King Kong (1933)

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  1. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    I haven't bought the English version of this classic, as I heard it is a truly awful disc. I recently discovered that it was released in France too, with the following artwork:
    [​IMG]
    Can somebody please comment on the quality of this release, or tell if the French subtitles are removable?
     
  2. Hendrik

    Hendrik Supporting Actor

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    ...(French) subtitles are optional... disc includes 'long' version (US, restored) and the (French-language only) 'short' version... image quality is as 'good' as can be expected from a movie from 1933, ditto for the sound - in all: quite good, really, considering... disc extras include re-recorded music extracts... if you like the movie, I recommend this release (no comparison to the dire UK release!)...
    http://www.dvdfr.com/dvd/critique.php3?id=2218
    Groetjes!
    . . . [​IMG] . . .
     
  3. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    Thanks Hendrik! One little question though, if you don't mind: do you have this info first hand, or was it translated from the French review? I'm asking because I was just about to order it, when I read the following on www.cinestore.fr:
     
  4. Hendrik

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    ...you can choose between:
    1) the 'short' (French language only) version
    2) the version longue (VOST = English language + French subs)
    ...and...
    3) the version longue (VO = English language without subs - the 'purist' version,
    so to speak [​IMG] )...
    http://www.dvdfr.com/dvd/fiche.php3?id=2218
    ...'n zeer verzorgde uitgave...
    . . . [​IMG] . . .
     
  5. Mark_vdH

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    Hendrik, Thanks again. Will order it soon.
    ....Als ik ooit iets voor je terug kan doen....[​IMG]
     
  6. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan Stunt Coordinator

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    Did I convert the currency correctly?

    14.30 USD for the King Kong DVD?

    And, how much for shipping since my French is as bad as my German.

    Meaning I couldn't translate French, or German, if my wife's life depended on it.

    Oh, and has anyone ordered from Cinestore?
     
  7. Mark_vdH

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    You converted it correctly, Bob.

    International shipping is expensive, though. Cinestore charges another €15 (again 14,30 USD, or 14.35 through the converter I use) for shipping to the States.
     
  8. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    BTW, if you're interested in some other classics that have their best (or only) release in France, be sure to check:

    Rules Of The Game (La Règle Du Jeu)
    The Magnificent Ambersons (nice collector's box)
    Apocalypse Now Redux (2 dvd's)

    and maybe (as I don't have it myself) also:

    Bringing Up Baby

    AN:R and The Ambersons have some features that are French only, though.
     
  9. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    Is there another online store that sells French import DVD's, but with an English storefront? My French is so poor that I'd probably end up with an Olson Twins movie.

    -Dave
     
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  11. JohnN

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    Mark,
    Another option is to buy the Spanish release from http://www.DVDGO.com which does have an English storefront.
    I bought a copy from them some time ago and the picture quality is great. The disc has selectable English or Spanish audio tracks.
    JohnN
     
  12. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    Thanks John, but I already bought the French release [​IMG].
     
  13. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    www.dvdzone2.com has a French and English store for those with trouble translating
    I have no idea about shipping costs to the US, there should be somebody who has experience
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Roland Wandinger

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    I would definitely recommend the German version of King Kong:
    http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...084397-6028052
    I have two other releases from the same French label that has released King Kong (The Leopard Man and Cat People) and they have serious compression issues while the German version has good video quality and some extras!
     

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