During their press event earlier this week, Warner Home Video has revealed plans to release a single-disc version of the 1933 classic King Kong this spring also, and has now followed up with more details about the release.
With equal parts adventure, horror and old-fashioned romance, “King Kong” is a milestone of movie-making that has endured for more than seven decades. Recently named as one of the 100 Best Films of All Time by Time Magazine, “King Kong” premiered in New York City in 1933. The film was an instant success, breaking box-office records to become one of the top moneymakers of the 1930s. “King Kong’s” state-of-the-art visual effects, entertaining story and touching conclusion captivated audiences and started a worldwide love affair with the giant ape.
A film ahead of its time, “King Kong” defied the technological limitations of the ‘30s. Special effects pioneer Willis O’Brien’s revolutionary stop-motion animation was not only technically brilliant but also highly imaginative and continues to impress even in today’s era of computer-generated wizardry. Directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, with a rousing score by Max Steiner, “King Kong” stars Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray, whose memorable performance as damsel in distress Ann Darrow cemented her place in pop culture and earned her the nickname “The Queen of Scream.”
The release will feature the same wonderfully restored transfer as the Special Editions released earlier, but won’t feature any extras. Arriving on March 28, and with a price tag of only $14.95, this release is targeted at viewers who simply wish to revisit the movie without all the frills of the Special Editions.