The second part of AVATAR, The Way of Water, is currently ushering in a new era of cinema. Exactly 90 years ago, this was already the case with the first film adaptation of King Kong, which many people do not know is based on a story by crime guru Edgar Wallace. There have been a few sequels and remakes. The best of them is certainly John Guillermin’s version from 1976. And that’s exactly what you can win now.
King Kong, whether it’s 1933 original or the remake, is iconic. There are so many metaphors and allusions in the visionary story that it would take a long time to list them all.
KING KONG 1933
In the 1933 film, for example, there was clear criticism of how ethnic groups, nature, and wild animals were treated. The romance between King Kong and the white woman Ann Darrow (1933/2005) and Dwan (1976) is reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast” on the one hand and stands for diversity on the other. Mind you, filmed in 1933 and 1976.
Therefore, King Kong is much more than just a mere horror film. It is a society-shaping screen spectacle that has not lost its appeal and thrill to this day. Of course, the original from 1933 remains unmatched. Because, until then, such effects and such a story had never been seen on the screen. In this early period of cinema, Merian C. Cooper and his team, but above all Willis O’Brien and Buzz Gibson, who were responsible for the special effects, created a masterpiece for eternity.
At that time, the audience in the cinema panicked, the production seemed so real. And that’s still the case today. Because the love of detail and history is everlasting.
KING KONG 1976
But John Guillermin’s remake from 1976 can also compete with the original. In some moments, it even surpasses it. At least in terms of sex appeal.
DWAN (JESSICA LANGE)
Above all, this remake introduced a new star, Jessica Lange. From the first second of her appearance, she fascinates not only the male audience with her beauty and an authentic dose of naivety. Her relationship with King Kong is legendary and probably the strongest statement of diversity ever. However, you literally have to read between the lines to get the true message. Because it’s about prejudice, racism, and much more.
JACK PRESCOTT (JEFF BRIDGES)
Jeff Bridges a.k.a. Jack Prescott, on the other hand, represents the fledgling environmental movement that was establishing itself at that time. For him, life, no matter what creature, comes first. For him, it’s important to get to the bottom of things, to understand them, and to acquire knowledge. That’s why he repeatedly shows others their half-knowledge or their indifference, even when it comes to foreign cultures.
FRED S. WILSON (CHARLES GRODIN)
Fred S. Wilson, played by Charles Grodin, represents the corrupt, money-hungry, superficial society. All he cares about is oil and profit. For this, Wilson is willing to sacrifice the flora and fauna of a wonderful island. That decadence, which King Kong denounced in 1976, is stronger today than ever. That’s why the film’s message of practicing modesty and reflecting on the true values of life is still up-to-date.
WIN A BLU-RAY STEELBOOK OR TWO BLU-RAYS
Fortunately, King Kong has now been restored and pressed on Blu-Ray as well as UltraHD 4K Blu-Ray. And the latter even in the ultra-chic Steelbook.
Since it is not easy to find time for classics with all the flood of pictures and films, we would like to help by giving away 3 cool King Kong discs:
- 1x 4K Blu-Ray Steelbook
- 2x Blu-Ray
Legal recourse is excluded. Winners will be notified personally (not publicly). Much luck!
Text: Marco Kokkot
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