King Kong (Region 1 DVD)

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Barcode
025192626029
Department
Movies & TV
Released
6 Jun 2017
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Action
Region
Region 1
Studio
Universal Studios Home Entert.
Age Restriction
PG13
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
King Kong
Release Year
2005
Running Time
187 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / 1930s / Action / Actresses / Adventure / Adventurers / Based On A Novel / Classic / Dinosaurs / Fantasy / Filmmakers / Jungle / New York City / Remake / Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy / Science-Fiction / Theatrical Release / Thriller
US Box Office
$218.0 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
84%
Metacritic
81
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Theatrical Release: December 14, 2005
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Region [unknown]
Poster
Poster for King Kong
Cast & Crew
Director
Peter Jackson
Star
Jack Black / Adrien Brody / Kyle Chandler / Colin Hanks / Thomas Kretschmann / Andy Serkis / Naomi Watts
Screenwriter
Philippa Boyens / Peter Jackson / Fran Walsh
Composer
James Newton Howard
Producer
Peter Jackson / Ernest B. Schoedsack / Fran Walsh
Director of Photography
Andrew Lesnie
Editor
Jabez Olssen / Jamie Selkirk
Production Designer
Grant Major
Costume Designer
Terry Ryan
Story
Merian C. Cooper / Edgar Wallace
Movie Critics
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum (16 Oct 2005, p.58-59)
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."
Carina Chocano (12 Dec 2005, p.E1)
New York Times
"[Jackson] succeeds through a combination of modesty and reckless glee, topping himself at every turn and reveling in his own showmanship."
A. O. Scott (14 Dec 2005, p.E1)
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..."
Peter Travers (8 Sep 2005, p.122)
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..."
Kim Newman (1 Feb 2006, p.66-67)
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's made with love, care, and tremendous intelligence….This is still a moving love story at heart..."
Michael Bonner (1 May 2006, p.150)
USA Today
"Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller."
Claudia Puig (13 Dec 2005, p.1D)
Widescreen Review
"[The] picture does a great job of creating the period of the storytelling....The fantastic mix is energetic and invigorating."
Widescreen Review Staff (1 Jun 2006, p.68)