This newly mastered print of King Kong should help restore the movie to its rightful place in film history. Even in a scratchy third-generation television print, we responded to Kong as a believable character. With the remastered print, we can clearly see his surroundings. The jungle looks as though it might have leaped from a Gustave Doré illustration. The intricate multi-plane compositions enhance the dramatic tension as the hero and heroine flee for their lives.
Both DVD editions have the movie on one disc and the special features on a second disc. The special features include two first-rate documentaries: I’m King Kong! The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper [ME: THIS IS A GREAT DOCUMENTARY], as well as RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World. If you buy the DVD, try advancing the Kong action scenes one frame at a time. There are places throughout the film where you can see a metal stand or measuring apparatus positioned next to Kong — but only for a single frame.