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King Kong

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 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.
Title: King Kong
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2006], 1933
Edition: Standard format
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Newly restored and digitally mastered; commentary by visual effects veterans Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with interpolated interview excerpts of Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray; Merian C. Cooper movies trailer gallery
Originally released as a motion picture in 1933
From an idea conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Additional Contributors: Steiner, Max - 1888-1971
Hardy, Sam - 1883-1935
Reicher, Frank - 1875-1965
Cabot, Bruce - 1904-1972
Armstrong, Robert - 1896-1973
Wray, Fay - 1907-2004
Wallace, Edgar - 1875-1932
Rose, Ruth - 1900?-
Creelman, James Ashmore
Schoedsack, Ernest B. - 1893-1979
Cooper, Merian C.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
RKO Radio Pictures, inc
ISBN: 9780790765259
079076525X
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ki
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Report This Feb 15, 2013
  • Derringer 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!)_____ Like it or not, 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 actress Fay Wray, as Ann Darrow, gets plenty of opportunity (and for good reason) to scream out in terror at the top of her very well-developed lungs._____ And 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._____ Kong also thought nothing of putting a human into his mouth, biting down, good and hard on them, and then casually spitting them out wherever they may land._____ 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".

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

It was good... too long though

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

Good CG, nice plot.

Report This 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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Report This Feb 15, 2013
  • Derringer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There's a somewhat risque' scene, that clearly has sexual implications to it, where Kong has Ann Darrow lying limp in his great paw and he begins to slowly peel off her dress that is now in literal rags.

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  • Derringer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Kong goes on numerous destructive rampages, both in the jungle and in NYC, indiscriminately killing whoever gets within his reach and totally wrecking whatever may stand in his path.

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  • Derringer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"No. It wasn't the airplanes that killed Kong..... It was beauty that killed the beast."

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Report This Feb 24, 2013
  • Red_Sox rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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