King Kong

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Starring Fay Wray

Warner Home Video | May 15, 2007 | DVD

King Kong is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
While shooting a jungle movie on the remote Skull Island, filmmaker Denham and his crew stumble upon a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs and giant snakes. The most dangerous and magnificent of all the unusual and exotic creatures is "King Kong," a fifty-foot gorilla. Using gas bombs, Denham subdues the beast and brings him to New York City, where Kong goes on a rampage, destroying everything in his past and kidnapping a beautiful young actress.

Video Release: May 15, 2007

Runtime: 104

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 053939601022

Found in: Classics, Creatures / Vampires, General

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most infamous film characters ever created King Kong! King Kong! What a name! One of the most infamous film characters ever created, up there with Darth Vader, and from this phenomenal film you’d find it incredibly difficult to argue with such an award. The film starts off rather slowly at first, for about half an hour, however none of this time is ‘boring’ in any way, as you really do get to see the different characters being developed and come to like them. This really does help build it up slowly, tricking the audience into a sense of relaxation (it was termed as a ‘melodrama’ in one of its trailers!) which really adds to the second half of the film when as soon as those huge doors are opened, wham!, the audience are shoved onto a rollercoaster of excitement and danger for practically the remainder of the film. Basically a long chase sequence, the crew, Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and Jack (Bruce Cabot) chase Kong in order to rescue the damsel in distress, Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Obviously heavily influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE LOST WORLD story, an array of dinosaurs, and other creatures, attempt to attack the characters, even if they are herbivores! The animation of Kong and the creatures is mind-blowing, still to this very day, in my opinion. When I was watching this, there were a couple of people behind me laughing AT it! Which A) was very annoying but B) was incredibly dumb and showed more about them then the film, as it is still very impressive. Although having said that, I may be a tad bit biased towards it as I really enjoy stop-frame animation – often more than CGI (and I HATE cgi blood! HOT FUZZ! (2007; Edgar Wright)) RKO is often associated with films that are based upon visual special effects. Throughout this whole sequence there is one downside however; Fay Wray. If there was an award for the most annoying character she would probably win it. She does not seem to stop screaming! This really presents her as being incredibly weak and pathetic (emphasised by the dress she is wearing, which so happens to be white). The whole film is incredibly patriarchal and misogynistic; from the director having to hire a woman in order to earn more money at the box-office, to him actually selecting which woman would be best to pick, just like a possession of some sort as well as the big ape falling for her looks, rather than her... personality?! Not only is it very misogynistic, more than NEW YORK RIPPER (1982; Lucio Fulci) as reviewed before, but so racist! From the Chinese character on board who fits into every possible stereotype; the costume, the moustache, the accent “me likey...”to the black characters who are introduced wearing gorilla costumes as well as the connotations of the primitive beast (Kong) as a threat to the white folk in New York! But hey, this was made in a time before PC! Overall, a truly brilliant and timeless masterpiece that’s so bloody good it’s been remade twice (1976 and 2005 – Peter Jackson’s one being the better of the two, obviously!) and spin-offs and cash ins, my fav being KING KONG VS.GODZILLA (1962; Ishiro Honda) which is one of the most unintentionally funny films made. As well as influencing countless films, from the obvious like JURRASIC PARK (1993; Steven Spielberg) and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998; Ron Underwood) and ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966; Don Chaffey) to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975; Jim Sharman). The ending will stay with you forever, in which King Kong climbs the E.S building which could be seen as being a phallic symbol and trying to get dominance. If you haven’t seen it WHY NOT? If you have, well done!
Date published: 2009-04-13

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King Kong

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Starring Fay Wray

Video Release: May 15, 2007

Runtime: 104

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 053939601022


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

While shooting a jungle movie on the remote Skull Island, filmmaker Denham and his crew stumble upon a prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs and giant snakes. The most dangerous and magnificent of all the unusual and exotic creatures is "King Kong," a fifty-foot gorilla. Using gas bombs, Denham subdues the beast and brings him to New York City, where Kong goes on a rampage, destroying everything in his past and kidnapping a beautiful young actress.

Description

A masterpiece and one of the top moneymakers of the 1930's. Fortune-hunters travel to Skull Island in search of the fabled giant ape "King Kong." Enticing him with the lovely Fay Wray they capture him and bring him back to New York where he escapes and ransacks the city searching for her. First sequel: "Son of Kong." The laserdisc includes a second audio track with historical commentary.

Notes

Turner Home Video's "60th Anniversary Gift Set" (#5253) includes the videocassette, a rare lucite-encased embedment, the "Making Of" documentary, a theatrical poster, and a certificate of ownership. Story originated with writer Edgar Wallace, who died before the film's 1933 release. Despite Kong's apparent death at the end of the 1933 classic, the tale of a giant ape set loose on the modern world has been retold many times since. The quickie sequel, "Son of Kong," was released in 1933 and shared director Ernest B. Schoedsack, special effects man Willis O'Brian and star Robert Armstrong with "King Kong." Armstrong joined Helen Mack and Victor Wong on a trip back to Skull Island, where they discover Kong's young son. In 1949, Schoedsack, O'Brian, and Armstrong went back to the well once more and retrieved "Mighty Joe Young," about another giant monkey. O'Brian shared effects duties with Ray Harryhausen this time out and Armstrong was joined in the cast by Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Frank McHugh, and "Mr. Joseph Young." Japanese director Inoshira Honda produced a pair of mid-60's "Kong" movies, "King Kong Escapes" and "King Kong vs. Godzilla." Dino de Laurentiis produced an extravagant and largely unsuccessful remake of "King Kong" in 1976. It was directed by John Guillermin with effects by Rick Baker. Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, John Randolph, and Rene Auberjonois starred in the film, which also featured the film debut of model Jessica Lange. De Laurentiis and Guillermin also produced a 1986 sequel that was aptly titled "King Kong Lives," which starred Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, John Ashton, and Peter Michael Goetz. In this film, a pair of scientists find the resurrected gorilla a giant mate and battle those who would destroy the beast. Before "King Kong," Willis O'Brian worked on the 1925 film "The Lost World." Based on the Arthur Conan Doyle tale, this silent classic tells the story of a group of scientists who stumble on a prehistoric world of dinosaurs and other presumably extinct creatures while on a museum outing. It was directed by Harry Hoyt and starred Bessie Love, Wallace Beery, and Lewis Stone. Disaster-movie king Irwin Allen produced a 1960 remake that starred Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, and Richard Haydn. Stop-motion animation was used to create the fifty-foot Kong out of six 18-inch models. These models were constructed out of rubber and rabbit fur over a metal skeleton. For close-ups, the filmmakers created a full-scale hand and 20-foot model of Kong's head and shoulders and covered them in bear hides. A colorized version of "King Kong" is available. The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection." Copyright 1933 RKO Pictures, Inc.
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