(2017/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
A-/B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: B
of the silver screen's oldest and most beloved monsters, King Kong,
gets the reboot treatment again, this time starring in an original
prequel story - Kong:
in the same world as Gareth Edwards' Godzilla
(2014), the visually striking film is a bit more fun and takes it own
route, being the first film in a long time that doesn't recycle the
same old Kong story again. It's surprising that Director Peter
Jackson wasn't involved in some capacity, however, new director
Jordan Vogt-Roberts has a stylistic vision and creates a colorful
film that takes place in the 1970s. Featuring the biggest Kong to
is one of the better bigger budgeted Hollywood movies of the year.
stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jing Tian, Toby
Kebbell, Thomas Mann, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, John C. Reilly,
Corey Hawkins, and John Goodman. The film is produced by Legendary
Dark Knight Trilogy).
unique group of scientists, lethal military soldiers, and thrill
seekers journey to the mythical Skull Island - a place near seen by
human eyes. Home to a wide range of prehistoric and unique
creatures, the biggest one of them all - a huge gorilla known as
'Kong' rules the land. Once the team reaches the island, they are
met with hostility as they soon must struggle to survive in a world
where they don't belong... and no way of getting home.
is presented on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with HDR (high dynamic range
10-bit color), the stunning resolution of 2160p and an original
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and is paired with a 1080p Blu-ray
copy of the film as well. The colorful film is captured beautifully
on 4K and is paired with a lossless Dolby Atmos 11.1 track (Dolby
TrueHD 7.1 is on both discs as well) that is loud and very detailed
and definitely demo disc worthy. The film (which was shot in a
combination of film and UHD) has lots of reds and yellows will
crushed blacks and some blown out whites, which add to the period in
which the film takes place. The visual effects look great on disc as
well, which isn't always a guarantee due to the clarity of the image.
digital UV copy is also included.
a King: Realizing an Icon
a King: Summoning a God
Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
the Lens: Brie Larson's Photography
a different route than Peter Jackson and Universal's 2005 King
(also just being released on the 4K UHD format; we hope Warner has
the same plans for the 1933 RKO original) which had a Kong that was
more compassionate and a romantic than this new version, I found a
lot to like about Skull
and thought it was way better than its genre-sharing predecessor
(2015) in that it wasn't quite as hammy.
are some great moments here with Samuel L. Jackson's character
stylistically seeing Kong cutting down his team through mountains of
fire, John C. Reilly's bubbly shipwrecked character that gives the
team knowledge, and Kong fighting a sea creature with octopus like
tentacles. There are also some great visual throwbacks throughout to
earlier incarnations of the character, and an after credits sequence
that teases Godzilla
(2019), the next film in this 'Monsterverse'.
like to see the 1976 King
get some love in 4K Ultra HD or even in a U.S. Blu-ray version
(Paramount released that one, reviewed elsewhere on this site, plus a
sold-separately CD soundtrack), as currently the film is only
available in 1080p in France and Australia (our version). What a
you a Monster fan and like adventure films like the Jurassic
series, then you have to see Kong:
especially in 4K if you can.