That's one pissed off lookin' KONG.

All the dirt. All the top secret stuff. Anything that has to do with the process of getting us to sit and watch something projected on the big screen.

That's one pissed off lookin' KONG.

Postby dimnix on Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:31 pm

This is a sweet image... nicely showing off Kong's angry look.

Lots of little changes have been made to his design, too. The Weta Digital guys always manage to surprise me with the little changes they make. I know the weta workshop kong designs well, but ultimately the guys in digital make the final call. So from what I can tell with this latest version, they've clearly made the scar on his head much more prominent (I always loved the scar and was a bit disappointed that it wasnt seen very well on the trailer kong, so this is cool), they seem to have made all of his hair now black instead of those little bits of colour. Another big difference seems to be in the eyes - they're the same basic colour as usual, but they seem so much brighter, definetely adding to the mean look. And I love the mud in his hair. This could be the final kong design, or they may keep tweaking it. It'll be interesting to see how he turns out.

Actually, it'll be interesting to see how everything turns out. The amount of imagination going into this film is insane.

Anyway, here's the pic:

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Postby Flumm on Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:38 pm

That is one of the most memorable images I've seen from the whole thing so far. I like feeling of solidity in the image, and the different textures of the hair. But isn't there a whole big deal with how expressive his eyes are gonna be? How much emotion we are gonna get from him? I know this is just a cover for a PS2 game, but the eyes seem very small to me, and the left one looks a little odd.

But then again I think he's staring up at something. Maybe he's crouching and about to pounce. That would be a very dynamic computergame type thing to do I suppose...
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Postby Brocktune on Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:13 pm

fuck king kong
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Postby wonkabar on Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:19 pm

Ubisoft. This should be a good game. Chaos Theory rocked
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:03 pm

How come they don't just put a close up of the SCHNOZZ on the box. That is more frightening than Kong.
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Postby bluebottle on Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:00 pm

ahh.

so you hate him because you FEAR him.

it's all becoming clear.
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:15 pm

Don't you? DON'T ALL OF YOU?!?!?
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Postby Brocktune on Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:17 pm

i fear the schnozz. much scarier than kong indeed.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:19 pm

The pic, she donna seem a to be a working anymore, eh?

The Dino, he missed it! I'm a the putz....
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Postby Man-in-the-Box on Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:48 pm

The picture of the x doesn't do a whole lot for me either Dino.
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Postby dimnix on Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:12 pm

image working again.
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Postby bluebottle on Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:18 pm

burlivesleftnut wrote:Don't you? DON'T ALL OF YOU?!?!?


WE ARE GROWN MEN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?!




(he scares the shit out of me)
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:41 pm

It canna be alla that a bad, eh? You know what a they say about a the guys with a the big noses, eh?
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:59 pm

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:It canna be alla that a bad, eh? You know what a they say about a the guys with a the big noses, eh?


They need large tissues?
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Postby John-Locke on Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:02 pm

Lot's of boogers.

ETA: Doh, curse you Keepcool, you robbed that one from my mind before I thought it, or did you plant the thought in my mind to come & see what Dino was up to.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:09 pm

I'm not uppa to much a lately, eh? What with alla the pre-production meetings anna such...

I'm a surprised that a none of a you putzes had a anything to say about a my Mad Eye Moody comments inna the animated GIF thread, eh?
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Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:12 pm

"Look, monkey."
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Postby John-Locke on Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:14 pm

I read them but I've been busy looking at Bettie Page, God Bless 1950's America.

I think the bambino's will alla love a the Moody Eye.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:27 am

John-Locke wrote:I think the bambino's will alla love a the Moody Eye.


Maybe so, eh? But the effect, she's a just a so BAD, no? It's a like a something Rick Baker would have a thrown a together inna his a garage a when he was a like, 15 or something, eh?
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Postby dimnix on Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:32 pm

I think Dino's just trying to change the subject after realising how much this new kong utterly whips the ass of his own 70s kong.

I'm on to you, dino.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:01 pm

From a the Amazon.com user review, eh? This guy... he "get" it, no?

Curtis Martin wrote:A Great, Misunderstood Pop Classic
Firstly, I'd like to dispel a misconception that many "reviewers" here onsite are promoting: that the 1976 verison of "King Kong" was a notorious financial flop. This is simply not the case.

King Kong (1976)was a huge hit back in the seventies--I know because I was there, I saw the frenzy, I remember the crowded theaters. It cost $24 million and made $60 in 1977 dollars, only a little less than the highly regarded blockbuster "Jaws" made a couple of years earlier. Calling the film a commercial "flop" is not just inaccurate--it is a statement that borders on stupid.

Now, admittedly, it also had a huge pr campaign, which undoubtedly helped it garner a lot of that dough, but there was a lot more to the flick than just the hype.

While the commercial success of the film is a matter of indisputible record, its artistic success is a matter of personal opinion. I happen to think this is one of the best pop films of the Seventies--and there are a lot more folks out there who agree with me than you think.

Many people rag on the film for not being reverential to the original, ignoring that fact that "being reverential" was the antitheseis of what the 70s were about. Kong 76 could have probably been an even bigger hit than it was if the filmmakers had played it safe and hadn't gone out of their way to make a film so stubbornly odd. I mean this thing stomps over a gigantic swath of styles: panoramic spectacle, high adventure, pathos, romance, social commentary, absurdist comedy, thrills, and occasionally outright goofiness--all comprised in a slyly satiric package designed to tweak the noses of Kong purists. Lorenzo Semple Jr.'s ("Papillon ") screenplay is all over the place when it comes to style and tone, borrowing from whatever and whenever, almost as though it had been patched together from several different treatments--yet it still remains incredibly tight in terms of interesting, well-drawn, consistent characters, witty dialog, exploration of theme, and the forward momentum of the plot. King Kong 76 is a great example of anarchic postmodernism being perfectly wed to the staunch formalism of good storytelling. A contemporary example of this approach would be Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

The direction by veteran John Guillermin was absolutely fearless, pushing each of Semple's concepts to its limit, even at the risk of seeming silly. And he had a great cast to work with, especially young Jessica Lange in her first film role. Unfortunately, Jessica played the role of the vivacious, childlike, kinda dimwitted bubblehead blonde Dwan so incredibly well that most people wrote her off, assuming she was just a dumb blonde playing herself. But in actuality it is a bravura performance, one of the best in her career, and certainly a more individual, more fully-realized character performance than we get in most movies these days.

As big a hit as the disco era Kong was, however, there were a lot of people who were put off because they weren't expecting anything as freewheeling and insane as what they were given. They weren't expecting weirdness and satire. They weren't expecting to see Kong blowing a hot, wet blonde dry after a dip in a lake (metaphors anyone?), a scene simultaneously erotic and ridiculous. They weren't expecting to see the captured Kong turned in to a corporate shill--is there any scene in mainstream 70s cinema more surrealistically satiric than that of Kong being presented to the masses encased in a thirty story replica of a gasoline pump? They also were not expecting to see a big budget adventure film with a downer ending--the romantic leads ending up emotionally separated by their experiences instead of united. And they didn't expect to feel bad when the monster died.

So I put it to you all that not only was the 1976 Kong a financial success, it was also an artistic success. But you can't watch it as a remake of a classic film. It is no more a remake of the 1933 King Kong than Quentin's Kill Bill is a remake of Sonny Chiba's Streetfighter's Revenge. Watch the film for what it is, not what you think it should have been, or what you wanted it to be, and you will be better able to appreciate its cracked brilliance.


EDIT: Anna I should a add, eh? Nobody looking forward to a this movie more than a the Dino, eh? I love a the monkey!
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Postby dimnix on Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:25 pm

hehe...oh man, that's hilarious. The guy's clearly passionate. I dont think kong 76 is horrible either...but I find it funny that somebody would be passionate enough about the film to write that.

Heh...I'd like to hear his opinion on KONG LIVES.
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