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King Kong: Special Edition (2005) (2 Discs)

Released on 10 April 2006

Featuring: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody & Jack Black

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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The eighth wonder of the world.

It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow (Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) has found herself - like so many other New Yorkers during the Great Depression - without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor's stall, she is rescued - literally - by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham (Jack Black).

It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under his studio executives' noses when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the S.S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the corner - and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island.

Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his search for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has, fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright Jack Driscoll (Oscar winner Adrien Brody) is penning the screenplay - the fees his friend Carl pays for potboiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll's nominal income from his stage plays.

With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard, Denham's 'moving picture ship' heads out of New York Harbor... and toward a destiny that none aboard could possibly foresee...
  • Introduction from director Peter Jackson
  • Post-production diaries
  • 'Kong's New York, 1933' featurette
  • 'The Natural History Of Skull Island' featurette
  • Regions 2/4/5

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 King Kong strikes again

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King kong is brilliant. The standard of acting during the film is very high and this really shines on the film. The level of special and visual effects is also very high - they are just amazing during this film and they really make it something to watch. To be honest I was just stunned by the visual effects during this film. The plot of this film is very good and although some people say its a bit longwinded I think its just right and that it hits all the right buttons to things that a excellent. This film is just amazing and one that everyone should watch.

 Fantastic King Kong

| | See all JGROVEY's reviews (110)

This film just keeps growing on me everytime i watch it - great story, superb acting (especially Naomi Watts) and spectacular special effects - ok it may seem long but there is NEVER a boring minute, scene or dialogue - one of my fave films and definite 5 stars from me reccomend for anyone who loves action films and want to see some REALLY great storytelling and directing

 Skull Island -- tropical destination that€s big on wildlife

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Peter Jackson's labour of love is a spectacular, if overlong, remake of the movie that filled him with wonder as a small boy and inspired him to become a film maker. He may play fast and loose with the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief, giving us, as he does, indestructible people who are impossibly lucky when avoiding being trampled and can strafe their entire surroundings with machine-gun fire and only hit the monsters, but this is OK because it's part of the film's glorious sense of fun. And there may be plenty of ripe dialogue and facial contortion but Jackson puts so much heart into his production that this is perfectly in keeping with the tone of the work. Jackson has made a thrilling homage to the original Hollywood blockbuster, while successfully maintaining the emotional core of the plot. Self-indulgent it may be but it's all the better for that.

 Sorry Peter - just not up to the standards of LOTR :-(

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I was so wanting, badly, to enjoy this as much as LOTR, largely because I think so highly of Peter Jackson, and after the phenomenal success of LOTR I really could not have thought of anyone else to do such a re-imagining of the original classic King Kong justice. But while there is much to admire in this, particularly the incredible Kong effects, the amazing recreation of New York circa 1930's, there is an awful lot wrong with it as well. It is way, way, waaay too long - well over an hour longer than it should have been, especially given the fact that the whole plot is derived from a short story! There are just too many effects shots (a seemingly silly thing to say, I know, but bear with me here..), especially the ones centered around the many ridiculously contrived scenes involving the cast and the many, many creatures featured in the movie. The scenes featuring some very silly and utterly implausible escapes by various cast members stand out for criticism particularly, it's as if Jackson just gave WETA a free hand and said "do what the hell you want, the more implausible and unlikely the better". The acting is competent rather than exemplary, though Jack Black as Denham was a good choice. With a shorter run time (and thus without some of the more excessive and irrelevant CGI work) this would have been very good indeed - but against LOTR, sorry Peter, it is a poor follow-up indeed.

 King Pong

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I don't know if previous reviewers had watched the same film I did. The film is completely unnecessary, a remake of a remake? Scenes that have potential to be good are long and overrun (T-Rex fight, which seems to never end). The film is visually very impressive but is brought down to earth by horrid acting and scenes that are completely irrelevant to what you could call a plot. If you can, give this a miss. Peter Jackson is capable of better.

P.S. To show how long the film actually is start King Kong and Borat at the same time, you might see Kong before Borat is done.

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ActorsNaomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Colin Hanks, Kyle Chandler, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy Serkis, Evan Dexter Parke, Jamie Bell, John Sumner, Craig Hall, Mark Hadlow, Clancy Brown, Peter Jackson, Frank Darabont & Howard Shore
DirectorPeter Jackson
Certificate12 years and over
Year2005
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesArabic ; English for the hard of hearing ; Icelandic
Duration2 hours and 59 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.