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King Kong

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
King Kong
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A moviemaking expedition to a fantastic island is filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. A gaint 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, [2006], 1933
Edition: Standard format
ISBN: 9780790765259
079076525X
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ki
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Dec 17, 2014
  • Dash_Riprock rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ladies & 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 80 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 10x more thrilling and entertaining than its 2 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".

May 10, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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 timeline, then you can't help but enjoy its fantastic story from start to finish.

Jan 18, 2013
  • Haydu33 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was good... too long though

Jan 05, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good CG, nice plot.

Sep 26, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Must See - King Kong (1933) 104 min. Willis O’Brien’s masterpiece will live forever. The film is chocked full of science fiction/fantasy images that I’m sure was the inspirational basis for artists of that genre for future generations. Anyone who hasn’t seen this technical marvel should take the time and watch this one. Fay Wray is sensational as the victim/love interest of the brutish giant gorilla. Note the scene on the boat where Carl Denham (played by Robert Armstrong) rehearses a scene with Ann Darrow: he asks her to imagine seeing a great beast in front of her and to act terrified “Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann. Scream for your life!” And she does – great acting. But the real star is Kong himself. I found myself pausing the film a number of times just to admire the eerie scenery of Skull Island. Iconic scenes include the T-Rex/Kong battle; Kong crashing through the native great wall; and of course Kong on the Empire State Building. The dialogue in the film is not to be downplayed either. Here’s a sample of a great dialogue – a poke at New York from a woman seated to watch the spectacle in a theatre and a man rudely bumps her as he takes his seat: she asks “Hey, what's this show about, anyway?” Friend “I don't know - they say it's some big gorilla.” She responds after a man rudely bumps her as he’s taking his seat “Oh, geez - ain't we got enough of them in New York?” Very funny! Some may find the stop action animation inferior to today’s CGI but we have to pause and remember that this was 1933 with no computers and only imagination and hard work to create the fantastic. By the way, all scenes cut from the original showing were all restored on this DVD except for the spider pit scene, which has never been found. Peter Jackson remade this film in 2005.

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May 10, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: This is a supremely violent movie!

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May 10, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Say, I guess I love you."

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