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King Kong (1933)


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King Kong (1933)

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104 min (USA) 27 March 1933 (New York) (USA)

Library synopsis: [En] As a film, King Kong is barely average: crudely acted, little more than competently directed, and with (famed) special effects which vary wildly from the magnificent to the mediocre. Written by Phil Hardy

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Cult relevance index:  9.0 / 10

Note:  Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, , 2006, Nominated, Saturn Award, Best Classic Film DVD Release For “King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition”.  |  National Film Preservation Board, , 1991, Won, National Film Registry  |  Satellite Awards, 2005, Nominated, Satellite Award, Outstanding Classic DVD, Also for The Son of Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949); For the King Kong Collection (2-Disc Special Edition), Outstanding DVD Extras The Son of Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949); For the King Kong Collection (2-Disc Special Edition).  |  TV Land Awards, 2008, Won, TV Land Award, Best Movie to Watch at the Drive-In.

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Essential inner links and references

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Horror [UK / 1996] (bk)  |  Il Cinema Northern [Italy / 1996] (bk)  |   Cine Fantástico y de Terror Alemán (1913-1927) [Spain / 2002] (bk)  |  Mad Doctors, Monsters and Mummies [UK / 1991] (bk)  |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 9 - July 1964] (mg)  |  Monster Memories [USA / Nr. 1 - January 1993] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 16 - October 1977](fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 120 - Le Gothique a L'Anglo-Saxonne] (fz)

King Kong

Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 3 - May-June 1962] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 2 - Nr. 5 - February 1972] (mg)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 14 - 1976] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 12 - 1976] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 3 - April 1973] (fz)

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Gallery and video classification

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CertificationCanada:A (Nova Scotia) (video rating) / Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (cut) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Denmark:15 / USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release) / USA:Not Rated (video release) / Brazil:Livre / Finland:(Banned) (1933) (uncut) / Finland:K-16 (1933) (cut) / South Korea:12 (2003) / USA:Passed (National Board of Review) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / Norway:16 (1934) / USA:Unrated / Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Chile:TE / France:U / Germany:6 / Norway:11 / Spain:T / Sweden:15 / UK:PG
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Release dateUSA 7 March 1933 (New York City, New York) (premiere) | USA 24 March 1933 (Los Angeles, California) | USA 7 April 1933 | Mexico 27 July 1933 | Czechoslovakia September 1933 (Prague) | Sweden 8 September 1933 | Japan 14 September 1933 | France 29 September 1933 | Peru 3 October 1933 | Spain 9 October 1933 | Italy 13 October 1933 | Turkey December 1933 | Germany 1 December 1933 | Portugal 2 January 1934 | Finland 4 February 1934 | Hong Kong 25 May 1934 | Finland 25 March 1939 (re-release) | West Germany 18 March 1952 (re-release) | Denmark 20 April 1959 (re-release) | Finland 23 November 1962 (re-release) | France 11 April 2001 (re-release) | Germany 1 December 2005 (re-release) | France 14 December 2005 (re-release) | Greece 13 October 2006 (Panorama of European Cinema) | USA 23 April 2010 (TCM Classic Film Festival)
Also known asKing Kong Italy / Czechoslovakia / Finland / France / Hungary / Mexico / Portugal / Spain / Turkey (Turkish title) | Die Fabel von King Kong - Ein amerikanischer Trick- und Sensationsfilm Germany | King Ape USA (working title) | King Kong und die weiße Frau West Germany | King Kong, la huitième merveille du monde France | King-Kong Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title) | Kong USA (working title) | The Ape USA (working title) | The Beast USA (working title) | The Eighth Wonder (undefined) | The Eighth Wonder of the World (undefined)
Filming locationsBacklot, Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA (native village/Great Wall set/jungle) | Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA (some shots of jungle) | Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA (studio) (aboard ship scenes/interiors/miniature & stop-motion photography/special effects) | Hoboken, New Jersey, USA (establishing long shots of docks and airplane footage only) | Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA | New York City, New York, USA (long shots/exterior: Empire State building) | San Pedro Harbor, Long Beach, California, USA | San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA (off-shore, freighter scenes, and beach scenes nearby - landing at Skull Island) | Shrine Auditorium - 665 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA (Kong on stage scene)
Box office/businessBudget: $ 670.000 (estimated) | Production Dates: 1931 - 1933 | Filming Dates: 10 October 1931 - 1 February 1933 | Copyright Holder: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; 24 February 1933; LP3794 (in copyright registry) || USA - Gross:$ 1.700.000 (20 May 2009), $ 1.700.000 || Spain - Gross: € 147.500,05 | Admissions: 1.079.818
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Distribution companyPan Vision Oy (Finland) (DVD) | Delta (Italy) (theatrical) | Dofra (France) | Rey Soria y Cia S.L. (Spain) (Theatrical) | Compagnie Universelle Cinématographique (CUC) (1933) (France) (theatrical) | RKO (West Germany) (theatrical) | Turner Home Entertainment (1998) (USA) (VHS) | Adams Filmi (1934) (Finland) (theatrical) | Turner Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD) | Continental Home Vídeo (Brazil) (DVD) | Turner Home Video (USA) (VHS) | RKO Radio Pictures (1952) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Continental Home Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS) | VidAmerica (1980s) (USA) (VHS) | Warner Home Video (2006) (USA) (DVD) | Warner Home Video (2005) (USA) (DVD) | RKO Radio Pictures (1938) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Continental Video S.A. (Spain) (DVD) (colorized) | Kove-Filmi (1962) (Finland) (theatrical) (re-release) | American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1957) (USA) (TV) | Sanford Productions (II) | Atlantic Film (2005) (Sweden) (DVD) | Nostalgia Merchant, The (1987) (USA) (VHS) | Turner Classic Movies (TCM) (USA) (TV) | Janus Films | C&C Television Corporation (1955) (USA) (TV) | RKO Radio Pictures (1933) (USA) (theatrical) (as A Radio Picture) | Image Entertainment (1992) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Turner Home Entertainment (2005) (USA) (DVD) | Castle Video (1989) (Finland) (VHS) | Future Film (2001) (Finland) (DVD) | Turner Home Entertainment (1999) (USA) (VHS) | Image Entertainment (1991) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Criterion Collection, The (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Vertice Cine S.L. (Spain) (DVD) | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (Italy) (DVD) | Warner Home Video (Collector's Edition Tinbox) (Australia) (DVD) | Universal (UK) (DVD) | Universal (4 DVD Empire State Digipak) (UK) (DVD) | 4Front (UK) (VHS) | Warner Home Video (Special Edition) (Poland) (DVD) | Atlantic Film (Special Edition) (Sweden) (DVD) | DVD Acadamy (South Korea) (DVD) | Universal (King Kong- Double Pack 2 Disc) (South Korea) (DVD) | Arthaus / Kinowelt (King Kong Collection) (Germany) (DVD) | Kinowelt / Arthaus (Germany) (DVD) | Kinowelt / Arthaus (Neuauflage) (Germany) (DVD) | Kinowelt / Arthaus Collection (Germany) (DVD) | Atlas / Zweitausendeins (Kino-Legenden) (Germany) (DVD) | Kinowelt (Germany) (VHS) | Taurus Video - Taurus Filmkollektion (Germany) (VHS) | TaurusVideo (Germany) (VHS) | Videobox/Taurus (Germany) (VHS) | Taurus (Germany) (laserdisc) | Free-TV: 3SAT 06.06.1998 (Germany) | Free-TV: ARD (Germany) | Free-TV: ARTE 16.03.2003 (Germany) | Free-TV: ARTE 22.06.2009 (Germany) | Free-TV: MDR 01.12.2008 (Germany) | Free-TV: rbb 10.04.2010 (Germany) | Free-TV: SAT.1 (Germany) | Free-TV: ZDF 13.11.1970 (Germany) | Free-TV: ZDF 18.05.1974 (Germany) | Free-TV: ZDF 20.12.1975 (Germany) | Free-TV: ZDF 31.07.1997 (Germany) | Free-TV: ZDF 31.10.2005 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Premiere - P7 30.11.2002 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Premiere 7 09.12.2005 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Premiere 7 11.01.2006 (Germany) | Free-TV: SVT 1 11.05.2003 (Sweden) | Free-TV: Rai Tre 199? (Italy)
RuntimeUSA 100 min | 104 min (restored version) | Italy: 100 min | France: 96 min | Spain: 100 min
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Mono (RCA Photophone System) | Color: Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 | Camera: Mitchell Camera | Film length (metres): 2752 m (11 reels) (USA), 2599 m (France) | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical | Printed film format: 35 mm

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