Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong" generally did well with both critics and auds, and if it didn't conquer the B.O. the same way "Lord of the Rings" did, it still qualifies as a blockbuster hit with more than $550 million grossed worldwide. The film is exciting, creative and a triumph of special effects wizardry. That said, this special edition isn't quite as special as it might be.

Peter Jackson’s remake of “King Kong” generally did well with both critics and auds, and if it didn’t conquer the B.O. the same way “Lord of the Rings” did, it still qualifies as a blockbuster hit with more than $550 million grossed worldwide. The film is exciting, creative and a triumph of special effects wizardry. That said, this special edition isn’t quite as special as it might be.

Thirty-five postproduction video diaries, previously available online at KongIsKing.net, comprise the bulk of the extras. They cover everything from the horrors of the international junket days to motion capture.

Andy Serkis, the man behind the beast, scoffs at the notion that principal photography is completed at that point, noting, “we’re actually shooting principal photography on Kong now.”

There are no deleted scenes or audio commentaries on this release, which points to a later super-deluxe DVD release, which Jackson has already suggested he wants to do. And given their earlier availability online, the diaries may be a little disappointing for aficionados. This edition also doesn’t include production diaries that were previously released on a separate DVD, which means if someone wants all the diaries, they need to purchase two DVDs.

Between the diaries, there is a great deal of material to be sure, but to keep asking fans to purchase DVDs to get it all seems more than the big ape himself could swallow.

King Kong

March 28; Double disc: $30.98

Production

A Universal Studios Home Entertainment release of the Peter Jackson film.

Cast

With: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Andy Serkis.
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