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On Home Video: 'Kong: Skull Island' - July 18, 2017

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 6:04 PM

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Cover ArtworkKong: Skull Island is coming to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 18, 2017. The movie also is available now on some streaming services.

Rather than a sequel to Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong, this movie is more or less a reboot of the King Kong character, with a different Skull Island that Kong calls home. It's an origin story of sorts that sets up Kong to meet up with Godzilla in the 2020 release of Godzilla vs. Kong. (Godzilla appeared in his own origin story in 2014's Godzilla.)

This movie features a group of scientists backed up by a team of soldiers retasked from going home from the Vietnam war, led by a tracker and joined by a photographer. They unwittingly get on the bad side of a very large ape and disrupting the balance of power between the monsters that inhabit the island. After crash-landing on the island, they have to travel to the rendezvous point and along the way, they run into a World War II pilot.

To get an idea of the vibe of the movie, the actors include Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. The result is a mix of action and off-beat humor which works to deliver the thrills of a monster movie without leaving plot and character development completely in its wake. You do need to remember that this is a monster movie and not the next Best Picture wannabe. The movie opened in theaters March 10, 2017 and it stayed in the Top 10 Box Office Report for six weeks.

3 Editions Available - Standard, 3D, 4K Ultra HD

Three combo packs will be available: the standard 2D Blu-ray that contains the DVD, a 3D Blu-ray that also contains the 2D Blu-ray, and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray that also contains the 2D Blu-ray. All three include a digital copy of the movie.

Dolby Atmos Soundtrack

The movie was released in theaters with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and the Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will have an Atmos soundtrack that has been "remixed specifically for the home theater environment" according to the press release issued by the studio. This soundtrack is also backwards compatible with any traditional sound system (all Dolby Atmos soundtracks contain a Dolby TrueHD lossless soundtrack).

Extras and Special Features

The Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Packs contain the following 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

All Access App Features

When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows the special features to be enjoyed on a tablet/smartphone. Some of the content is synchronized to the movie during related scenes, such as additional scene info, actor biographies, scene location information, and other trivia. It would appear that this works while the device is playing the movie and not while you are watching the movie using your entertainment system.

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