King Kong Goes Blu
Created 10/05/2010 - 08:05
Warner Home Video has released the legendary KING KONG on Blu-ray (1080p VC-1; DTS-HD Master Audio Mono). Considering that the original film negative from RKO was lost long ago and this was mastered by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging from a dupe negative, the result is a lot more impressive than the previous SD version. As restoration guru Robert Harris reports: "The new Blu-ray looks far better than any 35mm print of the film that I've ever seen. Gorgeous black & white imagery, wonderful gray scale and a perfect shading of what appears to be original, glimmering, glistening original nitrate grain.
Special features include:
• Commentary by creature creator Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artist Ken Ralston, with archival sound bites from Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray
• I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005 TCM documentary)
• The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World (7-part documentary)