King Kong

King Kong

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Director: Peter Jackson, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Cast: Peter Jackson, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

     
 

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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 1930s, 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

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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 1930s, 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 (Adrien 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 25-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 Serkis, 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.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Some said it couldn't be done, others said it shouldn't be done, but Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson did it: He remade the classic 1933 monster movie that put a Depression-era spin on the legend of Beauty and the Beast. An avowed fan of the original, Jackson used cutting-edge digital technology to make his Kong as realistic as possible, and the special effects are flawless -- leading to a 2006 Academy Award for Best Effects. He also retained the 1930s setting and the basic plot: With creditors yapping at his heels, daring filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) enlists a Dutch ship captain to take his expedition to a remote, uncharted island where monstrous creatures, never before photographed, are said to roam. Hoping to improvise a workable plot around the sensational footage he expects to get, Denham brings along playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts). They eventually reach the fog-shrouded island, and that's where the monkeyshines begin. Jackson fleshes out the original's story with extraneous supporting characters and subplots, but the principal thrust remains the same -- Kong's fascination with the doll-like blonde beauty proves his undoing. We could quibble with some of Jackson's choices: Black's Denham could be more sympathetic, and the big action sequences are longer than they need to be. Nonetheless, this is a remarkable achievement that succeeds both as an homage and a thrilling adventure film in its own right.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
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 the duo in the 1933 original. It's this relationship that fuels the bravura third-act opening 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0025192232800
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Naomi Watts Ann Darrow
Jack Black Carl Denham
Adrien Brody Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks Preston
Andy Serkis King Kong,Lumpy the Cook
Jamie Bell Jimmy
Evan Parke Hayes
Lobo Chan Choy
Kyle Chandler Bruce Baxter
John Sumner Herbert
Craig Hall Mike

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Miriam Barrard Set Decoration/Design
Joe Peter Bleakley Art Director
Jan Blenkin Producer
Philippa Boyens Co-producer,Screenwriter
Simon Bright Art Director
Victoria Burrows Casting
Christina Crawford Set Decoration/Design
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director,Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Brian Van't Hul Special Effects
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Darryl Longstaffe Set Decoration/Design
Grant Major Production Designer
Eileen Moran Co-producer
Liz Mullane Casting
Jabez Olssen Editor
Hammond Peek Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Read Set Decoration/Design
Ann Robinson Casting
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamie Selkirk Editor
Richard Taylor Makeup Special Effects
Philip Thomas Set Decoration/Design
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Fran Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Weta Workshop Ltd. Makeup Special Effects
Annette Wullems Associate Producer

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King Kong 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the versions of King Kong that have been produced, this is the best in my opinion. Although it is set, like the original, in the 1930's, the special effects in this version are spectacular. There are many creatures that Kong shares his island home with and the scenes with these other creatures are unbelieveably real seeming and well-done. Kong himself is no wimp in this version either, and may actually be a little too scary for young children. He's the scariest of all Kongs at first, but that makes you love him that much more by the end of the movie. I also think the role Naomi Watts plays as Ann Darrow is the best of all the King Kong versions I've seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the original, this movie exceeded my expectations. It added more drama, action, comedy, and romance to this modern tale of beauty and the beast. The CGI is awesome! I also liked the fact that they included the Spider Pit Sequence. Kong has gone from an 18 inch puppet,to a guy in a suit, and finally to CGI. Kong has survived generations and that is why Kong is King!
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
5 stars r u kidding they must not speakee englis
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The version is great because it has good special effects and it has a amazing cast. It also has Jack Black in a serious role which is cool.So I would buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title says it all with some new surprises making this one heck of an entertaining movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Himself More than 1 year ago
I've watched & been a fan of the original King Kong for over 50 years. I hesitated seeing Pete Jackson's version on screen even though the pre-release trailers seemed promising. I overcame my reservations and stepped into one of the best movie experiences of my life. Peter Jackon's King Kong is nothing short of perfection. It is magnificent on all levels; script, visuals, acting, photography and more. My only critism is Jack Black as Carl Denham. Black puts forth a good effort but if you're familiar with the original King Kong you will understand my opinion. Black's performance is so overshadowed by the visuals and scope of the picture and Kong himself you quickly forget Denham exists. Don't miss this film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a big fan of King Kong. I couldn't get to the movies fast enough when it came out. I always root for him to win and I always cry at the end when he dies. King Kong movies are the greatest. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD. I'll be sure to add to my collection of KONG movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first and didn't want to see this film. Even armed with my prejudices, this movie enchanted me and engaged me in ways I hadn't thought possible. I left feeling like I had actually been a part of something larger than myself and it is that kind of elevation that great movies are capable of and few ever achieve. Peter Jackson tapped into something trully "american" with this film. He caught a spirit that while so present in this country in the early part of the century has given way to cynicism on one side and blind patriotism on the other. This movie is about all of our flaws and strengths as a country, our ideals and our dreams and our horrible collective mistakes. But more than that, it is what a movie should be, stylish, unreal, absorbing, fanciful and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing movie with awesome actors! Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors! See it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackson has got it wrong this time but not everything. The first one-hour of the film - the audience might as well have a nice sleep. The choice of Naomi Watts is absolutely wrong cause she doesn’t look fresh but jaded, aged and over the hill for this role. I think Nicole Kidman would have been the right choice with her moues and limited acting skills. The visual attractions of the movie like dinosaurs’ fights and King Kong antics leave you cold. The background music fails the movie horrendously. In trying to keep the originality of the score the composer has lost sight of the movie’s subject and fails most supremely to create a menacing atmosphere. However, one would have not expected this but Jack Black leaves his usual circus-dog antics and acts well. Brody might as well not been there. Rest of cast nap through the movie! However, one ought to see this movie because it has been feted and celebrated in this present time we’re living in and we must not leave anything that life offers us, isn’t it? So grab your chance and see this movie and well, if you don’t see it, you won’t miss much. Cheers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!