So Peter Jackson is doing a new "King Kong." We knew that. We lay awake at night thinking about it. Some of us, anyway.
That's good. Like, giant monkey-style good. Another good thing: He's working on bonus things for the DVD release of the original 1933 "King Kong," too.
The 1933 film will be out on DVD for the first time on Nov. 22, 2005, three weeks before the new movie's release. There'll be two editions. The more expensive of the two will be in a collector's tin (suitable for candy), with a seven-part documentary on the making of. Also included: commentary by stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen.
The doc will discuss the spider pit scene, where soldiers fall off a log
and are eaten by giant spiders. (Which proves my theory: Nothing good ever
happens in a ravine.) The audience was freaked out by the scene, and the
director removed it. All other edits to the movie were eventually restored,
except that one.
I wish I still had my Marvel Comics tabloid-size adaptation. The
comic-bookalization of the spider pit stuck with me much longer (to this
day, in fact) than anything in the Bridges movie.
What, in 1933, could have been the problem? Like people had never seen
people being eaten by giant spiders before. What did they want? More pies
in the face? Additional show tunes?
The Hollywood Reporter also says that our money will be taken again by a set with the two "Kong" discs, and DVDs of the original "Son of Kong" and "Mighty Joe Young."
Still no word on a DVD of Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange's 1976 opus. ("You chauvinist pig ape!") Much less the Brian Kerwin epic "King Kong Lives!" After all these years, still no love for the clean-cut deputy on "Sheriff Lobo."
Jackson is also considering special director's cuts of all other monkey-centric productions. A sample of his commentary on the collector's edition of "The Great Grape Ape Show":
"You can see the humanity in the ape's face, as Beegle Beagle puts him through yet another get-rich-quick scheme. I really admire the dialogue. Listen to the pathos hanging on each word as he says "Grape Ape. Grape Ape."