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Old 14-03-2005, 18:02   #21
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"What do you think went through there, a guy in an ape suit?"

...er, yes!
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Old 14-03-2005, 18:32   #22
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Yeah, me too, I've always been rather a fan of the remake and like Jessica Lange's candyfloss feminism (this was 1977) which was mainly why The Godmother (ie, Kael) liked it. And of course Jeff Bridges is ever-excellent but sadly, as someone said, he can't draw flies. I like too the wonderful use of the Hawaiian location (later Jurassic Park), the musique and the use of oil wealth-exploitation and the World Trade Centre, an ever-more powerful symbol. The original Kong seemed to be much more of a Freudian, psycho-sexual fantasy while the remake (having similar undertones) seems far more political. What building do readers think Peter Jackson will use for Kong's last stand?
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Old 14-03-2005, 18:43   #23
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Old 15-03-2005, 09:24   #24
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Old 15-03-2005, 09:25   #25
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It was the city in Return Of The King.
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Old 15-03-2005, 15:06   #26
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Never seen those Lord of the Rings things. Never want to, either. For me they just look so phoney and, well, just plain boring. And every time Classic FM plays the music I fall as l e p zzzzzz. Which is why I can't say I'm looking forward much to Kong Mark III.
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Old 15-03-2005, 15:36   #27
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It saddens me that Jackson has lost a bit of his low-budget chutzpah; I don't want Kong to be some "worthy" overblown snoozefest either...
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Old 15-03-2005, 15:49   #28
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It saddens me that Jackson has lost a bit of his low-budget chutzpah; I don't want Kong to be some "worthy" overblown snoozefest either...
Kong as a washed up, fouled mouthed ape, and plenty of brains and cheap gore?
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The entire Kong movie should be like the start of Braindead on the island.
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To return to the topic.... From this interview :

"You know it took us literally until just a couple of months ago to get a proper element on King Kong, which is like one of the ultimate, perfect DVD releases. Everybody thinks we held off because Peter Jackson is remaking the movie, but that's just a coincidence. There was an element in Europe that we wanted to get our hands on, and it took a lot of negotiation with the archive that had it. We finally got it, and the restoration is under way. People always think there's some kind of conspiracy."

Good news BTW on Mr. Skeffington with Bette Davis and The Damned Don't Cry with La Crawford.
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From memory, I believe previous VHS and LD "complete" versions of Kong had problems sourcing an "uncut" print of sufficient quality to master.
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Just a reminder as to what Warners said in the HTF chat last year:

We really don't want to go into details on KONG except to say it will be a 2 disc SE, and we are currently doing a film element restoration on it from a gorgeous nitrate element located recently in Europe. Well worth waiting for. Kong will now fall from the Empire State Building without gaps!
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That's good news, as in the LD I had (iirc) the sequences that were "cut" for violence on original release in various territories (Kong squashing natives underfoot) were sourced from various 16mm scratchy prints, so the quality took a nosedive...
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Old 20-03-2005, 12:21   #34
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I don't understand this thread, I bought the original on R2 dvd about three weeks ago?

Why is everyone "looking forward to it"?
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I don't understand this thread, I bought the original on R2 dvd about three weeks ago?

Why is everyone "looking forward to it"?
Because Warners R1 2-dsic SE threatens to be one of the DVD events of the year with a restoration, transfer and extras that will make Polygram's R2 effort look singularly pathetic

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Old 27-03-2005, 06:33   #36
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the original was and still is a classic...my mates two young boys saw it for the first time a few days ago and loved it.... However we are all equally waiting for the remake...
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