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

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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Very Good Look at Kong
6 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong (2005)

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Impressive documentary about the making of KING KONG, the 1933 monster movie that changed history and created one of the most legendary icons of the century. Rudy Behlmer, Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Rick Baker, John Landis, Fay Wray, Bob Burns and Frank Darabont are among the people interviewed here and it's clear that they all have a strong passion for the giant ape. The documentary starts off talking about Merian C. Cooper and how his various adventures help create the story of Kong. Mix his story in with the silent film THE LOST WORLD as well as the abandoned RKO picture CREATION and you've got what eventually became KING KONG. The documentary runs just under 90-minutes and it really gives you a great idea of all the trouble that the filmmakers had to put up with to get the final product on the screen. There's talk about the various issues with the special effects, the budget concerns and we even get to hear about the studio forcing some of the actors into doing THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME so that they could get another film out of it. There's stories about the huge hit that the film became and we also get to hear about the 1938 release that caused countless cuts the violence and sexuality in the film and we hear about all the scenes that are still missing. This here leads to a discussion on the lost spider pit sequence and this takes us to a rather large portion where Peter Jackson and his team recreate the sequence and we see this in full. I think the film would have been better had it just stayed focused on the KONG story. The stuff with the spider pit probably would have been best with its own film and we even get a very long sequence where the script to CREATION (1931) is read. I think both of these could have been done in their own documentary but still, there's no question that fans are going to enjoy this documentary because of the wealth of information there is in regards to that 1933 classic.


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