The movie is crossover movie with both the King Kong franchise and the Godzilla franchise it was produced by Toho Studios and released overseas by Universal Studios and was the only cross-over movie with a monster that was created outside of Toho studios.
The movie has a mixture of Japanese footage and American educational footage that is inserted into movie for the overseas releases. The genre has the staple concepts of a kaiju movies but has interesting elements of fantasy and adventure also the inserted footage does have an impact on the flow of the movie. The colour palette is bright and vibrant and the atmospheric score by Akira Ifukube.
The portrayal of King Kong was new in the sense that it wasn’t stop-motion animated but a full suit (much like godzilla) and puppetry this gave the giant more mobility and speed – although this is was visual a different take on King Kong it is certainly a welcome difference.
This is the first movie in which there are significant changes with character he becomes more “humanised” which would be an evolving concept in the later sequels and movies from “villain” (which he is in this movie) to “hero”. Also there are different different design aspects to the head.
For 1963 the movies special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD from the American Blu-ray Release (1080p) the bold colour palette has a soft quality it is a widescreen presentation the audio mix of the movie was excellent no doubt because of the HD mastering.
King Kong vs. Godzilla is a fun movie which should appeal to many a monster movie kaiju fans the only hindrance is the insertion of the the overseas footage. The story has a good build up towards the final confrontation.
Paul Isaacs 2015