Its been eight years since the first DVDs creeped into test markets. Since that time, pretty much all of the greats have made it to disc: The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Star Wars (the funkified versions). But finally, on of the last holdouts is coming to DVD. King Kong will make his way from the jungles to New York and the rest of the country in November thanks to Warner Home Entertainment.
Warner has long held the rights to the classic monkey tale, but has had a heck of a time meticulously restoring the film to do it some proper justice. Now two versions of the film are coming down the pike. The first edition will contain the film restored in its original fullscreen Academy ratio along with an audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston plus two documentaries. A larger box will also include a souvenir program and postcards.
The two sets will be priced at $26.99 and $39.99 respectively and will arrive on November 22nd. For those of you keeping track this will make 98 of the AFI’s top 100 films on DVD. (Hurry up Jazz Singer and African Queen).