Today: June 22, 2024

King Kong (’76) 4K Steelbook Unboxing

John Guillermin’s cult 1976 King Kong remake is a film that many have slept on over the years. Plagued by a troubled production history and copyright controversies, this fascinating but flawed entry in the beastly saga is ripe for reappraisal, and StudioCanal have made that a very inviting prospect with their stunning new 4K restoration. 

While elements of the film have aged rather badly – the restoration carries a disclaimer about the offensive attitudes/stereotypes, and Kong’s climactic and explosive final stand atop the World Trade Center is certainly jarring in a post-9/11 world – Guillermin’s King Kong remains a solid slice of 1970s monster mayhem, boasting an all-star cast (Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin and more), incredible effects, and an unforgettable score from John Barry.

We took a look at the beautiful Limited Edition Steelbook release…

Synopsis: The towering new 4K restoration of the 1976 event movie reimagining of the classic monster story, KING KONG. Primate palaeontologist Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) sneaks aboard an expedition to the uncharted Skull Island, warning the ruthless oil executive Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) against exploiting its resources with an ominous message about “the roar of the greatest beast” from previous doomed explorers. En route they rescue aspiring actress Dwan (Jessica Lange), the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Upon disembarking on the island they discover a strange primitive world of mystery and danger, where the natives live within the confines of a vast wall to protect them from the giant ape god, Kong. Dwan is abducted and offered as a sacrifice to the savage beast, before the crew rescue her and capture Kong to take him to New York. Wilson views him as a profitable Broadway attraction, but the ape has other ideas and escapes to rampage through the streets of the Big Apple.

Extras: Extended TV cut (180mins approx), deleted scenes, interviews, trailer, audio commentaries, poster



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