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King Kong Ult. Ed. (2005) NOW IN 4K UHD -- July 11, 2017

Postby The Shadow » Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:41 am

-- with thanks to Kukulele over at the Blu-Ray.com forums for first posting about this over there.

Yesterday morning, Universal's Facebook page for King Kong (2005) woke up for the first time in months with the following post and image (I shrunk the image down a little):

https://www.facebook.com/KingKongOfficial/

Bring home the thrilling epic adventure of the legendary ape with the King Kong Ultimate Edition Blu-ray, available Feb. 7th. Loaded with over 13 hours of bonus features, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!


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By the time I saw this over at the Blu-Ray.com forums, the folks there had done plenty of discussion on the "over 13 hours of bonus features", and the discussion seems to have settled on the 13 hour number being being about the right time for this new release to include ALL the extras & additional material produced for this movie so far. That's all the extras from the original DVD release, all the extras from the Extended Cut release, and everything from the Production Diaries DVDs.

Hopefully Universal will provide some more details soon, especially with the release date right around the corner. The announcement works out well for me, I thought I had picked up a blu-ray copy of the movie already but on looking I haven't found one. I never picked up the Extended Cut DVD either, though I do have the production diaries, and now I can just wait for this release instead of scouring the stores for a deal on the existing blu-ray.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:22 am

I'd much rather see Universal give us a Blu of the '76 Kong... with some decent extra instead of just a barebones offering. Maybe the Japanese BD for their master? C'mon. Do it Universal! (I expect them to puke up anything & everything they have to leech off the Skull Island release.

Keeping fingers crossed... :mrgreen:
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:55 pm

^Isn't Kong '76 with Paramount? They had a distribution deal with WB, but that's expired. They are beginning to put out catalog titles themselves, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:53 pm

Yep, you're right... Paramount. I have the DVD but keep hoping for a loaded Blu-ray because...

1) I just enjoy the film, warts & all.

2) With all of the $$$ that went into this film I know there are lots of cool info & behind the scenes pics of the human suit w/ Rick Baker and the giant animatronic 1/1 scale Kong.
I know these photos exist because I had a "Making of..." paperback that was PACKED with tons of really cool photos & drawings. Stupidly, I sold the book year ago. (Duh!)

3) F/X work alone warrants an in-depth bonus content section; let's see interviews with Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi.

4) Main 3 stars are still alive and active. Let's see fresh interviews with Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin, and anyone else willing to stop in and share memories of the film. (Some vintage interviews, and premier footage, press conferences, etc. would also be nice.)

5) Let's get a look at the conceptual & promotional artwork; let's see pics or footage of the product tie-ins (board games, posters, Burger King collectible glasses, puzzles, etc. etc.) that flooded the market during the film's initial release.

6) Some info on the tremendous John Barry score would be welcome, too.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Shokara » Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:33 pm

I'm also surprised that Paramount hasn't announced a Blu-ray release for King Kong (1976) yet, even if it were going to be just a bare bones release. I'll certainly take this, though. Nice to finally have a release that potentially has everything produced for it up to now in one convenient package. :)
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:05 am

Jinzo Ningen wrote:I'd much rather see Universal give us a Blu of the '76 Kong... with some decent extra instead of just a barebones offering. Maybe the Japanese BD for their master? C'mon. Do it Universal! (I expect them to puke up anything & everything they have to leech off the Skull Island release.

Keeping fingers crossed... :mrgreen:


The Japanese BD is cheap and the movie and special features play on US machines because we're in the same region.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:07 pm

OK. Thanks for the heads-up. I just went and ordered the JPN blu. I should have remembered that their stuff plays in US machines since I bought the Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster blu from Japan a month or so ago. Took a while to get here, and I'm sure this one will, too. But I'm in no hurry. )With my luck, Paramount will announce a MASSIVE, bonus-stuffed 2-disc Blu-ray super ultimate hyper-deluxe release of KK'76 the day my JPN blu arrives. LOL.)
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Gwangi » Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:50 pm

I didn't think much of Kong 76, but I am surprised at Paramount not taking advantage of another King Kong theatrical release, to promote their own film for blu-ray, not to mention it is the 40th anniversary. Earlier on this thread, it was mentioned that they should do interviews with the three leads. Jeff Bridges actually became a professional photographer as a result of his character doing the same thing in 1976, so that would have been an interesting perspective.

As for this new 2005 blu ray, I actually won those Kong dairies in a contest, so I am fine with not purchasing this new release.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:39 am

Well if it does indeed contain all the extras ever released I'll part with my first run DVD that had that Skull Island Mockumentary on it, the "directors cut" DVD and the first run BD. I really need to condense my collection down I have a lot of multiples.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:52 pm

Wasn't the DVD release of the original Kong delayed a few years so as to tie-in to the release of the 2005 remake? Makes this new release feel quite appropriate.

Jinzo Ningen wrote:Yep, you're right... Paramount. I have the DVD but keep hoping for a loaded Blu-ray because...


I'm feeling your wishes will be granted... if Shout Factory picks up the rights from Paramount. If Paramount does it themselves or licenses it to KINO I imagine we'll just get the extras from the international releases (Rick Baker interview, deleted scenes, and trailer).
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:22 am

Welp its safe to say I'll be getting rid of my DVDs and BD of this and replace it with the new BD.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Deathless » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:13 pm

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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:38 am

"Ultimate Edition"?

They make it even LONGER?

I've seen the movie twice since theaters and each viewing was so exponentially worse than my theatrical experience for me that I've just called it a day with this movie. Blegh.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:15 pm

^ Oddly enough, there are scenes in the director's cut that I think should absolutely be in the film, while there is about an hour's worth of stuff that's in the theatrical version that I'd cut.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:57 pm

lhb412 wrote:^ Oddly enough, there are scenes in the director's cut that I think should absolutely be in the film, while there is about an hour's worth of stuff that's in the theatrical version that I'd cut.

Such as the entire relationship between Jimmy and the Firstmate(?) talk about character development that went no where.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:16 pm

^The little added backstory stuff for Ann at the beginning, the crew's first encounter with a dinosaur and the raft attack are all elements from the director's cut that should have been left in. Those last two essentially fill the same narrative purpose as the brontosaurus stampede in the theatrical version, but are much better. Leave them in and drop the stampede, I say!

Several of the subplots could be dropped entirely, others shortened. Basically; anything that's not Kong and Ann (the two heroes of the film who's relationship is the spine of everything good about the film) should be on the table.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby tbeasley » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:11 am

I like this movie, there are a ton of cool ideas about Skull Island (which you can read about in the great World of Kong tie-in book), but the 'more is more' approach (especially in the extended cut) can be a bit tiring... Jackson hasn't been able to shake that approach off post-LOTR and it definitely had a negative impact on The Lovely Bones and The Hobbit trilogy (which should have been a two-parter at max).
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:01 am

We got this in at Wal-mart. It's $14.97 but our website has it for $13.44 so you can price match it keep in mind it might not be available at all wal-marts though since mine got it it should be available at most if not all.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby lhb412 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:30 pm

Looked at this at the store today: it has a nifty holographic cover!

Still, I'm content with my original Blu-Ray with just both cuts of the movie. It's the same disc as the Ultimate Edition disc 1; the new stuff is the extras disc. Still, for those hoping for all the extras plus and imprioved visual experience: the 4K version is on the way.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=21239
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat May 06, 2017 1:51 am

I watched the extended cut for the first time recently, and it definitely pushed me into the "maybe I'll grab the original Blu-ray if I find it in the bargain bin" camp. Nothing in the extended cut really 'did it' for me in terms of improving the overall experience in any way....and that's with me enjoying the film as a whole more than I have in quite some time (I'd been hewing closer and closer to "It's a bad movie with some good moments," but now I feel like "It's a good movie, marred by some AWFUL moments") I'm honestly more interested in seeking out shortened fan edits.
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Re: King Kong Ultimate Edition (2005) -- Feb 17, 2017

Postby The Shadow » Mon May 15, 2017 4:39 pm

Heads up! Amazon currently has King Kong Ultimate Edition on sale for $7.99

No idea how long that price will stay, so if you're interested in the 2005 film now is a great time to pick it up.

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And in other news, Universal is releasing a 4K UHD set for the 2005 movie on July 11, 2017. Currently available for pre-order, Amazon is selling it at $27.99. The first major difference (outside of switching to a black case) is that the 4K release drops the DVD in favor of the 4K disc. I assume only the theatrical cut is in 4K (as that's what usually happens) but I can't find a good image of the back to verify that.

Extras-wise the upcoming 4K release appears pretty much identical; I did a comparison with what Amazon has listed for the 4K and standard blu-ray versions and there are a couple differences that likely don't mean anything but I thought folks should be aware.

The 4K release extras list is missing or replaces these specific entries that are on the normal blu-ray release:

--Digital Copy of King Kong - Extended Version (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

--Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

--See More of NYC in "Wish You Were Here"


***The digital copy & Ultraviolet entries are replaced with:

--Digital Copy of King Kong - Ultimate Edition (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.


***The 4K release adds a second line noting commentary by Peter Jackson and Philipa Boyen; I assume this is an error rather than an entirely new commentary for the 4K release:

Commentary entry on both releases: Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen

Extra entry listed on 4K release: Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer/Producer Peter Jackson and Co-Writer/Producer Philippa Boyens

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