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Old 11-13-06, 10:52 AM
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DVD Review: King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition)

Here's my lengthy review of the extended edition (a section of the special features):

Director/Co-Writer/Producer & Co-Writer/Co-Producer Commentary - Director Peter Jackson and Co-writer Philippa Boyens are the only participants for the three-hour voyage and although it couldíve been a bit livelier, the two still manage to provide some insight, albeit obvious (what scenes were animatronic, green screen, etc). Jackson tries to stay away from material already covered and for the most part, he does. I do find it strange that with a film with this much CGI work, the people at WETA were not included (not to mention the cast, especially Andy Serkis). Also missing was co-writer Fran Walsh, though I donít know how much she wouldíve added to the conversation.

Deleted Scenes (37:24) - There are 16 scenes all told and can be viewed all at once, individually, with introductions from Peter Jackson or all at once with the intros. Thereís also an overview intro where Jackson explains why certain scenes were not included in this extended cut. Out of these 16 deleted scenes, many seem to take place on the voyage and being of the mind that was the weak link in the picture, it was a good thing these were chopped. But, the one that stands out is the scene shown in the teaser trailers where Anne (Watts) screams and Kongís roar is heard. Another one that was interesting is a hostile dynamic between Denham (Black) and Preston (Hanks). Some of the scenes or sequences were unfinished so it was cool seeing them without the visual effects, to see them raw.

The Eighth Blunder of the World (18:49) - This extra long blooper reel showcases flubbed lines or prop malfunctions and even some shenanigans behind the scenes with the crew. Not the funniest reel Iíve seen, but still quite fun (with Jack Black leading the way).

A Night at the Vaudeville (12:02) - A behind the scenes look at the Vaudeville performers who are briefly featured in the film. Some include an apple juggler, boxing ballerinas and the Fabulous Dennis Brothers. More throw away material than anything, but shows they wanted to get every aspect of the production for this DVD.

King Kong Homage (9:52) - Probably the more interesting of this set has various members of the crew, including Jackson, talking and comparing the different elements between this 2005 version versus the 1933 one. They specifically included various lines or shots as a way to honor the original while still making this different.

The rest can be read here: http://www.moviemansguide.com/review...gkong_extended

And to answer the question about audio: no DTS track...
Old 11-16-06, 11:27 PM
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Are the extra's the same as the 2 disk set?
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Are the extra's the same as the 2 disk set?
Nope 100% different. The 2 disc has the second part of the production diaries that were online before the movie came out. The one's on the Deluxe dvd are more regular featurettes
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Is the transfer any better on the EE compared to the theatrical cut?

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