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).