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Frank Marshall's adaptation of Congo comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Paramount that boasts excellent sound quality.
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Frank Marshall's adaptation of Congo comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Paramount that boasts excellent sound quality.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 ; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Two theatrical trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 097363303879
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dylan Walsh Peter Elliot
Laura Linney Dr. Karen Ross
Ernie Hudson Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov Richard
Joe Don Baker R.B. Travis
David Anthony Gorilla
Thom Barry Samahani
Jimmy Buffett 727 pilot
John Cameron Gorilla
Bruce Campbell Charles Travis
Kathleen Connors Sally
Peter Elliott Gorilla
John Hawkes Bob Driscol
Peter Jason Mr Janus
Nicholas Kadi Gorilla
James Karen College President
William John Murphy Transport Worker
Taylor Nichols Jeffrey Weems
Stuart Pankin Boyd
Joe Pantoliano
James Paradise Transport Worker
Romy Rosemont Eleanor Romy's Assistant
Carolyn Seymour Eleanor Romy
Philip Tan Gorilla
Mary Ellen Trainor Moira
Joel Weiss Travicom Employee
Lawrence T. Wrentz Arliss Wender
Technical Credits
Frank Marshall Director, Executive Producer
Richard Holland Art Director
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
John Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Lisa Fischer Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Judkins Set Decoration/Design
Michael Crichton Source Author
Michael Backes Associate Producer
Paul Deason Associate Producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Allison Cowitt Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Anne V. Coates Editor
Frank Yablans Executive Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Sam Winston Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. The Big Find [1:01]
2. Hello Amy [1:49]
3. Jimmy's Flight [7:29]
4. Bad Day In Africa [1:02]
5. Sesame Cake [5:18]
6. Crossing The Border [3:29]
7. The Congo [2:57]
8. Levels Of Dead [4:54]
9. Taming The River [2:09]
10. Fork In The Road [3:38]
11. The Lost City Of Zinj [2:18]
12. We Are Watching You [6:53]
13. The Diamond Mines [2:13]
14. Endangered Species [4:07]
15. Home [5:49]
16. End Credits [6:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
   Special Features
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Irritating and a Waste of Time

    I loved the book Congo, but the movie sucks. They change the characters personalities. In the book Karen is a very mean, self absorbed person, which is more interesting than the sappy portrayal in this movie. They added new cahracters, which were horrible. They put a talking thing on Amy the gorrilla's arm, probably so that the lazy viewers wouldn't have to read the screen with sign language. They changed the names and the entire plot was different. If you want to watch this movie, take my advice: READ THE BOOK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable

    In the tradition of ¿Gone with the Wind,¿ ¿Casablanca¿ and ¿Lawrence of Arabia,¿ director Frank Marshall gives us the greatest Hollywood epic of our time, ¿Congo.¿ The film is a cinematic triumph; storytelling at its best. The story centers around a gorilla named Amy who, through sign-language and a hand-operated voice-synthesizer, is able to communicate with humans. After Amy has a series of nightmares, her caretaker, Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh), feels that its time to return Amy to the jungle from whence she came. Along for the ride is TraviCom communications employee Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) who wishes to enter the Congo with Peter and Amy in order to find her ex-fiance Charlie (Bruce Cambell), son of TraviCom CEO R.B. Travis (played with vigor by Joe Don Baker). After Tim Curry and Ernie Hudson join the group the expedition is underway. Let the good times roll. What seta ¿Congo¿ apart from other adventure movies is the gorgeous African backdrop, a fantastic soundtrack and, without a doubt, the most talented cast ever assembled for a motion picture. Tim Curry gives possibly the greatest performance of his storied career as Herkermer Homolka, a Romanian philanthropist who wants to help Amy get back to her jungle habitat (or does he?). In Captain Munro Kelly, veteran actor Ernie Hudson gives us one of the big screen¿s most legendary performances. Amidst the never-ending peril of gunfire, murderous primates and scheming philanthropists which surround him in the sweltering jungles of the Congo, Hudson exudes a calm nonchalance and gives the film a healthy dose of subtlety and wit. While in the thick of the glorious spectacle of the film¿s heart-pounding action and colorful performances, Hudson plays his character with a quiet elegance. It¿s a skillfully executed performance which draws attention to the fact that Hudson is the glue of this ensemble piece. His interactions with the expedition¿s other members provides the audience with little glimpses into their respective characters while, at the same time, allowing the film to never deviate from its seamless narrative flow. It¿s a demanding role and Hudson is more than up for the task; he brings out the best in his fellow actors. Case and point: Munro¿s relationship with expedition guide Kahega (played with blithe exuberance by the phenomenally talented Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The filmmakers wisely underplayed the rapport between these characters and allowed the two gifted actors to simply hint at and imply a past of fond memories and shared adventures rather than drench the film with sloppy sentiment and inane banter. Furthermore, what the two actors subtly express onscreen is undeniably touching; from the most minute of mannerisms and gestures, one gathers that there is an unquestionable camaraderie and an unspoken devotion between the two (The expression on Munro¿s face when Kahega meets his unfortunate demise at the hands of the grey killer ape is so devastating and soul-wrenching that it may have single-handedly won Hudson his much-deserved 1995 Sci-Fi Universe Magazine Reader¿s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor). In addition, the tension which exists between Munro¿s character and Curry¿s provides, arguably, the best moments ¿Congo.¿ The dialogue exchange between these two brilliant actors is an absolute treat to witness. The two actors share such chemistry that one can¿t help but think Hudson and Curry will be prominently featured in the films inevitable sequel and/or sitcom spin-off. And, of course, let us not forget Amy the gorilla. Amy¿s tender and affectionate performance assures that she can now be considered one of Hollywood¿s elite primate actors; she belongs to an A-list which includes Ed (from ¿Ed¿) Dunston (from ¿Dunston Checks In¿), Buddy (from ¿Buddy¿) and Robin Williams (from ¿Jack¿). It should be noted that Amy certainly has her share of detractors who find her performance tedious and her dialogue redundant

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