I have a list of films I want to see get the Blu-ray treatment and now I can cross off the 1933 version of King Kong. Home Media Magazine reports that the Blu-ray of the classic film will be available to own on September 28th. The disc “will include extensive bonus features and will be packaged with a 32-page Blu-ray color book, featuring photography and trivia.” The MSRP provided is $34.99, which is a steal. Unfortunately, with the exception of the book, all of the special features are culled from the 2005 DVD release. But what you want to see is Kong in Blu-ray and if Warner can pull off the masterful job they’ve done with other classic films (their recent restoration of North by Northwest was magnificent), I’ll be satisfied.
Warner also will make Kong available on demand, and for download to rent or own via iTunes, Amazon VOD and gaming consoles. For a list of the special features, hit the jump.
All of these features were included on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD:
– A documentary on Kong creator Merian C. Cooper, directed by filmmakers Kevin Brownlow and Christopher Bird
– Commentary by creature creator Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artist Ken Ralston, with archival sound bites from Merian C. Copper and Fay Wray
– A 7-part making-of documentary