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King Kong (1976) Shout Factory Blu-ray: An excellent remake

Shout Factory will be releasing director John Guillermin’s King Kong (1976) on a collector’s edition Blu-ray. Release date: May 11, 2021.

The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man – KING KONG! The timeless story of a beauty (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a beast comes to the screen in this ambitious production from Dino De Laurentiis. Charles Grodin is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp. New York City trembles with each echoing footstep of the towering ape set loose in the streets!

This release will be a two-disc set that will feature the original theatrical feature film as well as the extended TV version.

King Kong (1976) — Photo
Image courtesy IMDB

Faithful in substantial degree not only to the letter but also the spirit of the 1933 classic for RKO, this $22 million-plus version neatly balances superb special effects with solid dramatic credibility.

Variety


Release date: May 11, 2021
Genre: Adventure / Horror


DirectorJohn Guillermin
CastJeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange
CountryUSA
Production Year1976
Discs2 Blu-ray Discs
RegionA
Run Time136 / 182 minutes
FormatsColor / 2.35:1
AudioEnglish
SubtitleEnglish
StudioShout Factory

King Kong (1976) trailer

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2 Comments King Kong (1976) Shout Factory Blu-ray: An excellent remake

  1. Curtis Martin

    I’ve been jonesing for this for over a decade. LOVE this version of KK. Such a great mix of witty camp and high adventure. It gets knocks for not being serious enough, but the screenplay is very intelligent and the humor helps a modern (well modern in ’76) audience accept the intrinsic craziness of the crazy premise. The story in ’76 is more about the people than the monster. And I happen to prefer the relative wonkiness of the physical effects over the wonderless CGI of more recent versions of Kong.

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