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Old 26-09-2005, 16:50   #61
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I don't know if I'm more angry with Warner/Universal for such a shoddy way to treat the R2 market...
In defence of Warners, it's hardly their fault if the UK license belongs to - gulp - Universal; in fact, it does look as if Warners have done the decent thing and licensed/loaned/sold Universal their transfer (though I'll believe that when I see a review), which is not the case with a number of other RKO movies, including Citizen Kane.

BTW, Zeta Minor has a (very small) shot of the proposed artwork; can it get any worse for R2 fans?
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Old 26-09-2005, 18:31   #62
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thanks for the update.

Order cancelled !
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Old 26-09-2005, 19:11   #63
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Now we know why the R2 is being punted out so cheaply...
Did I say "I told you so?"
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Old 26-09-2005, 19:26   #64
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Did I say "I told you so?"
Ooh, probably, but it does no harm to tell me again
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Old 26-09-2005, 19:51   #65
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BTW, Zeta Minor has a (very small) shot of the proposed artwork; can it get any worse for R2 fans?
I think the artwork as well as the contents of the R2 - alone, should be enough reason for anyone to cancel their orders. Truly dreadful!
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The awful awful R2 cover art:

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Looks very suitable for King Kong on the gameboy.

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hmmm...decisions...decisions...

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I could not find a link to this site in the thread, so here's the OFFICIAL KING KONG DVD SITE
Not much to see yet, but worth keeping an eye open for updates.
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I could not find a link to this site in the thread, so here's the OFFICIAL KING KONG DVD SITE
Not much to see yet, but worth keeping an eye open for updates.

Thanks for the link!
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Old 26-09-2005, 20:59   #71
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hmmm...decisions...decisions...

Even the old R2 disc cover was better than the new one! It's not too much of a tough choice deciding which has the best cover really.
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I am going for R1
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Considering that cover and the added bonus of a colourised version (gotta be better then mono!), the R2 Universal is a must buy!!!

ah. hang on a mo....
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In defence of Warners, it's hardly their fault if the UK license belongs to - gulp - Universal; in fact, it does look as if Warners have done the decent thing and licensed/loaned/sold Universal their transfer (though I'll believe that when I see a review), which is not the case with a number of other RKO movies, including Citizen Kane.

BTW, Zeta Minor has a (very small) shot of the proposed artwork; can it get any worse for R2 fans?
yes, true, that was a somewhat harsh and unfair comment on Warners (who's R2 DVDs that I own have generally been rather good) - my only defence is that I wrote it on a Monday morning with a hangove, feeling kinda gnarly!!! I have no qualms ordering the superior R1 set...

Agree about the artwork - shocking, truly shocking. I'm kinda amazed that artists that 'talented' get professional work (ok... I'm no Van Gogh myself...)
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Old 27-09-2005, 12:59   #75
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To answer an earlier question; from Davis DVD:

A lot of people have been asking about Paramount's upcoming November 22nd release of the 1976 King Kong remake (the one with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange). Specifically, if this release will be a special edition with deleted scenes, commentary, etc. And unfortunately, the answer is no. This is the same disc that is currently available, only repackaged with a new cover. Be sure to check out newly posted back cover art for this and the 1933 original in our gallery section.

And those back covers:

King Kong SE (1933) (ain't that purty?)
King Kong (1976)

Flip that. I was waiting on this aswell. Looks like I'll have to get the French 2 discer then. I wonder if the Dune discs workaround for avoiding locked French subs will work (select French language then when the film starts switch to English language via the handset)?
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Old 28-09-2005, 08:29   #77
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Good news from The Bits:

(Warners) previously announced DVD release of The Last Days of Pompeii, which had been set for release on 11/22, WILL be happening as expected. There was some concern that it might have been delayed, but we've confirmed with the studio that it's still on.
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Old 28-09-2005, 16:55   #78
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Everybody Konga...

I mentioned this in 'Upcoming' but worth a shout here as Sony does its level best to leap aboard the big ape band wagon. From DVD Drive-in:

Formerly issued as a “Midnite Movie” on VHS, MGM/Sony will release the British AIP monster epic KONGA as a stand-alone DVD on December 6. Most likely being released in the wake of the new KING KONG, the film stars Michael Gough (HORROR HOSPITAL) and was produced by the legendary Herman Cohen (TROG). KONGA will be released with a non-anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer and retail for $14.94.
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Slightly OT, but this caught my eye at the TCM website:

Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong

"This boisterous, chest-thumping biography of film pioneer Cooper (1893-1973), producer-director of the original 1933 film, is certain to attract attention. Vaz (The Art of the Incredibles; etc.) captures the mythic magic of Cooper's cinematic creations, and Cooper himself emerges as an equally legendary character...The charismatic Cooper, 'a man living his own movie,' is no longer an obscure, remote figure, thanks to Vaz's exhaustive research and skillful writing."
- Publishers Weekly

"Merian C. Cooper's life reads like an adventure novel, as Mark Vaz proves perfectly with LIVING DANGEROUSLY."
- Ray Bradbury

Mark Cotta Vaz's LIVING DANGEROUSLY: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong (Villard Books Hardcover) is the story of legendary King Kong creator Merian C. Cooper-explorer, war hero, filmmaker, and cinema pioneer-who led a life as epic and exotic as his movies. King Kong is back in theaters this fall, continuing its legacy as one of the most famous screen icons of all time, but Cooper's story is far more than the tale of this mythical ape. "Pictures cannot be made from an executive's desk," Cooper once declared, and he did more than talk the talk—he walked the walk to the far corners of the globe, with a motion picture camera in tow, in an era when those corners were truly unknown, untamed, and unforgiving.

Cooper's place in history is assured, thanks not only to the monstrous gorilla from Skull Island, but because the story of Kong's creator is even bigger and bolder than the beast he made into a cultural icon. Spellbound since boyhood by tales of life-threatening adventure and exotic locales, Cooper plunged again and again into harrowing expeditions that took him to places not yet civilized by modern man. Following his service as one of the first bomber pilots in World War I, Cooper helped form the famous Kosciuszko Squadron in battle-torn Poland. He then turned his attention to producing documentary films that chronicled his hair-raising encounters with savage warriors, man-eating tigers, nomadic tribes, and elephant stampedes.

In addition to producing King Kong, Cooper was the first to team Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers, arranged Katharine Hepburn's screen test, collaborated with John Ford on Hollywood's greatest Westerns, and then changed the face of film forever with Cinerama, the original "virtual reality." He returned to military service during World War II, serving with General Claire Chennault in China, flying missions into the heart of enemy territory.

LIVING DANGEROUSLY is a stunning tribute to a two-fisted visionary who packed a multitude of lifetimes into eighty remarkable years. The first comprehensive biography of this unique man and his amazing time, it's the tale of someone whose greatest desire was always to be living dangerously.

Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong is available through most major book store chains and online book sellers.


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Does anyone know where i can get a trailer for King Kong (1933) ? I just watched the 2005 version trailer and has whetted my appetite for some ape action. I've tried a place called 'videodetective' but doesnt want to work.
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