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King Kong (2005) (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody & Jack Black

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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  Go ape

| | See all RJNeb2's reviews (637)

Jackson's all-stops-out remake of the monster classic is designed to leave us breathless and exhilarated. Which it certainly does in its last 2 hours. Trouble is, there's an hour of pre-amble before that. Meticulously designed and recreated, with the kind of state-of-the-art special effects you'd expect, Jackson does surprise us with the amount of heart he's able to inject into his essentially silly story. And that in between some extraordinary action sequences (the T-rex stand-off is relentlessly exciting). Watts makes a great heroine, and Kong himself is utterly believable. But there's just a little too much of everything to make this the classic that Jackson clearly wants it to be.

  It's not only the ape that is big and hairy.

| | See all albolpool's reviews (13)

WOW ! the best film on blue ray. Exellent effects, great story even if it does'nt get going for over half an hr, but dont worry ! more than makes up for it later on. extended and deleted senes that should have been in the cinema version make this the best BD ever. if you only own 1 blue ray then this has to be it. TRULY AMAZING !!!!

  Kong Rules!!

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

This is indeed a modern favourite of mine, and while the story is pretty much identical to the original, though significantly stretched out, so here it's the attention to detail, acting and simply beautiful effects employed by Jackson to make his Skull Island a terrifyingly real place.

Naomi Watts shows her skills in a brilliant performance as Ann Darrow, with very little dialogue, it's all in her face and body language and her interaction's with Kong are wonderful. He's amazing as well, a total CGI creation based on Andy Serkis' movements and though they are the most unlikely couple it's impossible not to believe in their connection to each other.

Along the way Jackson does let a couple of things get out of hand - the de-evolved Skull Island's inhabitants are monstrous but by the time the crew escapes from the spider pit, credulity begins to be stretched as to whether anyone would survive such attacks. However the film does pick up once it takes the captured Kong to New York and the finale. And the running time will be overlong for some people. But at home I find it fine and this offers two cuts of the film. The original 2005 theatrical and the extended version with around 17 minutes extra footage restored.

The finale in New York is also astonishing, given it was all done in New Zealand and with mostly CGI backgrounds - the cars, the buildings, everything - and Kong's destructive trail through the city is spectacular, until the battle atop the Empire State Building brings Kong to his fate. The entire film is an amazing piece of work, Lord of the Rings may be Jackson's masterpeice work, but to me, this runs a very close second.

The Blu-ray is also superb. I double dipped and bought this but also own the three disc Special Edition now deleted. The Blu-ray has the advantage that the film is not split across two discs as it was on that set, but it also strips out ALL the extras apart from the commentary on the extended edition and two other features. A picture in picture feature with little behind the scenes clips and concept art featurettes spread around the film as well. Which are fine, but nothing compared to the wealth of features on the old DVD.

To that end, I intend to keep that for the extras, but use the Blu-ray for watching the film since the transfer and picture quality is so superbly made.

  Beautiful.

| | See all Ionaca's reviews (348)

This movie is spectacular anyway, but the sheer fact that this blu ray dvd come's with both extended and theatrical version's is added value. I love movie's like this. All hail Kong, the eigth wonder of the world!!

  Beautiful.

| | See all madpolac263's reviews (348)

This movie is spectacular anyway, but the sheer fact that this blu ray dvd come's with both extended and theatrical version's is added value. I love movie's like this. All hail Kong, the eigth wonder of the world!!

  Astonishing

| | See all Kyle89's reviews (173)

I'm not into buying what i already have on DVD again on blu-ray but was compelled to buy this again because it is such an amazing film and couldn't wait to see the effect hi-definiton had on the effects.

The picture is in amazing clarity, Kong looks so real, it's hard to believe he's not! Especially on close-up's of his face.

It also comes with a new extended version featuring seven minutes of new footage. Among the new scenes is a tense attack by a triceratops and an amazing how-could-you-cut-this scene with an underwater beast that keeps you right on the edge of your seat.

Worth buying just for the pciture clarity which is faultless, but DEFINITELY worth buying for the new scenes - why haven't you bought it yet?!

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  King of Movies

| | See all philboy4's reviews (152)

What a fantastic film. Gripping plot to go with it even though we all know how it ends. Great cast with Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts who each give there own great performance. Stunning special effects on the locations and King Kong himself with help from the incredible Andy Serkis who bought us Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings. Peter Jackson has great vision to bring us films, looking forward to his next project which is The Hobbit prequal to the The Lord Of The RIngs Trilogy

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  Great in HD

| | See all chechileno84's reviews (4)

This gotta be one of the best movies I have seen in HD.
My son loves this movie, and he is 5 years old. The picture is fantastic and so its the sound.
Are you a movie lover, this is the film you must own.
I give it 4 star because I think is to long, but still a great movie.

  AMAZING!!!

| | See all SuperGeek's reviews (4)

Wow! This is what blu-ray is all about!! The picture is crisp and clear throughout and breathtakingly stunning at several points during the film. The sound is amazing! Sounds like Kong is in the room with you! This really is why you'd buy an HD TV and blu-ray player - buy it and enjoy!!

  TOP DRAWER ......

| | See all 603007745's reviews (16)

Just watch & listen, this is how all movies should look & sound ..blu-ray & dts a winning combination for those with a surround sound system