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Finally...'King Kong' on 01/20/09


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#1 of 30 David Wilkins

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Posted November 11 2008 - 08:08 AM

Looks like we'll get the theatrical and extended cuts via seamless branching. I believe I'll have one.

Here's a link to the release news from Hi-Def Digest.


'King Kong' to Roar on Blu-ray this January | High-Def Digest

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Posted November 11 2008 - 08:12 AM

Since it is only $30 I won't complain that the Production Diaries are not included. I was expecting a $70 set with everything, but, if that was what was released I honestly wouldn't be able to afford it right now. So, good.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 08:14 AM

Whaa??? Theatrical and Extended? Ah a worthy upgrade from the HD DVD. Who says size doesn't matter?

Hopefully this is an "official" official announcement. You never know these days.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 08:32 AM

Considering its Universal and so far, I consider their BDs among the best...the DTS track that "should" be included (which was not in the original SD DVDs)should be nothing short of staggering...

I do think the lack of extras is disappointing. Even though it has both cuts, the fact that..."Extras carried over to the Blu-ray will see only a single audio commentary with Jackson and screenwriter/producer Philip Boyen (on the extended version only)." is a let down.
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#5 of 30 David Wilkins

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Posted November 11 2008 - 08:39 AM

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Considering its Universal and so far, I consider their BDs among the best...the DTS track that "should" be included (which was not in the original SD DVDs)should be nothing short of staggering...

I do think the lack of extras is disappointing. Even though it has both cuts, the fact that..."Extras carried over to the Blu-ray will see only a single audio commentary with Jackson and screenwriter/producer Philip Boyen (on the extended version only)." is a let down.

I agree to some extent. But having both cuts, DTS-MA sound, with a very appealing price tag...is very welcome news.

No doubt, at some point we'll get a super-duper, all-inclusive edition. But this will do nicely in the meantime.

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Posted November 11 2008 - 09:11 AM

Could the title of this thread be updated to show that this is the 2005 version and not the 1933 (or 1976) versions?

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Posted November 11 2008 - 09:14 AM

Never got around to getting the DVD because HD was starting to emerge, and never got HD-DVD because I never got into the format.

I will definitely purchase this day one. Posted Image

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Posted November 11 2008 - 09:38 AM

I'll replace my HD DVD for the lossless audio and extended cut buy why didn't they just make it a 2 discer and include the 3 hour making of documentary???? Poor move....

#9 of 30 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted November 11 2008 - 09:55 AM

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I agree to some extent. But having both cuts, DTS-MA sound, with a very appealing price tag...is very welcome news.

No doubt, at some point we'll get a super-duper, all-inclusive edition. But this will do nicely in the meantime.

Agreed. I'll be getting this one as well, especially since I never got into HD-DVD.

I guess this just means I'll keep my existing 2-disc SE DVD indefinitely. That's what I planned to do in certain cases anyway partly for the missing extra features on some BDs and partly for (infrequent) occasions when BD playback would not be feasible (yet).

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Posted November 11 2008 - 10:17 AM

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I agree to some extent. But having both cuts, DTS-MA sound, with a very appealing price tag...is very welcome news.

No doubt, at some point we'll get a super-duper, all-inclusive edition. But this will do nicely in the meantime.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 11:24 AM

The timing will certainly be a shot in the arm for post-holiday sales. They're going to sell a small mountain of these things.

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Posted November 11 2008 - 12:03 PM

Universal is a class act when it comes to video/audio quality but, in terms of doing right by providing consumers previously available bonus features, they represent the absolute embarrassing bottom of the barrel.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 02:13 PM

i have abbout everything in extras already so i'll be happy with this release.
now what to do with the hd dvd copy.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 02:33 PM

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Universal is a class act when it comes to video/audio quality but, in terms of doing right by providing consumers previously available bonus features, they represent the absolute embarrassing bottom of the barrel.

I couldn't agree with you more. I'm happy to be rid of my HD-DVD copy, but if I want to keep even the bare minimum special features (deleted scenes, the gag reel, the bit with Frank Darabont and Rick Baker), I have to hold on to the 2006 Extended Edition.

I sincerely doubt they'll put a deluxe version of this out anytime.

I'm glad I didn't get rid of my HD-DVD copy of THE THING; the Blu-Ray takes the awesome documentary and shoehorns it into a U-Control video track! Bleah.

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Posted November 11 2008 - 03:42 PM

I'll get this one. I've a feeling that when the BD is released we'll have a new reference track insofar as audio is concerned. I salivate at that thought!

I always felt the HD DVD has outstanding video quality, so I look for the BD to do equally if not slightly better due to a higher bandwidth.

More exciting than the lossless upgrade is the chance to have both versions of the film.

On my definite TO BUY list.

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Posted November 11 2008 - 04:25 PM

This is good news, both cuts, lets hope they do the same for the Lord of the Rings films.
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Posted November 11 2008 - 04:45 PM

Can't wait. Hope all the extras are there in menu selectable format and not chopped into u-control hell tho!!!!

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Posted November 11 2008 - 05:33 PM

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Can't wait. Hope all the extras are there in menu selectable format and not chopped into u-control hell tho!!!!

On the one hand, I enjoyed the PiP-type thing and related BD-J features somewhat for a couple releases so far, including Leatherheads. But on the other hand, it does seem like the whole thing is a serious mixed bag w/ lots of room for improvement in general -- it really depends on the exact implementation for each release.

For instance, the so-called "Smart Takes" feature/version of Get Smart w/ "62% more laughs" really didn't work for me at all. IMHO, the whole thing kills all the comic timing period and essentially renders the point more or less moot. Posted Image Of course, I often find gag reels not all that funny anyway because they may be presented out of needed/proper context (though some do work as is anyhow), but this particular version of this approach definitely seems far worse -- OR maybe I just didn't give it enough of a chance(?). Posted Image


RE: Ron-P's hope for LotR, well, The Bits already reported rumor that the release likely coming in 2009 will probably just be the theatrical version w/ rumors suggesting that Peter Jackson wants to wait for the theatrical run of The Hobbit before releasing some superduper version w/ the Extended Edition. If that's the case, I *might* only pick up RotK when it comes out (at least initially anyway).

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Posted November 12 2008 - 10:59 AM

I have this on hd-dvd and am down for getting the blu-ray version for the extended cut.

Hopefully this doesn't turn out to be a Universal DNR title where it could look as good/better than the hd-dvd but DNR gets added so it looks worse. Universal's blu-ray catch-up titles have been hit or miss so who knows how this will be....

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Posted November 12 2008 - 01:23 PM

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I'll get this one. I've a feeling that when the BD is released we'll have a new reference track insofar as audio is concerned. I salivate at that thought!

I always felt the HD DVD has outstanding video quality, so I look for the BD to do equally if not slightly better due to a higher bandwidth.

More exciting than the lossless upgrade is the chance to have both versions of the film.

On my definite TO BUY list.


The DD+ is allready reference, so I think it is safe to say that the DTS-MA track will definately be reference. I still hold the DD+ track on the HD-DVD as one of the best sound experiences on either format. It can only get better with DTS-MA. Posted Image


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