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directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
USA 1933
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Well this is it. THE movie for many fans who greet it with just as much amazement and enjoyment as the multitude of initial viewers anticipating the original release way back in 1933. What it must have been like waiting in line over 70 years ago to get into a 'movie house' and watch the greatest spectacle of the sound era. Technically it was regarded as a miraculous achievement even decades later, though the longevity of the film still stems from the narrative and the resilient fable it expresses. The prosaic edict 'Twas Beauty that Killed The Beast' may seem corny by today's standards but it was the perfect ending to a film that essentially drew the masses on its 'large monster' appeal. The aptly crowed Kong will once again reign as King.

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Theatrical Release: 2 March 1933 - USA

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

** NOTE: The blue cover King Kong 2-Disc Special Edition DVD contains King Kong / Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young **

 

    

    

     

** NOTE: The blue cover King Kong 2-Disc Special Edition contains King Kong / Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young **

 

Runtime 1:44:16 1:44:25.300
Video 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:
4-5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,085,227,573 bytes

Feature: 24,725,028,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.17 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

King Kong DVD

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio English DD 2.0 Mono  DTS-HD Master Audio English 1069 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1069 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps /
24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles

English, French, Spanish and none

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.37:1

Edition Details:
Disc 1: The Movie
• Original 1933 Film classic in Glorious Black and White, Newly Restored and Digitally Mastered
• Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
• I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper -- 2005 documentary
• Merian C. Cooper Movies Trailer Gallery
Disc 2: King-Sized Special Features
• RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World - 7 Part • Documentary including...
• The Origins of "King Kong"
• Willis OBrien and "Creation"
Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder
• A Milestone in Visual Effects
• Passion, Sound and Fury
• The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence
• King Kongs Legacy

• The Lost Spider Pit Sequence
• Creation Test Footage with Commentary by Ray Harryhausen

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2005
Double slim
case

Chapters 35

Release Information:
Studio:
Warner

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,085,227,573 bytes

Feature: 24,725,028,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.17 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Original 1933 Film classic in Glorious Black and White, Newly Restored and Digitally Mastered
• Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
• I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper -- 2005 documentary (57:01)
• RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World - 7 Part Documentary (2:38:57 in SD) including...
• The Origins of "King Kong"
• Willis OBrien and "Creation"
Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder
• A Milestone in Visual Effects
• Passion, Sound and Fury
• The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence
• King Kongs Legacy

• The Lost Spider Pit Sequence (6:00 in HD!)
• Creation Test Footage with Commentary by Ray Harryhausen (4:57 in HD!)

• Theatrical Trailer (1:34 in SD)

• 34-page digi-book case includes color photos, essays etc.

Blu-ray Release Date: September 28th, 2010
D
igi-book Blu-ray case with 32-pages

Chapters 35

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - September 2010: We've had two other King Kongs on Blu-ray - firstly the newest version (2005) with Naomi Watts/Jack Black (reviewed HERE) and in France they produced the Blu-ray of the sexy Jessica Lange great ape flic - covered HERE. But now is the time for the original...

The new Warner Blu-ray looks impressive on my system. The biggest benefactor of the move to 1080P appears to be the prevalence of the grain - which is now more consistent - seemingly thicker and giving off a nice textured feel. In many instances the lighter scratches/artifacts... are gone (??). See the matched grab looking at 'Skull island' from the water and the large wall. This appears to be the exact frame - see the flying bird near the base of the wall - close to the right side of the gate. Firstly, you may notice movement in the frame (the Blu-ray has moved right and down). But where is, what we perceived as, the damage (vertical scratches under the surface), in the sky and mountains? The new image is darker and where the DVD may have had some boosting (remember, this process can bring damage to a more noticeable level) to heighten detail - it appears as though no manipulation was done here. I need to live with it for a longer time but my first impressions are that this looks much more pure - cleaner with stronger grain. Effort has been put forth. Because the image is 'dimmer' it looks much better in the higher resolution, IMO. If we get more information on the transfer - we will post it here.

Audio takes a lossless bump too - and it naturally improves - sounding more consistent, a bit crisper and this does add to the presentation. It may not be cleaner but the perception is that it sounds so in HD. Subtitle options now include Portuguese - and my Momitsu confirms that the disc region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines world wide.

Supplements are duplicated (same commentary and documentary) excepting both the Lost Spider Pit sequence and the Creation Test Footage (with Harryhausen commentary) are now in HD. It is also a benefit to have all this on one lone disc. The package itself is a Digi-book with 34-pages which include color photos, vintage advertising and essays. It's very appealing.

This is still so much fun - kind of vintage exploitation. An upgrade from the Warner DVD will depend on how much you appreciate the film. If you want it in the best looking and sounding version - then this Blu-ray is the way to go.

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ON THE DVD: Unfortunately, up until now we have had to exist on impure DVD representations and bootlegs to see the great ape flic (see comparisons below). The new Warner DVD image looks tremendous - certainly the cleanest, sharpest, best contrasted image to date. Now there are some scratch marks but they are very light. To give a brief overview I have only sampled the disc, commentary and some of the extras. Everything I have sampled so far is magnificent - the transfer shows some inconsistent grain and has some moments of superb sharpness. Audio is true mono and sounds very clean. The commentary snippets that I have heard so far are excellent - stop motion animator Harryhausen goes into some detail on the technical special effects used. Before this was released we were sure it would be in consideration for DVD of the Year... and it still remains so. Actually it may have gained a few points.

My suggestion, unless you are extremely keen on extra features, is to get the blue-cover edition with Mighty Joe Young and Son of Kong for the same price as this... or you may buy them separately quite reasonably.  

 

The 4.5 minute overture to start the film on DVD and Blu-ray.




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1) Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

Screen Captures

 

1)  Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2)  Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SECOND

3)  Manga Films (b+w) - THIRD

4)  Manag Film (colorized) - FOURTH

5)  Continental Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6)  Editora (bootleg) D+T - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

NOTE: the Warner DVD and Warner Blu-ray are the exact frames (see bird at base of wall / right of gate)

 

 


1) Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1)  Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2)  Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SECOND

3)  Manga Films (b+w) - THIRD

4)  Manag Film (colorized) - FOURTH

5)  Continental Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6)  Editora (bootleg) D+T - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1)  Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2)  Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SECOND

3)  Manga Films (b+w) - THIRD

4)  Manag Film (colorized) - FOURTH

5)  Continental Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6)  Editora (bootleg) D+T - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


1)  Warner - Region 1, 2, 3, 4 - NTSC TOP

2)  Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - SECOND

3)  Manga Films (b+w) - THIRD

4)  Manag Film (colorized) - FOURTH

5)  Continental Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - FIFTH

6)  Editora (bootleg) D+T - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

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