Monday, August 19, 2013

Bringing Video Games to Life in the New Donkey Kong Country DVD {Review}

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While there were quite a few notable events that happened back in the 90's (e.g. the Gulf War, lots of Joey Buttafuoco jokes, the Columbine shootings, OJ Simpson's infamous flee, etc) I'd be willing to bet that there is a large number of people that might also think of one certain video game character in correlation with that particular decade: Donkey Kong.

Are there fans from the 1990's that didn't love playing (or watching the television series) with this big, peace-loving ape?

Fortunately for them, this adored character is swinging back into our lives... on DVD! That's right, on August 20th Peace Arch Trinity and Phase 4 Films are releasing Donkey Kong Country: He Came, He Saw, He Kong-Quered.

Donkey Kong Country

Originally a platform video game released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, Donkey Kong Country received very high praise, sold over nine million copies worldwide, and was later re-released multiple times.

The premise of the Donkey Kong Country game was to complete 40 uniquely themed levels in order to recover the Kongs' banana hoard, which had been stolen by King K. Rool and his band of Kremlings. Players are able to control Donkey Kong himself or his nephew Diddy, as they complete varying tasks such as swimming, riding in mine carts, launching out of barrel cannons, or swinging from vine to vine.

Considering how popular the game was, it just made sense that it was turned into a television series that spanned 40 episodes in two seasons, right?


So, the release of the new Donkey Kong Country DVD allows that excitement to return to the 21st century!

Including four episodes in its 90 minute running time, this collection includes everything that fans will remember, from the Crystal Coconut to Cranky Kong to the catchy music that keeps toes tapping. Episodes include:
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Ape Foo Young
  • Booty and the Beast
  • Barrel, Barrel, Who's Got the Barrel
As I don't remember Donkey Kong Country from back in the day and my kids had never heard of the character, we were all looking forward to checking out this DVD and seeing what it was all about.

Donkey Kong movie

Although the CGI animation doesn't compare to what is produced today, we were all pretty riveted by each of the cute apes as we watched them defeat King K. Rool and his minions' attempt to steal the Crystal Coconut time and time again.

Whether he was cloning Candy Kong so that the imposter could put a hex on Donkey Kong that removed his strength or he was laughing at Donkey Kong when he was turned into "Baby Kong," King K. Rool does a good job of portraying the typical evil bad guy throughout the show.

At the same time, this movie is unrated and I did cringe at some of the language, violence (Donkey Kong beats up the Kremlings, after all) and sexual undertones throughout some of the episodes. It's fine that Donkey Kong has an undying love for Candy, but I'm not sure that the way it is portrayed (as well as Candy's outfit) is quite appropriate for the younger crowd.

That being said, both of my kids were pretty excited about the action, adventure and comedy that ensued and were happy to see Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong succeed over and over again!

Donkey Kong Crystal Coconut

If you would like to travel back in time and swing into Kongo Bongo Island with Donkey Kong, keep an eye out for Donkey Kong Country to arrive on DVD tomorrow, August 20th, on Amazon and at Walmart, Target and other major retailers with an MSRP of $9.99.

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As a Phase 4 Films Blogger Ambassador, I have received products and compensation from Phase 4 Films in order to facilitate and thank me for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Unknown said...

Seems really cute! I loved Donkey Kong games growing up.

slehan said...

I remember DonkeyKong... Long ago and far away...

slehan at juno dot com

Becca said...

Of all the funny things, my grandma really liked Donkey Kong. I wonder if she still remembers him LOL

laurie nykaza said...

I liked Donkey Kong games when I was younger and so do my kids now they would love to play this one. I like the funny graphics in the game!

Gala said...

I like the funny graphics in the game!I'm sure my kids would love to play this game

Unknown said...

I think the graphics on Donkey Kong (Country)has improved 10-Fold. I remember when the 1st Donkey Kong came out. Video Games have come a Long Way.

Unknown said...

My favorite grade was 8th Grade.

Karen Glatt said...

I still have Donkey Kong's original games in their cases. I love playing Donkey Kong to this day, and have one of the newer games. It is so much fun!

Unknown said...

My son would love this! I am going to put it on my Xmas shopping list! Great description of the game, and love your pictures of the graphics, thanks!

slehan said...

I remember playing Donkey Kong, but I don't remember watching the TV show.

slehan at juno dot com

Unknown said...

I remember Donkey Kong very well but I was not aware that they had a TV series... I wonder if Netflix has them?

Unknown said...

I loved the game growing up. would love to,see this DVD

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