King Kong Escapes - So I just watched the BD to this and there are some issues I have with both the movie and the BD itself. For the BD, the video quality is actually quite good, better than I was expecting, but then, I never saw how it looked on DVD. Chance are though, if you have the DVD, there is no reason to upgrade to the BD unless you want to support Kaiju movies on BD in the US. There is not even a main disc menu, it is only a pop up menu when the movie is playing, and your only options are PAUSE, CHAPTERS, and SUBTITLES. I could have sworn Universal said the movie was going to include its original Japanese trailer, but there is not a single thing on it. Honestly, there should have been a lot more for $13 as this should not have cost anything more than $5.
As for the movie, it is pretty decent. The plot is okay, but the editing is bad at times as some scenes just don't make sense. For example, Carl, Susan, and Jiro are in a helicopter they have been told is going to Tokyo, and they are suspicious, but then they are suddenly in Dr Who's lab. Sure, we knew who the pilot was, but it just does not make sense because it just seems like they did not put up any sort of fight whatsoever and we are supposed to believe that. Another scene is the boss lady's sudden interest in Carl and everything dealing with the prison served absolutely no purpose. Then the trio escape, the boss lady tells them to come on, and in the next scene, Susan is in a yellow dress while the other two are still in their uniforms. WHAT?! The Kong costume is atrocious and his head is gigantic. The music is a good score, but could have been much better as it gets repetitive. The battle with Mecha Kong was not as cool as I remember, but it was nice to see them do something using Tokyo Tower instead of just your standard wrestling match style of fighting. Finally, the dubbing is pretty good when Dr Who is not on screen as they seemed to be able to match the lip movement pretty good for everyone BUT him. I will say Susan's "KONG!" is so god damned annoying after a few times. Did they have her sniff helium between takes?
Overall, I definitely feel the movie was a lot better when I was a kid, but that does not mean I hate it. In fact, I am glad to finally own even if it is dub only. As I said, you definitely don't get your money's worth of the disc, so if you are unsure as to whether or not you get it, you might want to wait to see if it goes on sale later on, as I doubt it is going to go anywhere any time soon. If you don't own the movie in any form, then you should probably get it if you don't mind spending more than you should for it. In the long run, I give the movie a 6/10 and the BD itself a 6/10.
Last edited by Dr Kain
on Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.