I'm afraid the original has become somewhat of a novelty -- early special effects that are now so creaky and obvious it's hard to take any of it seriously.
Wow! It's rare that we disagree, LW
, but on this point we disagree profoundly. I recently bought the King Kong
(1933) dvd, and although the special effects are fairly obvious (albeit ingenious), the story still packs a punch. The screenplay (which is always overshadowed by Willis O'Brien's stop-motion creations) is smart, well-paced, nuanced, engaging, and entertaining. The dated special effects no more detract from the story than the dated special effects in Bride of Frankenstein
detract from those movies. King Kong
is not only a groundbreaking film, it is still a really good