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King Kong (2005/Universal Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: C     Film: B

 

 

Universal used Peter Jackson’s King Kong as one of the premiere titles to support the now-defunct HD-DVD format and it has been one of the most awaited Blu-ray reissues around.  Now that it has arrived, turns out to be a slightly upgraded version of that old release and the film itself holds up satisfyingly well after a while, especially in a world of commercial filmmaking where digital effects get dated quickly.

 

For all you need to know about the film and the previous best editions of it, go to this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/4629/King+Kong+(2005)+HD-DVD

 

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is the exact same HD master that was on the previous editions and holds up nicely as noted.  So that leaves the upgrade of the sound from Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 (we never rated that format so high in the history of this site and now, it is for all practical purposes, dead) to DTS HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 which is better than the DD+ (as it is also known), but what is holding it back from a totally higher grade is a few moments of sound coming from a distance (old machine guns on the jungle, Kong punching a bus) that do not deliver as 100% full in impact and fidelity as they should.  Why, who knows, but it is a problem worth noting.  However, everything else is warmer, cleaner, fuller and the great sound design is otherwise in full swing.

 

The only extras (unlike that loaded DVD set) are the same interactive U-Control of the dead HD-DVD and the extended version of the film, but the picture-in-picture and art galleries are exclusive to the extended version that was not even available on HD-DVD.  You also get BD Live functions never before available and this dual layered Blu-ray (known as a BD-50) also includes a really good audio commentary track on the extended version only by Jackson and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Philippa Boyens.  Guess it will take a more expensive set to add all the other extras, but this is now the definitive Kong and for playback of the film, leaves all other versions behind.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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