Check out that beautiful artwork! King Kong (1976) starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange will finally be released to Region A1 Blu-ray in a special Collector’s Edition on May 11, 2021. The 2-disc edition from Shout! Factory will include both the 134-minute theatrical and extended 182-minute TV version of the film.
We’re still waiting on audio specs, but a previously-released Region 1 DVD from Paramount does provide English Dolby Digital 5.1 along with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, meaning, we should get at least 5.1 channel audio. [Confirmed: The movie will include DTS-HD 5.1 audio as well as a newly restored Theatrical DTS-HD 2.0 Stereo Track.]
Video resolution is 1080p at 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The additional TV footage was derived from a new 2K scan from the internegative for this Collector’s Edition.
King Kong (1976) Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray is list-priced $34.99. Buy on Amazon
- NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian Ray Morton (Author Of KING KONG – THE HISTORY OF A MOVIE ICON)
- NEW Audio Interview With Special Makeup Effects Wizard Rick Baker
- NEW Something’s Haywire – An Interview With Actor Jack O’Halloran
- NEW On The Top Of The World – An Interview With Assistant Director David McGiffert And Production Manager Brian Frankish
- NEW Maybe In Their Wildest Dreams – An Interview With Sculptor Jack Varner
- NEW There’s A Fog Bank Out There – An Interview With Second Unit Director William Kronick
- NEW From Space To Apes – An Interview With Photographic Effects Assistant Barry Nolan
- NEW When The Monkey Dies, Everybody Cries – An Interview With Production Assistants Jeffrey Chernov And Scott Thaler
- Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 And NEW Restored Theatrical DTS-HD 2.0 Stereo Track
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards, Behind-The-Scenes Photos
DISC TWO: EXTENDED TV BROADCAST CUT
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Additional TV Footage From The Internegative
- KING KONG Panel Discussion From The Aero Theater (2016)
Shout! Factory is offering a free 18″ x 24″ poster for a limited time with purchase of the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of King Kong (1976).
Synopsis: The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man – KING KONG! The timeless story of a beauty (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a beast comes to the screen in this ambitious production from Dino De Laurentiis. Charles Grodin is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp. New York City trembles with each echoing footstep of the towering ape set loose in the streets!