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King Kong

King Kong
Turner Home Entertainment

Review by: Larry Thomas

I'm just guessing, mind you, but I'll bet that DVDs have become second only to gift certificates as the most favored, universally accessible gift for holiday giving. Let me go over just a few of some of the great new releases that might serve you well as a pleasing stocking-stuffer for that film fan on your shopping list.

After what seems like eons of waiting, my all-time favorite movie is now available on DVD. Yes, I've had it on laser disc for years, but have been breathlessly awaiting a restored DVD version with all sorts of bells and whistles. Now, King Kong (1933) is being issued in several incarnations. Two versions are available of the big guy alone: a two-disc special edition and a two-disc collector's edition packaged in a collectable tin and including a 20-page reproduction of the original souvenir program, postcard reproductions of the original one sheets, and a mail-in offer for a reproduction of a vintage 27-inch-by-41-inch movie poster. The extras include a restored and digitally mastered print; commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong; 2005 documentary directed by renowned filmmaker Kevin Brownlow: I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper; Merian C. Cooper movies trailer gallery; and RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World a two-hour, seven-part feature with director Peter Jackson.

There's also The King Kong Collection which adds the new-to-DVD titles Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young.

My dollars will go to the two-disc collector's edition, because of all the extra goodies. You can always buy the other two titles on separate DVDs (which, of course, you should).


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