King Kong [Blu-ray] [1933]

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  • Release Date: 02/07/2017
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (134 out of 138)

Synopsis


King Kong
"How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong -- and stayed with the project even after learning that her "leading man" was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow. Disembarking at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers circle around a terrified-looking young girl, chanting, "Kong! Kong!" The chief (Noble Johnson) and witch doctor (Steve Clemente) spot Denham and company and order them to leave. But upon seeing Ann, the chief offers to buy the "golden woman" to serve as the "bride of Kong." Denham refuses, and he and the others beat a hasty retreat to their ship. Late that night, a party of native warriors sneak on board the ship and kidnap Ann. They strap her to a huge sacrificial altar just outside the gate, then summon Kong, who winds up saving Ann instead of devouring her. Kong is eventually taken back to New York, where he breaks loose on the night of his Broadway premiere, thinking that his beloved Ann is being hurt by the reporters' flash bulbs. Now at large in New York, Kong searches high and low for Ann (in another long-censored scene, he plucks a woman from her high-rise apartment, then drops her to her death when he realizes she isn't the girl he's looking for). After proving his devotion by wrecking an elevated train, Kong winds up at the top of the Empire State Building, facing off against a fleet of World War I fighter planes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Fay Wray
    Fay Wray - Ann Darrow
  • Robert Armstrong
    Robert Armstrong - Carl Denham
  • Bruce Cabot
    Bruce Cabot - Jack Driscoll
  • Frank Reicher
    Frank Reicher - Capt. Englehorn
  • Sam Hardy
    Sam Hardy - Charles Weston



Customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The original is still the best Kong!

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    WonderLar
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    What makes the original so great is that it is, plain-and-simply put - a Monster Movie. Kong is not a sympathetic character! He is a beast (in the classic sense of the word). All subsequent films from the 1960's forward have gotten it wrong by interjecting political commentary into the original tight story-telling. This usually takes the form of extreme environmental messaging within the film, such as: humanity is evil / western civilization is the enemy of nature / all nature is good / capitalism is inherently bad / etc. Thankfully, none of this nonsense is present in the original King Kong. Most of the human characters in this movie are: noble, brave, and self-sacrificing. Nature (and Kong) are realistically depicted as wild and potentially very dangerous. It is a fast-paced survival, adventure movie (oh, yeah) with Giant Monsters! That is why it is so great. P.S. The restoration looks fantastic on blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning version of a classic.

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    jobiwan
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    This is a must own if you are a fan of this classic movie, believe me. Having seen this movie for decades on formats ranging from t.v. rebroadcasts (b/w and colorized) to videodisc versions from the early 80's and vhs copies, I have to say I was absolutely stunned at what I saw when I played this blu-ray. Gone were all the pops and crackling on the soundtrack that I had grown up with and remembered on all other versions. It was like seeing a whole new movie. The picture quality also will probably never look any better than it does here. For this reason alone, this is a must own.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Classic for any film fan....

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    MikeDe
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    If you're interested in early American creature feature films..Look no further. I don't have time to explain plot or AV specifics, just trust me, for a movie that came out in 1933 it looks & sounds as good as it possibly get! My only complaint is that they could have made a couple of new updated featurettes or new Commentary considering most of the extras are from previous releases, but the extras that are present are still amazing & insightful.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The lost spider scene!

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    MoviePassMan
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    It's the original King Kong movie, Classic! But I got my $7.99 worth just by watching the lost spider scene that was cut from the original movie, but Peter Jackson and his crew recreated as close as possible to the original screen play and creating new models to make the stop-motion effects and edit back together with original footage! I'm not talking about the scene fro the new movie, they actually shot a sequence to match the original movie!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The King Is Back!

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    BrightEyes13
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    I've never seen the original King Kong but I saw that it was going to be at Best Buy with movie cash to see Kong: Skull Island. I was definitely going to see that movie, so $7.50 for a movie and a free movie ticket was a no-brainer. Bought the blu ray, redeemed the ticket, saw Skull Island. Went home and watched King Kong and loved it! Can't believe I waited this long to see this beloved classic. Totally worth the value.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An all-time classic with great presentation!

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    Nick
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    I don't think I have to defend the merits of this movie, so we'll skip all that and go right to the special features, which are fantastic. I'm not sure how much more anyone could need to know about this movie after splurging on the extras, and I give major props to Peter Jackson and his team for their contributions, even though I kind of abhorred their remake . . . but that's another story entirely. Oh, and the movie looks and sounds better than ever. If you're a fan, buy this!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    King Kong, not wrong

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    Stanis340
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    King Kongs blu debut is an older encode that still look marvelous. Included are a lot of special features, but keep in mind they are disproportionately Peter Jackson heavy, but still some great history. A franchise this significant should have a bigger, more professional package but for the price we can forgive the big hairy lug.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Original!!!

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    heyjude
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    I finally found the original King Kong on BluRay. I remember as a kid growing up in the 60's watching it on tv & how it thrilled us. As an adult it funny to see "how fake or phony" it looks but it s a true classical still! If you're like me and remember watching it as a kid I would buy to relive your youth.

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