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BLU-RAY REVIEW

King Kong

Featured In Issue 116, January 2007

Picture5
Sound5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
30029
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
(Rating Reason):
For frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images
(Retail Price):
$39.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
187
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
2005
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/14/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Peter Jackson
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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After a very, very long boat ride on which a film crew, led by director Carl Denham (Black), is to shoot a movie starring the beautiful Ann Darrow (Watts), the ship changes course. Its destination: Skull Island. Its purpose: to show the world the last undiscovered territory. But no sooner do they set foot on the island do they discover that the natives are not friendly, and a sacrifice is to be made to the King. Kong, that is...who happens to be a 25 foot gorilla who can defeat any beast who dares to challenge him. But when he meets the lovely Ann Darrow tied to a sacrificial skewer, the monkey's heart melts. And it won't be long before he will have to defend her honor atop the Empire State Building. Based on a story by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features include two U-Control segments: Picture-In-Picture and The Art Galleries, and a My Scenes (where you can select your favorite scenes and make a list).

The VC-1-encoded 2.35:1 HD DVD picture is a huge improvement over the DVD release. Colors are vibrant, but realistic, and contrast is very well rendered. Details are pristinely resolved, with fine textures popping out of the screen with incredible realism. Superb shadow delineation, combined with inky blacks, makes for a very dimensional image. This is one of the best high-definition releases to date on either format. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel encoding is a delight, with well-articulated sonics and very impressive dynamic range. Bass is deep and tight, and extension into the upper treble is naturally refined. (Danny Richelieu)