From deep within the ever-increasing shadow looming from Peter Jackson's King Kong comes this cheerful news from New York Press columnist Jim Knipfel-- Warner Home Video will bestow a high-quality, two-disc, official spiffification upon the original 1933 Merian C. Cooper/Ernest Schoedsack classic King Kong. As Knipfel notes, DVD's and VHS's culled from excessive repetition on Turner Movie Classics and other, far more degraded sources have been available for years-- and if memory serves me correctly, King Kong was among the first Criterion laserdiscs when the format was in its infancy in the late '80s. But it is great news that Warners, second now only to Criterion in quality and reputation as regards its treatment and preservation of its classic film library, will be taking advantage of the spotlight being thrown back on the Eighth Wonder of the World as Jackson's movie is readied for unveiling.
And, of course, others will be pulling out their giant apes to hitch a ride on the Cooper/Schoedsaack/Jackson bandwagon, including a dream DVD pairing of the Toho classics King Kong vs. Godzilla (which was based, believe it or not, on a concept originated by the 1933 Kong's special effects wizard, Willis O'Brien) and King Kong Escapes. Knipfel has the details on this and more in his round-up of giant gorilla DVDs coming your way in November.