Peter Jackson

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Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson in The Fellowship of the Ring (top), The Two Towers (middle) and The Return of the King (bottom).

Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a three-time Academy Award-winning New Zealand filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong.

He won international attention early in his career with his "splatstick" horror comedies, before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award best screenplay nomination with his partner Fran Walsh.

Jackson, an only child, was born on 31 October 1961 in Pukerua Bay, a coastal town near Wellington, New Zealand. His parents, Joan, a factory worker and housewife, and William Jackson, an accountant, were both immigrants from England. As a child, Jackson was a keen film fan, growing up on Ray Harryhausen films as well as finding inspiration in the television series Thunderbirds and Monty Python's Flying Circus. After a family friend gave the Jacksons a Super 8 cine-camera with Peter in mind, he began making short films with his friends. Jackson has long cited King Kong as his favourite film, and around the age of nine he attempted to remake it using his own stop-motion models.

Jackson has no formal training in film-making, but learned about editing, special effects and makeup largely through his own trial and error. As a teenager Jackson discovered the work of author J. R. R. Tolkien after watching The Lord of the Rings (1978), an animated film by Ralph Bakshi that was a part-adaptation of Tolkien's fantasy trilogy. After leaving school Jackson began working as a photoengraver at a newspaper company in Wellington, and shooting a feature-length vampire movie that was later abandoned before completion.

Over four years (from 1983 to 1987) Jackson's first feature Bad Taste grew in haphazard fashion from a short film into a 90-minute splatter comedy, with many of Jackson's friends acting and working on it for free. Shooting was normally done in the weekends since Jackson was now working full-time. Bad Taste is about aliens that come to earth with the desire of turning humans into food. Jackson created extensive special effects for the film, including one infamous alien vomit drinking scene utilising some muesli mixed with green food colouring. Jackson also takes two acting roles, enabling him to include a scene in the film where he fights himself.

The film was finally completed thanks to a late injection of finance from Government body the New Zealand Film Commission, after the body's executive director Jim Booth became convinced of Jackson's talent (Booth would later leave the Commission, to become Jackson's producer.) In May 1987 Bad Taste was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival, where rights to the film quickly sold to twelve countries.

Around this time Jackson began working on writing a number of movie scripts, in varied collaborative groupings with playwright Stephen Sinclair, writer Fran Walsh and writer/actor Danny Mulheron. Walsh would later become his partner, and mother of his son Billy and his daughter Katie. Some of the scripts from this period, including a Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, have never seen the light of a movie screen; the proposed zombie film Braindead underwent extensive rewrites.

Jackson's next film to see release would turn out be Meet the Feebles (1989), co-written by the four writers mentioned above. An ensemble musical comedy starring Muppet-style puppets, Feebles originally began as a short film intended for television, but was rapidly expanded into a full-length script after unexpected enthusiasm from Japanese investors, and the collapse of Braindead six-weeks before filming. Begun on a very low budget, Feebles went weeks over schedule. Feebles went on to win the worst reviews of Jackson's career to date, but has now established a cult following. "It's got a quality of humour that alienates a lot of people," Jackson said at the time. "It's very black, very satirical, very savage." Feebles marked Jackson's first collaboration with special effects team Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger, who would subsequently work on all Jackson's movies.

Jackson's next release was the comedy Braindead (1992) (released in North America as Dead Alive), now seen as a landmark in splatter movies. Originally planned as a Spanish co-production, the film reversed the usual zombie plot - rather than keeping the zombies out of his place of refuge, the hero attempts to keep them inside, while maintaining a facade of normality. The film features extensive special effects including miniature trams, stop motion and a plethora of gory make-up effects, but also won praise for its strong performances, particularly that of lead actor Tim Balme. Balme plays the closeted young man who discovers that his domineering mother is decaying into a zombie.

Released in 1994 after Jackson won a race to bring the story to the screen, Heavenly Creatures marked a major change for Jackson in terms of both style and tone. The film is based on real life events: namely the Parker-Hulme murder in which two teenage girls in 1950s Christchurch became close friends, some say lovers, and later murdered the mother of one of the girls. Jackson's partner Fran Walsh helped persuade him that the events had the makings of a movie; Jackson has been quoted saying that the film "only got made" because of her enthusiasm for the subject matter. Many New Zealanders were apprehensive about how Jackson would treat the material, an apprehension that would later turn in many cases to relief. The film's fame coincided with the New Zealand media tracking down the real-life Juliet Hulme, who now wrote books under the name Anne Perry. Heavenly Creatures received considerable critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and making top ten of the year lists in Time, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The New Zealand Herald.

The success of Heavenly Creatures won Jackson attention from American company Miramax, who promoted the film vigorously in America and signed the director to a first look deal.

The following year, in collaboration with Wellington filmmaker Costa Botes, Jackson co-directed the 'mockumentary', Forgotten Silver (1995). This ambitious made for television piece told the story of New Zealand film pioneer Colin McKenzie who had supposedly invented colour film and 'talkies', and attempted an epic film of Salome before being forgotten by the world. Though the programme played in a slot normally reserved for drama, no other warning was given that it was fictionalised. Many were outraged at discovering Colin McKenzie had never existed. Some have argued that the number of people who believed the increasingly improbable story provides testimony to Jackson and Botes' skill at playing on New Zealand's national myth of a nation of innovators and forgotten trail-blazers.

In the meantime, Jackson and Walsh welcomed their children, Billy (1995) and Katie (1996) into the world.

The success of Heavenly Creatures helped pave the way for Jackson's first big budget Hollywood movie The Frighteners (1996), starring Michael J. Fox. Thanks partly to support from American producer Robert Zemeckis, Jackson was given permission to make this part comedy, part horror movie entirely in New Zealand, even though the story is set in a North American town. This period was a key one of change for both Jackson and Weta, the special effects company with which he is often associated. Weta, initiated by Jackson and key collaborators, grew rapidly during this period to incorporate both digital effects (the company was born from the one man and a computer contributions of George Port to Heavenly Creatures) and physical effects, make-up and costumes (the first two areas normally commanded by Jackson collaborator Richard Taylor).

The Frighteners was regarded as a commercial failure. Though the film has always had its defenders, some critics expressed disappointment that it displayed little of the anarchistic humor of Jackson's early movies and that the script felt underdeveloped. In February 1997 Jackson launched legal proceedings against New Zealand magazine The Listener for defamation, over a review of The Frighteners which claimed that the film was "built from the rubble of other people's movies". In the end, the case was not pursued further. Around this time Jackson's remake of King Kong was shelved by Universal Studios (partly because Mighty Joe Young, another giant gorilla movie, had already gone into production).

This period of transition seems not to have been entirely a happy one; it also marked one of the high points of tension between Jackson and The New Zealand Film Commission since Meet the Feebles had gone over-budget earlier in his career (Jackson has claimed the Commission considered firing him from Feebles; the NZFC went on to help fund his next three films). In 1997 the director submitted a lengthy criticism of the Commission for a magazine supplement meant to celebrate the body's 20th anniversary, criticising what he called inconsistent decision-making by inexperienced board members. The magazine felt that the material was too long and potentially defamatory to publish in that form; a shortened version of the material went on to appear in Metro magazine. In the Metro article Jackson criticised the Commission over funding decisions concerning a film he was hoping to executive produce, but refused to drop a client-confidentiality clause that allowed them to publicly reply to his criticisms.

Peter Jackson won the rights to film J. R. R. Tolkien's epic in 1997 after meeting with producer Saul Zaentz. Originally working with Miramax towards a two-film production, Jackson was later pressured to render the story as a single film, and finally overcame a tight deadline by making a last minute deal with New Line, who were keen on a trilogy.

Principal photography stretched from 11 October 1999 to 22 December 2000 with extensive location filming across New Zealand. With the benefit of extended post-production and extra periods of shooting before each film's release, the series met huge success and sent Jackson's popularity soaring. The Return of the King itself met with huge critical acclaim, winning a total eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director making Jackson only one of six people to win oscars for producing, directing, and writing in the same year. The film was the first of the fantasy film genre to ever win the award for Best Picture and was the second sequel ever to win Best Picture (the first being The Godfather Part II).

Jackson's mother Joan died 3 days before the release of the first movie in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. There was a special showing of the film after her funeral.

Universal Studios now returned to the fray, signing Peter Jackson for a second time to remake the 1933 classic King Kong — the film that inspired him to become a film director as a boy. He was reportedly being paid a fee of US$20 million upfront, the highest salary ever paid to a film director in advance of production, against a 20 percent take of the box-office rentals (the portion of the price of the ticket that goes to the film distributor, in this case Universal). The film was released on 14 December 2005, and grossed around US$550 million worldwide. Its release on home video and DVD was even bigger, as it set records for a Universal Pictures DVD in sales figures .

Jackson is currently directing a version of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones. He has said the film will be a welcome relief from his larger-scale epics. The storyline's combination of fantasy aspects and themes of murder bears some similarities to Heavenly Creatures.

Jackson also announced that he would produce and direct a Tintin movie along with Steven Spielberg. The project will use 3-D animation combined with motion capture to bring the project to the silver screen, likely in 2009.

Jackson had talked of producing films for others as early as 1995, but a number of factors slowed developments in this regard, including the failure of Jack Brown Genius (1995). After Jackson became a force in Hollywood, he was set to produce a $128 million movie version of the sci-fi video game Halo, but the project went on hold when fiscal backers withdrew their support.

Jackson will produce a remake of The Dam Busters in 2008, to be directed by longtime Weta designer Christian Rivers.

Jackson has also earned the rights to a film adaptation of the fantasy novel series Temeraire, a novel about dragons being used in combat in the Napoleonic Wars and the story of a dragon named Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, during that time period, written by Naomi Novik. It remains to be seen if he will direct it.

Jackson will produce District 9, a sci-fi project which Neill Blomkamp will direct, likely after the adaptions for Halo has finally been completed. The script is written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Sony Pictures will distribute the film.

In recent years Jackson has also directed a short film entitled "Crossing the Line" to test a new model of digital Cinema camera, the RED ONE. The film takes place during World War I, and was shot in two days. "Crossing the Line" was shown at NAB 2007 (the USA National Association of Broadcasters). Clips of the film can be found at

Jackson's involvement in the making of a film version of The Hobbit, along with another possible The Lord of the Rings prequel, has a long and chequered history. In November 2006, a letter from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh stated that due to an ongoing legal dispute between Wingnut Films (Jackson's production company) and New Line Cinema, Jackson would likely not be directing the film. However, in response, MGM spokesman Jeff Pryor stated that "we still believe this matter of Peter Jackson directing The Hobbit is far from closed." (MGM owns the distribution rights to The Hobbit film). New Line Cinema's head, Robert Shaye said that Jackson "will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working for the company." An online boycott of New Line Cinema was begun in the hopes of compelling New Line Cinema to renegotiate with Peter Jackson.

Shaye's comments marked the first time a New Line executive had commented publicly on the franchise since Jackson announced that he was pulled out of the project. In August 2007 though Shaye was trying to repair his working relationship with Jackson. "I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in The Hobbit," Shaye said." On December 18, 2007, it was announced that Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema had reached agreement to make two prequels, one based on The Hobbit, which will be released in 2011 and 2012. This was the original idea, but they changed it into making two films of The Hobbit instead. Jackson will serve as a writer and executive producer. Guillermo del Toro has been selected to direct.

Jackson is set to make three games with Microsoft Game Studios, a partnership announced on 27 September 2006, at X06. Specifically, Jackson and Microsoft are teaming together to form a new studio called Wingnut Interactive. In collaboration with Bungie Studios, Jackson will co-write, co-design and co-produce a new game taking place in the Halo universe - tentatively called Halo: Chronicles.

Jackson has given NZ$500,000 to stem cell research.

He purchased a church in Wellington for approximately $10 million, saving it from demolition.

He also contributes his expertise to 48HOURS, a New Zealand film making competition, through annually selecting 3 "Wildcards" for the National Final.

Jackson is known for his attention to detail, a habit of shooting scenes from many angles, a macabre sense of humour, and a general playfulness—the latter to the point where The Lord of the Rings conceptual designer Alan Lee jokingly remarked "the film is almost incidental really".

Jackson was a noted perfectionist on the Lord of the Rings shoot where he demanded numerous takes of scenes, requesting additional takes by repeatedly saying, "one more for luck".. Jackson is also renowned within the New Zealand film industry for his insistence on "coverage" — shooting a scene from as many angles as possible, giving him more options to choose from in the editing process. Jackson has been known to spend days shooting a single scene. This is evident in his work where even scenes featuring simple conversations often feature a wide array of multiple camera angles and shot-sizes as well as zooming closeups on characters' faces. One of his most common visual trademarks is shooting close-ups of actors with wide-angle lenses.

Unlike some other film directors, Jackson has remained in his native country to make films. This has been the genesis of several production and support companies. Most of Jackson's assets are found on the Miramar Peninsula in his home town of Wellington where much of his filming occurs; and he was instrumental in having the world premiere of The Return of the King in the city's iconic Embassy Theatre which he helped restore.

He was an early user of computer enhancement technology and provided digital special effects to a number of Hollywood films by use of telecommunications and satellite links to transmit raw images and the final results across the Pacific Ocean.

During filming of The Lord of the Rings, Jackson was (in)famous for wearing short pants and going barefoot under most circumstances, especially during film shoots.

Jackson won three Academy Awards for The Return of the King, including the Academy Award for Best Director.

Jackson was appointed a Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit, in the 2002 New Years Honours.

He has also made cameos in several films not directed by him. In Hot Fuzz (2007), he played a demented Father Christmas, who stabs Nicholas Angel (played by Simon Pegg) in the hand.

Jackson's eldest son Billy (born 1995), has had cameo appearances in every one of his parents' films since his birth, namely The Frighteners (1996), The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and King Kong. His daughter Katie (born 1996) appeared in all the above films, except The Frighteners.

Jackson had a cameo on the HBO show Entourage in the 5 August 2007 episode, "Gary's Desk", in which he offers a business proposal to Eric Murphy, manager to the lead character, Vincent Chase.

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Peter Jackson (footballer born 1937)

Peter Jackson (23 January 1937 – 1991) was an English footballer whose career mirrored that of his twin brother David. Peter Jackson was a half back who started his career with his brother at Wrexham, where their father Peter senior was manager. The trio later teamed up at Bradford City, where the two brothers played a combined 449 league games. They also played together at Marine, Tranmere Rovers, Frickley Colliery, Altrincham and Hyde United. Peter died in 1991, aged 54.

Twin brothers Peter and David Jackson were born on 23 January 1937 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Their father was also Peter, a footballer and football manager. The brothers started their own football career, at Wrexham in 1954, where their father was manager. They made their debut together against Carlisle United at the Racecourse Ground in October 1954, but soon afterwards their father left for Bradford City. The pair soon also left Wrexham, having played seven games each, to join non-league Marine. They also played together for the Liverpool FA against a Football Association of Ireland side in 1955, before they teamed up with their father again at Division Three (North) side Bradford City.

Peter junior made his debut against Grimsby Town on 30 April 1955, ten days after his brother had made his City debut against the same side. Peter played two games during his first season at Valley Parade but they both spent six seasons at City, all in Division Three (North), or the newly-formed Division Three level. Peter played 199 league games, scoring 15 goals, while his brother played 250 league games. In total they played 492 league and cup games for City, scoring 83 goals between them. Peter was also awarded a benefit game in 1960, five months after he broke his leg in a home game against Southampton. In November 1960, they were part of the team that defeated Manchester United 2–1 at Valley Parade in the first season of the League Cup. But just five months later, they left City, when their father was sacked in March 1961.

Instead, the pair signed together for Tranmere Rovers for a combined fee of £3,000. Peter played 81 league games with Tranmere during a little more than three seasons, where he was also captain, and left to team up with his brother again at Frickley Colliery in 1965. They also played together at Altrincham and Hyde United, with Peter also playing in non-league for Macclesfield Town and Guiseley.

The pair also played cricket and golf. Like his brother, Peter was only ever a part-time professional, and after retiring, he became a partner in a firm of chartered accountants and was treasurer of the ex-players' association of Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue. He died in 1991, at the age of 54.

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Peter Jackson (fashion designer)

Peter Jackson (27 January 1928 - August 1, 2008) was an Australian men's fashion outfitter and fashion designer who catered to the Melbourne market.

Herbert Peter Jackson was brought up in South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria and became a hairdresser in 1950, and then designer in 1953. He gradually transformed his family's mixed business into a specialist mens wear shop, and later opened a number of branches. His early clients included celebrities such as Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton and Philip Brady. He introduced store credit cards to Australia.He was influenced by London's Carnaby Street, and he became a leader in the fashion stakes in Melbourne in the 1960s.

Despite early success, his business failed in 1976. He moved to Queensland with his two sons and became a house painter. Returning to Melbourne, he joined a clothing manufacturing business and dabbled in real estate. His siblings David and Olga revived the Peter Jackson business, and in 1993 Peter returned to personal involvement in it. He became the public face of the business, and made his own television advertisements.

Although he was not personally interested in football, his company sponsored the Footscray Bulldogs team because his third wife is a bulldog breeder.

Jackson died of prostate cancer at Knox Private Hospital in Wantirna, Melbourne on August 1, 2008. He suffered with the disease for two months before his death. He is survived by his third wife, Brenda, his children Lee, Peter, Steven, Mandy, Lisa, Natalie and Morgan, his sister Olga, and seven grandchildren.

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Peter Jackson (Stephen King)

Peter Jackson is a fictional character from the Mirror-Image worlds in the Stephen King and Richard Bachman Novels "Desperation" and "The Regulators," respectively.

As is the case with a select few characters including himself, Collie Entragian, Kirsten "Pie" Carver, Jim Reed, Cary Ripton, and Audrey Wyler, Peter dies in both books.

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Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is a first person shooter action adventure game based on the 2005 film King Kong. It is a collaboration between the film's director Peter Jackson and famed videogame designer Michel Ancel (Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil), remarkable in that such true cross-medium creative partnerships are rare in the realm of game development. It was released for the Playstation 2 platform in North America on November 17, 2005, as well as a mobile version also released in Winter 2005, developed by Gameloft. In the United States, the Game Boy Advance version is titled Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World.

King Kong was originally announced for all major game systems. However, out of the current seventh generation, only the Xbox 360 has received the game. The standard edition, featuring standard quality graphics and audio, is used for the Playstation 2 and retail PC platforms. The high-resolution edition, featuring next-generation effects such as bump mapping and volumetric lighting, is used for the Xbox 360 release, but can also be purchased as a special PC release, which is only available as a downloaded package directly from Ubisoft.

In the game, the player assumes the roles of both New York scriptwriter Jack Driscoll and the legendary giant gorilla, Kong as they struggle to survive the threats of Skull Island in 1933.

This game is exhibitive of an industry trend to de-emphasize the role of Heads-Up Displays: it lacks a life bar and ammunition readout (the ammo readout can be enabled), which makes the game more realistic and intense. The player must rely on subtle onscreen and vocal cues from Jack instead. During the majority of the game, the player is tasked with controlling Jack Driscoll from a first person perspective. Your character is given a realistic amount of health and equipped with primitive weaponry, further adding to the challenge and encouraging the player to find alternate weapons and techniques.

Interspersed with Driscoll's adventure are levels in which the player controls Kong himself, battling various giant monsters while defending Ann. The Kong levels take place in a third person view, as the player directs Kong to punch, grab and use objects/corpses as weapons. He can also bite, climb, charge, hurl enemies and even pound his chest to go into fury mode. When Kong is sent into fury mode, the sky becomes tinted with a golden hue and Kong becomes more powerful and less vulnerable to attack. Many of the Kong sequences fulfill the role of boss fights, as the giant ape is able to effectively battle the gigantic creatures that Jack's weapons cannot harm. Upon defeating a V-Rex, Queen Terapusmordax or Cave Serpent, Kong is able to deliver a finisher, similar to the fatalities of Mortal Kombat fame. Kong can kill a V-Rex with by using two different finisher moves: by tearing its jaws apart (scientifically speaking, the wrenching apart of the jaws causes paralyzing muscle shock because it is near the dinosaur's brain, leaving it helpless as Kong breaks its neck) or lifting it over his head like a wrestler, crushing its spine together to cripple its movements, and slamming it down, breaking its back or neck (it is done too fast to really tell). The Queen Terapusmordax are grounded, snatched by the neck, held by the left shoulder and left wing; Kong must wrench the wing out of socket to cripple the beast, then lift it into the air and slam down to the ground, killing it. The serpents, when grabbed for, will snake their way up towards Kong's throat attempting to rip it out; Kong must force them back down on themselves, fracturing their vertebrae and leaving them minorly crippled, then slamming them down with vilent force to finish them (Kong can now use the corpse as a weapon on the other serpents in the cave).

There are two main versions of the game. The standard version that can be bought from most game stockists and the Xbox 360 version, which features higher resolution visuals and high end sound.

In 1933, film director Carl Denham, has gotten hold of a mysterious map, which reveals the secret location of a large island known as Skull Island, a place located in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean (correctly the Pacific Ocean in the game). Carl hires playwright Jack Driscoll to write his script and plucks a starving, out-of-work actress Ann Darrow to play the part of leading lady and a tramp steamer called the Venture to take them to the island. The ship, controlled by Captain Englehorn arrives at the island on October 12, 1933. But due to the stormy seas and huge rocks, it can't get close enough to land so three lifeboats containing the cast, crew and a few sailors are sent to the island. However, the lifeboat containing Jack, Carl, Ann, Hayes, and Briggs gets hit by a chunk of rock which fell from a large stone structure, thus tossing the party out into the sea.

Jack is horrified to find out that one of the sailors, Briggs is dead and the lifeboat completely wrecked. Hayes shoots out a distress signal, informing everyone that if Englehorn sees it, he'll come looking for them via the ship's plane. The group head upwards to a cave entrance leading into a dark, flooded cave. After fighting off several giant crabs, they head towards the exit and move out onto a rocky outcrop, to the left there is a rocky slope leading down to a stony beach. Carl suggest shooting some test shots for his movie, he asks Ann to scream and her classic damsel-in-distress style wailing is answered by a huge roar. The director and his men are suddenly attacked by huge crabs that crawl out from the shore, rifles raised, the men shoot the miniature tanks down, but a huge bellow erupts from the water. A 30 foot crab emerges from the murk and knocks over a wooden platform supported by wooden beams which is standing next to the slope. After much man-made commotion the creature is defeated, and they move on through a gigantic wooden door. The party progress forward, meeting up with the second lifeboat containing Preston, Jimmy and Lumpy, although it cannot land because of the strong current of the sea. The team continue traversing the island, battling with many vicious creatures, and are eventually forced to split up. Jack crosses a wooden bridge, but after he crosses it, it breaks. Ann insists on going with him and climbs up to the cliff above Jack. After a huge battle with Megapedes and Scorpiopedes through a seemingly abandoned village, Jack and Ann are captured by island Natives.

When Jack wakes up tied to a stake, he can only watch as Ann is taken by Kong, a 25 foot gorilla during a native sacrifice. Carl eventually rescues Jack and the two give chase. During the dangerous journey through the jungle, Jack and Carl reunite with Hayes and soon after, Jimmy, but Preston and Lumpy along with the other sailors are killed. However, when the team are pursued by two V-Rexes, Kong comes to the rescue and kills them. As the teams continues their journey, Kong interrupts the log crossing and tips them into a huge ravine. Carl's camera is broken and he gives up, heading downstream towards the Venture. Jack, Jimmy and Hayes continue their pursuit of Ann.

Jack eventually saves Ann and the party continue the adventure to find a long stretch of water of which the seaplane can land on. However, Captain Englehorn takes flight as a huge V-Rex follows them into a large area cluttered with ancient stone ruins. The monster breaks through the barricade and begins smashing down their shelter, until Kong comes to save them. As Hayes tries to stop the fight, the V-Rex charges at Kong, who steps on Hayes, killing him. Jack and Jimmy fight many Venatosaurs and head back to the stretch of water and find the seaplane. Jimmy climbs in (there is only one passenger seat) and Jack climbs up into the mountains to save Ann.

The game has an alternate ending that occurs if the player defeats enough biplanes as Jack, and then destroys the army's searchlights, Kong will climb down the Empire State Building and a cut scene will play of Kong roaring on the top of his homeland, having been safely returned. To unlock the alternate ending, players must complete the entire game and then go back and play through various maps and earn a total of 250,000 points or by using the cheat codes.

Around 13 specific offensive creatures appear in the game, but these can be grouped into generalized categories: V-Rexes, Cave Serpents, Venatosaurus, Terapusmordax, Skull Island Neopedes, Croc-Frogs, Giant Crabs, Swarm Spiders, and the Skull Island Natives.

A second variety of flying predator appears in the mountain ruins near Kong's Lair. By their looks it's possible they are actually Pugbats, but could also be Skin-Birds due to their choice of habitat.

These soldiers in New York City use spotlights to find Kong. They will try to shoot him down with their machine guns. They are mostly found on top buildings. Kong can easily kill a Human Soldier with one hit.

There are many police cars patrolling the streets to hunt down Kong. They are fast and the camera view will change if Kong is being attacked by police cars. Their guns are weaker, but if they shoot Kong enough, they can harm or kill him. Kong can easily speed up with a police car and destroy it with one hit.

These trucks are a real threat to Kong. The trucks don't move, but they are very powerful. They can easily kill Kong with two cannon blasts. However, Kong can destroy one by hitting it, throwing cars at it or, as on one occasion, jumping from a building and crushing the enemy with his impact.

The biplanes are the biggest threat Kong will face and these planes will eventually his downfall. They will shoot Kong on the Empire State Building and fly past him. Their bullets are very powerful. They are very easy to destroy, Kong can either grab or hit an airplane, but the airplanes are eventually going to shoot him down.

A Special Edition of the game was available for a limited time. It comes with the 2 game discs, a Bonus disc which has concept art and a screensaver on it and an additional Making of disc that has a making of featurette with Peter Jackson and several others. There was an error in the printing of the discs and the disc labeled "Making of" was actually the Bonus disc and the disc labeled "Bonus disc" was actually the Making of disc. The signature edition also comes with a TOPPS trading card of King Kong, a code for a downloadable ringtone for mobile phones. It also features a limited time special cover with Peter Jackson's Signature in it.

This game won the 'Most Long-Winded Game Title' in the Dubious Honors category of GameSpot's 'Best of 2005'. The console versions went on to receive very positive reviews, which is rare for a movie to game conversion.

It was included on Game Informer's "Top 50 Games of 2005" list and it was placed #10 on the "Top 10 Heroes of 2005" list.

The version for the Xbox 360 was set up only for use on HDTV, and as a result, use on standard TVs led to a very dark image unsatisfactory for effective gameplay. As a result, Ubisoft recommended fans buy the Xbox version until a fix for the problem is produced. The Xbox version is not currently backwards compatible with the Xbox 360.

The PC version is also known to utilize the StarForce copy protection system which may cause unforeseen difficulties to the player.

The Nintendo DS and PSP versions were widely panned by reviewers because of bugs and glitches, poor level design and enemy AI.. The DS version was listed in the 'Flat-Out Worst Game' list of GameSpot's Best & Worst of 2005.

The Playstation 2 version has a glitch on the level "Kong To The Rescue". When jumping off of the wall and onto the sinking pillar, attempting to jump too late to the other side of the wall will result in Jack completely missing it, flying through, and tumbling outside the game's established wireframe, causing death.

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