Sunday, October 17, 2010

King Kong (1933) on Blu-Ray Giveaway

The lovely folks at Warner Bros. sent me the ultra-sexy King Kong (1933) on Blu-Ray. Trouble is, I don't have a Blu-Ray player. ::whimper:: And I can't really justify buying a Blu-Ray player just to review this King Kong Blu-Ray package. Well, my loss is your gain because I'm hosting a giveaway. That's right. One of you luck Out of the Past readers can have a shot at winning this lovely Blu-Ray package. And what a swell package it is.

From Warner Bros....

King Kong on Blu-Ray
Available now at

On September 28, 2010, the original 1933 RKO classic King Kong makes its long awaited debut on Blu-ray Disc™. Presented by Warner Home Video, the newly remastered King Kong features extensive bonus content, including a collectible Blu-ray Book written by renowned film historian Rudy Behlmer; a feature length documentary on Kong creator Merian C. Cooper, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Kevin Brownlow and Christopher Bird; commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston with Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray; and a seven-part documentary that delves deeply into just about every aspect of the making of the film.
With 32 pages of rare photography and trivia, the captivating Blu-ray Book, written by Rudy Behlmer, centers around the vision of director, Merian C. Cooper and his larger than life persona that brought the story of King Kong to the screen. A prolific film researcher and historian, Behlmer personally interviewed Cooper and has written numerous books and contributed to a wide variety of documentaries, videos, DVDs and laser discs about Hollywood's Golden Age.

In this very special Blu-ray release, the newly remastered film is presented in its 1933 entirety and includes scenes that were originally considered too shocking for the 1938-1956 re-releases. With equal parts adventure, horror and old-fashioned romance, King Kong is a milestone of movie-making that has endured for more than seven decades. Named as one of the “100 Best Films of All Time” by Time MagazineKing Kong premiered in New York City in 1933. The film was an instant success, breaking box-office records to become one of the top moneymakers of the 1930s.

Warner Bros. and some other studios have been pushing Blu-Ray big time, especially with the Classics. Thing is, I'm very happy with my DVD player. Should I invest in Blu-Ray or wait until DVDs go extinct (like I did with VHS!). I also know very little about Blu-Ray. Okay let's face it. I know nothing about Blu-Ray.

So to enter this contest, tell me something about Blu-Ray. Anything. Or tell me something about the film King Kong (1933). Fill out the form below to enter. Someone will be chosen at random (it will not be based on how interesting your fact is!) and I'll announce the winner on October 23rd and contest ends the 22nd. Good luck!


  1. I would enter the givewaway, but I don't have a Blu-Ray player either. And I don't plan to buy one soon! At any rate, for anyone who has a Blu-Ray, I recommend they enter the giveaway! If it is the restored version they released on DVD a few years ago, it is incredible. The movie looks better than it has in years, and there are tons of extras! The DVD edition even has a commentary by Ray Harryhausen!

  2. I'm getting a Blu Ray player soon because the Godfather, the Lord of the Rings films, and more importantly- CRITERION- are on it!

  3. Can't quite access your contest fill-out form, so I'll use this instead to answer your question!

    Even without being in your contest, I am excited somebody is asking a very important question that a lot of people want answers to - so my congratulations on your contest!

    Blu-Ray players, even expensive ones, have been sold without providing enough physical memory. Which often means basically you can't stop the movie, shut off the player and then hope to find the scene you were watching without going back to the menu - an annoying waste of time!

    On the other hand (there's always another hand) Blu-Ray is still worth it for some films. The Godfather, for instance, the Bourne movies, Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Zulu. The studios have taken a great deal of time and effort to get the images right on Blu-Ray and the effect is amazing and makes buying the Blu-Ray worth it!


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