Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of 'King Kong'

Peter Jackson

Running Time:
240 mins

Out to buy on DVD 05/12/05

"Welcome to the King Kong production diaries"

Since he was twelve years old, director Peter Jackson has been dreaming of remaking the movie that sparked his imagination and drew him into film. That movie was 'King Kong' and now he has the chance to realise his dream. With pre-production finished, Peter Jackson and his cast and crew move into the production phase and the director is keeping a weekly video diary for the entirety of the shoot.

After unprecedented success with 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, interest was always going to be high in Peter Jackson's next project but when he announced it was going to be a remake of a classic, everyone couldn't wait to see what he could do with 'King Kong'.

A filmmaker who knows he is making movies for the audience and not just himself, Peter Jackson has taken the unique approach of keeping a video diary throughout the entire production of 'King Kong'. These diaries where then released onto the Internet via the 'Kong is' website every week, giving fans and anyone who is interested a fascinating insight into the making of a huge budget, visual effects fill extravaganza.

Now in another first, the diaries from the production element of the filmmaking process (the actual recording of the life action elements) have been released on DVD before the film is actually released in cinemas. Released in Widescreen and with a far better picture quality than its Internet counterpart, there are fifty-four diaries covering the entire live action shoot.

Each diary gives you exclusive access to the set as we see Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and the rest of the cast in action. The diaries take you behind the scenes of New Zealand shoot as the filmmakers create New York, the Venture and Skull Island in Jackson's home country. Informative and fun, each dairy takes you through the entire filming process, revealing how a visual effects intensive film such as this is filmed, showing the green screen techniques used, the miniatures, the sets and how 1930s New York was created in New Zealand.

With over four hours of diary footage covering only the production element of the film, you can understand why Peter Jackson and Universal Pictures have released the Production Diaries on DVD before the film. With Pre and Post production diaries still available for the DVD release of the movie, this is an excellent opportunity for fans and anyone interested in filmmaking to see how a huge budget movie is made. Peter Jackson again breaks boundaries and sets a new standard in audience access to a movie.


Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Stereo 2.0 soundtrack, the diaries have improved picture and sound qualities from those seen on the Internet.


The Making of a Shot: The T-Rex Fight (16.28 mins)
Director Peter Jackson and his visual effects team take you behind the scene of one of the most ambitious scenes in the movie, the T-Rex fight. Here we see how the T-Rex's were designed, both in model and CG form, their movements and deciding their look. We also see how the virtual Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) was created for the more dangerous elements of the fight and of course we see the star of the show, Kong himself. After the director and his team has have explained how the scene was made, we get to see the completed sequence.

Credits (6.14 mins)
As a precursor to the actual DVD credits, star Andy Serkis stalks the DVD team and gives them a taste of their own medicine. This is a funny little extra on an already packed DVD.


This is basically a DVD extra packaged on its own so you can't really rate it. The added bonus of the 'The Making of a Shot: The T-Rex Fight' diary is excellent and a real must see for fans. This is an excellent package and will be a great compendium to the movie.


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