King Kong Climbing onto Blu-ray in January

November 11, 2008

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 20.

King Kong became a poster child for HD DVDs campaign when it was packaged with Microsoft's HD DVD add-on drive for Xbox 360.

On Blu-ray, King Kong will receive a few upgrades starting with 5.1 DTS-HD Master replacing 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus. Video will be framed at 2.35:1 in 1080p and likely will be an identical transfer as seen on HD DVD, at least for the theatrical cut.

The Blu-ray version of King Kong will not only include the theatrical cut but also the extended edition which was not on HD DVD. Supplemental features will be broken between the two version as follows.

  • Original Version
    • U Control: The Art Galleries
    • My Scenes
    • BD Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
  • Extended Version
    • Control: Picture in Picture
    • U Control: The Art Galleries
    • My Scenes
    • BD Live Features: My Scenes Sharing
    • Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Peter Jackson and with Co-Writer / Producer Philipa Boyen

King Kong on Blu-ray will retail for $29.98. Check back regularly for high resolution cover art and Amazon.com pre-order information.

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