One of the greatest joys of my movie-watching life can come from getting the kind of piece of insight or new read on a scene that can only come from an audio commentary. If there's an audio commentary on a DVD or Blu-ray, odds are I'm going to watch, doubly so if it involves a critic or scholar, and triply so if it's a movie I adore. The Criterion Collection has been a pioneer of great audio commentaries since way back in the golden age of laserdiscs, and that continues to this day. But with so many people forsaking physical media for streaming, does that mean audio commentaries are gone?Absolutely not, I say, answering my own question. FilmStruckâ€”the absolutely essential streaming service for film buffsâ€”allows subscribers to watch movies with select audio commentaries through the Criterion Channel, and are even bringing back tracks from long-out-of-print discs. Beginning Friday, October 12, you'll be able to watch the classic 1933 King Kong both with the Warner Bros. audio commentary and the commentary from the very first Criterion commentary track ever recorded!
Enjoy a clip from one of King Kong's most famous scenes, with commentary by film historian Ronald Haver, reflecting on the film's special effects techniques.