love with Fay Wray. I also wanted to adopt King Kong as my bodyguard buddy. What more could any seven year old boy's heart desire?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic monster movie, 19 July 2010
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Mme Sandrine Cansell "Cinema buff" (Guildford,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: King Kong [DVD] [1933] (DVD)
A film director takes his team to an island where the monster/god Kong lives. His actress is given to Kong as a sacrifice by the local tribe. From then on, the film is about the pursuit of Kong as the director and the ship's crew attempt to get the actress back and then the return to civilisation where the director will make money by showcasing Kong in a theatre.
This film is a classic and you should watch it bearing in mind that it was filmed in 1933 so imagine how it would have looked then: the special effects were the best at the time and although some of the acting has dated, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray give great performances.
This film was the precursor to a series of monster movies up to now, and that's why it should be seen: although the film industry and special effects have changed now, you still feel for that monster, and you still hate the character of the director who is arrogant enough to think he can bring the '8th wonder of the world' to its knees. But in the end it's a wonderful film about love.
My only disappointment for this particular dvd is the lack of commentary as a bonus: it would have great to have the film explained by a cinema historian for example.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!, 5 Feb 2008
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Probably still the most famous monster movie of all time, a genuine classic of effects and technical skill, and one which can still entertain newcomers today.

King Kong tells the story of a group of explorers, journalists, and scientists who embark on a voyage to a mysterious island. There they find amongst dinosaurs and other giant beasts, but ruling over all, including the natives is a giant ape. Carl Denham decides to capture the ape and bring it back to New York as his new spectacle, reviving his fortunes. When the beautiful actress Ann is kidnapped by the natives who plan to sacrifice her to Kong, the group of explorers must rescue her, and steal Kong. Jack Driscoll leads the way, and most of his group are killed before he saves Ann. Kong is taken back to America, but it seems his strength has been underestimated and he has fallen in love with the actress. Soon he is free and wreaking havoc throughout the city.

The effects for the time were stunning, and are still impressive today, with a flawless attention to detail being shown. The fights between Kong, dinosaurs, men, and airplanes are all awesome and provide some of the most iconic images in movie history. The Empire State Building finale is one of the most famous moments ever, and the log scene is still shocking today. Some of the acting is poor and the story, though simple has become a classic which many have copied since. Of course when you realise this was made over 70 years ago, naturally some things will have dated, such as the acting and some cheesy dialogue, but for audiences at the time it must have been a very tense and exciting time. Kids should be allowed to watch this at an early age as they will appreciate the story and remember the visuals before they see all the effects extravagances of the modern age, which could spoil their opinions of past greats such as this. For an early special effects film the story is rich, the characters have depth, and there is a wealth of underlying themes. Something today's film-makers would do well to remember when deciding to unleash the next blockbuster on us. Undoubtedly a classic.

For a film approaching its 80th birthday, it is not surprising that the features are a little slim. Still there is a dcoumentary and contributions from famous fans and movie historians which is pretty useful. This edition thankfully restores many censored scenes deemed too violent or unsuitable at the time of making, such as Kong chomping on natives. Cheap, and a piece of movie history which everyone should see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kong the King, 20 Mar 2009
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A genuine classic which wears its 70 odd years well. Given the technology of the time the special effects are truely brilliant. Kong's battles with the pre-historic creatures of Skull Island are breath- taking. The Skull Island set is wonderfully atmospheric, you can almost smell the decaying vegetation.

Cooper build's suspense wonderfully, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the fearsome island inhabitants are the most terrifying thing there. The wall dividing the island is the last boundary between civilisation and fantasy world where Kong is King.

Denham as portrayed by Armstong is the very personification of capitalism and greed and Cooper's message is that excess greed leads to tragedy. Kong is a monarch in his own realm, when he is transported to democracey as represented by contemporary America, the clash of ideologies produces mayhem.

The film gives us some of the most iconic images of cinema history, the bound Wray helpless in her initial confrontation with Kong mirrored by the bound Kong on the New York stage. The Ape's eyes peering menacingly through the train wreck and of the course probably the most famous cinema image of all, Kong roars defiance from the Empire State summit.

Forget Jackson's version which would be nothing without the many benefits of computer generated special effects and depends on shock and graphic images for effect. This is the definitive Kong, one of the greatest movies ever made and I heartily recommend it.
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