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King Kong Escapes [Blu-ray] [1967]

  • SKU: 5787203
  • Release Date: 04/01/2014
  • Rating: G
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 34)

    Synopsis


    King Kong Escapes
    Rhodes Reason is the requisite Hollywood "name" actor in the Japanese-produced King Kong Escapes. While hacking through the jungle, expedition leader Nelson (Reason) and his companions are attacked by a dinosaur. They are rescued by King Kong, who since his traumatic experiences in New York has evidently changed his spots and become a lovable old Joe. Susan (Linda Miller), the prettiest member of Nelson's expedition, takes quite a liking to the big ape (Kong, not Nelson), and the feeling is reciprocated. The emphasis then shifts to dome-headed mad scientist Dr. Who (Eisei Amamoto), whose plans to take over the world include building a huge "Mechni-Kong," a robot designed to put the real Kong out of commission (if Amamoto sounds familiar to you, that's because his voice is dubbed by the ubiquitous Paul Frees). The climactic battle between the two Kongs is staged on a tinker-toy replica of Tokyo Tower -- hardly as imposing a structure as the Empire State Building, but consider what they're working with here. The Rhodes Reason/Linda Miller scenes were directed in Canada by Arthur Rankin Jr., the man responsible for the King Kong animated TV series of the late 1960s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Rhodes Reason
      Rhodes Reason - Cmdr. Nelson
    • Mie Hama
      Mie Hama - Madame Piranha
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      Linda G. Miller - Susan
    • Akira Takarada
      Akira Takarada - Jiro
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      Eisei Amamoto - Dr. Who



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

    91%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An ape-tastic monster movie!

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      Phillip
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      While Toho is better known for its lineup of original Japanese monsters such as Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan, the company took a strategic gamble to establish King Kong as a part of their staple. After the fantastic commercial success of King Kong vs. Godzilla, a second Kong movie, though with much less fanfare, was completed to capitalize upon the former. The plot of this second movie was quite simple: an evil scientist creates a giant mechanical robot to unearth an extremely radioactive material, but eventually needs to acquire King Kong to complete his task, as his robotic minion is incapable of doing so without breaking down while being exposed to the material. The military defense force becomes aware of the situation and attempts to thwart the evil scientist from kidnapping Kong, but ultimately fail to prevent his capture. Yet King Kong still manages to escape and the robotic Kong is unleashed to track him down, until they finally meet in an ultimate showdown of great ape vs. giant robot. Though not the very best of its genre, it remains a fun early Saturday morning movie to wake up to. King Kong Escapes is a decent offering from Toho and is definitely best served, as a back-2-back viewing with another classic monster movie while enjoying a nice warm breakfast (or big bowl of cereal if you prefer) and with the TV volume turned up a decent amount for good effect. Personally, the movie is a good watch, and runs even better if viewed as part of a monster movie-marathon. Definitely recommended for all you classic sci-fi and monster movie hounds. 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Terrible by modern standards

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      bushgun
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      I found this movie to be very lame it did not promote saving the whales and hugging trees which is one of my passions and I just don't feel like it represented what I take a stand for. King Kong also looked like a man and an ape costume and there were strings hanging from the helicopters. The mouse also did not sync with the audio.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's good to be the king

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      dinosinatrajr
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      Ok I know this is a classic campy monster mess... but I grew up on these films and simply love them, plus the cleaned up transfer is so nice you can see just how fake the special effects are... SWEET!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      WHERE ARE THE ALIENS

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      Bushgun
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      I thought this was going to be a heart racing alien movie but was disappointed by this movie about finding Bigfoot. I could have filmed this in my backyard. ALIENS EXIST

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Picture quality is amazing!

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      WonderLar
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      I have purchased several "Godzilla-type" Toho movies from the 1960's and 70's on Blu-ray and none have looked as spectacular as this one. What a great transfer!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Campy and filled with fun monster mayhem.

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      Bathawk
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      I've been looking for this movie for years. Campy and filled with action. Blu Ray version is very crisp. The sound quality is very good too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another King Kong 60's movie

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      junior911
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      King Kong escapes is a 60's flick made after original movie made in 1931. It is restored in its entirety made in Blu-Ray

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I always liked it

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      Scuba
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      I could wait to get a UHDF TV. It was easy to assemble and to get started. The features are great and easy to use.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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