Jack Black is adequately cast as the sleazy movie man, with Brody playing yet another seen-it-before man in love and Watts topping it off with a performance that is best during those quiet moments. But the real star, actually the real actor here is Kong and not just for the chest beating and scenes of bravado. When a filmmaker can take you into the eyes of a CGI character and you can actually see what the big guy is thinking, there is genius at work. This Kong is more then an empty shell - itís a living, breathing, feeling creature that takes the audience aback with its complexity. Actors in Hollywood take note, you could learn a lot from the big guy, heís making you guys look lazy. (And yes, I am still giving props to actor Serkis for his work!) As far as Iím concerned, this film earned the damn Oscar for special effects - itís magical. And even though I havenít been ďwowedĒ recently by big budget films, Peter Jackson and his mighty Kong have temporarily restored my faith in all things large.
The Volkswagen Touareg And King Kong (2:05): A look at a commercial that was put together for the car in the film. A quick but nevertheless fascinating featurette that wets the appetite for more!
Plus there is also a Trailer for the film WISH YOU WERE HERE, under the heading of See More Of NYC In ďWISH YOU WERE HEREĒ .
Introduction By Peter Jackson (3:32): Jackson, still looking rather gaunt (donít loose too much weight bro!), gives an outline of the features on this 2nd Disc. He explains, as will I, that there is three ways to watch this disc. The first is a Play All, which gives you two hours and forty minutes of the Post Production diaries of King Kong, the second is by Date, picking a sequence from a specific time, or you can go the route of the third option, choosing your viewing by Department (sound, visual effects music, ect.). Plus there are two documentaries Ė one on New York in 1933 and one on Skull Island, which also have their own Play All option that includes the Post Production Diaries too! Itís a cavalcade of choices that one should come to appreciate from a filmmaker as gifted as Jackson, it makes his gigantic film opus even more mammoth. Consider me officially intrigued.
Post Production Diaries (2:32:30): What is most fascinating here, but is common place to those who checked out KongisKing.com, is just how much Director Jackson is willing to let the audience see. Here is a cinema creator, a celluloid magician if you will, willing to expose any and all secrets about the making of his film. In the day and age of featurettes and commentaries that divulge nothing and are merely ass kissing sessions, itís good to see someone out there remembers that sometimes itís nice to let the audience in on the process. Jackson goes full steam ahead, no holds barred, as he invites everyone who wants to see inside his mystical world. Highlights from this uber long and great two hour plus diary entry include watching Andy Serkis do his physical work as Kong (riveting and revolutionary!), seeing Jack Black during re-shoots proclaiming his newfound acting prowess and then proceeding to beÖwell, Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Black goofing off during ADR (Black even goes sans pants!) and all the small details in various departments of the film. Itís a Kong fanís dream and it delivers handsomely.
Skull Island: A Natural History (17:02): While Skull Island is a fictitious place, this documentary treats it like a real one, but in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way, with various key crew talking about the creatures and landscape. Itís a unique way of getting the info out to the fans, but I canít say that this would not have been better suited as a straight on featurette. Credit for originality, but marks off for not getting to the point.
Kongís New York, 1933 (28:26): A look at the period of 1933 in New York, using many authentic photos and film footage, plus we hear from experts and historians about the time. Itís less about Kong, more about New York, which is just fine. Itís a documentary thatís definitely worthy of being on The History Channel, thorough and educational. (But in a non-boring way complete with vaudeville and fire breathers!)
Plus look for a Green Bug Hidden Easter Egg (0:43) that shows the product and the process of how the action figures and collectables for the film were created and sculpted. (Gimme, gimme!)