Kong: Skull Island (2017) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson
Rated: PG-13/Region: A/2:39/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available from Warner Brothers
A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to “Skull Island”. Upon arrival, the group discovers that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention.
Kong: Skull Island is a new Kong film that doesn’t just take the route we’ve seen before in re-telling the story of Kong. This is a story that takes place on Skull Island from mostly the start to finish as a military group and some scientist take this mysterious trip to the island and find Kong and a whole lot more. This is a movie that really goes out of its way to add a war movie feel to things and it does a good job with that. It also really tosses in a good mix of horror-ish violence and giant monster action to make for a movie that I can see just about anyone enjoying, even if it isn’t a perfect movie by any means. I’ll say this much, I’m more of a fan of this movie than I was the more recent Godzilla film. I know sooner or later these two are going to cross, but this movie and Godzilla was night and day with this one being the far more enjoyable one of the two in my book. Kong is the biggest we’ve ever seen him and it makes for a cool visual, especially when he does battle with the other monsters that are on Skull Island with him. We even have some other cool monsters that the humans have to do battle with as well.
I think I might even be more impressed with this movie visually than I am any other way. This movie packs a lot of cool action shots, as well as other cool shots from shooter povs to other cool shots that show stuff reflecting in people’s sunglasses ect. My main issue with giant monster movies is that usually, it seems things are dull until the monster action starts. This was a movie that at least tried to stop that and more times than not succeeds on doing just that. Kong: Skull Island is a movie that I can see people of just about any age enjoying, even if the movie does have some gruesome deaths from time to time and one “F-bomb”. Kong looks great in HD and I can only imagine that he looks even better if you’ve picked up a 4K version of the film. While I wouldn’t go as far as to call it one of the year’s best or anything, Kong: Skull Island can at least fit in nicely if you are just looking for something fun to watch.
– Creating A King: Realizing an Icon
– Creating A King: Summoning a God
– On Location: Vietnam
– Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
– Through the Lens: Brie Larson#s Photography
– Monarch Files 2.0
– Director Commentary
– Deleted Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 100%