King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene – King Kong (2005)
King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene – King Kong (2005) Description
King Kong vs T-Rex: King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film co-written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson. A second remake of the 1933 film of the same title, the film stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and, through motion capture, Andy Serkis as the title character. Set in 1933, it follows the story of an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island. There, they encounter prehistoric creatures living on the island as well as a legendary giant gorilla known as Kong, whom they capture and take to New York City.
Filming for King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene took place in New Zealand from September 2004 to March 2005. The project’s budget climbed from an initial $150 million to a then-record-breaking $207 million. It was released on December 14, 2005 in Germany and the United States, and made an opening of $50.1 million. While it performed lower than expected, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that eventually added up to $562 million, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film in Universal Pictures history at the time and the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2005. It also generated $100 million in DVD sales upon its home video release.
King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene garnered positive reviews from critics and appeared on several top ten lists for 2005. It was praised for its special effects, performances, sense of spectacle and comparison to the 1933 original, while some criticised its 3-hour run time. It won three Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. A tie-in video game was released alongside the film, which also became a commercial success.
King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene Soundtrack
King Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was composed by James Newton Howard, who composed The Sixth Sense, Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet. Originally, Howard Shore, who worked with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings, was to compose the film’s score. Shore completed and recorded several cues before he and Jackson parted ways. Shore’s appearance as the conductor in the New York theatre from which Kong escapes remained in the film.
James Newton Howard’s score was later nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
The marketing campaign started in full swing on June 27, 2005, when the teaser trailer made its debut, first online at the official Volkswagen website at 8:45 p.m. EDT, then 8:55 p.m. EDT across media outlets owned by NBCUniversal (the parent of Universal Studios), including NBC, Bravo!, CNBC, and MSNBC. That trailer appeared in theatres attached to War of the Worlds, which opened on June 29.
Jackson also regularly published a series of ‘Production Diaries’, which chronicled the film’s production. The diaries started shortly after the DVD release of The Return of the King as a way to give Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings fans a glimpse of his next project. These diaries are edited into broadband-friendly installments of three or four minutes each. They consist of features that would normally be seen in a making-of documentary: a tour of the set, a roving camera introducing key players behind the scene, a peek inside the sound booth during last-minute dubbing, or Andy Serkis doing his ape movements in a motion capture studio.
A novelisation of the film and a prequel novel entitled King Kong: The Island of the Skull were also written. A multi-platform video game, entitled Peter Jackson’s King Kong, was released, which featured an alternate ending. There was also a hardback book entitled The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island, featuring artwork from Weta Workshop to describe the film’s fictional wildlife.
Jackson has expressed his desire to remaster the film in 3-D at some point in the future. Jackson was also seen shooting with a 3-D camera at times during the shoot of King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene.
In North America, King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene grossed $9,755,745 during its Wednesday opening and $50,130,145 over its first weekend for a five-day total of $66.1 million. Some analysts considered these initial numbers disappointing, saying that studio executives had been expecting more. King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene went on to gross $218,080,025 in the North American market and ended up in the top five highest grossing films of the year there. The film grossed an additional $344,283,424 at the box office in other regions for a worldwide total of $562,363,449, which not only ranked it in the top five highest-grossing films of 2005 worldwide, but also helped the film bring back more than two-and-a-half times its production budget.
During its home video release, King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene sold over $100 million worth of DVDs in the largest six-day performance in Universal Studios history. King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene sold more than 7.6 million DVDs, accumulating nearly $194 million worth of sales numbers in the North American market alone. As of June 25, 2006, King Kong has generated almost $38 million from DVD rental gross. In February 2006, TNT/TBS and ABC paid Universal Studios $26.5 million for the television rights to the film.
King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene received positive reviews from critics. On aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 84% based on 266 reviews, with an average rating of 7.69/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong is a potent epic that’s faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 81 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A–” on an A+ to F scale.
It was placed on the ‘top ten’ lists of several critics, with Roger Ebert giving it four stars, and listed it as 2005’s eighth-best film. The film received four Academy Award nominations, for Visual Effects, Sound Mixing (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek), Sound Editing, and Production Design, winning all but the last. Entertainment Weekly called the depiction of Kong the most convincing computer-generated character in film in 2005.
Some criticised the film for retaining racist stereotypes that had been present in the 1933 film, though it was not suggested that Jackson had done this intentionally. King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene ranks 450th on Empire magazine’s 2008 list of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. The Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw said that it “certainly equals, and even exceeds, anything Jackson did in Lord of the Rings.” However, Charlie Brooker, also of The Guardian, gave a negative review in which he describes the film as “sixteen times more overblown and histrionic than necessary”.
References to original 1933 King Kong
- Fay Wray, the original Ann Darrow, was asked by Jackson to appear in a brief cameo role in which she would utter the film’s final line: “It was beauty killed the beast.” At first, she flatly refused, but then seemed to consider the possibility. However, she died shortly after her meeting with Jackson. As in the original film, the line ultimately went to the character of Carl Denham.
- An ad for Universal is visible while King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene is tearing up Times Square. In the 1933 film, an ad for Columbia Pictures appeared in the same spot, and the production designers replicated it, but Columbia asked for a large amount of money for its use, so effects artists replaced it.
- When Denham is considering who to play the part before meeting Ann, he suggests “Fay”, but his assistant Preston replies, “She’s doing a picture with RKO.” Music from the 1933 film is heard, and Denham mutters, “Cooper, huh? I might have known.” Fay Wray starred in the 1933 film, which was directed by Merian C. Cooper and released by RKO. At the time she was performing in another Cooper/Schoedsack production, The Most Dangerous Game with Robert Armstrong.
- In the 1933 film, Cooper made up an “Arabian proverb” about “beauty and beast”. The 2005 remake repeats the fake proverb.
- Early in this film, Denham shoots a scene for his film in which Ann, in-character, proclaims she’s never been on a ship before, and Bruce Baxter improvises lines proclaiming annoyance. The dialogue they exchange is taken verbatim from early scenes between Ann and Jack Driscoll in the 1933 film. Ironically, in this film, Jack Driscoll expresses disapproval of such words toward Ann.
- Kong’s New York stage appearance looks very much like a re-enactment of the 1933 film’s sacrifice scene, including the posts the ‘beauty’ is tied to and the nearly identical performance, costumes, and blackface makeup of the dancers. In addition, the music played by the orchestra during that scene is Max Steiner’s original score for the 1933 film.
- The battle between Kong and the final V. rex is almost move-for-move like the last half of the fight between King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene in the 1933 film, right down to Kong playing with the dinosaur’s broken jaw and then standing, beating his chest and roaring victoriously.
- After the crew captures Kong on the beach, Denham speaks a line from the 1933 film: “The whole world will pay to see this! We’re millionaires, boys! I’ll share it with all of you. In a few months, his name will be up in lights on Broadway! KONG, THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD!“
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
The Universal Orlando Resort location Islands of Adventure features an attraction called “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” which is based on Peter Jackson’s remake. While the King Kong part of the Universal Studios Hollywood resort was destroyed by massive fire, a short 3D version of the film was eventually created in 2010. This was King Kong: 360 3-D, which is another attraction based on Peter Jackson’s remake.
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About King Kong vs T-Rex Fight Scene – King Kong (2005)
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Drama|
|Directed By||Peter Jackson|
|Screenplay by||Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson|
|Produced by||Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson|
|Based on||King Kong by James Creelman, Ruth Rose, Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper|
|Music||James Newton Howard|
|Release Date||December 5, 2005 (New York City) - December 13, 2005 (New Zealand) - December 14, 2005 (United States)|
|Runtime||187 minutes (Theatrical) 200 minutes (Extended)|
|Starring||Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell, Evan Parke, Lobo Chan, Kyle Chandler, Andy Serkis|
|Country||New Zealand, United States, Germany|
|Production Company||WingNut Films|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$562.3 million[|
|Aspect Ratio||2.39 : 1|