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King Kong Escapes & King Kong vs. Godzilla Blu-rays

Posted January 29, 2014 01:09 AM by Webmaster

Universal 100thUniversal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing two giant monster catalog titles to Blu-ray in April: Ishirô Honda's King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and King Kong Escapes (1967). Both Toho Company films make their Blu-ray debut on April 1st.

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Official Synopsis: When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film that was the first theatrical release to bring its larger-than-life contenders to the big screen in glorious color.
    King Kong vs. Godzilla is presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. No special features are included.

King Kong Escapes

Synopsis: King Kong, having fallen in love with the beautiful Lt. Susan Watson (Linda Miller), is kidnapped from his Mondo Island home by the evil Dr. Hu (Eisei Amamoto) to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot, MechaKong, is unable to complete the task. Soon, though, the machine and the real Kong engage in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
    King Kong Escapes is presented in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. No special features are included.



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News comments (26 comments)



tru blu
  Jan 29, 2014
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This is sensational news.

ravenus
  Jan 29, 2014
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Sad to hear there are no extras, especially for a unique collaboration like KK vs GZ, but it's nice to see the films arrive on the HD format. Hopefully the presentation will be faithful.

hoytereden
  Jan 29, 2014
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English and Japanese language audio???

Crispy Noodle
  Jan 29, 2014
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hoytereden - The Universal DVDs only had English audio. Also, the English version of KK vs G has a very different cut than the Japanese and would require a separate version of the film rather than just a second audio track. Don't think it will happen...

kong73
  Jan 29, 2014
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so we get KKE but no KK76?!

Frightener22
  Jan 29, 2014
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Excited about this news but surprised they wouldn't release Son of Kong with this batch.

jaws3dfan
  Jan 29, 2014
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I hope this is not an April Fools Joke
dougkuhn
  Jan 29, 2014
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When "Kong" was remade in 2005, Universal wisely cashed in on it by releasing both these films on DVD in the wide format, and there was much rejoicing (despite the lack of extras). Looks like they're doing it again, wisely cashing in on the new Godzilla film which hits theaters about six weeks after these come out.

I'm not complaining in the slightest and I'll definitely purchase them both, but extras (even a trailer) would be nice. Let's face it, these films are not available on Blu-ray even in their native Japan, so that too is something to be thankful for.

kknight
  Jan 29, 2014
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Awesome, been waiting for this...

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Robert Siegel
  Jan 29, 2014
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King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1080p? Bring it on! I just wish Sony would release the 1990's and 2000's Godzilla films on Blu-ray. Sadly the Japanese versions have no English subtitles.

popoboy
  Jan 29, 2014
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Whoo Hoo!!!

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aimforsilence
  Jan 29, 2014
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awesome!!
Erik Morton
  Jan 29, 2014
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Hate to sound like a skinflint, and I understand the rights situation, but no original Japanese version = no dice.

ol_Dut
  Jan 29, 2014
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Day one purchase for sure!
LexInHD
  Jan 29, 2014
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I'm definitely buying these. I can do without the original Japanese version of KKVG since I grew up with the Americanized cut though I'd still love to have it!

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Pirate King
  Jan 29, 2014
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I remember watching King Kong Vs Godzilla in the theater when I was 13. Brings back good memories. I will purchase both with a burger, fries and a cherry coke!

doctorD
  Jan 29, 2014
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Holy catfish Batman...pre-order going in tomorrow on these.

Shakingman
  Jan 29, 2014
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WOOT!

JMDiaz718
  Jan 29, 2014
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Day one! I remember watching these every Thanksgiving on WOR-TV, while growing up in NYC.

kong73
  Jan 29, 2014
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JMDiaz718
Same here! I love those marathon.... Those were the days... Good times

EManT2200
  Jan 29, 2014
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KKvG will certainly be a day one purchase for me. I can still remember sitting in the family car when mom and dad took us kids to the Delmar Drive-In Theater to see this all those years ago

JMDiaz718
  Jan 29, 2014
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@ kong73- Agreed! Loved WOR & WPIX!!

Would love it if Scream Factory got their hands on Day Of The Triffids 1963.

kong73
  Jan 30, 2014
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JmDiaz718- day of the triffids 63 would awesome .... I thought the British tv show was boring

billbrown7071
  Jan 30, 2014
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Damn I Watched King Kong Vs Godzilla So Many Times As A KId!! Also had The Action Figures, i used to play with them in the tub as a kid!
bluskiff
  Jan 30, 2014
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If i could get good looking transfers I would buy all the toho films

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Swissangel4616
  Jan 31, 2014
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They're fun movies. All those lovely miniature details... hope those movies will be released too in the german speaking parts. :-)


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