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'Kong' Roars at Comic-Con

22 Jul, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con attendees were treated to a taste of Universal Studios Home Entertainment's upcoming King Kong: Deluxe Limited Edition DVD streeting Nov. 14.

While driving around in some very wet New Zealand winter weather, director Peter Jackson recorded a special video message for the throng of Kong fans at this year's show.

“This one, we've prepared definitely for the geeks,” Jackson said. “Even though we already did the video diaries, we had to be very careful then, we were very circumspect about what we would show you before the movie came out. This one goes much deeper into the details.”

And, unlike the “Lord of the Rings” discs, this edition of Kong will also include a blooper reel, the director said.

“This time we really embarrass our actors,” he said.

The movie on the new disc is 13 minutes longer, includes 30 minutes of deleted scenes and 230 new visual effects.

The Comic-Con crowd got a look at one of those deleted scenes during which a gigantic eel-like sea creature snarfs down two of the crew on Skull island, and very nearly makes a meal out of lead character Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody).

The three-DVD set also includes new interviews, artwork, visual effects featurettes and a commentary track. The deleted scenes can be viewed as part of the film using a branching feature.

There also will be a gift set that includes a collectible specially created by WETA, Jackson's special effects house that also worked on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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