Hot off the heels of Kraken announcing their three Godzilla Blu Ray releases for the summer, Universal has announced that they will be following suit with Blu Ray releases for King Kong vs Godzilla and King Kong Escapes! Word has been a’swirlin’ within the fandom that these two classic Kaiju romps would see a release from Universal in anticipation of Goji’s Big 60th and Legendary’s upcoming film, and here we are. Universal holds the rights to King Kong (quite fiercely) and has thankfully struck another deal to release his Toho outings once more. A few years back the same was accomplished for their two anticipated DVD releases of the same titles. The KKE DVD is of excellent quality – so here’s to hoping the Blu Ray ups the antie once more!
Here’s the full scoop vial Kaiju Guru August Ragone!
MIGHTY KONG! MIGHTY GODZILLA! Over the last day, rumors were swirling on various Home Video and Horror Film forums that Universal Studios Home Entertainment would be issuing Blu-rays of KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1963) and KING KONG ESCAPES (1968) as individual releases on April 1, 2014. This has since been confirmed by listings on Amazon.com (thanks to Shawn Francis for the heads up):
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3C1T6G
KING KONG ESCAPES: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3C1T7A
(Meanwhile, the second edition of my book, “Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters,” drops on April 8th!)
You can pre-order both films from Amazon today! I just dropped my order before writing this article. And if you have not already, please pick up a copy of August’s book – the incredible Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters. It is an invaluable resource and an all around fantastic read – and the photos! Oh, the photos. 1st edition releases were all hardback (which I highly recommend if you can find it at a decent price – the 1st editions have become collector’s items and skyrocketed in price!) – But this second release sees the addition of a paperback version at half the price! Expect to spend around $25 – which is an excellent deal considering the contents of this book. August is an absolute wealth of connections and knowledge – and has always been kind enough to share it with the rest of the fandom.
The 2nd edition print and paperback drops April 8th!
Keep an eye out for even more Blu Ray releases, until then true believers!
Jon @ UnCanny