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King Kong Box Set (Classic 4 DVD Collection)

5

We all know the original 1933 version is still a beauty but this poxy 'Box Set' is a bit of a beast - particularly when compared to the embarrassment of goodies on the Region 1 edition. Brits get the original (hence the five stars, but already available on DVD), a pointless colourised version and a couple of claggy exploitation flicks (King Kong Vs Godzilla and King Kong Escapes). They've also thrown in a dreadful doc that feels like it was made in 1975, which has a wonderfully comic voiceover from a phlegmy old man who e-NUNC-iates all the wrong sylla-BULLS.

Over in the US, the concept of a commemorative cash-in is a little more substantial: commentary track from stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen; a gigantic, multi-part Making Of documentary; deleted scenes; test footage; Harryhausen's underrated 1949 version of the other great-ape movie, Mighty Joe Young... Clearly, this isn't fair. Lounge's advice? Don't play the game. Rediscover the 1933 version by picking up the Special Edition. The one currently on Play.com for £7.99...

 

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