Mighty Joe Young

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Overview

Ron Underwood's gorilla movie comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a production featurette. This family themed film underwhelmed at the box office and this DVD does little to change its fate in the home video market.
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Overview

Ron Underwood's gorilla movie comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a production featurette. This family themed film underwhelmed at the box office and this DVD does little to change its fate in the home video market.
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Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Production featurette; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Ron Underwood's remake of the 1949 fantasy is a fine film for children without necessarily being too dull for their parents. As in the original, Joe is a sweet-natured gorilla, which shouldn't be too surprising since he's been reared in the jungle by Charlize Theron, who plays the daughter of a scientist murdered by poachers. Again, Joe travels to America, becoming the poster gorilla for a charitable organization, though much of the story focuses on Theron's efforts to keep poacher Rade Serbedzija and some greedy scientists from exploiting her surrogate son. Theron and her love interest, played by Bill Paxton, are adequate to the task, but in a film of this kind, the humans are not really the point. Most notable are the superb special effects, with Joe's animatronics a vast improvement over the simian animation of King Kong (1976). While there are one or two moments in the film that might be too intense for small children, it's basically a benign adventure story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • UPC: 717951001641
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlize Theron Jill Young
Bill Paxton Gregg O'Hara
Rade Serbedzija Strasser
Peter Firth Garth
David Paymer Harry Ruben
Regina King Cicily Banks
Robert Wisdom Kweli
Naveen Andrews Pindi
Lawrence Pressman Dr. Baker
Linda Purl Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem Young Jill
John Alexander Mighty Joe Young
Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Merian C. Cooper Original Story
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Charles Daboub Jr. Art Director
Pam Dixon Casting
Michael Fottrell Co-producer
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Hartley Producer
Paul Hirsch Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Tom Jacobson Producer
Jim Chory Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Gail Katz Executive Producer
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Jackie Rubin Levine Associate Producer
Mark Lisson Executive Producer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Peterman Cinematographer
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Jackie Rubin Associate Producer
Holly Goldberg Sloan Screenwriter
Gary Stutman Executive Producer
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:33]
2. The Goodnight Song [:07]
3. Looking For A Legend [:14]
4. N'Gai Zamu [:06]
5. Lucky To Be Alive [:00]
6. Hide And Seek [6:29]
7. Not What He Seems [3:25]
8. Time To Trust [:06]
9. A New Home [4:25]
10. Strasser's Justice [1:46]
11. Provoked [6:31]
12. Escape [:06]
13. Jill Remembers [2:36]
14. Towards The Light [4:01]
15. Rush Into Danger [2:11]
16. End Credits [3:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Additional Titles
      Featurette
   Captions
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just plain fun

    My children love this movie. It does have some violence so it is not appropriate for really young children but it has alot of action and a good message.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Compared to the old movie "Mighty Joe Young" this movie is better. I love the actors, especially the leading, brave woman, Charlize Theron; and of course, I adore Bill Paxton in all of his movies. The special effects are awesome.

    It's very sad what the little girl experienced at such an early age but she was determined to keep a promise she made to her mother relating to Joe, a huge, lovable gorilla. She grows up to be a beautiful, but courageous woman and shows no fear to anyone. Bill Paxton is fascinated with Joe, but he becomes more interested his leading lady. Romance blooms, past problems appear in the present, and the gorilla is on the run.

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