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King Kong (4K Ultra-HD) (+ Blu-ray) [2005]

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There are other moments where a light source shines so brightly that it just creates of blob of white, such as when Carl Denham walks onto the stage and during that wide shot, both his face and shirt disappear beneath the stage light.

StudioCanal will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray John Guillermin's King Kong (1976), starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, and Rene Auberjonois.There is a strong build up to the island, you get to know (and perhaps even care) about the characters and the first appearance of Kong is terrific. On the island they actually find a number of prehistoric animals and also their greatest enemy, Kong, who falls in love with the beautiful actress Ann. For those who are wary of the film receiving the dreaded teal and yellow treatment, I’ve got good news and bad news. Extras: Unlike, say, Fox’s Prometheus 4K reissue, Universal’s UHD incarnation of King Kong includes the dedicated special features disc provided with the recent Ultimate Edition Blu-ray.

Universal has partnered the 4K HDR regrade of King Kong with a good if not quite outstanding new DTS:X sound mix (you only get DTS HD Master Audio 5.And the island scenes, while decent enough as action filler, also have little to do with the heart of the story. CGI appears natural, but doesn’t scream “special effect” while the overall mood and tone is dark, the image is never really challenged in the least. The mid-range is dynamic and extensive with excellent clarity and distinction between the various high-frequency noises while a powerful, robust low-end provides the action with an appreciable sense of presence and room-shaking weight.

We also have interview shows which feature people from an eclectic mix of the entertainment industries.Surprisingly good though it is, though, it’s not actually the 4K transfer’s resolution that steals the show. In New York, Kong is billed as "KING KONG: The Eighth Wonder of the World" at the Alhambra Theater, where Denham and his producers show the big ape for money. Certain items can take longer to source than the estimated week, particularly during busy trading periods and may take longer to arrive at our warehouse. I’m very aware, though, that the notion of an extended version of King Kong won’t exactly come as music to the ears of the many people out there who already think Peter Jackson films are self-indulgently long. The two main additions are a nearly 8-minute sequence involving a prehistoric sea monster attack, and a couple of minutes featuring a run-in with a triceratops.

evil Fred Wilson, an executive of the Petrox Oil Company, and the magnificently bearded and long haired Jeff Bridges as Jack Prescott, a primate paleontologist (though he doesn’t actually seem to know much about them). That being said, the inclusion of the Extended TV Cut in 4K with Dolby Vision is worth much more than the features dropped, I think.The following message appears before King Kong starts: “StudioCanal and Paramount present this 4K restoration. Post Production Diaries (SD): More of the same, except showing the work that went into completing the film. Later, during the Empire State Building climax, the bi-planes whiz and pan in every direction flawlessly and with discreet transparency, sometimes even flying overhead as bullets dart in every direction.

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