Friday, May 1, 2015

Cinema Cycle - King Kong (1933)

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE VIEWED: 04/29/2015

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 40 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A promoter with no scruples captures a gigantic wild beast to put on display to the public with disastrous results.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Beauty killed the Beast.  On a deeper level, man needs to shepherd the environment not exploit it.  In that respect, Kong is similar to the gulf oil spill and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

PROS AND CONS: Positives and negatives about this film are somewhat superfluous.  This film is a classic and watching it again only solidifies that notion in my mind.

By today's standards, the special effects are somewhat laughable, but for their day, they were astounding.  The viewer has to remember that this was the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jurassic Park of its time.  With that in mind, the level of sophistication on the cinematography in this work is really mind blowing.  The acting, not so much.  

This laserdisc has to special features.  One are the scenes that were deleted after the original showing of the film, because they were deemed too violent.  They are put back in for this edition and they really are rather disturbing.  Mostly where prehistoric beasts rip the arms and legs from helpless humans.  

The other bonus on this disk is the audio commentary.  This audio track was one of the first to be used in this sort of media and is a bit crude but enlightening regarding the background story of how the film was made and the camera techniques.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on