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King Kong Blu-ray

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DigiBook Warner Bros. | 1933 | 104 min | Not rated | Sep 28, 2010

King Kong (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (28.17 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
Based on 8 user reviews

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Romance36%
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King Kong

 (1933)

King Kong Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Film director Carl Denham and actress Ann Darrow arrive on a prehistoric island in the hope of capturing a giant ape, worshipped as a god by the local inhabitants. The mighty Kong shows his sensitive side by falling for Ann, and, after his transportation to New York, rampages across the city in search of his new love.

For more about King Kong and the King Kong Blu-ray release, see King Kong Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, James Flavin, Victor Wong
Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper

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King Kong Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5


Beware expectations when approaching King Kong. More to the point, beware uninformed expectations. Cooper's 1933 production is littered with soft photography, spiking grain, murky visual effects sequences and many an imperfect shot, and Warner's 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer stays true to each and every frame. The powers-that-be have not only granted the film an extensive restoration (from a well-preserved duplicate negative no less), they've produced a faithful 1.37:1 high definition presentation; one worthy of praise and even a bit of measured adulation. Soft edges and textures may dominate the proceedings, but a fair amount of fine detail is apparent throughout, grain is intact, delineation is as revealing as could be expected and object definition is relatively impressive. Likewise, black levels are quite deep, mid-range grays are natural and unimpeded, and whites never struck me as stark or ungainly. And the reinstated scenes? The gory bits of chomping, stomping and crushing that were cut in 1938? I didn't notice any discernible difference in quality. As it turns out, the negative Warner discovered and used for Kong's restoration featured the full, uncensored cut. If anything, thick fields of soupy noise occasionally swamp the presentation (chapter 16 and 17 being the worst of it), but I have no doubt the film's source, not Warner's restoration or transfer, is to blame. Some mild artifacting makes an appearance as well, and stands as my lone point of contention. Even then, each instance is so faint and fleeting that it rarely becomes a significant distraction. Ultimately, I would suggest arming yourself with appropriate expectations. Those who do will find Warner's presentation to be a real treat.


King Kong Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Again, expectation is king. The Blu-ray edition of King Kong features a lovingly restored monaural mix and presents it with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio single-channel track. Some will no doubt be disappointed. Why no 5.1 remix? Why are the voices sometimes thin and pinched? Why are the effects so tinny at times? Why no LFE support? Purists, though, will be most pleased with the results. While well removed from sonic perfection, Cooper's film has never sounded better. Relatively crisp, clean and clear, its mono mix accomplishes everything it should and then some, often in spite of its seventy-seven years. Voices are generally intelligible and smartly prioritized, Max Steiner's score sounds better than ever (despite the crowded soundscape) and dinosaur roars and toppling trees are decent, particularly considering the LFE channel sits this one out. I know the track isn't as immersive or powerful as some might crave, but it also doesn't suffer from any errant issues that don't trace back to the film's original elements. I can't imagine a faithful presentation of King Kong sounding much better than this one.


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