Wednesday, October 21, 2009

King Kong

King Kong

This classic 1933 RKO monster movie deservedly earns its place as #43 on the AFI list of the Top 100 American Movies of the 20th Century! This film features mystery, intrigue, jungle adventure, the big city, hubris and downfall, aerial combat and thwarted romance. Oh, and a giant ape running amok through Manhattan. Modern movie audiences may be jaded enough not to appreciate this film's special effects, but when considered from the perspective of an early 1930s movie viewer, King Kong's effects were truly spectacular, and inspired decades of subsequent effects artists. In fact, even though I enjoyed this particular DVD release's main feature -- restored and digitally remastered for a very clean copy of the film -- I actually enjoyed some of the "extras" on this disc even more. Chief among those were commentaries by genre special effects legends Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston. No fan of classic monster movies should miss revisiting this one! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

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