Roger Ryan wrote:I did see the new "Kong" yesterday. Very enjoyable, but not a masterpiece and certainly too long for an adventure film. It greatly respects the original (a first!) and I thought most of the modifications were interesting. I was perhaps more impressed with how Jackson's visual effects team recreated 1930s New York than the effectiveness of the dinosaurs or Kong himself! I adore the new DVD of the original Kong; the two-and-a-half hour making-of documentary is superb.
Roger Ryan wrote:Store Hadji wrote:Val Lewton did Cat People, didn't he? I've read that one of those Cat People films reused the Ambersons sets, but I haven't seen it.
The "Ambersons" sets were used predominently in "Curse Of The Cat People" directed by Robert Wise. A strange sequel in that it is primarily a fantasy ghost story with almost no relevance to the action of its predecessor. Regarding reusing Mercury Production sets, I believe Mike Teal pointed out that Lewton's "The Ghost Ship" utilizes the same boat sets seen in "Journey Into Fear".
The Val Lewton productions are wonderfully atmospheric; my two favorites are both directed by Jacques Tourneur - "Cat People" and "I Walked With A Zombie" (don't let the title fool you - this one is a very eerie tale involving voodoo curses).
it was ironic to see the low budgets of the Val Lewton films being used as a stick to beat Welles with.
haaaaaaaaaaaaa, i love this. so true. what will they use next.
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