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The Original 1933 Classic in Glorious Black-and-White.
Seeking a backer for his movie, Merian C. Cooper approached a top Hollywood mogul. “You know what a 50-foot gorilla would see in a five-foot girl?” the mogul asked. “His breakfast!” The studio chief wasn’t buying, but the public was. King Kong saved RKO from bankruptcy and became an all-time classic, ranking 43rd on the American Film Institute’s list of Top-100 American Movies.
King Kong teems with memorable moments: a moviemaking expedition on a fantastic isle filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; the giant simian’s lovestruck obsession with the film shoot’s blonde starlet (scream queen Fay Wray); Kong’s capture; his Manhattan rampage; and the fateful finale atop the Empire State Building, where Kong cradles his palm-sized beloved and swats at machine-gunning airplanes. “It was beauty killed the beast.” But in these and other great scenes, Kong lives forever.
Special Features include Commentary by Visual Effects Veterans Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, with Interpolated Interview Excerpts of Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper Movies, Trailer Gallery and more.
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: "King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.-Irene Thirer, New York Daily News, March 07, 2013
Fresh: Wholly enjoyable.-, TIME Magazine, October 07, 2008
Fresh: All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world.-, Film4, September 19, 2007
Fresh: Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.-Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, July 02, 2007