Son of Kong [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Some fantasy fans deride this film, [KONG junior is a white albino, and a 'mere' 12 feet tall]which is often played for laughs, and many of the original KONG cast members [excluding WRAY] are present and correct, and unlike most sequels, this actually feels like a legitimate continuation of the original saga-----with the overall atmosphere and technique wholly consistent with 'KING KONG'.
The lesser budget shows, however,and NOBLE JOHNSON'S witchdoctor appearence is brief and unimpressive compared to the splendid spectacle of the original. Armstrong's role is expanded, however, with good use put to hard-boiled, cynical wisecracks, especially in the first half, which is esentially build-up.
The film really shifts into gear around mid-point, and from here on, excellent dimensional special effects come to the fore, with mini-KONG battling a bear and a sea-serpent-like beast. There isn't a great deal of WILLIS O'BRIEN'S trademark characteristics on show here, and reportedly he wasn't too enamored with the overall concept, and rarely discussed this movie at all in later years [tragically, around this time, his wife experienced severe mental problems, and shot dead WILLIS' two young sons, before failing to shoot herself]; and the bulk of the actual animation [which works fine]was apparantly undertaken by BUZ GIBSON and others.
There features an early example of a climatic volcano eruption, which is skilfully handled.T here is a very tragic ending.Read more ›
They find "Junior Kong", a 12-foot version of Kong and have a small adventure before definitively closing the door on other sequels.
It's a lightweight romp with the basic idea that he spectacular events of one film become the legal nightmare of the next actually being rather interesting. It's only 69 minutes long so it can't outstay its welcome and, possibly contrary to prevailing opinion, I actually rather like it, dancing monkeys and musical number notwithstanding/
This WB blu-ray plays fine on UK players and the picture and sound are pretty good. Despatch was quick and the price less than the equivalent UK DVD. Buy with confidence.
The makers wisely realised that to try and emulate King Kong would be folly, especially as this sequel was hurried out within the same year. Instead a more fun approach was taken, and as a result it’s not half bad entertainment as it happens.
After the devastation caused to New York by King Kong, lawsuits are abound for Carl Denham (Armstrong). So when he gets the chance to go out on the ocean again with Captain Englehorn (Reicher), he grabs the chance. There’s no plans to go near Skull Island again, but a sequence of events will see them pitch up there, to be met by a myriad of creatures and The Son of Kong.
Little Kong is actually friendly, well to the humans he is because he is grateful to their help when he was stuck in quicksand. However, to other beasts of the island he is not so forgiving. For the first 33 minutes it’s all about setting up the action carnage later in the play, characters are introduced, their reasons for being out at sea and etc. Then we get to the island and off we go. Kong scraps with dinosaurs, a bear, lizards and mother nature! The castaways are in the mix as well of course, and naturally they are thrust into a perilous life and death situation.
And that’s it, barely 70 minutes have passed by and it’s nigh on impossible not to be smiling come the close. 7/10
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I had never seen this movie before. Although I quite liked it, it was very dated and pretty much no action taking place. Read morePublished 5 months ago by r a price
I found The Son of Kong to be an utterly charming capture of the social stereotypes, societal interests and film-making abilities and the 1930s. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014
Okay,this is very short,i think runs at about 67 minutes,but as follow ups go its not bad at all.You try cramming everything thats here into an hour now. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Malcolm McDonald
I brought th son of kong dvd movie for my mum she watched this movie on tv and loved it so I brought it she thought the dvd was fantastic she hasn,t stop watching it ever since I... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2013 by kathy burridge
I have always been a fan of these films & have seen this once before, but never forgot it
I wanted to buy it for so long, but could never find it in Region 2 format. Read more