King Kong

King Kong

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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The original 1933 classic in glorious black and white, newly restored, and digitally remastered. A movie making expedition to a fantastic island is filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. A giant simian becomes lovestruck with the film's blonde starlet. King Kong is captured and is brought to Manhattan, where he goes on a rampage, culminating in the fateful finale atop the Empire State Building where he cradles his beloved and swats at machine-gunning airplanes.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Warner Home Video, 2010.
Edition: Blu-ray.
ISBN: 9781419878312
Branch Call Number: 791.43652 KING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 03, 2021

This movie is very artistic. Very beautiful cinematography. The theme about love, greed, adventure, I’ve found interesting although rather unrealistic. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful movie.

Mar 03, 2020

Going into this movie I had written papers about the lead animator, willis obrien, three or four times. Everyone wants you to believe that the monster effects are incredible when they're really just not? That being said, if you look closely, in certain scenes the actors are replaced by stop motion puppets and let me say, the animation of the humans in this movie is unparalleled in anything else Ive ever seen especially for the context of the time in which it was made. Additionally the plot, something you just reflexively feel like you already know, is surprisingly original clever and fun, a very different kind of scifi than we have grown used to. Additionally, the effects, outside the animation, do not go halfway ever.

🦍 You know what? If you're a viewer who likes movies with George Wendt eating beans, you probably don't give a damn about King Kong. But if you do, ponder this. On Skull Island, the natives have built a wall to keep Kong out, or in, however you look at it. But what kind of wall could keep Kong out? He can climb the Empire State Building, holding a blonde in one hand! I don't think he would have any trouble with any wall those guys could build. Nope. Indeed. I really don't. You can argue with me if you want to. Indeed.

Jul 18, 2019

The triumph of this film? I cannot watch Kong died. Willis O'Brian gives more than life to Kong -he gives nobility and a soul. Of course it doesn't hurt that Kong's the best actor in the film, match only by (IF you pay attention and observe) the warriors who flee back when Kong comes through that gate. There's one man -jaws set, eyes glaring,muscles taut-who stands the hair on top of my head. HE IS RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE! KONG STILL IS THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD! And a funny thing about stop-motion animation: it gives more life, more energy, more personality to a creature than CGI many times. ENJOY!

Aug 28, 2018

(*Movie quote*) - "It was beauty who killed the beast!"

Every once in a while I like to re-watch 1933's "King Kong". And each time that I do I never find myself bored nor disappointed. Never.

And - Yeah. OK. The visual effects here are not up to par with today's CGI excellence - But I don't care.

This film has got to be one of the greatest, most ambitious adventure/rampaging monster films ever made.

My fave scenes of all are the ones where Kong breaks loose in NYC and runs amok, trampling down citizens and tearing up the town.

I just wish that Kong didn't have to die in the way that he did.... (Oh, well - All done for the sake of entertainment-value, I guess)

Jul 30, 2018

While it was great to see where King Kong started, the blatant racism and sexism detracted from the enjoyment, and I had far more sympathy for the "monsters" in the film.

Aug 17, 2017

A waking nightmare: that's why it's still great. If you want a real shock, pull out the color and watch Peter Jackson's version in black and white. You won't survive it. It becomes much denser. Even Kong and Ann's scene watching the sunset is more believable. There's just something about a forty foot ape with lavender highlights in his fur that doesn't convince, much less a lavender highlighted T-Rex or whatever those were.

May 18, 2016

Now, who would've ever thought that this 1933 "Monster-On-A-Rampage" movie would still endure and remain satisfyingly entertaining after all these many, many years?

Even if you've been totally jaded by contemporary Fantasy/Monster movies, King Kong still manages to hold up surprisingly well, regardless of the rigid, CGI-saturated standards that prevail today.

On all counts King Kong does not disappoint. And when it comes to brutal violence, this film certainly doesn't fail to deliver on a larger-than-life scale. Boy, I'm telllin' ya, Kong's totally pissed-off rampage through NYC was, without question, movie-style carnage at one of its finest and most frenzied hours.

Yes. This movie certainly had its fair share of flaws & kitsch. But if you can keep in mind its specific time-line, then you can't help but enjoy its fantastic story from start to finish. (*Watch video*)

Oct 17, 2015

The original & still the best. Yes its old tech but every bit as entertaining as Peter Jackson over-blown effort . A must see for all true sci-fi / fantasy fans.

Dec 16, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet King Kong - The 8th Wonder of the World! (And, like, don't he know it!)

Even though 1933's King Kong (filmed in b&w) is now eighty years old and its visual effects and stop-motion animation may be a bit too creaky and dated for the jaded viewer of today, this classic Fantasy/Adventure film is, by far, still about ten times more thrilling and entertaining than its two remakes put together.

In this unforgettable "Beauty and the Beast" story, Kong, of course, gets plenty of opportunity to pulverize any man, woman, or prehistoric beast who might happen to get in his way, causing him to be separated, for even a minute, from his new-found love, Ann Darrow.

As far as being entertainment from the early 1930s, King Kong was, surprisingly enough, actually very graphic in the overall presentation of its violence and destruction. There were a number of scenes, shot in close-up, where Kong purposely stepped down on one, or two, of Skull Island's natives and, with them screaming out in pain, literally, ground them into the mud with his gigantic foot.

Needless to say, King Kong's final sequence filmed on top of NYC's Empire State Building, with the Chrysler Building seen not far off in the background, is an image that has managed to firmly cement itself into that fantastic, awe-inspiring realm that we all call "cinema folklore".

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