King Kong

King Kong - 2005

Universal Pictures/Big Primate Pictures/Wingnut Films - 187/200 minutes

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4K Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 9317731130496(NZ/AU); 191329009840(US); 191329010747(CA); 5053083185954(DE)

Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis,
Evan Parke, Jamie Bell, Lobo Chan, John Sumner, Craig Hall, Kyle Chandler.
Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson based upon a story by Merian Cooper and
Edgar Wallace; Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie; Original Music: James Newton Howard;
Editing: Jamie Selkirk; Costume Design: Terry Ryan; Production Design: Grant Major; Art & Set Direction:
Dan Hennah; Special Effects Production Manager: Gayle Munro; Visual Effects Supervisor: Scott E. Anderson,
Joe Letteri, George Murphy, Ben Snow; Producer: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson,
Fran Walsh; Director: Peter Jackson. - Highly Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B+

King Kong
Official MP4 Trailer

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 one board 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 Review


It is available as a single disc or a two-disc package. The price of the "extras lacking" single is under $10us. The two-disc set contains 3 hr. 20 mins. of extras. The feature is presented 2.35 widescreen anamorphic and 5.1 dolby digital sound. The extras are presented 1.8 widescreen and 2.0 digital stereo. The feature disc also contains a 2 minute, behind-the-scenes look of a VW Toureg commercial and a one minute "Wish You were here" New York City Commerical. The second (Extras) disc contains 152 minutes of "Post Production Diaries", a conclusion of the production diaries that were shown at the "Kong is King" website, during the film production. Also included on the second disc is a 28 minute featurette of 1933 New York and a 17 minute mockumentary, 'Skull Island: A Natural History'. R1 2-disc prices are about $10us. R2 pricing is about 6# or 16eu. R4 2-disc pricing is about $12au or $15nz. R1 subtitles include: English, Spanish and French. UK R2 subtitles include: English, Arabic, Icelandic.

On 14 November 2006, Universal released the Extended Edition DVD version of King Kong. It is a three-disc set which includes 13 additional minutes more than the theatrical version. It is 2:35 anamorphic widescreen with 5.1 surround. The R1 version has English, Spanish and French language tracks with English, Spanish and French subtitles. The R2 and R4 versions have English, French and German language tracks with English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. All versions have an optional feature commentary track with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens. Expect the U.S. price to be about $20us. In New Zealand it sells for about $40nz. The R2 versions are about 7# or 9eur. There is also a gift-set version that contains a King Kong figurine, selling for about $50us.
The extended 3-disc organisation is as follows:
Disc One: Feature Part 1 - 87 min.
Deleted Scenes Introduction by Peter Jackson - 3 min.
16 Deleted Scenes - 37 minutes, with optional introductions - 9 min.
'The Eight Blunder of the World' Featurette - 19 min.
'A Night in Vaudeville' Featurette - 12 min.
'The Mission Production Diary' - 8 min.
Disc Two: Feature Part II - 115 min.
'The Present' - An original short film made by cast members - 10 min.
'Weta Collectables' Featurette = 5 min.
Pre-Visualization Animatics:
* Arrival at Skull Island - 4 min.
* Bronto Stampede - 6 min.
* T-Rex Fight - 10 min.
* Empire State Building Battle - 10 min.
DVD ROM: 1996 and 2005 Scripts
Trailers: Teaser, Theatrical and Cinemedia.
Disc Three: Extra Features
Peter Jackson Introduction - 3 min.
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong - 186 min.
* Peter Jackson tease Introduction
* The Origins of King Kong - 16 min.
* Pre-Production Part 1: The Return of Kong - 42 min.
* Pre-Production Part 2: Countdown to Filming - 16 min.
* The Venture Journey - 22 min.
* Return to Skull Island - 30 min.
* New York, New Zealand - 26 min.
* Bringing Kong to Life Part 1: Design and Research - 48 min.
* Bringing Kong to Life Part 2: Performance and Animation - 26 min.
Conceptual Design Galleries - 41 Min.
* The 1996 King Kong - 10 min.
* The Venture - 4min.
* Skull Island - 16 min.
* New York Video - 4 min.
* Kong - 7 min.
DVD Credits - 5 min.

As of December 2009, the all-region Blu-Ray version is $15-20us, $40nz, $40au, 12# and 17eur. It contains both the 187 minute theatrical cut and the 200 minute extended cut. They contain English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The German version has additional subtitles in German. Audio options are: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0. The German version has additional DTS 5.1 audio options in German, Italian and Japanese. It has an audio commentary by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens on the extended cut only. It also contains a "U-Control" interactive experience: Picture-in-Picture video commentary and "My Scenes" bookmarks and sharing. Of course it is presented 2.40:1, 1080p 24fps. None of the extras that were included with the extended 3-disc dvd are included on the Blu-ray version.

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As of 07 February 2017, a 2-BD50 region free set was released with one BD containing the extended edition (200 min.) of the feature (1080p) with the commentary track included on the previous extended edition BD, and about 10 hours of extras at 480i, on the other BD disc, plus a DVD of the feature only. The Extras contain production diaries previously on DVD, but organized into sub-sections with some repeats. The extras also contain the 3 hour 'Making of King Kong', post-production diaries and many other items. See the Martin Liebman Ultimate Edition Review linked below for further details. This set sells for about $15us, 15eur, 8# or $30au.

Starting 11 July 2017, a three disc set was released in the US and Canada that contains much the same contents as the February set on two 1080p BD50's, plus a third BD100 of the feature written for 2160p 4k. The 4k audio options are: English DTS:X Master, Brazilian Portuguese DTS Digital Surround 5.1, English DTS Headphone:X, French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Japanese DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1. It will be selling for $30-40us. There is no DVD version in this set. The Bonus features have the following audio options: English DTS-HD Master 5.1, French DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1. The 4k feature has optional subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Brazilian Portugese. The extras has optional subtitles in English, Spanish and French. There are feature commentary tracks with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens.

This same three disc 4k set was released 12 July in Australia and New Zealand. This three disc 4k set was also released 17 July in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland with the only difference being the addition of subtitles for those languages. Starting 25 July 2017, it had a French version of this 4K release, with French subtitles.
A German 4K with Blu-ray Steelbook version was released starting 18 April 2019. It has spoken German, English, Spanish, Italian and Turkish soundtrack options. It also has optional subtitles in those same languages.

Starting 27 August 2021 a Blu-ray will be released with spoken English, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Thai and Russian tracks and subtitle options of English, Portuguese, Spanish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Thai and Turkish.


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2006 - Academy Awards (Oscars)
Best Sound Editing - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek
Best Sound Mixing - Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn
Best Visual Effects - Joe Letteri, Brian Vant Hul, Christian Rivers, Richard Taylor

2006 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror - Saturn Award
Best Actress - Naomi Watts
Best Direction - Peter Jackson
Best Special Effects - Joe Letteri, Richard Taylor, Christian Rivers, Brian Vant Hul

2006 - American Film Institute
Best Picture

2006 - British Academy Awards (BAFTA)
Best Visual Effects - Christian Rivers, Brian Vant Hul, Richard Taylor, Joe Letteri

2006 - Empire Awards
Best Film

2006 - Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association
One of the Top Ten Films of 2005

2006 - Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
The Vicent Koehler Award for Outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film

2006 - London Critics Circle Film Awards
ALFS Award - Actress of the Year: Naomi Watts

2005 - National Board of Review
Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects

2006 - Phoenix Film Critics Association
Best Production Design: Grant Major
Best Trailer
Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri
Top Ten film of 2005

2006 - San Diego Film Critics Association
Best Picture

2006 - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association
Best Cinematorgraphy: Andrew Lesnie

2006 - Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Special Citation - Andy Serkis

2006 - Visual Effects Society Awards
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture:
Andy Serkis, Christian Rivers, Atsushi Satop, Guy Williams
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture:
Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Matt Aitken, Charles Tait
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture:
Joe Letteri, Eileen Moran, Christian Rivers, Eric Saindon

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