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A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

skullisland4kbdStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Run time: 123 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix/Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

King Kong is one of those movies that periodically gets remade. The same theme is central to every King Kong film: beauty tames the savage beast. However, that aspect is just subtext in this movie; the main story and themes differ completely from previous variations. The reason for this change is because “Kong: Skull Island” is not another King Kong remake at all. It’s a completely different beast that just happens to have King Kong in it (although a Kong that is far larger than your average iteration).

Legendary Pictures may be setting up the greatest “creature feature” mash-up of all time. “Kong Skull Island” takes place in 1973 with a diverse group of military troops, and civilians exploring an uncharted island. This “mission” is approved by a Senator, and is predicated on the idea that the Soviets may explore it “first”. It doesn’t take long for the group to run into the film’s real “superstar” the mighty Kong, and from there things begin to go south in a hurry for them. The action is very good, as a matter of fact that is why the audience bought tickets to see this thing…to watch monsters battle it out on the big screen, and to its credit this movie does not disappoint, and really delivers the goods.

The initial 1970s/post-Vietnam feel of the era is well-built. The conflict arising between the scientists’ reason and the strongman attitude of the soldiers gives a good color to the otherwise weak plot. There are also some pleasant literary references thrown in, namely to H.P. Lovecraft’s works (South Pacific island, dormant species waiting to reclaim the planet) and Joseph Conrad (Tom Hiddleston’s character).

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a very beautiful looking film on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray and will really show off your home theater making you proud to own the Blu-ray format. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a stylistic film that is intentionally made to look like the monsters literally caused all kinds of chaos on the island around you while sitting in your living room. The color palette really pops off the screen, and never disappoints one bit. Black levels provide some excellent depth. Scenes up close and when the camera pans away show provide stunning details. This film’s image is meant to represent a comic book as the audio commentary indicates.
Print Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 7.1/Dolby Atmos mix. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ will shake the walls off the foundation of your house the soundfield is so aggressive when King Kong is on the screen battling the other creatures on the island. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of action panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of objects ricocheting off of the walls in the room. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of gunfire and explosions. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.

Print Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Creating a King [HD]
  • Realizing an Icon [HD]
  • Summoning a God [HD]
  • On Location: Vietnam [HD]
  • Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler [HD]
  • Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography [HD]
  • Monarch Files 2.0 (Companion Archive) [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Introductory Trailers

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this. Its a very entertaining film that doesn’t take itself too seriously unlike Godzilla 2014 did. It has a lot of the generic big budget action tropes but it also manages to mess with your expectations.

Overall Rating: 9/10