The first and only time I’d seen this version before was with my stepdaughter Ginger in 1976 when it came out. We saw it at the Campus Theater in Denton, Texas. I remember we both liked it and had a great time. More than thirty years later, I still love it. Pauline Kael gushed over it, and I pretty much agree with everything she said. The image of Kong in the bowels of an oil tanker (above) is simply terrific.
For the Kael review and lots of other cool stuff, I recommend Kingdom Kong, a swell site dedicated to the film.