RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' (2005)

Video  |   |  Documentary  |  22 October 2005 (USA)
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An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of King Kong, one of the most influential films ever made.

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Credited cast:
Daniel Bennett ...
Additional Venture Crew (as Dan Bennet)
Graham Binding ...
Himself / Sailor #4 Eaten by Octopus
Shaun Bolton ...
Jon Burlingame ...
Bob Burns ...
Charles Chiodo ...
Edward Chiodo ...
Stephen Chiodo ...
Randall William Cook ...
Himself (as Randy Cook)
Rich Correll ...
Mark Cotta Vaz ...


An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of King Kong, one of the most influential films ever made.

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This feature-length documentary is featured on the Two Disc Special Edition and Two Disc Collector's Edition DVDs for King Kong (1933), released in 2005. See more »


References The Four Feathers (1929) See more »

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The Only King Kong Documentary You'll Ever Need!
5 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is great. If you are a fan of the original 1933 King Kong, this is a must-see. It contains lots of footage, pictures, and in depth interviews with people like Peter Jackson, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Ray Harryhausen, and even Harry Knowles of "Ain't It Cool News".

This isn't just about the film, it gets into the history of the filmmakers (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack), their past films, and the history of RKO.

They talk about the story, the history, the special effects, the music, the sound effects, everything that made King Kong great. The highlight, personally for me, is the whole segment on the "Lost Spider Pit Sequence", which, if you don't know, is one of the greatest mysteries in the history of cinema. I just love seeing Peter Jackson and his crew rebuild it using vintage, original equipment, just like in the '30's.

Overall, this is an excellent documentary, and they did an excellent job given the limited information they had.


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