Friday, August 05, 2005

You know the fame of King Kong....

USA Today breaks the details on the upcoming, long-awaited DVD release of the 1931 classic:

"The big ape is coming to DVD just weeks before he appears on the big screen. Warner Home Video will release the original 1933 King Kong on DVD Nov. 22, right before director Peter Jackson's remake opens theatrically Dec. 14.

The original Kong, never before available on DVD, will be issued in both a two-disc special edition ($26.99) and a two-disc collector's edition ($39.98) packaged in a collectible tin and including a 20-page reproduction of the original souvenir program and postcard reproductions of the original one-sheets.

Jackson is helping Warner prepare a new documentary, RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World, to be included on the DVD. One part of the documentary focuses on the mysterious "spider pit" sequence deleted from the film before its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles. "For years, there has always been speculation, does this footage exist, so we have a piece that actually explains what it was, and we do a re-creation of it," says Warner's George Feltenstein.

In addition to the new seven-part documentary, the King Kong special edition DVD includes such extras as a documentary on Kong director (and creator) Merian C. Cooper, a trailer gallery of Cooper's other films, and a commentary from Ray Harryhausen, Terry Moore and Ken Ralston."

Awesome. The newspaper edition, by the way, has a shot of the actual special release tin, which is different from the box seen above.

13 Comments:

At 10:49 AM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

Does the version that comes in the "collectable tin" have any additional content (other than the booklet)?

I tend to hate the versions that come in weird, ill-shaped boxes. But if there's more film content....

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Zack Handlen said...

Woooo-hooooooooo!!!!!!!

(does Snoopy dance)

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

As far as I know, I think the tin will just be 'collectable" but not have any additional DVD content.

I'll update on this very major DVD as info arises.

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous thepantedpuffin said...

That's terriffic news!

Although far be it from me to nitpick, but isn't King Kong a 1933 classic rather than a 1931 classic?

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

You *say* you hate to nitpick, but you really revel in it. Don't you? DON'T YOU?!

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Chris M said...

That's strange. The Kong DVD has been available and on sale in Australia for months now. I saw it in a clearance bin the other night. I'll check it out and see if it was a bare-bones disc or a full-fledged restoration release.

 
At 5:43 AM, Anonymous thepantedpuffin said...

All right, all right, I admit it! I like to nitpick! It makes me feel big!! :)

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I just don't understand the appeal of looking at something somebody made and pointing out every picayune, little...

Oh, wait. Never mind

 
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