Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.
Christopher Boyes, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Sound,Grant Major, Dan Hennah, Simon Bright , Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Joe Letteri, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn, Winner, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
British Academy Awards (2006)
Grant Major, Nominee, Best Production Design,Hammond Peek, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Joe Letteri, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Golden Globe (2006)
James Newton Howard, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Peter Jackson, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
Despite three prominent human actors, the star of the movie, as one might expect from the title, is the giant primate. Kong has gone from being an 18-inch high clay puppet to a man in a monkey suit to a beautifully rendered CGI creature. His range of motion and ability to react believably have improved with each incarnation. This Kong uses an amazing range of facial expressions and, when you look into his eyes, you can't believe he isn't real. Andy Serkis, who helped Jackson by "playing" Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, lends his motion capture skills to Kong, and the results are so stunning that one is tempted to believe that Jackson went to a South Pacific Island and found a 25-foot high ape. Kong shows nearly every emotion across the spectrum: puzzlement, rage, amusement, bemusement, possessiveness, tenderness, and affection. And Kong does some things that couldn't have been accomplished using any other special effects technique. Try orchestrating the T-Rex battle another way.
The result is a surprisingly involving and rather beautiful movie - one that will appeal strongly to the primary action audience, and also cross over to people who have no plans to see "King Kong" but will change their minds the more they hear. I think the film even has a message, and it isn't that beauty killed the beast. It's that we feel threatened by beauty, especially when it overwhelms us, and we pay a terrible price when we try to deny its essential nature and turn it into a product, or a target. This is one of the year's best films.
Opening reels views of Manhattan are breathtaking in their detail and sense of a recaptured past. Curiously, there's a more artificial feel to the areas depicted during the climax, at least until Kong ascends the Empire State Building, whereupon the perspectives are extraordinary.
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Break out the popcorn and prepare to be blown away. King Kong is the most pulse- pounding and heart-stirring romantic adventure since "Titanic."
Pete Hammond, Maxim
King Kong rules over all others. As big, breathlessly exciting and relentlessly thrilling as any epic adventure the screen has seen in many years!
Devin Gordon, Newsweek
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
...rousing, exciting cinematic adventure!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
One of the wonders of the holiday season.
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