Regardless how good or bad either iteration actually is, it feels somewhat tragic whenever I know a modern remake better than the classic movie that inspired it. For example, George Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead' is indisputably one of my all-time favorite horror films, and yet when I think of the title, I'm often immediately reminded of that incredible opening sequence in Zack Snyder's version. Similarly, it was near impossible to watch more than a few minutes of Matt Reeves' 'Let Me In' without being distracted by the way the same scene or moment was captured in 'Let the Right One In.'
Given the fact that Peter Jackson's movie came out only five years ago and Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper's was released in 1933, the original 'King Kong' faces an uphill battle for recognition, no matter how beloved or celebrated it is by cinephiles. But the real question is, how well does the film hold up, some 77 years later? Warner Home Video's glorious new Blu-ray, thankfully, ensures that the presentation of Schoedsack and Cooper's film is top-notch; but does that stop-motion monkey stand on his own, or suffer from being an outdated ape in a world that has evolved?