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KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April 1

Postby GaryT » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:43 am

Blu-ray.com is reporting that Universal will release KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPE on Blu-ray on April 1. U.S. versions only, no extras.
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby TylerPreston20 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:56 am

GaryT wrote:Blu-ray.com is reporting that Universal will release KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPE on Blu-ray on April 1. U.S. versions only, no extras.

I don't see any article anywhere confirming that.
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby DannyBeane » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:08 pm

I just bought these on DVD a few months ago. I can wait a few years to upgrade.
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Postby Ultra T-Rex » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:15 pm

I'll be getting these either way, but disappointing they won't be including the Japanese versions. Would be nice if Universal could go the extra mile.
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby GaryT » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:43 pm

TylerPreston20 wrote:
GaryT wrote:Blu-ray.com is reporting that Universal will release KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPE on Blu-ray on April 1. U.S. versions only, no extras.

I don't see any article anywhere confirming that.


http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=235851

And see the post from this morning by "John Doe" here:

http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/vie ... &start=350
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby TylerPreston20 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:12 pm

GaryT wrote:
TylerPreston20 wrote:
GaryT wrote:Blu-ray.com is reporting that Universal will release KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPE on Blu-ray on April 1. U.S. versions only, no extras.

I don't see any article anywhere confirming that.


http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=235851

And see the post from this morning by "John Doe" here:

http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/vie ... &start=350

But that's the thing, how would we know if they're trustworthy? They haven't shown us any press releases, any emails, nothing to confirm that these films are getting Blu-rays. Also, why would any company release on April Fool's Day? :)
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Postby klen7 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:15 pm

TylerPreston20 wrote: Also, why would any company release on April Fool's Day? :)
Cause it's a Tuesday?
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Postby Ultra T-Rex » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:21 pm

TylerPreston20 wrote:But that's the thing, how would we know if they're trustworthy? They haven't shown us any press releases, any emails, nothing to confirm that these films are getting Blu-rays. Also, why would any company release on April Fool's Day? :)


The guy who broke the news on the blu-ray.com forums has a great track record with being right about these things, and it's not really surprising Universal would want to cash in on the new movie like any other company, so I see no reason to doubt it.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:48 pm

US versions only no extras? PASS. Big time.
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Postby Joseph Goodman » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Weren't these films remastered in recent years, due to the 2008 Universal fire destroying the old masters used for the dvd? For being from old dupes, the DVD's looked really good. The only real "flaw" was the somewhat purplish shadows on KKvsG, which I image are due to it being from a faded interpositive.
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Postby TylerPreston20 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:37 pm

And looks like Amazon now has links for both movies:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/King-K ... B00I3C1T6G

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/King-E ... B00I3C1T7A

Well, bust my bubble, he was right. I never owned King Kong Escapes in any form, so I'll get that. I'll also get the US cut again for King Kong vs Godzilla, only for the HD transfer, despite me owning the German steelbook. Still don't get why they pick April Fool's Day. :P
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Postby GaryT » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:49 pm

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Postby canofhumdingers » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:44 pm

Well, it is disappointing that they once again chose not to include the japanese cuts but I'm sure I won't be able to resist double dipping on these. I'm a sucker for even the slightest improvement in video quality and it's hard to say no to Kaiju on Blu! (there's a pacific rim joke in there somewhere i think...)
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Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:50 pm

We'd all love the original Japanese versions, but I honestly never expected Uni to get them. I'm still giddy with the prospect of these new releases because:

-I genuinely love the US versions of both, KK vs. G mostly for nostalgic reasons (and the pacing is slightly improved), and KKE is a legitimately great one (and 2/5th of the cast speaking English anyway!).
-Universal's versions are in better shape than their Japanese counterparts! Even if you're a sub only traditionalist if you want to pop in a disc and see Godzilla fall into the fiery, poison gas pit or King Kong fight Gorosaurus in the best quality you'll want these discs. The DVDs look great so I imagine these will only look better.
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Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:07 pm

No Jp version = no buy.

I'll continue to wait until Toho finally releases it on BD.
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Postby klen7 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:12 pm

Linda Miller in HD?! ::swoooon::
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Postby Cookie » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:16 pm

If real, I have no problem getting these. Looks like my son an I will be having some fun this year.
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Postby gojira_fan » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:34 pm

Too bad they aren't the originals.


Oh well congrats to those who will enjoy these but I'll pass for now. However this May bode well for other Godzilla films with no licensing issues.
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:40 pm

I can understand (but disagree) with those who'd avoid the Americanized King Kong vs. Godzilla... but come on: Americanized King Kong Escapes is totally awesome!!!

Honestly, I can't imagine watching the film without Paul Frees dubbing over Hideyo Amamoto to create maximum supervillian synergy.
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Postby Gwangi » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:31 pm

lhb412 wrote:I can understand (but disagree) with those who'd avoid the Americanized King Kong vs. Godzilla... but come on: Americanized King Kong Escapes is totally awesome!!!

Honestly, I can't imagine watching the film without Paul Frees dubbing over Hideyo Amamoto to create maximum supervillian synergy.


Amen to that!

When you had guys like Rhodes Reason or Nick Adams, I always prefer the dubbed versions, because of the improvisation they provided, which was probably a lot better than the original written material they were given.
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:07 pm

lhb412 wrote:I can understand (but disagree) with those who'd avoid the Americanized King Kong vs. Godzilla... but come on: Americanized King Kong Escapes is totally awesome!!!

Honestly, I can't imagine watching the film without Paul Frees dubbing over Hideyo Amamoto to create maximum supervillian synergy.


The only way I could see myself buying these is if they are cheap and the covers look great.
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Postby JimPV » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:12 pm

lhb412 wrote:I can understand (but disagree) with those who'd avoid the Americanized King Kong vs. Godzilla... but come on: Americanized King Kong Escapes is totally awesome!!!

Honestly, I can't imagine watching the film without Paul Frees dubbing over Hideyo Amamoto to create maximum supervillian synergy.

I'm with those that find the English KK vs. G pretty dopey. But I'm with you a zillion percent when it comes to the American dubbed KKE. Saw it as a kid and loved it; I'll be all over this blu!
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:17 pm

I'm enormously happy about King Kong Escapes. It's one of my favorites, and while I half-suspected Universal would whip out a Blu-Ray of their version of KKvG to tie into the new movie there wasn't really an impetus to release the other Toho Kong film. I'm happy they decided to anyway.

We all remember their previous DVD versions were released to coincide with PJ's King Kong, right?
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Re: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES on BD April

Postby klen7 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:14 am

Dr Kain wrote:The only way I could see myself buying these is if they are cheap and the covers look great.
You know what does look great? The adorable Linda Miller! ::SWOON!::
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Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:48 am

Cheapness would probably be the only way I'd bother. Covers don't sway me at all. Not with the way I have my movies racked. I don't see any of the covers, only the spines.
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