Long before Peter Jackson gave us a bloated re-telling of King Kong or John Guillerman of The Towering Inferno fame offered his take on the famed story (with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange no less), there was the original Merian Cooper/Ernest Schoedsack version. In the early 1980’s, this classic movie was colorized and it’s one of the few movies that benefits from the upgrade.
The movie itself plays out like a mix of Jurassic Park meets a Tim Burton stop-action movie. But the action is non-stop and the movie is very fluid from beginning to end. When Kong is first introduced, I didn’t find him all that terrifying. He was actually kind of cool, kind of like Totoro with a bad attitude. The fight scenes with T. Rex, the giant snake and the Pyterodoctyl are well-shot and the final climatic sequence on the top of the Empire State building is iconic.
If you get a chance, check out this classic, presented in 18 parts, all colorized, on YouTube.