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This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

My Thoughts
I didn’t venture out to the theater to watch this one even though the reviews were mostly positive—it did get certified “Fresh” on Regardless, I knew it would be coming to home video on UHD, so I decided to wait.

For the most part, it’s quite good. The story takes place in the early 1970s and has a lot of star power with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, and John C. Reilly. While I liked the movie, it does have quite a few flaws—especially in the editing. For example, when going to the island, the ship looks to be carrying a handful of helicopters in one scene, then when they embark on the flight the helicopters have multiplied! Also, I didn’t think Hiddleston’s character added much to the film, although I do like him as an actor and thought he did well in his limited role.

The action is quite intense and the CGI is outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the end battle between Kong and the Skull creature—it reminded me of the Godzilla films when I was a kid!

The presentation on UHD is outstanding in almost every way. The HDR is excellent, the color palette rich and vibrant, and the detail is mesmerizing, especially on Kong. The soundtrack is just as enjoyable and it features a lot of discrete effects from above and behind, solid bass response, and intelligible dialog.

Video 9.5/10 (HEVC)
Audio 9.5/10 (Dolby Atmos)

Special Features
· Director’s Commentary
· Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
· Creating a King: Summoning a God
· Monarch Files 2.0
· Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
· Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
· On Location: Vietnam
· Deleted Scenes
· Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy

Overall, this one certainly is a keeper and I found it a much more rewarding film that Peter Jackson’s bloated effort from 2005. The story moves at a brisk pace and has some good humor thrown in to keep it light-hearted. Definitely give this one a look.