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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A well made, entertaining re-boot with sequels to

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    MichaelO
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    Chance of a spoiler. Well, I guess with this film and the recently released Marvel film, “Logan,” summer blockbusters have moved up to early March now. This story originated in 1933 with the RKO masterpiece that saved the studio from bankruptcy. This re-telling is different from a story line perspective but consistent with the idea. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has only one other big screen film to his credit. That was the excellent low-budget indie, “The Kings of Summer” (2013). Needless to say, he gets a lot more money to play with here. Bill Randa (John Goodman) and his science partner Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) have discovered a new island in the China Sea. It is constantly surrounded by violent storms and has never been explored. He needs money and approaches a U. S. Senator (Richard Jenkins) to get funding for an exploration. He also needs a military escort, not knowing what they might find. The film is set in 1973 as Nixon was closing the curtain on the Vietnam War. A gung-ho Lt. Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) isn’t too happy pulling out without winning, but is given the chance to lead this expedition. Randa also wants a “tracker” and enlists a former British special forces officer, James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) for the job. A wartime photo-journalist named Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), goes along to document what they find. Things move along quite quickly as the ship, outfitted to carry several helicopters, closes in on the mysterious Skull Island. Unlike the original 1933 film and remake of 2005, we don’t have to wait long to see Kong. As the Huey’s break through the storm to a quiet tropical island, we’re reminded of “Apocalypse Now” but instead of “Flight of the Valkyries” we get some Credence Clearwater Revival. In fact we get a playlist of hits of the time throughout the movie including Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Hollies, The Chambers Brothers and more. As the helicopters drop some seismic charges to the surface (to check the geology or something), it also stirs the 100 foot Kong to find out what’s what. Under Packard’s lead the helicopters charge the giant gorilla instead of retreating. Bad idea, the first of several by the delusional commander. While I had a hard time adapting to the fire-breathing Jackson as Packard, I had no problem with John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow. Marlow and his Japanese counterpart had nearly killed each other, having crashed on the island in the later part of WW II. They somehow survived, taken in by some natives. Marlow brings some needed comedic relief to the film. He also knows a lot about the island, something Packard usually dismisses. When asked about the high walls surrounding the village, Marlow says that it isn’t to keep Kong out. Kong is perceived as a god protecting them from the giant “skullcrawlers” who look like a light skinned, larger and quicker moving crocodile. Other various creatures tend to pick off the surviving crew as you might expect, which leads up to the epic battle between an already seriously wounded Kong and the largest of the skullcrawlers. And it’s a good one. Using a variety of special effects tricks, it all comes across realistically. And yes, there are moments of Kong’s loneliness and lack of a mate, especially when he confronts the beautiful photographer. Toby Kebbell gets some good moments as one of the military officers, injured and alone. Shea Whigham plays another Army grunt with a quick wit. Tian Jing plays San, one of the scientists. She isn’t given much to do but would appear to be bait for the Asian audience. The film isn’t perfect but it is much better than it could have been. The acting is very good and the action sequences are excellent. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    King Kong returns...and he's really big!

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    MikeO
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    Well, I guess with this film and the recently released Marvel film, “Logan,” summer blockbusters have moved up to early March now. This story originated in 1933 with the RKO masterpiece that saved the studio from bankruptcy. This re-telling is different from a story line perspective but consistent with the idea. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has only one other big screen film to his credit. That was the excellent low-budget indie, “The Kings of Summer” (2013). Needless to say, he gets a lot more money to play with here. Bill Randa (John Goodman) and his science partner Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) have discovered a new island in the China Sea. It is constantly surrounded by violent storms and has never been explored. He needs money and approaches a U. S. Senator (Richard Jenkins) to get funding for an exploration. He also needs a military escort, not knowing what they might find. The film is set in 1973 as Nixon was closing the curtain on the Vietnam War. A gung-ho Lt. Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) isn’t too happy pulling out without winning, but is given the chance to lead this expedition. Randa also wants a “tracker” and enlists a former British special forces officer, James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) for the job. A wartime photo-journalist named Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), goes along to document what they find. Things move along quite quickly as the ship outfitted to carry several helicopters closes in on the mysterious Skull Island. Unlike the original 1933 film and remake of 2005, we don’t have to wait long to see Kong. As the Huey’s break through the storm to a quiet tropical island, we’re reminded of “Apocalypse Now” but instead of “Flight of the Valkyries” we get some Credence Clearwater Revival. In fact we get a playlist of hits of the time throughout the movie including Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Hollies, The Chambers Brothers and more. As the helicopters drop some seismic charges to the surface (to check the geology or something), it also stirs the 100 foot Kong to find out what’s what. Under Packard’s lead the helicopters charge the giant gorilla instead of retreating. Bad idea, the first of several by the delusional commander. While I had a hard time adapting to the fire-breathing Jackson as Packard, I had no problem with John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow. Marlow and his Japanese counterpart had nearly killed each other, having crashed on the island in the later part of WW II. They somehow survived, taken in by some natives. Marlow brings some needed comedic relief to the film. He also knows a lot about the island, something Packard usually dismisses. When asked about the high walls surrounding the village, Marlow says that it isn’t to keep Kong out. Kong is perceived as a god protecting them from the giant “skullcrawlers” who look like a light skinned and quicker moving crocodile. Other various creatures tend to pick off the surviving crew as you might expect, which leads up to the epic battle between an already seriously wounded Kong and the largest of the skullcrawlers. And it’s a good one. Using a variety of special effects tricks, it all comes across realistically. And yes, there are moments of Kong’s loneliness and lack of a mate, especially when he confronts the beautiful photographer. Toby Kebbell gets some good moments as one of the military officers, injured and alone. Shea Whigham plays another Army grunt with a quick wit. Tian Jing plays San, one of the scientists. She isn’t given much to do but would appear to be bait for the Asian audience. The film isn’t perfect but it is much better than it could have been. The acting is very good and the action sequences are excellent. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Care-Free, Fun Time

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    In the vein of Marc Webb going from (500) Days of Summer to The Amazing Spider-Man and Colin Trevorrow from the quaint Safety Not Guaranteed to Jurassic World, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have plucked indie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts from the safety of his summer getaway that he so lovingly crafted in his 2013 break-out, The Kings of Summer, and thrust him into the world of blockbusters with literally one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history: King Kong. In an effort to re-boot the property that hasn't been touched since Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson's epic attempt in 2005 and build a cinematic universe a la Marvel with Gareth Edwards 2014 iteration of Godzilla, WB and Legendary have given Vogt-Roberts the keys to Skull Island AKA the home of the titular Kong and several other species of creatures, most of which are prehistoric in nature, but in other cases-are species that come straight from the pages of an old school horror/fantasy novel. A place where those who own the earth really reside, the place that God forgot to finish. The place where not only a human tribe somehow still resides, but so is there proof of dinosaurs, of more than one Kong, and of devils from the deep that the best character in the film affectionately refers to as "skullcrawlers". And so, the question is-what has the director done with such an environment to elevate the mythology it inherently carries? What has he done to give this mythical island a real sense of place and of substance and of tangibility? Well, the answer to that question is more positive than what the response might be to, "How good is the movie overall?" as the movie itself is pleasant and fun enough, but the real value in the piece comes from seeing that of Kong do what audiences want to see him do on a large scale and creating a full-on world in which these unbelievably thin characters and rote plot exist. It is because this world in which these things exist does indeed feel so lived in and palpable that much is forgiven. Even the special effect that is Kong himself holds more weight and authenticity than one might expect with the film eliciting a real soul from the beast which is more than it can say for the majority of its human cast. This is all to say that Kong: Skull Island certainly has its issues and could benefit from having at least one protagonist other than the movie's eponymous monster that we could sympathize with, but in a strange turn of events the spectacle holds more significance than the non-existent emotions and ideas it seems to have never had any ambition of carrying. In that regard, this is very much decent enough popcorn entertainment-fine if not completely forgettable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great start for Kong in Monsterverse

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    Off the bat: If you're expecting anything remotely close to Peter Jackson's 2005 movie, you're probably going to end up disappointed. This isn't a movie interested in telling a great story, although it hits the mark if you confine it to "giant monster action movies". It's not even the same species as the Kong from PJ's retelling. As a setup for the eventual crossover between Godzilla and Kong, Skull Island hits the marks, and in some ways, does so better than the recent Godzilla film. There's less downtime and more humor. (And, if you're a Chicago Cubs fan, there's several meta-jokes you'll get a kick out of, as well). The action is extremely satisfying, although I found the monster vs monster fighting (and original monsters,) of Godzilla to have the edge over Skull Island. The cast is amazing; Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman are all at their best, and John C Reilly is even better than the previews showed in his comic relief turn. There's not a ton of originality here; you'll likely find that many of the scenes will have you recalling other films. At their worst, they come off as respectful homages, and at their best, as interesting takes on old films. (Everything from PJs Kong to Predator can be found throughout). Where Godzilla and PJs Kong both require a timesink to appreciate the story, Skull Island comes across much more like Stephen Sommers' Mummy films: After viewing the movie once for the story, you can pop them in even when you're distracted as background noise to entertain between chores and still enjoy it all the same; and there's a place for these kinds of films- some of my favorite types. All this said, there's one knock against it (personally,) and one high point left to mention. If you've seen the previews, you've seen the "main baddies" (monster-wise) the Skullcrawlers. I found the design didn't ring with me that well. They just didn't bring the fear. If you found the design to your liking via the previews, there's no issue. Perhaps they'll grow on me, but they just seemed "meh". On the high note of the Special Effects department, a tip of the hat to the EFX crew- Kong spends a ton of time in and around water, and the varying shots of Kong getting wet, water pouring off him, etc must have been a nightmare to pull off, yet the crew makes every shot involving Kong and water impressive. Skull Island is a fun ride to take, and one that appropriately sets the stage for the upcoming battle with Godzilla.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT Movie, Even Better with 4K & Dolby Atmos

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    I already owned this movie on standard Blu-Ray,. and it's an excellent movie. However, if you want a review of the movie, itself, read other reviews (especially those found on the internet, not the Best Buy site). This is purely about the 4K Ultra HD version. Prior to purchasing the 4K version, I was running a 7.1-channel system, with side & rear surround speakers. I recently upgraded my system to utilize the Dolby Atmos feature of my receiver, and it has made an INCREDIBLE difference. Just so you know, I am playing the movies on a Sony UBP‑X800, and the audio (and video switching) is handled by a Sony STR-DN1080. I disconnected the rear surround speakers, rerouted the wires, and used them for the Dolby Atmos speakers. Within the receiver’s setup utility, I activated Sony's "PhantomSound", which, through some digital trickery I haven't bothered attempting to understand (yet, as I plan to research this), it uses the side surround speakers to "trick" you into believing you also have the rear surround speakers still attached. In other words, while I'm actually running a 5.1.2-channel configuration, your ears WILL believe (if your system is properly calibrated) you are listening to the movie’s audio through a 7.1.2-channel system (front, center, Dolby Atmos, side surround, rear surround, & subwoofer). I’ve already watched two movies, and it’s almost identical to watching a movie in a movie theater, as you are COMPLETELY surrounded by audio.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    That's Why He's The King

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    Very entertaining in it's own rite, this movie is one in a series of films coming out that deal with Kaiju. Take note, the movie has nothing to do with any of the other movies that came before it referring to King Kong. This Kong is a young (and still growing) apelike creature that will eventually duke it out with Godzilla who, by the way, is significantly older and larger than Kong. But again, Kong is still growing. This is noted in the film and is an important fact. If they were to go head to head at this point, Godzilla would knock the monkey-snot out of Kong. After all, short of his strength, Kong has no other powers, unlike Godzilla who can breathe radioactive fire. And if you believe the older films fly, jump, and dance. And don't even get me started on how Godzilla deals with Bambi. Yeah, look that one up on YouTube. This particular story, however, deals with a group of soldiers who are there to escort a scientific survey team that want to prove that the rumors are true. That there is a very large lifeform (or two) living on an island that, until this mission, has been uncharted. Turns out, the island is indeed there, and so are the big beasties. Mayhem ensues. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Movie

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    I am not a movie snob. When it comes to movies, I want to be entertained. This does not mean I do not like a good movie or a classic movie. I love them; however, after the work week, I want to to watch a mindless movie that will just entertain me, and Kong Skull Island is the type of movie that fits this criteria. It is an awesome movie. It is a paper-thin plot but the plot does not interest me in this type of movie. I bought this movie because I wanted to watch Kong break military toys and fight other monsters, and it does a great job delivering this. A movie like this could have backfired and this one did not. Even though I previously mentioned a paper-thin plot, this movie does have more plot than a regular monster movie and the characters are more developed than in other monster movies. The 4K presentation looks awesome. However, it does take a moment or two to get used to the clarity. If one likes an entertaining action movie, one cannot go wrong with this movie, and the 4k presentation is very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mega sized monster action!

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    The film opens with John C. Reilly's character as a young WWII fighter pilot. His fight with a Japenese fighter pilot has devolved to hand-to-hand after both their planes crash on a mysterious island. The two are engaged in a fight to the death, which is interrupted by the titular character. It is later established that the two became friends as they learned to survive on the island over the course of many years. It's a backstory evocative of Enemy Mine, which was a movie that centered around this very premise. It's a premise I would have loved to have seen as the main plot in this movie. The main plot is derivative, but effectively strings together all of the action centerpieces. The characters are established well enough, but few have much to do outside of simply being creature fodder. As previously mentioned, John C. Reilly's character is the most interesting and the most appealing. The visual effects are fantastic with 100% hand animated creatures by Industrial Light & Magic. No motion capture to be had here, which makes for deliciously over the top animation reminiscent of Ray Harryhausen's work. The score is serviceable with interesting theme ideas by Henry Jackman. The cinematography is another highlight with clever and focused camera angles that clearly show massive battles between creatures the size of buildings. This must've been a challenged considering the wide screen scope that was used.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great new take on the classic movie monster icon

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    I'll have to admit first of all that a lot of my interest in seeing this movie was due to the fact that it's set in the same universe of Legendary's 2014 Godzilla movie (which goes under the title of the MonsterVerse), so I was curious as to what sort of nods to that would appear. But, I was actually surprised at just how much I enjoyed the movie, considering that, while I don't necessarily mind the character of King Kong, I was never one to seek out material related to him (again, lifelong Godzilla fan). And certain elements of this movie seemed to be a response to the criticisms of Legendary's previous film (mostly a more frequent appearance of the title monster). I think the best way to describe this would be to say that it's a Vietnam-era war movie, crossed with a giant monster movie. It's got a little bit of everything; lots of action, frequent moments of suspense, and a lot of intrigue that makes you wonder just what's going on in this universe. There's also plenty of nods to older King Kong movies that should get a smile out of fans. And without spoiling anything, I will say to make sure you do not turn off the movie once the credits roll, as the scene afterwards will get you primed for what's to come. If you're a fan of giant monster movies, you'll probably dig this one, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Kong bests Sam Jackson and saves Skull Island

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    This is the third reboot of the 1933 classic and, I believe it is fair to say, the original continues to retain its title as the best. In this latest reboot, Sam Jackson and his Vietnam era attack helicopter unit are tasked with escorting a group of scientists/researchers (led by John Goodman and John Ortiz) to Skull Island. Despite their apparent level of training and combat experience, Kong manages to knock all of the unit's helicopters out of the air in a couple of minutes. (In the original, a few WW1 vintage airplanes were able to dispatch Kong, but, in this film, Kong was impervious to the firepower of over a dozen highly maneuverable Vietnam era helicopters.) The director/screenwriter(s) also want us to believe that, despite the impacts experienced by the helicopters that were not destroyed in the air, almost all of the personnel on board somehow managed to survive the crashes (at least for awhile). That's a tough couple of improbabilities to accept. While some of the survivors team up with John C. Reilly to escape the island, Sam Jackson seeks the utter destruction of Kong as revenge for the attack on his helicopters and men, only to learn that Kong is not the most dangerous critter on the island. Overall, this is a watchable action film with a good cast and an ok story.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kong and Godzilla are back!

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    I've been a huge, titanic monster movie fan since dad corrupted me with them in my youth and they ran in Sunday marathons and after-school, afternoon movies. I was thrilled when Godzilla came back in a big, blockbuster way in 2014 and I was equally excited for Kong: Skull Island when I first saw those trailers. I already had plans to go see Kong the next day, when I stumbled across an article discussing how Kong: Skull Island was in the same cinematic universe as the Godzilla 2014 movie I'd enjoyed so much. That really made Kong all the better for me. If you have seen Godzilla 2014, then you should catch a few Easter Eggs when you watch Kong: Skull Island, which is a bit of a prequel to that Godzilla. (Godzilla was modern day, Kong is set around the Vietnam War era.) WATCH the after credits clips! They hint at some of the other great movie monsters that might just make it to this cinematic universe in the future. I won't spoil them for you. Oh, and for those of you who are also fans of the Marvel Movie Universe...it was just cool seeing Nick Fury and Loki in a movie together again. =)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Action Packed with a New Twist on an old story!

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    First, let me say I was introduced to the tale of King Kong all the way back in the late 50's. The 1933 original version is still the best, and will always be the best as it set new standards for movie making, and held your attention from start to finish. What that means is that I'm picky when it comes to remakes. I won't discuss all that have been made between the original and this one, as there's really not a lot to discuss. Most were either only updated versions of the original, generally showing only updated SFX, or not worth mentioning because of the outlandish directions they took. That brings us to Kong: Skull Island. This one used the premise of the ape's discovery, but changed almost everything after it. I won't go into detail, but I will say I was impressed. It held my attention from start to finish (which is rare for any remake to do) and I went back and watched it a second time two days later. It's one of the few Blu-Ray's I felt worth the money. Yes, it's filled with action and SFX, and the storyline is more realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and feel many "Kong" addicts will, too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Mindless monster fun

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    Kong: Skull Island is one gnarly monster movie that doesn’t hide the monsters in the darkness or create tension by having them lurk in the background. Instead, it puts monsters front and center in the spotlight, and they come through with shining colors. Kong has never been more thrilling, and his nasty opponents make for such compelling monster fights that you’ll be even more disappointed in the fact that we didn’t get to see Godzilla do this much in his own return in 2014. Charged with a 1970s rock and roll soundtrack, Kong: Skull Island also never loses steam. It plows through an endless array of vicious monster attacks, all presented through a lens that masterfully captures the action, scenery and delightfully grim adventure that Jordan Vogt-Roberts has assembled on screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quite a surprise

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    I always loved a good monster movie. But when I saw they were doing this, I wasn't interested. The only reason this film exists is because the studio greenlit Godzilla vs King Kong and didn't realize the size disparity between the two combatants. They rushed Skull Island so they could ultimately get back to the main event. However, I enjoyed this film more that I ever expected. Unlike the 2014 Godzilla, Kong spends a great deal of time on the screen. They weren't shy at all about putting the big guy front and center! There is plenty of eye candy and beautiful vistas (it was shot partly in Hawaii). It has the framework of the Kong films that came before, but with some subtle tweaks. There is no abducting the pretty girl in this one, for example. Overlook the gaping plot hole when they first reach the island (bombs away and not one scientist objects?!?), and enjoy the ride. The steelbook itself is a version of the teaser poster and looks nice. And it is available in a 4K version - score!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Entertainment if You Have Nothing Else to Do

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    If you have a day where you just don't know what to do, pull out "Kong: Skull Island" and sit back and just enjoy it. There are no plots within plots to keep you guessing what this movie is about and there are no twists and turns that catch you off guard. There's just a lot of action. The movie is filled with a lot of action and monsters fighting monsters, but that's the show right there. I actually prefer the original "King Kong" (2005) over this one because there was more of a story line and more "mystery". In "Kong", once you hit the island the action breaks loose - which is great for those who like a lot of action. Nothing wrong with that! In terms of the 4k presentation, it looks good. I don't recall a lot of HDR visuals, but maybe that is because of the nature of the movie (for example, "The Revenant" really showed off HDR visuals). This movie won't disappoint you, but it's not a movie I would pay $30 for. Get it on sale and enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The "Complete" package for Kong: Skull Island

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    Best Buy and Warner Brothers have hit a home run with the Kong: Skull Island SteelBook edition. The package contains three discs and a digital copy redemption code. It is rare for a package to contain all three types of home media disc (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray / Blu-ray 3-D / Blu-ray), so props to WB for their inclusion together. No need to buy multiple versions in order to future proof your collection. I've watched the 4K Ultra disc and the Blu-ray 3-D disc and the presentation is fantastic. Some of the best home 3-D that I've seen this year. The feature itself is a great deal of fun, the very essence of a popcorn flick. A really solid cast and some great CGI effects as well. Also, make sure to watch all the way through the credits, as there is a scene after they finish rolling to help set up future movie installments. Final word: The SteelBook is something of a limited, collector's edition. Tracking a copy down is well worth the effort.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kong is King

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    Kong Skull Island is a fresh take on a familial movie property that actually gets it right. The film begins at the end of WWII, and then the story picks up at the end of the Vietnam war. The film centers around an expedition team whom several of its members have hidden agendas as to why they are there. The story is pretty straight forward, what you would expect from a monster movie. The monsters are what you came to see and they do not disappoint. The CGI is flawless. It is truly amazing to see the jungle scenes and all of the different creatures blended seamlessly together. The video and audio are top notch, while the special features are pretty decent as well. If you are looking for a demo worthy disc with a pretty decent story with a lot of action, I would highly recommend this movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great 3D, but no Atmos

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    I guess I should be grateful that Warner put this out in 3D at all, given the industry's current desire to kill it with lousy marketing and making it as hard to find as possible. None of the Best Buy stores in my area had it in stock but I tracked it down elsewhere and watched it right away. The 3D is great and seems like the movie would lose a lot without it! However the included 2D version includes a Dolby Atmos sound mix which ISN'T included on the 3D version, although the opening Warner Home Video logo IS in Atmos on that! The 5.1 mix is still pretty good but I feel a bit cheated to have it on the 2D disc but not the 3D. The 3D disc is also included in the Best Buy exclusive set which also has the useless 4K disc (higher resolution picture but NOT 3D, making it a half-baked format I have little interest in) but that's already sold out in my area. If you haven't seen KONG in 3D, then you haven't seen it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kong a better actor than humans

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    I'd give the human actors in Kong a so-so rating of about 3, and spectacular Kong a 5, averaging to 4 stars. The human actors don't seem scared enough when they're in danger, and they don't seem relieved enough when they've eluded danger. They're acting isn't very convincing. Kong, on the other hand, is completely convincing in his appearance and in his behavior. Credit spectacular computer artistry for those qualities. When he's enraged, he truly rages, as in his battles with colossal monsters. When he nurses his wounds, he is a stoic warrior, who nonetheless knows pain. And when he feels sympathy for the humans he encounters, you feel his compassionate side. See Kong for the great range of feelings that computer generation can give a being, and forgive the human actors in the movie for their middling performances. The humans aren't the main attraction anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Kong is 100 ft tall!

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    Kong. Love him. Always have. But this version is a true colossus and I am very happy to see him presented this way. I don't want to say too much about the movie so as to not spoil anything but I will say this...if you're expecting to see the same Ann Darrow/Empire State story we've seen 3 times already and will be disappointed if this movie doesn't deliver that, then this movie is not for you. But if you want a new tale on the King and are ready for a different spin on his pure awesomeness, then pick this up. You will love it! Personally, and it's hard to admit this, but I think this might be my favorite Kong movie and I'm old school. Old school enough to say that the first King Kong from 1933 was the best monster movie of all time. Just my stupid opinion. But Kong Skull Island may have just taken the title. Judge me if you will but it's that good!

    I would recommend this to a friend