Monday, April 03, 2006

King Kong Breaks Records On DVD

It seems that the relative disappointment of King Kong at the cinema box office can be put down to nothing more than overpriced snacks and uncomfortable seats. On DVD, the film has shifted 6.5 million copies in the first six days of release - a record for a Universal disc, but nothing less than this epic acheivement deserved.

At home in your favourite armchair, the 3 hour running time won't seem like any trouble at all and for the price of a coke and popcorn at your nearest AMC, you'll be able to lay on such a spread you could easily share it with the big monkey himself.

There were two reasons I was confident that the film's quality was not to blame for it's less-than-white-hot box office. Firstly, it was that the film was of very high quality (a few short, insane sequences aside). Secondly, it was because cinema patrons don't care about quality.

I hope the smash-hit status of the DVD keeps Peter Jackson at the top of the A-list, able to make the films he wants, where he wants and how he wants.

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