Friday, 23 March 2012

King Kong on New Zealand’s Stamp

On 19 October 2005, New Zealand Post proudly issued the special stamp set to commemorate the released of the fantasy adventure film which directed by Peter Jackson, King Kong.
King Kong is a remake of the 1933 film of the same name and stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody. Andy Serkis, through performance capture, portrays Kong.

Although the film performed lower than expectations, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that eventually added up to $550 million becoming the fourth-highest grossing movie in Universal Pictures history.
Entertainment Weekly called the depiction of Kong the most convincing computer generated character in film in 2005.Movie reviewers, who gave King Kong critical praise, consider it one of the all-round best movies of 2005, though it has been criticized for its 3 hour, 7 minute running time. It won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
The issue consist of 5 postage stamps depicted the image taken from the original film , King Kong character (45c), the remaining depicted Ann character ($1.35) and her colleague.

In 1933, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) has lost her job as a vaudeville actress, but is hired by troubled filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) to act in his new motion picture.
Carl Denham and his crew explore the mysterious Skull Island in a lifeboat to film and are attacked by the vicious natives. Mike (Craig Hall), the sound technician, is speared in the chest, one of the sailors has his head bashed in, and Jack is knocked out. Ann screams as she is captured, and a roar beyond the wall responds. The matriarch of the tribe vows to sacrifice her to "Kong", a 25 ft  tall gorilla, and the last of its kind.

Captain Englehorn and his crew break up the attack with gunfire and return the survivors to the stranded ship.  Jack discovers Ann has been kidnapped by the natives and returned to Skull Island. On the island, Ann is hung from a balcony on the side of the wall. The crew comes armed, but is too late as Kong takes Ann into the jungle, which Carl witnesses.
Captain Englehorn organizes a rescue party of Benjamin Hayes and 15 others to find Ann and hunt down the beast. Meanwhile, Ann manages to entertain Kong with juggling and dancing.

imageJack decides to continue to search for Ann, Carl decides to capture Kong using chemicals from Captain Englehorn's boat. Jack goes to Kong's lair, waking him. As Kong fights a swarm of flying Terapusmordax, Ann and Jack escape by grabbing the wing of one of the bats and then jumping into a river. They arrive at the village wall with the angry Kong following close behind them, and Ann becomes distraught by what Carl plans to do. Kong bursts through the gate and struggles to get her back, killing many other sailors, but he is eventually knocked out by chloroform.

imageIn snowy New York City around Christmas, Carl presents a chained Kong — the Eighth Wonder of the World on Broadway, starring Baxter and an imprisoned Kong. Ann has become an anonymous chorus girl and a double of her is no replacement in Kong's eyes. Camera flashes from photographers further enrage the gorilla. Kong breaks free from his chrome-steel chains and chases Jack across town, where he encounters Ann again. They share a quiet moment on a frozen lake in Central Park, before the army attacks with artillery and machinegun fire. Kong climbs with Ann onto the Empire State Building, where he fights off planes sent to attack him, downing three of them. Ultimately, Kong is hit by several bursts of gunfire from the surviving planes, and gazes at a distraught Ann for the last time before falling off the building to his death. Ann is greeted by Jack, and the reporters gather around Kong's corpse. Carl takes one last look and says, "It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
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