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King Kong (2005)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 202882892
UPC: 025193167927
UPC 14: 00025193167927
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Experience King Kong as never before in this exclusive 2-Disc Special Edition! See the larger-than-life film, plus, watch three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson take you behind the scenes of this epic adventure. Thrilling, in-depth featurettes reveal the genius behind the creation of this timeless story.System Requirements:Running Time: 188 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
Despite his origins as a low-budget filmmaker with a taste for the unsavory side of life, Peter Jackson has turned into an "event" filmmaker--someone who can conjure up a movie on a scale unlike anything we've seen before. KING KONG is his sprawling, epic remake of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 movie of the same name, and it is as big as the gorilla that runs riot through Jackson's rendering of Depression-era New York. Keeping the simple yet effective plot intact--a film crew travels to the mysterious Skull Island, picks up Kong, and brings him back to New York City--Jackson expands on this basic premise by drawing on the jaw-dropping talents of his special effects team to satisfy his thirst for the grand spectacle.

The movie posits Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, the starry-eyed blonde beauty whom Kong falls for; Jack Black as Carl Denham, a low-rent Orson Welles look-alike who drags the crew to the island to make his movie; and Adrian Brody as Jack Driscoll, a hack playwright who battles Kong both physically and for Darrow's heart. As the men struggle against Kong and the lumbering dinosaurs of Skull Island, Andy Serkis, who made the character of Gollum so believable in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, steps in to form the facial features of the mighty gorilla, lending a real emotional sucker-punch to the scenes between Darrow and Kong. But it's the final third of the movie where Jackson really delivers; his 1930s New York is stunning, and when Kong breaks free from his shackles and stampedes on a lovelorn trek through the city, then iconically climbs the Empire State Building with his sweetheart, it's impossible to not be swept away by the sheer beauty and sadness of the moment. While its three-hour length may prove daunting to some, the payoff in Jackson's KING KONG is ultimately worth it, proving once again that he is a director of breathtaking vision.


Video Features Deluxe Edition, DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/13/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 200 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 31679
Video UPC UPC: 00025193167927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Naomi Watts
Video Cast Info Adrien Brody
Video Cast Info Andy Serkis
Video Cast Info Colin Hanks
Video Cast Info Thomas Kretschmann
Video Cast Info Kyle Chandler
Video Cast Info Jack Black
Video Cast Info Terry Ryan - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Jabez Olssen - Editor
Video Cast Info Jamie Selkirk - Editor
Video Cast Info Andrew Lesnie - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ernest B. Schoedsack - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Grant Major - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Producer
Video Cast Info Fran Walsh - Producer
Video Cast Info Merian C. Cooper - Story
Video Cast Info Philippa Boyens - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Composer
Video Cast Info Edgar Wallace - Story
Video Cast Info Fran Walsh - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"Jackson worked fresh magic at his Weta studios in his native New Zealand, where he had Kong do battle with prehistoric predators on Skull Island..." 09/08/2005 p.122

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he movie seals Jackson's reputation: He's the most gifted big-picture artist working today....What resonates is the story, which is a very human tale of compassion, greed, loss, bravery, creativity, foolishness, and love." -- Grade: A 10/16/2005 p.58-59

New York Times
"[Jackson] succeeds through a combination of modesty and reckless glee, topping himself at every turn and reveling in his own showmanship." 12/14/2005 p.E1

USA Today
"Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller." 12/13/2005 p.1D

Los Angeles Times
"[A] witty comment on the darkness at the heart of adventure stories, a bazillion-dollar spectacle that reserves the right to question the morality of spectacles, and, mostly, a tender love story about a melancholy girl and her tragically misunderstood monkey." 12/12/2005 p.E1

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "[I]t has a marvelous fairy-tale kinetic grandeur....KING KONG attains a primal-pop romantic glory..." 12/30/2005 p.114

Sight and Sound
"Once in the lost world, Jackson reproduces the breathless pacing of the 1933 film, tipping from one huge set-piece to the next..." 02/01/2006 p.66-67

4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's made with love, care, and tremendous intelligence?.This is still a moving love story at heart..." 05/01/2006 p.150

Widescreen Review
"[The] picture does a great job of creating the period of the storytelling....The fantastic mix is energetic and invigorating." 06/01/2006 p.68

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