This is an HD comparison between the standard 2005 dvd edition of King Kong and the 2010 blu ray edition, just hover your mouse over the images to see the difference between both versions. Give the images time to load in your browsers before hovering your mouse over the image.
I have watched this brand new high definition release of King Kong in full and also checked out a number of scenes and the compression looks much better, the dvd edition suffered from a huge amount of compression artifacts as it struggled to resolve the film grain, this blu ray release improves on that considerably and it looks more like film.
One area of debate is actual resolution and while some scenes now show more detail there are also other scenes which show little improvement as far as resolution goes over the dvd release, this is to be expected though as i doubt very much that the surviving film elements of King Kong actually have all the resolution that a blu ray can show, indeed i think some of what we have on show here can be attributed to the effects shots, camera lenses and film stock of the time.
The dvd edition of King Kong was zoomed in and the blu ray shows more of the image, some pops and speckles and hairs on the print have been fixed and i imagine Warner had someone doing scratch removal by hand, on the dvd release there is a scene where part of a bird's wing was erased, it's fully intact in this release and can be seen in screencap 14 of the comparison below. this is undoubtedly the best King Kong has ever looked on a home format.
In making this dvd-bluray comparison i have cut the black border sides off the blu ray and scaled the dvd to match the exact resolution of each frame, this was done individually for each and every image and as you can imagine was time consuming, just click an image and it will open in a new browser window, give it time to load and then hover your mouse on and off the image to see the differences, the dvd edition loads first.
You can also click the links below and read some additional information detailing bitrate for each individual chapter and sound codecs used.
If your computer monitor or display is not calibrated then the comparison images below may appear too bright or too dark, this is a problem with your display and not the screencaps. I mention this because some "online forum" members think i have captured at the wrong levels, nope, all correct.