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4.0 out of 5 stars From genius to B-movie madness, loved it., 7 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The King Kong Collection : King Kong (Black & White) [1933] / King Kong (Colourised) [1933] / King Kong Vs Godzilla [1963] / King Kong Escapes [1968] (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
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. Maybe her own voice would have been better after all?
For the price I paid I have no complaints, this is a great collection, as for comments that it is not complete, it is never touted as the complete Kong collection. Son of Kong would have been a nice addition but I'm more than happy with this gem.
Just one minor niggle, it's odd that the 2 Toho discs are wrongly named, King Kong Escapes has King Kong Vs Godzilla on it and vice versa. Other than that, spot on.
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