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King Kong (2005)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the November 2006 Extended Edition DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Peter Jackson and producer Philippa Boyens Rating:7.8/10 (18 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on November 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
In a nice touch, Jackson makes it a point not to talk about any material covered in the various documentaries or in the production diaries. So, this track isnít bogged down with technical information but with more of an emphasis on how they tried to capture the spirit of the historical period, character motivation, references to the original Kong and filming anecdotes. Listening to this track you also find out what was real (as opposed to CGI) and this more impressive than all of the CGI creations because it has become standard for this kind of film. Jackson and Philippa talk about the changes from the original and why they tweaked characters like Jack Driscoll. This is a solid, chatty track packed with loads of information and told in an engaging way that really conveys how much of a labour of love it was for Jackson.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on June 29th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
As The Cubist above me said, Peter makes a point of addressing the fact that he tries not to have any overlap between information in the commentary and information that can be found on the bonus features of the film itself. This is a treat, as some commentaries/movies out there have a lot of overlap between in these areas.

Highly recommend this track. Peter (Director/Writer/Producer) and Philippa (Executive Producer/Writer) wear enough hats that enable them to speak confidently about most aspects of the production and successfully navigate the movie's egregious runtime with very, very little dead air. They even manage to throw in a few moments of humour, which is a nice change from their (unfortunately) quiet and subdued manner of speaking.

For any fan of Peter Jackson, any fan of King Kong or any fan of movie production, this is a must-listen-to. Just maybe split it up between several viewings if you don't have 3+ hours to devote, ha ha.
Reviewed by Station51 on October 23rd, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
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Reviewed by Station51 on October 23rd, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
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