King Kong: Eighth Wonder of the World

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2005
Original Running Time:
201 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
151 minutes
Time Cut:
50 minutes
Time Added:
0 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Available in two versions:
* Technicolor
* Black & White

This is an edit of Peter Jackson's King Kong without most of the silliness. Where things move quicker, but there's still room for a breather.

Fanedit running time: 2 hours 21 minutes (before credits)
Intention:
I always envisioned a different structure for the King Kong movie, so I decided to try it. Also, I really wanted a different color grade from the original yellow. After some trial and error, I was set on a path to make it resemble Technicolor. However, I always liked the idea of having a black and white version, as well.
Other Sources:
Xanadu (1980) Universal Pictures logo
Special Thanks:
hbenthow for providing the LUT for the Technicolor regrade.
ArtisDead for the poster and general support
Dwight Fry for suggesting alternate Universal logo
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The edit is based on the Ultimate Edition
Cuts and Additions:
Cut List:

- Fanedit warning

- FE logo

- Belgarath logo

- Retro Universal logo

- A new opening: the edit starts with people gathering on Broadway to see Kong after he's captured.

- The Journey starts as a flashback from Ann Darrow's POV right at the moment she meets Carl Denham

- Added custom title "A few months earlier..."

- The Venture's departure is a lot quicker. Jack is not trying to get off the ship.

- The conversation about the cast away ends at the moment Preston asks "why they built the wall?"

- Cut the scene where Kong pulls Ann from he bindings. It looks like this should tear he hands off.

- Ann passes away and the next we see her is in Kong's dwelling.

- Herb doesn't participate in the rescue mission.

- Bruce Baxter doesn't join the rescue mission.

- No Dinosaurs stampede sequence.

- No speeches from Carl about how he will keep shooting the movie for his dead assistants.

- During the Piranhadon attack: no underwater scenes.

- The second raft is destroyed because of the Piranhadon impact with water. Not because of Carl Denham's stupidity, as he shoots at it.

- Cut close ups during the log scene.

- Kong will fight 2 T-Rexes instead of 3 and only one will fall and drag Kong with him.

- Those weird swamp creatures that kill Lumpy..... yeah, they're gone.

- No fight with giant bugs. The company get surrounded and rescued just in time.

- No ladder hanging scene on the Empire state building

- The movie ends as Jack embraces Ann on the roof of the Empire State Building
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2005
Original Running Time:
201 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
151 minutes
Time Cut:
50 minutes
Time Added:
0 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Available in two versions:
* Technicolor
* Black & White

This is an edit of Peter Jackson's King Kong without most of the silliness. Where things move quicker, but there's still room for a breather.

Fanedit running time: 2 hours 21 minutes (before credits)
Intention:
I always envisioned a different structure for the King Kong movie, so I decided to try it. Also, I really wanted a different color grade from the original yellow. After some trial and error, I was set on a path to make it resemble Technicolor. However, I always liked the idea of having a black and white version, as well.
Other Sources:
Xanadu (1980) Universal Pictures logo
Special Thanks:
hbenthow for providing the LUT for the Technicolor regrade.
ArtisDead for the poster and general support
Dwight Fry for suggesting alternate Universal logo
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The edit is based on the Ultimate Edition
Cuts and Additions:
Cut List:

- Fanedit warning

- FE logo

- Belgarath logo

- Retro Universal logo

- A new opening: the edit starts with people gathering on Broadway to see Kong after he's captured.

- The Journey starts as a flashback from Ann Darrow's POV right at the moment she meets Carl Denham

- Added custom title "A few months earlier..."

- The Venture's departure is a lot quicker. Jack is not trying to get off the ship.

- The conversation about the cast away ends at the moment Preston asks "why they built the wall?"

- Cut the scene where Kong pulls Ann from he bindings. It looks like this should tear he hands off.

- Ann passes away and the next we see her is in Kong's dwelling.

- Herb doesn't participate in the rescue mission.

- Bruce Baxter doesn't join the rescue mission.

- No Dinosaurs stampede sequence.

- No speeches from Carl about how he will keep shooting the movie for his dead assistants.

- During the Piranhadon attack: no underwater scenes.

- The second raft is destroyed because of the Piranhadon impact with water. Not because of Carl Denham's stupidity, as he shoots at it.

- Cut close ups during the log scene.

- Kong will fight 2 T-Rexes instead of 3 and only one will fall and drag Kong with him.

- Those weird swamp creatures that kill Lumpy..... yeah, they're gone.

- No fight with giant bugs. The company get surrounded and rescued just in time.

- No ladder hanging scene on the Empire state building

- The movie ends as Jack embraces Ann on the roof of the Empire State Building

User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.5(4)
Visual Editing
 
9.8(4)
Narrative
 
9.0(4)
Enjoyment
 
9.5(4)
(Updated: April 29, 2024)
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
I've always loved King Kong (2005). But it's length usually deters me from watching occasionally. I was hoping to find something under 3 hours that doesn't edit too much of the original. I think this edit makes an enjoyable, shorter film.
I think starting the movie at the Kong premiere was genius. The edit also gets through the exposition and into the ship very quickly. All the character development on the ship to skull island was also retained, which helped sell the romance between Jack and Ann. All the best action scenes were kept in. I'm glad the giant insect scene was essentially over before it began. I never liked that scene. Also, I watched the Technicolor version which was done very well.
Possible improvements:
1. Once we go back a few months earlier from the Kong premiere to Ann on the street, the font that says "a few months earlier" is quite cheesy in my opinion. It feels like it was made in PowerPoint or iMovie. Maybe finding a better font that matches the title credits could work?
2. I think having Jack stay down with the animals on the ship needs more reasoning. Maybe having the quick scene where Denham is able to keep Jack on the ship long enough that it sets off before Jack can get off the ship?
3. I think the addition of the swamp scene does not serve as a good first man vs monster fight. I personally think the team seeing the Brontosauruses for the first time works better. Of course you would have to trim the scene considerably. I argue this because it shows Denham trying to film the dinosaurs and make some money from the island rescue mission. The conclusion of the scene shows Denham trying to "save" Herb from the raptors with the camera. He then says he'll donate the proceeds to his wife and kids. I think this works better than the swamp scene where Denham literally only films a guy get eaten by a swamp monster.
4. I think including the scene of Bruce Baxter quitting helps show the difference between a hero and a coward, thus emphasizing Jack's heroic character more when he later goes the distance to save Ann from Kong.
In no way am I trying to bash the edit. These are all just minor improvement possibilities if you decide to do a version 2. Overall this is a great fan edit and would recommend it.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
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Owner's reply May 04, 2024

Thanks for the great and insightful review.
Regarding point (1) - Noted! If I ever decide to revisit the edit, I'll try an alternative font.
Regarding (3) and (4) - You're absolutely correct. Think of it as an experiment: can the movie work without the stampede?! This was one of the driving forces behind this edit. I cut it in such way that Herb never joined the search party. And neither Baxter (kinda shows his cowardice, albeit not as impactful as the original). Is there another way to do it? Probably.

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(Updated: October 03, 2023)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Cuts the mustard quite nicely. Less yellows. Less yells.

Authenic appeal. Both in screenplay and screen gamma.

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Yes
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Overall rating
 
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Peter Jackson's King Kong is way too long and some of the CGI feels rushed and corny. This edit fixes both problems beautifully. It's still probably a bit too long, but the narrative flows more consistently now and there is very little drag. The new opening pulls you right into the film and the cut directly to Ann and Carl bypasses much of the sluggishness of the original opening sequence. Belgarath has left in just the right amount of action and CGI on the island while excising most of the less convincing effects and chase sequences.

I watched the B&W version, which is glorious to look at and seems appropriate given Jackson's choice to set the story during the 1930s. I will be adding the color version to my collection, too, as this cut will be my go-to from now on and I prefer my Naomi Watts in color!

Highly recommended, especially for fans of the original.

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Owner's reply September 17, 2023

Thanks a lot!!
So glad to know someone checked out the black and white version.

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(Updated: August 15, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
The new structure is excellent!

NARRATIVE

Starting with Denham in the theatre, then flashing back to Ann's story...It's a remarkable way to get the story moving and keep interest. When you start with Ann's perspective you realize so much of the setup just isn't that important (Denham's movie woes, Driscoll getting stuck on the ship). We lose a little bit without seeing more of Ann's life, but the stolen apple and dinner with Denham quickly establishes her character.

There was a moment early on where I was wondering why Driscoll was down in the hold looking for a room, and just at that moment the captain appears and apologizes for not having a cabin for him. That's really enough to sell it. Jack was always supposed to come with them. Somebody just screwed up and didn't count the heads/rooms properly.

I was happy to see most of the ship voyage kept intact. It's still nearly an hour before we reach the island, and that may be a lot for some viewers, but I think that section is really important for establishing Ann and Jack's relationship.

In terms of negatives, I do think it was odd the way some characters simply disappeared (Herb, Lumpy). We don't see them die, and nobody seems to notice. Baxter turns into a hero for reasons unknown...All of these are easy to overlook, though. This is a movie about Kong, Ann, and Denham. The other characters are bit players (including Jack, in my opinion; he's more of a device than a character).


VISUAL EDITING

Great for the most part, though there were some visual cuts that seemed a bit odd. There's a moment when Ann is in the log and is about to be touched by a huge bug, and it cuts to her running out. In the original, this section is more drawn out and her quick departure makes more sense. Another cut during the water attack seemed a touch off.

The flashback transition was effective, but I think it might have worked better with a really long cross fade rather than a fade to black.

UPDATE: I should note: I believe I watched the technicolor version. While the presentation was great, it didn't seem particularly different from the original. It was good, but not noticed.


AUDIO EDITING

Some of the audio cuts weren't perfectly seamless, and I noticed some music bleed during the transition to Ann's flashback. Additionally, something seemed a little off with the T-Rex fight. That's a stand out section for me, music-wise, and the same music was present, but I think the beats might have been a touch out of alignment. It just didn't seem to gel with the video like the original. This may just be my imagination, however.


ENJOYMENT

Most of the enjoyment (for me) lies in those quiet moments between Ann and Kong, and those moments were retained here. Getting to them a bit sooner was a welcome bonus.

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Owner's reply August 16, 2023

Thanks for the review. Much appreciated!

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