Rent King Kong (1933)

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Experience the excitement and the terror felt by movie-going audiences when R.K.O. released the original monster classic. Behold the discovery of the giant ape King Kong on Skull Island, his terrifying battle against the prehistoric creatures that live there, and his brutal murder of the ship's sailors that follow him. See King Kong's voyage to New York and his fatal attraction to the beautiful Fay Wray, leading to death and destruction as Kong pursues her through New York City. Witness the awe-inspiring finale as Kong ascends the Empire State Building, only to be shot down by fighter pilots in a breathtaking display of 1930's aerial photography.
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Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, Merian C. Cooper, Leon Gordon, Edgar Wallace
Universal Pictures
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96 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Theatrical trailer for Peter Jackson's King Kong
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Run Time:
104 minutes
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Brazilian, English Hard of Hearing, French, Latin American Spanish
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, Ken Ralston, Fay Wray, and Merian C. Cooper
  • I'm King Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper
  • RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World
  • "Creation" Test Footage with Commentary by Ray Harryhausen
  • The Lost Spider Pit Sequence
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Monster Classic. - King Kong review by Steve

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Merian C. Cooper started with an image of a giant ape on top of the Empire State Building, with fighter planes swirling overhead. Edgar Wallace wrote most of the rest of the plot, though it borrows from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Willis O'Brien worked on modelling for that film in 1925, and returns to lead the incredible monster animation of Kong on Skull Island.

Robert Armstrong plays a megalomaniacal film producer who takes a crew into uncharted waters to research and exploit a legend about a land of giant creatures. He keeps his real mission a secret, especially from the starving ingenue (Fay Wray) he finds fainting in a queue for a soup kitchen in New York, who he proposes should star in his film.  

King Kong feels like an extreme experience, not just because of O'Brien's inspirational effects, but also the sheer amount of death. Its body count is off the chart. And because of the crazily entitled behaviour of the movie mogul who takes Kong back to wreck New York.

The use of sound is a landmark. Fay Wray's screaming is legendary. The cries of the beasts are fearsome. And Max Steiner's thrilling, groundbreaking score is all over the climax. King Kong is a triumph of technical achievement, but it is also a wonderful tale of exotic exploration, anthropological hokum, crazy entrepreneurship, two fisted action and, Fay Wray in her underwear. 

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