USHV Press Release: King Kong - Peter Jackson's Production Diaries

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Experience Three-Time Oscar(r) Winner Peter Jackson's Groundbreaking Multimedia Production Chronicle

    KING KONG
    Peter Jackson's Production Diaries

    Street Date: December 13, 2005

    Synopsis: For the first time in the history of cinema, film fans will have the opportunity to experience the production of a major motion picture from the unique perspective of a master filmmaker with KING KONG Peter Jackson's Production Diaries. The three-time Academy Award(r) winning director (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) personally invites viewers to immerse themselves in this unprecedented project, which combines a full-color book with more than 50 pages, four stunning production conceptual art prints and two DVDs to create a step-by-step, first-hand account of the film's intense eight-month production process. In another first, KING KONG Peter Jackson's Production Diaries will be released December 13, 2005, a day before KING KONG opens in theaters.

    Available for a limited time only, this handsomely packaged gift set is a must-own for every Peter Jackson and KING KONG fan. KING KONG Peter Jackson's Production Diaries is a beautifully crafted, limited edition work of art that comes with a collector's letter of authenticity. Introduced by Jackson himself, the package's 54 intriguing production diaries provide an unparalleled opportunity to see stars Naomi Watts (Oscar(r) nominated for 21 Grams), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Adrien Brody (Academy Award(r) winner for The Pianist) in action as they bring this thrilling tale to the screen. As a special bonus, the set includes a fascinating, detailed look at the creation of one of the film's most exciting action sequences - the fierce battle between Kong and the three T-Rex.

    Price: $39.98 SRP
    Gift Set Contents:
    * A full-color book with more than 50 pages containing dozens of on-set and behind-the-scenes photographs, drawings and images from the production.
    * Four exclusive production lithographs created by the conceptual artists at Big Primate Pictures and WETA workshop, commissioned exclusively for the production diaries DVD collection and suitable for framing.
    * Numbered letter of authenticity.
    * Two DVDs featuring 54 production diaries, an introduction from director Peter Jackson and a special look at the creation of the spectacular Kong/T-Rex battle scene.

    o Run Time: 3 Hours 46 Minutes
    o MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    o Technical: English Dolby Digital 2.0; English SDH; Spanish and French Subtitles
    o Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
     
  2. PaulP

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    So no Post-Production Diaries. Perhaps they will elease them separately, or include in a King Kong SE.
     
  3. Arnie G

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    I guess I'm a sucker but I think this set looks cool. Hopefully will be discounted a lot on release day.
     
  4. TheLongshot

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  5. John H Ross

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    SELLING what would ordinarily be free DVD extra features? Isn't this a bit dodgy?
     
  6. RickHeart

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    Ugh. So it begins...The Production Diaries...The Two Disc Special Edition...the Four Disc Extended Edition...

    I'm psyched for this film (b/c it's Peter Jackson), but they have these multiple releases down to a science.
     
  7. Mark Walker

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    I don't think these will be part of any subsequent sets on DVD.

    HD-DVD? Yes, of course.

    But I think Jackson has also make it clear with the 2 disc and 4 disc sets of LOTR DVDs he doesn't duplicate the bonus features: they are unique to the set their in.
     
  8. John H Ross

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    Which, of course, is the perfect way to force you to buy both sets! Personally I wish they WERE carried across. At least that way you could just go with the more expensive set and be sure you had everything!

    JR
     
  9. oscar_merkx

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    I have not seen anything of KK so far, which makes this dvd set very intriguing
     
  10. Haden

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    Those who said Peter Jackson is the new George Lucas were right... he sure knows how to milk the fans for all they're worth. Releasing DVD extras as its own seperate DVD for promotional/money-making purposes better not become a new trend.
     
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    Not counting package changes, all of George Lucas' movies have been released one time on DVD.
     
  12. Kain_C

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    Sure, but don't mention VHS, CD, tape, toylines, etc because that's a different story!
     
  13. MatthewLouwrens

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    How much time would be necessary to actually prepare these discs.

    It's just that I am disappointed this release will not have the Post-Production Diaries, and was wondering how late the release would end up being if they were included.

    The thing about the Production Diaries, unlike the internet documentaries inlcuded in the LOTR or Star Wars discs, is that these are essentially from a fan site, albeit a reasonably well-connected fan site. The DVD will have its own documentaries, covering the same material but in a different form. (In fact, one of the PDs had everyone complaining about how annoying the DVD people were.) So I'm not surprised they're being released seperately, since they are very different to what will be on the final disc, but they know that if they were to include both PDs and DVD documentaries on the final Kong disc, every reviewer will be complaining about repetition.
     
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    How evil of PJ/Universal forcing you to pay for those free videos instead of just downloading them! EVIL!
     
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    As good as the packaging looks on the production diaries, I can only imagine what the eventual Ultimate Super Gigantor Limited Edition Final Movie DVD packing will look like. hmmmm....maybe a furry cover with scars or something.
     
  16. Shaughan

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    With boxoffice receipts tanking, it is very understandable that a studio might try this marketing approach. No one is forcing anyone to buy it. I think that Universal's recent marketing efforts (i.e. Serenity) are innovative and clearly they are taking the current boxoffice slump seriously and taking measures to mitigate it.
     
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    As Shaughan just pointed out, no one is holding a gun to any fan's head here. Essentially, Universal and PJ are offering completists a nicely packaged, archival set of stuff they've (mostly) already made available for free. You might doubt the business case for such a release, but it's hardly an indication of malice toward the fans.

    That said, I noticed that KiK.Net has just been forced to take down Production Diaries 1-54 in anticipation of this release. That, I will concede, is rather shitty, although I bet with a little searching all the previous files can be found on p2p networks.

    Personally, I doubt I'm going to splurge on this upcoming DVD, despite the extra new tidbits that have been advertised. The production diaries, while a nifty glimpse backstage, have been exercises in the art of showing you all kinds of stuff without actually showing you anything. ("Welcome to the art of foley!" Zzzzz....) I'm hungry for some real special features that are able to go in depth about the production without fear of spoilage - the stuff that will be on the real DVD release of this film next year.

    Oh, yeah, and I'm looking forward to the movie too.[​IMG]

    --Jefferson Morris
     
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    Good thing I have them all saved [​IMG]
     
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    Geez, I don't see this as especially exploitative. I for one have never had the chance to sit and watch all the production diaries, and the few I've seen I'd rather see in high quality. On the other hand there is so much material that if these were packaged in the deluxe multi disc edition next year it'd be a six disc set.

    on the other hand if Jackson didn't have any new special features for next year's multi disc edition of King Kong and just put the production diaries on as the special features fans would be up in arms about that.

    Undoubtedly there are many fans who would like to own a copy of the production diaries rather than just a downloaded file and these fans would be up in arms if Jackson didn't release the diaries in some DVD edition or another.

    So how on earth is he supposed to please everyone, this release seems most likely to be the least offensive option but people are still up in arms. Mindboggling.
     
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    The site does not produce the videos. They just host 'em. The videos are produced by the Kong crew in NZ.
     

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