KING KONG (1976) was the first of three movies to present an updated version of the KING KONG movie from the 1930s. The next
big adaptation of KING KONG was Peter Jackson's take on the iconic character by providing a big CGI Kong while KONG: SKULL
ISLAND would have an APOCALYPSE NOW version of KING KONG.
Some people remember it for King Kong while many young boys and men remembered it for actress Jessica Lange. Many people
might have never watched this remake of KING KONG and only seen the most recent KING KONG from director Peter Jackson. It
is a given that the special effects can be a little ropey at times in the 1976 KING KONG when it came to compositing. Otherwise,
it is an enjoyable movie to watch and I watched the Television Cut, but I do wish Scream Factory provided a branching option
where you could watch the Extended TV Cut as one piece instead of just being presented as its original two parts with recaps.
It isn't a bad take on KING KONG, but I do think there is more life in the movie versions of KING KONG (the Peter Jackson
one) and KONG: SKULL ISLAND than in this version.
Most of the extras are on the theatrical cut disc including several interviews produced by Reverend Entertainment for
Shout Factory's release of KING KONG.
Unfortunately, the two main stars didn't record anything for this release and no archival interviews were included:
Two audio commentaries- one with Ray Morton and the other with Rick Baker
TOP OF THE WORLD- interview with Production Manager Brian Frankish and Assistant Director David McGiffert
WHEN THE MONKEY DIES, EVERYBODY CRIES- interview with production Assistants Jeffrey Chernov and Scott Thaler
MAYBE IN THEIR WILDEST DREAMS- interview with sculptor Steve Varner
SOMETHING'S HAYWIRE- interview with actor Jack O'Halloran
FROM SPACE TO APES- interview with Photographic Effects Assistant Barry Nolan about the effects and how they don't hold
up very well
THERE’S A FOG BREAK OUT THERE- interview with Second unit Director Bill Kronick and how he got involved in the
Four image Galleries- Movie Stills, Posters and Lobby Cards, Behind the Scenes, and Newspaper Ads
Radio spots, 7 TV spots, and theatrical trailer.
There is a hour long panel discussion with some crew of the movie (and the daughter of Dino De Laurentis after an anniversary
screening of the movie which can be found of the Television Cut disc.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Scream Factory delivers with another great blu-ray collector's edition with the 1976 KING KONG. It would
make for a good triple feature with peter Jackson's KING KONG and KONG: SKULL ISLAND if you have all day (and bonus points
if you also watch GODZILLA VS. KONG after the big KING KONG marathon).
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