King Kong (1976) 11/28/20
Dino De Laurentiis took a lot of flack for his underwhelming remake of the incomparable 1933 horror classic, which he promoted into a monster-sized hit. Nothing could eclipse the original but the good casting still appeals. An honest ad campaign would have leaned on two points: SEE Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin carry an insultingly ugly production like real stars! SEE ‘newcomer’ Jessica Lange play a sexualized ditz so well that she retains her dignity! …and most importantly, SEE the biggest special effects fraud ever perpetrated on movie screens! Umbrella Entertainment of Australia puts this one back in print, on Blu-ray. With Rick Baker, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, John Randolph, Jack O’Halloran and Ed Lauter. On Region B Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.