‘King Kong’ Comes to Collectors Edition Blu Ray With a Ton of Special Features

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One of my favorite versions of King Kong has always been the epic Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges version from ’76. This one was the first one I actually got to see as a kid, and it left a mark. The ending of this one is unparalleled in emotionality to any other versions that came before or after. There was something about this Kong that you just couldn’t help but fall in love with. The Shout! Factory release is doing it justice with a great scan and a ton of great special features.

The synopsis provided for King Kong goes like this:

The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man—KING KONG! The timeless story of a “beauty” (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a “beast” comes to the screen in this ambitious production from Dino De Laurentiis. Charles Grodin is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp. New York City trembles with each echoing footstep of the towering ape set loose in the streets!

The special features on King Kong break down like this:

DISC 1: Theatrical Cut

  • NEW Audio Commentary with film historian Ray Morton (author of KING KONG – THE HISTORY OF A MOVIE ICON)
  • NEW Audio interview with special makeup effects wizard Rick Baker
  • NEW Something’s Haywire – an interview with actor Jack O’Halloran
  • NEW On the Top of the World – an interview with assistant director David McGiffert and production manager Brian Frankish
  • NEW Maybe in their Wildest Dreams – an interview with sculptor Jack Varner
  • NEWThere’s A Fog Bank Out There – an interview with second unit director William Kronick
  • NEW From Space to Apes – aninterview with photographic effects assistant Barry Nolan
  • NEW When the Monkey Dies, Everybody Cries – an interview with production assistants Jeffrey Chernov and Scott Thaler
  • Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 and NEW restored theatrical DTS-HD 2.0 stereo track
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries – posters, lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos

DISC 2: Extended TV Broadcast Cut

·        NEW 2K scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative

·        KING KONG panel discussion from the Aero Theater (2016)

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March 26, 2021

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