Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2009



"King Kong" (2005) (Blu-ray)


"It was beauty that killed the beast," is one of Hollywood's famous movie quotes. It came from the 1933 version of King Kong, which will always be the Kong movie that has the word "classic" attached to it, in spite of the fantastic CG in the 2005 movie.

It is set in New York City during the Depession, and actress Ann Darrow (Watts) is out of work. Movie director Carl Denham (Black) has not impressed his investors with his latest work, so he proposes a trip to an uncharted island to shoot his next film. He spots Ann in a cafe, and knows immediately that she is the one to be in his picture, along with male star Bruce Baxter.

So, they set course on the S.S. Venture, with everyone, including the script writer, Jack Driscoll (Brody).

When they reach the island, they discover a world that not only has ancient creatures from the age of dinosaurs, but a giant ape. The team of film makers is no match for the ape, which local natives have named "Kong". Ann is captured by Kong and taken deep into the jungle.

The team uses Kong's fascination with Ann to capture him and take him back to New York to put him on display. Kong breaks his chains of bondage and climbs the Empire State Building to await his fateful encounter with biplanes armed with machine guns.




  • Universal Pictures
  • 2005, Rated PG-13, 3 Hr 20 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts, Colin Hanks
  • Directed by Peter Jackson
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No


Coming fresh from winning Academy Awards for his The Lord of the Rings series, Jackson had no problem getting the incredible budget that was obviously necessary to put the latest King Kong movie into production. It's the same story that has been told several times on film, and although I consider this version to be the best one by any measure, it still will never take the "Classic" label away from the 1933 version. It's a very long movie, but the CG is so astonishing, audiences seemed not to have a problem sitting in their seats for the entire adventure.


It has a razor sharp picture, because most of it is a CG background, which doesn't pass through a lens to be photographed. Of course, with the main character being a giant, the soundtrack is a stunning support, via DTS-HD Master Audio.


There are only a few extras, such as The Art Galleries (artist renderings), Director Commentaries, and BD-Live.