King Kong (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 7, 2017
- Originally Released: 1933
- Label: Turner Home Ent
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot & Fay Wray|
|Performer:||Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, James Flavin, Victor Long & Everett Brown|
|Directed by||Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack|
|Edited by||Ted Cheesman|
|Screenwriting by||Ruth Rose & James Creelman|
|Composition by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography by||Vernon Walker, Edward Linden & J.O. Taylor|
|Art Direction by||Van Nest Polglase|
|Produced by||Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Shoedsack|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"It wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast."
- Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong)
"Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
One of the most entertaining shows now making the rounds. I'm not at all sure that all the laughter it now generates was originally intended by the producers, but in any event it adds up to a lot of laughs for the whole family. Full Review
...KING KONG is the screen's ultimate Beauty-and-the-Beast fable, and it endures through the power of innocence that has all but vanished from the screen...
Los Angeles Times
"King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations. Full Review
New York Daily News
4 stars out of 4 -- What makes KONG unique is its mix of hokum, horror, and peculiar poetry...
It might seem that any creature answering the description of Kong would be despicable and terrifying. Such is not the case. Kong is an exaggeration ad absurdum, too vast to be plausible. This makes his actions wholly enjoyable. Full Review
Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen. Full Review
...KING KONG is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable....There is something ageless and primeval about KING KONG that still somehow works...
A masterpiece and one of the top moneymakers of the 1930s. 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.
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.
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- Theatrical release: March 2, 1933 (NY).
- KING KONG was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
- The 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 the first film. 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-1960s 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 50-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.
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