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New Kong Coming

Post by Richard » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:13 pm

Peter Jackson, of "Lord of the Rings" fame, will be releasing (yet another) version of "King Kong" this coming December:

http://www.kingkongmovie.com/

I hope it will not be as bad of some of the re-releases I have seen..hopefully not.

I don't think anything will ever surpass the original 1933 movie with Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong.

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Post by Barry » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:16 pm

There is only one.

I've probably seen the original more than any other film, although not for a fairly long time.

I was a fanatical fan of it (and the original Dracula with Lugosi) when I was a young kid and watched it every time it would appear on one of the local UHF channels, which was pretty regularly.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:36 pm

I've seen the trailer and it looks like the special effects are what the film is about. I can't imagine anything beating the original.
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Post by Brendan » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:52 pm

Wow! A remake of King Kong! I see a remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is underway. After Bewitched the movie, Dukes of Hazzard the movie and the oh-so-deep character acting of Fantastic Four and X-Men 2 its hard to understand critics saying creativity is dead in Hollywood. :roll:

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Post by Richard » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:53 pm

I agree, Ralph, I think it would be impossible to match the original. I think I have seen the film at least 15-20 times, Barry.

I read something kind of interesting, a while ago, about Max Steiner, who composed the music for the original 1933 film. Steiner was a very talented musical composer, but mainly chose to compose background music for movies. (during the depression era, you can understand that movies would be a more lucrative option). I am not sure if Steiner composed much for media other than motion pictures. I do know his music greatly enhanced King Kong.

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Post by Ralph » Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:59 pm

Steiner was incredibly prolific:


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Composer (Music Score)/Musical Direction/Supervision: Born May 10, 1888 - Vienna, Austria
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Post by Richard » Mon Aug 01, 2005 5:16 pm

I didn't realize just how prolific, Ralph.

Also, I just remembered he composed the music for "Gone With the Wind"

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Post by Ted » Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:16 pm

“Have you ever heard of…Kong”?
As for Steiner, as iconic as King Kong is, he’s a flash in the pan next to Max

Judging from the trailer and if memory serves me well as far as Jackson’s cinema influences are concerned, this should be a worthy remake… that piece of crap that De Laurentiis produced (John Guillermin directed) besmirched the good name of Kong.

Ralph Wrote:
I've seen the trailer and it looks like the special effects are what the film is about.
That is a real hoot Ralph.
As if the original wasn't/isn’t all about special effects.

From what I can see this new version will tug at the heartstrings as well

’Twas beauty killed the beast”

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Post by Ralph » Mon Aug 01, 2005 6:31 pm

Richard wrote:I didn't realize just how prolific, Ralph.

Also, I just remembered he composed the music for "Gone With the Wind"
*****

The movie about the devastating early 20th Century hurricane down South? Think I've heard of it.
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Re: New Kong Coming

Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:30 am

Richard wrote:Peter Jackson, of "Lord of the Rings" fame, will be releasing (yet another) version of "King Kong" this coming December:
:roll: I can hardly wait.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:32 am

Ralph wrote:Steiner was incredibly prolific:
Crikey! That ain't the word for it!
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Post by Ralph » Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:56 am

Corlyss_D wrote:
Ralph wrote:Steiner was incredibly prolific:
Crikey! That ain't the word for it!
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Crikey was also a score composer? I can't find anything about him/her on the Web.
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Post by Richard » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:40 pm

I was cricked by trying to watch all of the terrible remakes of the original King Kong.

By the way, a link between King Kong and Gone With The Wind, other than Max Steiner.

The large wooden barrier, in the orignal "King Kong" (the large wooden wall and gate) was never dismantled after the filming of the movie.
I'm sure you remember the scene, in Gone With The Wind, of the horse and buggy moving across the screen, in the foreground, with Atlanta burning in the background. To make that scene, they needed to put a torch to something. The old King Kong wooden barrier was burned and that was the source of the background flames, in that scene.

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Post by Ted » Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:01 pm

The old King Kong wooden barrier was burned and that was the source of the background flames, in that scene.
That’s some mighty good research Richard
I guess when Kong devotees protested the burning of the wall the response from the producers of Gone With the Wind was:
“Frankly We Don’t Give a Damn”
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Post by Richard » Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:10 pm

You are quite right, Ted.

And an alternative ending to GWTW could have been Rhett turning to Scarlett and saying "it was beauty who killed the beast".

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