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Was My Favorite Of The Deleted Scenes From The 76 Kong. Correct
Me If I'm Wrong, But This Was In The Original Theatrical
Release. The Film Was Complete For The Most Part When I Saw It
On Dec. 18th, 1976.
These Captures Are From The French Special Edition, Quite A Nice
Set If You Can Find It.
Production Diary Updates
Days 115 And 118. Go See Them At
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Day 118: The Hellfire Shoot
Day 115: The Sound
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"Brought Home The Big One"!
Joe DeVito's Next Stop........
For those in the New York city area
who may be interested, I will be signing for KONG: King of Skull
Island this Thursday, March 24, starting at 6:30pm at
Borders Books and Music Cafe
461 Park Ave and 57th St.
New York, NY
212 980 6785
As usual, there will be original art on display, collectible
postcards and more. There was a great turn out for the last
signing which went on for almost two hours. Hope to see you
As things stand now, this will be my last signing until May.
April dates are filled with talks for the 'One Book' initiative.
For more details on these and other Kong happenings please go to
the 'News' section of either www.kongskullisland.com or
Jay Found This 76 Info Over
Alternate Versions for
- The Film had 45 extra minutes of
footage added to it for its two part TV premiere.
- Additional scenes include the
- A lengthy scene in a Surubaya bar
showing Prescott drugging a Petrox crewman.
- A scene of Joe & Boan playing
cards & being interrupted by a Captain Ross on the
loudspeaker calling all hands to assemble in the mess room.
Boan wisecracking about Petrox bought by Howard Hughes &
working for the CIA.
- A scene of a mexican crew member
named Garcia spying on Dwan while she's showering,ends with
Jack tossing Garcia overboard with a life preserver.
- A scene showing the crew watching
an old movie on TV. Roy Bagley observing the oil-like
substance under a microscope, he swigs some wine & calls for
a boat to take him ashore.
- Longer battle between Kong & the
gigantic snake,ends with an alternate and less gory take of
Kong killing the snake & beating his chest.
- Extra footage of Kong breaking
through the wall.
- Before Jack enters Dwan's dressing
room he is confronted by a security guard.
- Additional dialogue between Dwan &
- During Kong's rampage a Petrox
head exectutive tells Wilson he's fired.
- After Kong steps on Wilson,the
camera pulls back to reveal that all that's left in Kong's
footprint is Wilson's hat.
- A scene of Dwan & Jack talking &
running down a street trying to hotwire a car.
- A scene of a car running in front
of Kong,Kong picks it up & throws it against a
building,where it explodes.
- The three hour, two-part television
version also includes:
- A longer scene of Kong attacking
the elevated train.
- A longer scene of Kong hiding from
search helicopters at the East River waterfront.
- -Additional dialogue between Jack
and Dwan in the bar.
- -Two brief, additional clips of
the military gaurding the Queensboro Bridge.
- -An alternate, extended scene of
Kong destroying the power station.
- -A longer scene of the City
Official concurring with military advisors at City Hall,
including a general telling the official they don't have
time to get Prescott's head examined, and another advisor
telling the official that standing around won't get him
- Extended scene of Kong peering in
the window at Dwan in the bar.
- A short scene of a military
official ordering jet fighters to be aborted and choppers
sent in instead.
- A scene of Jack stealing a
discarded ten-speed bike and racing after Kong down a New
- Three short clips of Kong
lumbering down Wall Street with Dwan in hand.
- A brief clip of the helicopter
gunships taking off.
- An extended scene of Kong climbing
the World Trade Center and pausing to rest a moment about
Kong 33 DVD Release Getting
Digital Bits (Thanks to Jay for finding this one.)
Finally this afternoon, in the "around the Net category", Noel
The Onion A.V. Club
has just posted
an excellent 3-part DVD feature
comprised of interviews with Warner's Feltenstein, Home Vision's
Lee Ferdinand and Something Weird Video's Mike Vraney. It's a
great read, with lots of interesting information. Included in
the Feltenstein piece is word that Warner has just gotten their
hands on a high-quality element of the original
from Europe (apparently the main reason behind the delay of the
film's highly-anticipated DVD release). On a brief side note,
is a publication close to my heart, as it was launched in
Madison, Wisconsin back in 1988, while I was a student at UW-M.
Why... I recall reading the very first issue over a beer at the
Rathskeller. Good times indeed.
The Onion A.V. Club: The
George Feltenstein Interview.
O: Does fan input play a role in
what you release? You have websites like The Digital Bits
that keep people updated on what's coming out, but that also
advocate and educate.
GF: To a large degree, yes. I
constantly monitor all those sites and forums. But that
represents only part of the voice of the consumer. You're
dealing with the extreme enthusiasts, and they may not be
numerous enough to support the release of a specific title. You
need more of a broad appeal than just niche fans. But we
participate in live chats with them, and we'll explain sometimes
why a particular title isn't available yet, whether it's legal
problems, or looking for elements, or something like that. You
know it took us literally until just a couple of months ago to
get a proper element on King Kong, which is like one of
the ultimate, perfect DVD releases. Everybody thinks we held off
because Peter Jackson is remaking the movie, but that's just a
coincidence. There was an element in Europe that we wanted to
get our hands on, and it took a lot of negotiation with the
archive that had it. We finally got it, and the restoration is
under way. People always think there's some kind of conspiracy.
Kong Is King Production Diary
Updates: Days 108, 110, And 113.
Day 108: Make Up
Day 110: The Universal Summit
Day 113: The 2nd Unit
How About This For News?!?!
Fresh And Dope!!!
Kong hard going, says Jackson
Peter Jackson admits he has found shooting King Kong in
Wellington much tougher than anticipated.
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald this week,
Jackson described himself as in "survival mode" since filming
began last September on the $200 million film.
"We had some perceptions that this would be easier than The Lord
of the Rings. It's only easier in the sense there's one film
instead of three, but it's a tough film to make," he said.
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Day 105. Oh Yeah, Pete Got Some Sleep.
Joe DeVito Signs For Fans!
send over some shots from the last signing in Syosset, NY. It
was great to meet everyone and talk all things Kong for a good
part of the evening. Of particular note was a young Kong fan
named Vincent. If his interest and knowledge of King Kong lore
were any indication, the memory of Kong will be in good hands
for generations to come!
The next signing is:
Saturday, March 12, starting 2PM
801 Bethlehem Pike
E North Wales, PA
215 412 2655
Hope to see you there.
Won't Be The Same.
- Debra Hill, the "Halloween" writer-producer who
rose through Hollywood's ranks to become one of the industry's
pioneering woman producers, died Monday, according to family
friend Barbara Ligeti. She was 54.
Hill had battled cancer for 13 months,
Ligeti said, but was working on several projects, including a
film about the last two men pulled from the rubble of the Twin
Towers following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, until
her last days.
Rest Is At
The Mercury Times
This Seems Familiar But
Fangoria.com Posted It
March 7: KING KONG art unveiled,
Jackson and Watts talk
printed this very cool piece of production art for the KING KONG
remake that recently wrapped under director Peter Jackson, for
Universal release this December. Jackson told the paper that the
new film is aiming for scary intensity: "We obviously are being
PG-13, but I want to try to get a head being bitten off
somewhere in there, sneak one in past the ratings board." The
article also reveals that Jack Driscoll’s character has been
reimagined from a seaman in the 1933 original to a playwright
(played by Adrien Brody) working on a movie script for filmmaker
Carl Denham, portrayed by Jack Black. Of the funnyman’s
unorthodox casting, Jackson says, "He’s an actor at the end of
the day. A very good actor, as I am discovering more and more as
we go along."
KONG heroine Naomi Watts discusses working with Andy Serkis, who
performed the movements that will be used to bring the CGI big
ape to life. "They’re filming us both at the same time," she
reveals, "so all Andy’s movements are matched up to mine. Andy
went to Rwanda, where he studied and fed gorillas," and his
research was so thorough that "you kind of forget you’re working
with a guy, not a real gorilla." The actress also comments that
"This is the biggest film I’ve made, and I had a few minutes of
worry whether this would be the only thing I’m remembered for.
I’m also about 15 years to old to play it." Watts, soon to be
seen in THE RING TWO, is 36; Fay Wray was 26 when she made the
’33 film, and Jessica Lange was 27 in the 1976 Dino De
Laurentiis update. —Michael Gingold
This Just In From
Peter Jackson opened up his Wellington
studios last week to give roughly two hundred people a sneak
peek at footage from "King Kong" reports
All guests, including exhibitor reps, international distributor
UIP and a Universal Pictures delegation, were obliged to sign
confidentiality agreements. Jackson screened 18 minutes of
footage of the $160 million remake, showing off his Weta digital
workshop and lavish sound mixing facility.
Displaying some of the miniatures, he explained how he told his
tech crew the miniature forest had to show the effect of wind
rippling the branches and leaves as the big ape lumbers through
it - apparently a feat never pulled off before.
Thanks to 'Booga'
King Kong screening for movie execs
Film industry players from around
the world got their first glimpse of footage from the latest
re-make of "King Kong" when they were flown to director
Peter Jackson's native New Zealand.
Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" film
trilogy was a huge source of pride for many in the Pacific
island nation, whose raw beauty was the backdrop for much of
the "Rings" series and now for the remake of one of the
world's most famous monster movies, the 1933 classic "King
The Rest At
Who Are The People In
Kong's Neighborhood? Find Out At
KIK In P.D.
Adrien Brody, who stars in Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong
remake, told SCI FI Wire that he sees his character as a
departure from the emotionally charged roles he's played in the
past in such films as The Pianist. "King Kong is
really wonderful, because it's a chance to not subject myself to
the emotional torment," Brody said in an interview. "Now I am
physically abused. I'm spending 11 hours on a harness shooting
stunts and doing these things that you can't put somebody else
The Rest At
Quint here typing on my very
nice and pretty Powerbook in Wellington, New Zealand.
Specifically, I'm sitting in the big A Stage of Stone Street
Studios as the crew of KING KONG slowly returns from lunch. I've
been here since the 5th of February and I'm leaving tomorrow, a
full 4 days earlier than planned at the insistence of Paramount
to catch the last day of shooting on WAR OF THE WORLDS. I know
you hate me. Hell, I hate me.
The Rest Is Over At
A Day In The Life Of Peter
Jackson: Kong Diary Day 100.
I've Tried To Isolate Some
Cool Shots To Give Us A Little More Than A Fleeting Glimpse.