King Kong

King Kong

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Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: 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…  See more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Special Features

Disc 1:; Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Producer Peter Jackson and Co-Writer/Producer Phillipa Boyens; Deleted Scene Intros; Deleted Scenes; The Eighth Blunder of the World; King Kong Homage; A Night in Vaudeville; Easter Egg: Playback Addiction; ; Disc 2:; Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Producer Peter Jackson and Co-Writer/Producer Phillipa Boyens; The Present; Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailer, Cinemedia Trailer; Weta Collectibles; Pre-Visualization Animatics; ROM: 1996 Scripts; ; Disc 3:; Peter Jackson Intro; Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong; Conceptual Design Video Galleries

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King Kong [Deluxe Extended Edition Gift Set]
1. Opening - New York 1933 [3:03]
2. Vaudeville [1:17]
3. Theater Closed [2:23]
4. Denham's Screening [3:45]
5. "Defeat Is Always Momentary" [2:03]
6. A Fateful Meeting [1:44]
7. "A Woman Born to Play This Role|00:03:22|}|}|
8. The Moving Picture Ship [2:44]
9. An Early Departure [3:47]
10. Jack's "Quarters" [1:42]
11. Bruce Settles In [:17]
12. Jimmy' Story [1:50]
13. Ann Meets Jack Driscoll [2:24]
14. A Moustache for Bruce [:39]
15. "We're Filming on an Island Now?" [1:59]
16. Filiming a Classic Scene [1:06]
17. Romance on the Venture [2:41]
18. The Last Blank Space on the Map [2:49]
19. A Long Sea Voyage [1:21]
20. "It's in the Sub-Text|00:01:24|}|}|
21. A Change of Course [1:14]
22. Skull Island [8:33]
23. Expedition Ashore [3:30]
24. The Inhabitants of Skull Island [6:16]
25. Ann's Abduction [5:25]
26. The Sacrifice [5:06]
27. Rescue Party [1:34]
28. Ceratops Attack [2:44]
29. The Killing Ground [3:25]
Disc #2 -- King Kong [Deluxe Extended Edition Gift Set]
1. Discovering the Footprint [2:20]
2. Brontosaurus Stampede [6:37]
3. Playing Dead [:56]
4. The Party Is Divided [1:53]
5. Ann Disarms Kong [6:45]
6. The Swamp Journey [5:47]
7. Encountering the Moa Bird [1:34]
8. The Log Chasm [3:43]
9. The T-Rex Battle [11:38]
10. The Insect Pit [7:26]
11. "Beautiful" [4:09]
12. Denham's Plan [2:32]
13. Jack Rescues Ann [5:44]
14. Captured [8:39]
15. "Eighth Wonder of the World" [1:55]
16. "Cry Havoc!" [1:49]
17. Carl Denham Presents Kong [5:44]
18. Kong in New York [3:28]
19. Reunited [4:35]
20. Under Attack [4:32]
21. The Empire State Building [1:41]
22. Kong's Last Stand [2:18]
23. "It Was Beauty Killed the Beast|00:07:32|}|}|
24. End Credits [6:35]

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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
I was at the edge of my seat the entire film. In most action films there are 3 extreme action sequences, but in King Kong I counted close to 10 intense actions sequences that left little or no room for a breathe. Naomi Watts and Adrian Brody were brilliant and Jack Black only added to the cast.
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
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
This roks. Actors movie, all incredible. Peter Jackson should win best director. See it thats all I got to say!
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
Amazing movie with awesome actors! Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors! See it.
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
Peter Jackson has just cemented his reputation as a master of epic filmaking. The film surpasses the orginalo in sheer emotional and epic power. Watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!! :)
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
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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.