King Kong (DVD, 2006, Anamorphic Widescreen)

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Product Details

  • Genre: Adventure
  • MPAA Rating: PG13
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  • Regional Coding:
    Unspecified


Plot
    One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930's, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map. Correctly assuming his cast and crew would be wary of such a journey, Denham has told them they're traveling to Singapore, but before they set sail, his leading lady drops out of the project. Needing a beautiful actress willing to take a risk, Denham finds Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), a beautiful but down-on-her-luck vaudeville performer and offers her the role; cautious but eager to work, Darrow takes the role, and onboard the ship she strikes up a romance with Jack Driscoll (Adrian Brody), a respected playwright hired by Denham to write the script for his latest epic. When Denham and Company arrive on Skull Island, the natives react with savage violence, but they happen to be the least of their worries. Skull Island is a sanctuary for prehistoric life, and lording it over the dinosaurs and other giant beasts is Kong, a twenty-five-foot-tall gorilla who can outfight any creature on Earth. The natives kidnap Darrow, giving her to Kong as an offering to appease the giant beast; Denham and his men set out to find her, with Driscoll bravely determined to save the woman he loves. Eventually, Driscoll finds Darrow and Denham outwits Kong, intending to take the giant ape back to New York for display. But Kong has bonded with Darrow, and his attraction to her proves to be his undoing. Andy Sirkis, who provided the body movements for Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings pictures, performed similar duties on King Kong, studying gorillas so he could mimic their actions, which were then used as the basis for the special effects crew's digital animation of the great ape. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Bonus Features

  • A fully immersive entertainment experience that you control!
  • Picture in picture: Access interactive bonus features, including cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, throughtout the film, all without interruption to the movie experience
  • The art galleries:
  • Explore the fascinating production of this unforgettable film through conceptual artist renderings

Actors

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell, Evan Parke, Lobo Chan, Kyle Chandler, Andy Serkis, Andy Serkis

Director

    Peter Jackson

Producer

    Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Jan Blenkin
Awards
  • 2005--Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Actress, London Film Critics Association-Winner
  • 2005--Best Actress, Online Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Art Direction, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scie-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Art Direction - Period or Fantasy Film, Art Directors Guild-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Cinematography, American Society of Cinematographers-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Cinematography, Chicago Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Cinematography, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Associat-Winner
  • 2005--Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Director, Hollywood Foreign Press Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Director, London Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Director, Online Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Original Score, Chicago Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Original Score, Hollywood Foreign Press Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Picture, American Film Institute-Winner
  • 2005--Best Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Picture, Chicago Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Picture, London Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Picture, San Diego Film Critics Association-Winner
  • 2005--Best Production Design, British Academy of Film and Television-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Production Design, Phoenix Film Critics Association-Winner
  • 2005--Best Score, Online Film Critics Association-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Sound, British Academy of Film and Television-Nominee
  • 2005--Best Sound Editing, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scie-Winner
  • 2005--Best Sound Mixing, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scie-Winner
  • 2005--Best Trailer, Phoenix Film Critics Association-Winner
  • 2005--Best Visual Effects, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scie-Winner
  • 2005--Best Visual Effects, British Academy of Film and Television-Winner
  • 2005--Best Visual Effects, Phoenix Film Critics Association-Winner
  • 2005--Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects, National Board of Review-Winner
  • 2005--Top Ten Film, Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Associat-Winner
  • 2005--Top Ten Film of the Year, Phoenix Film Critics Association-Winner
Rating
    Violence, Adult Language, Suitable for Teens
Audio
  • Sound :
  • Language : Eng/Spa/Fre
  • Subtitles : Eng/Spa/Fre
Video
  • Dar : 2.35:1

Review

    Peter Jackson's King Kong is a spectacle of big-budget adventurism that indulges in flashy childhood monster movie fetishes while upping the original's sentimental quotient to new grandiose levels. Filled with furious action and exotic locales, the film gives Kong a much broader canvas to wreak havoc upon in this retooled version of the famed story. The big screen's largest primate has also been given more time to do so, with a three-hour-plus running time weighing heavily on the audience's shoulders as each act is expanded to mixed results. Needless backstories take center stage in the beginning, just as the middle tends to blur into one long chase sequence that is downright excessive in its scale and endless barrage of thrills. Viewers might find themselves caught up in the breathless imagery, but one senses that Jackson isn't flexing his storyteller muscles as much as he's fulfilling his own boyhood dreams of the prehistoric rock 'em, sock 'em material. In that way, the director momentarily ceases to involve his audience in the drama, opting instead to deliver fast-paced action with multiple icky, gooey, ferocious creatures filling the screen to dizzying degrees. Ironically, the picture's strongest moments are its quietest, as Kong and Naomi Watts build a sincere and touching bond that goes far beyond the creepy unrequited love of duo in the 1933 original. It's this relationship that fuels the bravura third act that opens with a lavish and witty recreation of the villagers from the original, as dancers cavort Broadway-style in front of the broken and battered giant ape. What follows is a miraculous recreation of one of the most famous scenes in movie history that is as heartbreaking an experience as any. Time will tell how the film will be viewed years down the road, but one thing is for sure -- this isn't the King Kong that Peter Jackson would have made before Lord of the Rings (which was originally the plan). The film might benefit from the sensitivity gleaned from Tolkien's trilogy, but on the flip side of Hollywood's cursed coin, his unlimited power and success no doubt bloated what was once a slim tale of beauty and the beast and turned it into a personal journey of obsessive boyhood dreams come true, not unlike the film's monomaniacal filmmaker Carl Denham. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide
Product Info
  • Release Date : November 14, 2006
  • Length : 188 Minutes
  • Dvdsides : 1
  • Dvddiscs : 1
  • Upc : 025193002921


Requirements


HD Drive or HD Player

Specifications

  • UPC:
    025192626029
  • Source: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:08:00
  • Reviews (50)

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Got to be the best three hours of film that i've sat through in ages. When you see Kong, it's hard to take your eyes off him...The effects are great (except the brontesaursus run). Also a great love story with good humour. A must for all.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I will be honest, I was not a part of the pre-KK hoopla. The 1976 version (blech) ruined any desire for me to see any KK remake. However, once the reviews began and people started talking my daughters and I decided to see King Kong. From the 1st scene on I was in awe. You do believe you are in 1930's NY. There is no detail that Mr Jackson left out of anything. You immediately have a connection to Ann (Naomi Watts) and can't help but hate Carl Denham (Jack Black) Many complained the 1st part of the movie goes too slow, I tend to disagree. Once they all board the "Venture" and are at sea, this is when the excitement starts and really does not stop until movie end. After arriving at Skull Island and finally meeting Kong, you really do believe that he is real. The attention to detail (down to each strand of his hair) is OUTSTANDING! His emotions, actions and finally the bonding with he and Ann will touch anyone's heart. Once Kong is captured, even knowing how the movie is supposed to end you hope it doesn't. Once Kong escapes the theater, on a search for Ann, and once they do find each other get ready for some tears. That scene, until the end pull heavily on our heart strings. There is nothing I can think of which could make this masterpiece any better. The acting by all, and the special effects were all pinnacle. I think it stinks the Oscars over looked this picture in many deserving catagories. Let the total $$s earned speak for itself and all the fans (myself definitely included) this movie has generated. Even though I made it a point to see this movie a crazy amount of times while it was in the theater (10 to be exact) this movie will definitely be on my wish list!! Forget the original, forget any other remake,this King Kong IS King Kong :) Let the countdown the March 28th begin!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Peter Jackson's King Kong is and forever will be a masterpiece. I actually enjoyed this more then the 1933 original (Even though I'm still a huge fan). This will be a classic, and I plan on owning my own copy come March.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Peter Jackson didn't miss a THING in this movie! I've heard that he has wanted to remake KK since he was 9 years old, it was well worth the wait!! Wow!! The acting was outstanding (Adrien Brody is hot in a strange way!) and a big thumbs up to Naomi Watts. Considering she worked mostly off green screen she was so believeable! Who didn't believe she was with Kong? I loved this movie and will definitely buy a copy of it of my own. I was in total awe about everything in this movie. I have nothing bad to say about King Kong, except it made me cry. I hate to cry!! I certainly did not expect to be brought to tears, but I was, both times I saw it! King Kong is without a doubt one of my all time favorite movies!! :)

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This roks. Actors movie, all incredible. Peter Jackson should win best director. See it thats all I got to say!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      I throughly enjoyed watching KING KONG, it was certainly a good adaption of (my favorite movie) the original 1933 KING KONG, though it was much to long. the special effects were astounding, and I could hardly tell that KONG wasn't real. There could have been a few more species of Dinosaurs, but there were still a good amount. I enjoyed all the actors, and even though it was to long, I still enjoyed it enough for 4 stars!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      It was an awesome movie with plenty of action and a little comedy. I think it was a little too long as 3hrs and 7 mins., but it was great and I look forward to adding it to my DVD collection.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      King Kong was such a great movie when I saw it in theaters.This dvd is packed with special features and goodies.If you like adaventure creature fighting movieS then this is the one!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This movie was outstanding. I even liked it better than the Lord of the Rings movies. Sure, it was a special effects filled movie, but it was driven by the characters and the story of the Beauty and the Beast. Of course the effects were still the best Ive ever seen.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Can NOT say enough about this awesome film! It is a MUST see and MUST own! This movie grabs you from the second it starts until the heartbreaking ending! Kudos to Peter Jackson, his computer graphics crew and the awesome cast! I can't wait to get this DVD!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Although overlooked in many of the Oscar catagories for 2005, King Kong held it's own. It is without a doubt one of the best movies I have seen in many years. I had no desire to see this movie until the reviews came in after it opened, then I had to see it. I was not disappointed. Peter Jackson's uncanny ability to put you right into the movie was achieved in Kong also. There is no way you do not believe you have been thrown back in time, placed on a distant lost island then find yourself on top of the Empire State Building cheering for Kong when he destroys 2 of the fighter planes, and feeling very sad when the ending comes. My children and I loved this movie, anyone who did not see it in a theater will never know what they missed. I can't wait to buy this DVD, it will no doubt be one of my favorites for years to come.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      King Kong was full of action and excitement. A lot of people said it was two long and boring, but the movie rocks. There are a lot of good fight scenes and action, plus the story line is really good. Peter Jackson directed it! It can't be bad.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      A stunning rich adaptation with a healthy backstory and loads of excellent effects. The story drags only slightly in a couple of areas with only one scene near the end that didn't really fit with the rest of the story. Aside from that, a triumphant achievement that sets a high bar for those remakes who dare to follow.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Even though I've seen the original countless times this movie had me on the edge of my seat. It added more drama, more romance, and more comedy then any of the previous King Kongs. The features were also amasing. King Kong no longer is a puppet.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      King Kong got one of the most remarkable facelifts in movie history. Ever since the 1972 remake, KONG has long been forgotten. Peter Jackson impressed me with not only amazing special effects, but props, sound effects, acting, and non stop action. I personally love action movies. Average action movies contain from 2-4 action sequences that last no longer than 5-8 minutes. I counted at least 9-10 action sequences that lasted from 5-11 minutes long. One comes to mind in which Kong is battling 3 Tyrannasaurus Rexes with Naomi Watts in one hand while sliding down a steep mountain. This movie was amazing and I can't wait to see the special features and behind the scenes featurettes.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Peter Jackson has done it again in "King Kong," the astonishing remake of the 1933 classic film that Jackson himslef has said is the reason he wanted to make movies in the first place. This movie has action, drama, and emotion like nothing I have seen since, well, Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy. Although it's over three hourse long, the film moves so fast that you'll barely even notice. This is the best film of 2005 and one of the best films in a very long time.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      i really liked this movie me and my brothers went to go see it at the theaters and we just loved it this is something that you should spend your money on and if anyone tells you it is not a good movie they don't know what they are talking about because this movie rocks.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Best graphics ever, best movie of the year, more complete than original, great acting. This has everything :action, sadness, comedy. This is surely the type of movie to buy, not rent. Peter Jackson prepare to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Kong was awsome. It was one of those movies where you are on the edge of your seat. A thriller of a movie. I wish all movies were and are as great as this one. Good Job!!!! =D D :D Peter Jackson

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Bought this DVD because I didnt get a chance to see KK in the theater. Boy am I sorry about that now!! What a movie!! I would have loved to seen it and heard it on the big screen! King Kong was all everyone said it was. Heartbreaking is an understatement, I hadn't sobbed like that in a movie since ET! Movie a tad slow in the beginning, Peter Jackson apparently felt to get a true feeling for the characters it was necessary to really "introduce" them, causing the 1st part of the movie to kind of drag. Once the voyage is underway all that is forgotten. I absolutely loved this movie and loved Kong himself. The only thing I can think of that could have made it any better is shortening of some of the fight scenes and definitely the brontosaurus scene was way too long. The effects were great, just too lengthy!! I am glad to have this DVD added to my personal collection and can't wait till the Directors Cut becomes availiable cause I will definitely be buying that too! This is one incredible remake-Cooper himself would have been proud! Kudos to Peter Jackson and the entire cast and crew of King Kong!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      WOW. This is an amazing movie! Peter Jackson is the master of 3 hour movies. Time just flies by. I was so impressed by the special effects. It is well worth buying and i recommend it to everybody!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      This latest film is far more true to the original screenplay of 1933 -- even the same script lines, to include the last line of the film when Carl Denim, standing next to the dead Kong, says "Oh no, it wasn't the airplane. It was Beauty killed the Beast." (Also the opening line on Jefferson Airplanes album, "Bless Its Pointed Little Head.") The special effects graphics are absolutely stunning. The characters are flat and I imagine purposely so, just as they were in in the 1933 movie. However, the relationship between Kong and Anne Darrow is greatly enhanced in this latest flick, and it made the film more enjoyable. Great movie!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      I just got this movie the day it came out. It is unbelievable! It is truly the best DVD of all time. I prefer you get this two-disk special edition. It has great behind the scenes footage.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      King Kong was originally made in 1933, it was a huge success, it showed the audience that a film could have good special effects. The 1933 version was supposed to be a medaphore for the depression, i never saw this though ( all i saw was fay Wray being held by a giant ape) the movie was still very good in my mind. Seeing the movie now days amoungst the graphics of new movies made the movie seem worse, but it wasn't the graphics i liked, it was the story line. I wanted to see a good King Kong movie so i thought i'd rent the 1976 remake, i was ashamed. The 1976 version is worse than the original. Just when i thought there couldn't be a good King Kong movie, i see Peter Jackson's new version. Peter Jackson knows how to make good stories into good movies, as he is the Oscar winning filmmaker behind the Lord of The Ring series. This movie was brilliant, Jackson has created a masterpiece, it keeps the same style of the original and beefs it up to just over three hours. The movie has a paced beginning, allowing us to get to know each character and then the Venture crashes on Skull Island. This is where the movie explodes with non-stop action, in one scene King Kong fights three T-Rexes at once, another scene has the crew mates trapped inside a bug infested trench. The acting in this movie is above good, Naomi Watts plays Anne Darrow, and she is excellent. She acts so convincingly we forget that she is on a blue screen pretending the CGI kong is actually there. Adrian Brody is also good as the screen writer turned hero, and Jack Black brings an Orson Wells like quality to his role as Carl Denham, a filmmaker. The movie is composed of three acts, the first shows the characters as the make their way aboard the ship and head to skull island. The second is on skull island, it is two stories, that of Anne and Kong and that of the crew trying to rescue miss Darrow. The third and final act is amazing, as King Kong breaks free in 1933 New York and climbs the empire state building, Jackson creates this final classic scene better with his stunning visuals. The movie is a bit long, but all you can complain about is too much good footage. Jackson draws more on story and character emphasis than graphics, he creates a dramatic remake that still comes alive with action. This movie is better than Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (only by a hair) and i urge anyone who liked the original or who have never seen it to see this version. Compared to the standards of today this movie is the best Kong picture out there, see it and you wont regret it.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      My first Kong experience was the Jeff Bridges remake in the 70's and I hated it then so I wasn't expecting much although I think Jackson did a fantastic job with Lord of the Rings and felt he deserved a chance. I was very impressed with all of the effects and the fear that was instilled with the tube worm attack and the native attack was something I had not experienced before in a film. This was well worth my nine bucks to see it and I would highly recommend it to anyone else who asks.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This was a great movie, it is exactly what i expected from Peter Jackson, perfection. The movie is three hours long and it starts off a little slow but it doesnt leave you wanting to turn it off. If you liked The Lord of the Rings or the other King Kong movies it is a must see!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      It is the BEST movie in the entire world! It has everything people want from a motion picture. Most people look at it as a story of bestiality between a blonde and a big monkey - but it is sooo much more! It's a very human-like love story of connection, regret, fear and loss. I think it'll make movie history with Gone With The Wind and such movies.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      It seems the majority of people didn't like KK cause it was too long. After purchasing it I finally watching it I would have to agree. Brilliant movie, typical Jackson style special effects but he went into WAY too much detail. I dont see why he thought it necessary to get into such fine details on the characters. Ann Darrow lost her job and was desperate for work, did we need all the details? I don't think so. Carl Denham was a loser, did we need all the details? I don't think so. The worst waste of time characters were Jimmy and Mr Hayes. Why bother with the details of their relationship? Did it add to the movie? If someone was to start this movie as everyone was getting on the ship they would be fine. They could easily catch up on the characters without all the pre-ship hoopla. The bronto chase scene could have been deleted completely. The end of that chase made no sense. All the crew that was running away all had guns, why didn't they just shoot the Raptors that were chasing everyone? There were only 2 of them! I must admit once Kong became part of the movie I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of him or the bonding of he and Ann. As they became close, more and more I dreaded the ending of them movie knowing how it is destined to end. I got a lump in my throat when Ann and Kong find each other on the street, the Central Park scene- although far fetched, gave me goosebumps and the entire Empire State Building scene was breath taking and well done. You couldn't help but root for Kong and cheer when a plane would go down. When Kong dies and slowly spins to the street, the music and seeing the plane is gut wrenching. Ann's heart is broken and anyone who has any feelings also feels hurt. It is the 1st time I can recall crying over a CGI!! Mr Jackson felt the need to out do the classic KK and he did special effects wise but went a tad over the top with the characters. He definitely out did the '77 remake which wasn't hard to do since it basically stunk anyway. His "Directors Cut" is due out in November. I for one can not wait to see it. There were a couple of deleted scenes (the raft scene for one) that I can not wait to see. I just hope the DC isn't 5 hours long! Excellent excellent movie, but I have to agree with anyone who used the words "too long" Eliminate the first 60-80 minutes and this movie is one of my all time favorites !! I loved it and I loved Kong!!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      3.0 / 5.0

      As a lover of the original and having been generally pleased with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, I expected a tremendous amount from this, especially with uber-babe as Ann Darrow. Unfortunately, Peter Jackson couldn't seem to hold himself from excessive Munnchausering that effectively marred what could have been an even more significant movie than the LOTR trilogy. As with any Peter Jackson movie, the setting is breathtaking. In Naomi Watts and adrien Brody, he has solid actors in the leads, though Brody is miscast. Jack Black, though, turns in an inispid performance that made me feel the need to take a showe whenever he was on screen, even as his performance did nothing to resemble Bruce Cabot's much better portrayal of Carl Denham. Then comes the scene with Kong effortlessly destroying three T. Rexes--WHILE JUGGLING NAOMI WATTS! Jack Black's apparent ability to survive being sandwiched between two 80000-lb dinosaurs doesn't help things either, while introducing an interesting subplot of bonding between the first mate and a cabin boy then casually discarding it doesn't help. Overal, this is a decent film that could have been great.

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      this movie was really good...but a little too long for my taste. the actors play their parts well, especially naomi and adrien. jack black was better than i expected. i kind of expected him to be the odd one out. but he was very good. an all-over excellent movie very good special effects