King Kong Blu-ray

KingKongSquareThe earlier HD-DVD release of Peter Jackson’s unasked-for Kong remake proved to be a timely showcase for the format’s potential, even if the startling clarity of the transfer, replicated here, betrays the CG origins of some of the effects. As a viewing experience, Jackson’s labour of love is laborious yet lovable, and one could question the need to swell the three hour-plus running time by an extra 14 minutes. It’s too slow, and too long – but for sheer sound and fury, you can’t argue with Kong.

EXTRAS: The paucity of special features – only Jackson’s commentary, a gallery of production art, and picture-in-picture behind-the-scenes material make the leap to the new format – means that fans who already own the 3-disc special edition will want to hang on to it, rather than trade for the upgrade.

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