Movie Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell and John C. Reilly.

See the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all. This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

The movie follows a group of people that includes an expert tracker, photographer, scientists and soldiers who head out to explore this uncharted island located in the Pacific Ocean. Upon their arrival, they’re immediately greeted by Kong (King of the Island) who marks and defends his territory while violently taking out over half of the group in this first meeting with the giant. The scary thing is, Kong is the good guy on the island because these human adventurers accidentally stumble upon all kinds of new creatures during their expedition. They also meet a tribe of friendly natives as well as an American fighter pilot who has been marooned on the island since WWII. The mission to this mysterious new world quickly turns into a fight for survival as the small group of survivors find out more than they wanted to know about this mythical location lost to time. They have to run for their lives while Kong tries to protect them from an even more dangerous creature that also calls this island home.

Okay, there’s so much good about this movie. I liked the concept for Kong: Skull Island that thankfully wasn’t another retelling of the same old story. Instead, we get something completely new and original for the giant ape that has not only gotten a new look but he’s been super-sized. This is the biggest incarnation of King Kong to date and for good reason – he’ll be battling it out with Godzilla in a few years! I guess the only thing I didn’t like about this new look was that the ape stood upright and never got on all fours at all. It’s not much of a gripe and honestly I’m okay with it because the movie was so much fun. The cast did a really good job with their characters (some likable and some not so much) and they were all fun to follow. The locations also played an important part in this movie that was filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii, Australia’s Gold Coast and Vietnam, filming across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has a flat black finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kong: Skull Island was so much better of a watch than I thought it was going to be. I knew it was going to be fun because it’s King Kong but there’s something really awesome that helps this movie standout among its predecessors and that’s the originality and imagination that went into making this new take on the giant ape. There’s an exciting story, interesting characters and some impressive direction in this fast-paced action-adventure that never slows down from beginning to end. Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivered the goods that was complimented by some breathtaking cinematography along with some impressive special effects. There’s also John C. Reilly who is fun to watch in just about any movie he’s in and he doesn’t disappoint here. This movie also serves as the official introduction to the MonsterVerse that King Kong will be sharing with Godzilla and several other monsters and I can’t wait to see what how it all plays out. Kong: Skull Island arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on July 18th and is definitely worth checking out. Oh yeah, be sure you watch all the way through the end credits!

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s all kinds of awesome bonus content included with this home video release.  All of the special features can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Creating a King: Realizing an Icon (11:39)
  • Creating a King: Summoning a God (12:47)
  • Monarch Files 2.0 (07:58)
  • Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler (06:53)
  • Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography (02:19)
  • On Location: Vietnam (05:38)
  • Deleted Scenes (03:45)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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