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Old November 17 2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

What do you all think? I found a brand new copy for 5 bucks. I'm of two minds of the film in general. 1) It's exactly what I expected.. a long adventure with all kinds of action, that I knew exactly what would happen and am along for the ride. and 2) It's PJ's vanity project, not only bloated but really not worth it.

The three disk set is cool though. His commentary is always insightful. My favorite aspect is to see the deleted scenes that are unfinished... a look at the strange greenscreen sets.
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Old November 17 2008, 01:09 PM   #2
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I defend this movie from time to time...but it really is too long. I don't know crap about making movies, but I really wonder when directors make 4 or 5 hours of movie...they do know what 2 hours is don't they? I mean...they've gone way beyong a good running time for a movie about a giant gorilla, do you need to see them swat giant mosquitoes for 4 minutes? Doesn't everyone know that people don't want to wait any more than 30 minutes to see the main attraction?
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Old November 17 2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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It's a high adventure movie that I wish they made more of. Just the visit to Skull Island alone would have made a good movie without the New York climax. However I would have trimmed A LOT of the begaining of the movie in New York. Like the whole scene with the invetors could have been shortened considerably.
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Old November 17 2008, 02:57 PM   #4
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

No movie about a giant monkey should ever be 3 hours.

Also, I found the relationship between the girl and Kong to be too sweet. I was worried I was about to see the most inappropriate sex scene of all time. I preferred how in the original, she liked Kong the way a person might like their cat but she was still scared of him.

There is some cool stuff in the movie though. But I just skip to those scenes when I pop in the DVD.
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Old November 17 2008, 03:06 PM   #5
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

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I was worried I was about to see the most inappropriate sex scene of all time.
You mean like this?
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Old November 17 2008, 04:54 PM   #6
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

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I was worried I was about to see the most inappropriate sex scene of all time.
You mean like this?
The heck? All I get is a blank window. Is there some fancy new Vista only video format out?
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Old November 17 2008, 06:59 PM   #7
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

An Extended Edition!?!

Oh, God...pure torture.

King Kong, The Phantom Menace, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider-Man 3...even the masters can make really, really shitty movies.
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Old November 17 2008, 11:48 PM   #8
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King Kong, The Phantom Menace, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider-Man 3...even the masters can make really, really shitty movies.
Curious:

Which of those "vanity projects" do you own on DVD?
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Old November 18 2008, 12:07 AM   #9
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An Extended Edition!?!

Oh, God...pure torture.
No kidding. The original might have been a decent movie had they edited it back to about 80 minutes or so. That's pretty much the length that the story deserves.

Plus I kept expecting Kyle Gass to wander into various scenes with his guitar.
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Old November 18 2008, 12:58 AM   #10
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

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King Kong, The Phantom Menace, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider-Man 3...even the masters can make really, really shitty movies.
Curious:

Which of those "vanity projects" do you own on DVD?
Just one.
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Old November 18 2008, 01:00 AM   #11
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King Kong, The Phantom Menace, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider-Man 3...even the masters can make really, really shitty movies.
Curious:

Which of those "vanity projects" do you own on DVD?
Just one.
Me, too.
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Old November 18 2008, 12:38 PM   #12
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

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Which of those "vanity projects" do you own on DVD?
Just one.
Me, too.
LOL--Me too!

A longer movie? Really, what this film needs is a "shortened" version rather than a longer one. Wouldn't it be nice to have an edited down version of some of these films.

When I was watching Kong the first time, I cared more about what happened in New York at the start of the movie than anything that was going on by the time they got to the island. Jackson, it seemed, wanted to make too different movies and perhaps should have done so. A King Kong movie, and then a companion piece about New York in the 30's.
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Old November 18 2008, 01:56 PM   #13
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I could have lived without the three V-rexes and the falling fight thru the vines!
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Old November 18 2008, 04:59 PM   #14
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King Kong Extended was a better film than the theatrical cut, it had a lot more monster action in it. I enjoyed the movie, but it's absolutely WAY too long. The first half of the movie is just ridiculously slow; the worst offender of all is all the screentime devoted to the relationship between Jimmy the annoying kid and the XO who mentors him; WHO CARES?

It would have made a brilliant 2 hour movie; cut out the endless character scenes and put in the extra monster scenes.

It's a shame he didn't make this before LOTR. If you go through all the bonus features you get a good sense of the original movie, it would have been a leaner action movie akin to the Mummy.

Adrian Brody's character was a heroic explorer instead of an actor searching for Skull Island. The movie opened with them searching for a map to its location in some country, action scene ensues. And it obviously would have been shorter!

I love every single bloated second of the LOTR movies, but that's because its my favorite book of all time. They earned the right to be 3.5 hour movies. But King Kong? The characters don't deserve so much attention.
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Old November 18 2008, 08:54 PM   #15
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Re: The King Kong Extended Edition 3 Disk set

I like the Extedented Edition. I don't care that it's longer than necessary.
if i want to watch it, I make sure I have enough time for it.
If the execution is good, and in this case it is, I have no problems to watch all these little side stories as well as the main story.
It's a little like reading a book.
What happens when you cut a story down to it's essentials you can see in the Potter movies. Those are very enjoyable movies, but most fans miss the side stories that expand the universe significantly.
If you care only about monkey action watch the theatrical cut or fast forward to the "good parts".
Me, I have the time to enjoy everything about it.
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