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Ghidorah: The Three- Headed Monster

Yosuke Natsuki , Yuriko Hoshi , Ishiro Honda    Unrated   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Godzilla movies May 9 2010
By Steve
Format:DVD
Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster is one of the crown jewels of the Showa Godzilla series. Aside from introducing Godzilla's titular arch rival, this movie marks the turning point in the franchise, where Godzilla transitions from antagonist to anti-hero. In my opinion it's a huge step up from Mothra vs. Godzilla, which was released prior during the same year.

The monsters are very well-rounded as characters in this film, and are arguably better-developed than the humans. There's even a scene where the monsters *talk* to eachother, and it's as hilarious as it sounds. The action sequences are nicely done, a nice blend of slapstick and straight-foreward monster fighting. Ghidorah is at his best in the film, in stark contrast to the rest of the series where be becomes increasingly pathetic (until eventually wearing out his welcome entirely in GMK.) The puny humans are as dull as ever, but the monsters effectively carry the film.

I got this one as part of the Classic Media box set, and while I found the audio commentary tracks on the rest of the movies rather dry and dull, the audio commentary on this movie is actually rather engaging. The presenter's enthusiasm is infectiuous; this guy should have done the commentary for the rest of them. Still doesn't compare to the Godzilla 2000 commentary though. I prefer actual insight from the filmmakers to trivia from a movie critic.

Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster is one of my favourite Godzilla movies, and easily one of my top five, along with Godzilla 2000, Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. I give it a 5 out of 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Treat April 25 2009
By Greg TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a delightful film experience this one turned out to be! Overall one of the best quality Godzilla films, in terms of writing, acting, directing, FX, settings, etc. The real surprise is a genuinely interesting human spy/intrigue storyline involving a princess from Mars who is trying to warn Japan about the horrors soon to befall them, and some who are trying to silence her. Moments of the monster battle scenes are cheesy, but as this film is so much fun it's easily forgiven. This was the first Godzilla film in which he actually fights to protect Earth instead of just destroying it (and is assisted by Rodan and a baby Mothra.) Special features include a biography on Eiji Tsuburaya--the man behind Godzilla, audio commentary by David Kalat, the original trailer, image gallery and slideshow of monsters, and also featured here is the original Japanese version of the film.

Highly recommended for Godzilla movie fans!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla takes on a Venusian! May 18 2011
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Ghidorah-the Three headed Monsters(released Dec/64)is the 5th in the Godzilla franchise and Sony Classic media releases again both the US and the longer original Japanese version.The Japanese version is always,I find at least,the much better of the two.
This story involves the anticipated arrival of a princess from a foreign country called Selgina.There is an unscrupulous bunch of characters who have planted a bomb aboard the princesses' plane.Just before it blow ups in mid air she is possessed by some spirit who urges her to jump out of the plane.Unbeknownst to the outside world,she is rescued by a fisherman and she later reappears amongst the populace as some kind of prophetess telling all that there is a great danger.At first her warnings are met with scoffing as what she says is given in very general terms.As time passes her predictions become more direct as the police try to protect her and the gang who thought they had destroyed the princess realize they must keep trying until the job is really done this time.
During this time Godzilla of course and his nemesis Rodan the flying lizard appear to do battle and wreak havoc amongst the countryside.During their shenanigans the possessed princess(of an ancient Venusian spirit we now know!)tells everyone the creature that destroyed Venus is coming;Ghidorah-the three headed monster.The two little Infant Island beauties are summoned for their assistance and they in turn enjoin the last remaining offspring of Mothra to come to Japan to ask for Godzilla and Rodans collective help against Ghidorah.Well negotiations between the caterpillar and Rodan and Godzilla don't go well at the start.In fact the caterpillar takes it upon himself to take the three headed monster on by himself with no help from either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A turning point in the franchise July 6 2009
By Craig
Format:DVD
Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster is the sequel to Mothra vs. Godzilla and a significant turning point in the Godzilla franchise. This film marks the start of Godzilla's transition from villain to anti-hero to hero and introduces his greatest foe; the three headed space dragon King Ghidorah. A fairly good film that has finally be released on DVD. Like the others this DVD contains both the original unedited, undubbed Japanese version and the "Americanized" version.

Unlike Mothra vs. Godzilla, the quality of the American print is on par with the Japanese one, unfortunately it's not as good as Mothra vs. Godzilla. At times the picture quality is good but at other times the colours are faded and the print has scratches and hairs. The audio quality is fairly decent, keep in mind it's in its original mono soundtrack.

The special features are decent though slim. It has the Japanese trailer but it isn't subtitled so unless you speak/read Japanese you won't understand it. The image galleries are nice with some good background info on the monsters and the movie but personally, I miss the poster slide show they had on Mothra vs. Godzilla.

The biggest special feature is the audio commentary on the English dubbed version by David Kalat. I've seen some reviews that criticize these commentaries as "fan boys gushing about how much they love these movies" but that's not a fair description. David Kalat makes it clear how much he loves the movie, but he still shares some interesting behind the scenes tidbits on the film and the Godzilla franchise in general. If anything he's guilty of letting his inner child out, and really who can blame him for that. When you've grown up watching these films, like I have, it's hard not to see them through rose coloured glasses of nostalgia.

All in all, Ghidorah is a decent film with a decent DVD release. It could have been better but it's the best were going to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY AVAILABLE: GODZILLA EPISODE 5 April 5 2007
By A. C. Cronvich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is the fifth Godzilla film and its one of the best. Its really a follow up to MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA. This is the first release, in the US, of the unedited Japanese version. For competists, the strangely reedited US version has also been included. Both versions are entertaining.
This is the first time team up of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra against the alien dragon King Ghidorah (aka Ghidrah). Along for the ride are the twin faeries from
Mothra's island who, telepathically orchestrate the colaboration. There is also a amnesiac Himalayan princess who is also a cross dressing Martian prophetess; three Blues Brothers look-alike assasins who are out to
finish her off and a tough police detective who wants to save her and his sister who wants to restore her memory. Basically, it tries to play like a Hitchcock thriller or an early Bond film. In the end the espianage plot
and the monster plot come together. This is the first time that Godzilla swithches from menace to hero.

The first half of the film is basically "GODZILLA VS. RODAN", with the two "bad" monsters convinced to "turn good" by the intelligent and telepathic Mothra. The following film MONSTER ZERO is basically a direct sequel to this with Godzilla and Rodan reteaming to fight Ghidorah in the futuristic (at the time at least) 1980s.

These are the GODZILLA titles not yet available on DVD, and that have no current release dates:
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, GODZILLA 1985 (RETURN OF GODZILLA), GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE

Here is a list of the complete GODZILLA series for young fans:
#1 GOJIRA/GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS #2 GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (GIGANTIS, THE FIRE MONSTER)
#3 KING KONG VS. GODZILLA #4 MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA, GODZILLA VS. THE THING)
#5 GHIDORAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER)
#6 INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER (GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO) #7 GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER
#8 SON OF GODZILLA #9 DESTROY ALL MONSTERS #10 GODZILLA'S REVENGE (ALL MONSTERS ATTACK)
#11 GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER)
#12 GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND) #13 GODZILLA VS. MEGALON
#14 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (GODZILLA VS. COSMIC MONSTER)
#15 TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (TERROR OF GODZILLA) #16 GODZILLA 1985 (RETURN OF GODZILLA)
#17 GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE #18 GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH
#19 GODZILLA & MOTHRA: THE BATTLE FOR EARTH #20 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II
#21 GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA #22 GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH
#23 GODZILLA 1998 (MONSTER EDITION) #24 GODZILLA 2000 #25 GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRAS
#26 GODZILLA, MOTHRA & KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK
#27 GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA #28 GODZILLA TOKYO S.O.S. #29 GODZILLA: FINAL WARS

Direct spin-off's/Tie-in's to the GODZILLA series:

Television: GODZILLA: THE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES, GODZILLA: THE SERIES (animated),
HUMAN COMET ZONE (ZONE FIGHTER), GO! POWERMAN (GO! GODMAN), GO! GREENMAN,
MONSTER PLANET OF GODZILLA, GODZILLA ISLAND

Movies: RODAN (RODAN: THE FLYING MONSTER), THE MYSTERIANS, VARAN: THE UNBELIEVABLE,
MOTHRA (MOTHRA: THE MONSTER GOD), ATRAGON, SPACE AMOEBA (YOG: MONSTER FROM SPACE),
FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, KING KONG ESCAPES,
REBIRTH OF MOTHRA, REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2, REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 3

Indirectly related movies and TV shows: HALF HUMAN, THE H MAN, BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE, GORATH,
THE WAR IN SPACE, MATANGO (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE), LATITUDE ZERO,
LEGACY OF DRACULA, LAKE OF DRACULA, EVIL OF DRACULA, SECRET OF THE TELEGIAN,
DOGORA (DAGORA: THE SPACE MONSTER), HUMAN VAPOR, INVISIBLE MAN, ESPY (ESP SPY),
THE THREE TREASURES, OROCHI: THE EIGHT HEADED DRAGON, GUNHED, MIKADROID, LATITUDE ZERO, TIDAL WAVE, GRANSAZERS: SUPER BATTLE MEMORY, SAZER-X FIGHT! STAR SOLDIERS, RETURNER,
SAYONARA JUPITER, GIANT GORO VS. GOLIATH (DAIGORO VS. GORIASU)
MEGALOMAN (TV), GRANSAZERS (TV), JUSTRISERS (TV), SAZER-X (TV)

The GAMERA series:
#1 GAMERA/GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE #2 WAR OF THE MONSTERS (GAMERA VS. BARUGON)
#3 RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS (GAMERA VS. GAOS) #4 DESTROY ALL PLANETS
#5 ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS (GAMERA VS. GUIRON) #6 GAMERA VS. MONSTER X
#7 GAMERA VS. ZIGRA #8 GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER #9 GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNVERSE
#10 GAMERA: ATTACK OF LEGION #11 GAMERA: REVENGE OF IRIS #12 GAMERA: THE BRAVE

The KING KONG series:
#1 KING KONG 1933 #2 SON OF KONG #3 MIGHTY JOE YOUNG #4 KING KONG VS. GODZILLA
#5 KING KONG ESCAPES #6 KING KONG 1976 #7 KING KONG LIVES (KING KONG 2)
#8 MIGHTY JOE YOUNG 1997 #9 THE MIGHTY KONG #10 KONG:KING OF ATLANTIS
#11 KING KONG 2005 #12 KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE
Official KING KONG TV shows: KING KONG: THE ANIMATED SERIES, KONG: THE SERIES
Unnofficial KING KONG spin-offs:
JAPANESE KING KONG, KING KONG APPEARED IN EDO, KONGA, KONG ISLAND (KING OF KONG ISLAND), SUPER KING KONG (APE)
Others:
NABONGA (NABONGA GORILLA) WHITE PONGO, THE WHITE GORILLA, UNKNOWN ISLAND,
THE MIGHTY GORGA, THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (GOLIATHON), YETI, GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY,
KING OF THE LOST WORLD

The GIANT MAJIN series:
#1 MAJIN: THE MONSTER OF TERROR (DAIMAJIN) #2 RETURN OF THE GIANT MAJIN (WRATH OF DAIMAJIN)
#3 RETURN OF DAIMAJIN

Also of interest:
GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTERS (MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET), WARNING FROM SPACE,
THE X FROM OUTER SPACE, YONGARY: MONSTER FROM THE DEEP, REPTILIAN (YONG-GARY),
GORGO, REPTILICUS, THE GIANT CLAW, THE LAND UNKNOWN, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER,
WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN,
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, TERROR BENEATH THE SEA, PRINCE OF SPACE,
INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN, THE LAST DINOSAUR, TARANTULA, THE BLACK SCORPION,
THE DEADLY MANTIS, ATOMIC SUBMARINE, THE GIANY BEHEMOTH, THE LOST WORLD,
BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS, TWENTY MILLION MILES TO EARTH,
CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER, X- THE UNKNOWN, THE MILPITAS MONSTER (THE MUTANT BEAST),
DINOSAURUS!!!, KRONOS, BEGINNING OF THE END, THEM!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid Godzilla release with both US & Japanese versions Dec 18 2007
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Like the other releases in this series, Classic Media has done an excellent job presenting both the original Japanese language version of this movie as well as the US theatrical version. The film quality and DVD quality is crisp and clear and the sound and color are terrific. My only criticism is that the commentary was not done by Ed Godziszewski and or Steve Ryfle as it was on some of the other releases. While their commentary was thoughtful, selective and well-paced, the commentary on this disc, presented by David Kalat, is done in an unceasing and hurried manner with a highly affected voice that seems to be trying to squeeze everything he's ever learned about Godzilla film history into just 85 minutes. It's irritating and over-the-top manner proves that even for avid Godzilla film buffs it's possible to try and present too much information all at once. There is good information in there, but it's surrounded by breathless clutter that I at least found to be highly irritating. Good effort, but poor delivery.

However, Ghidrah (aka Ghidorah) is still one of the coolest monsters in film history and the film is enjoyable, both versions. After all, what monster movie buff doesn't love a giant, three-headed, electrical dragon from outer space? Ghidorah has everything a monster buff could want in a single package! Godzilla fans will enjoy this release quite a bit. I definitely recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A kinder, gentler Godzilla Dec 12 2004
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
This film, here titled "Ghidrah-The 3-Headed Monster," although alternately known by many other names, but never by its true name, "Three Giant Monsters: Earth's Greatest Battle," is a series of firsts and lasts for the Godzilla series.

Among the important firsts is the arrival of King Ghidora, the golden 3-headed space dragon that would serve as a Toho arch-villain for the reminder of the 50-year history of Godzilla flicks. Along with MechaGodzilla, King Ghidora would be Godzilla's most consistent and dangerous challenger, and return time and time again. In this version, King Ghidora is fresh from the destruction of Venus and its entire population. Flying through space disguised as a meteor, he arrives on Earth looking for new prey.

Another first, the first battle between Godzilla and Rodan, tears across the Japanese country side. In a sad last, the final appearance of Emi and Yuki Ito as the Shobijin, the tiny twins summon the larval Mothra to halt the battle, and to convince the two raging beasts that they are good, not bad, and should band together to protect Earth from King Ghidora. This encounter sets the stage for most Godzilla flicks to follow, with the big guy being a defender of humanity rather than its destroyer.

A really fun entry in the Godzilla series, and King Ghidora makes for an excellent villain. It would be nice to see this film get a decent DVD treatment, with its actual title restored and the original Japanese language track, instead of the terrible dubbing that harms so many Godzilla films.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla, Rhodan and Mothra take on Ghirdah, the 3-headed monster Aug. 27 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
"Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" ("San daikaijû: Chikyu saidai no kessen," which literally translated as "Earth's Greatest Battle" in case you were wondering) is one of the better Godzilla movies, simply because this 1964 film has the three-headed monster named Ghidrah. It also has the Twin Fairies (Emi and Yûmi Ito), known as the Shobijin in Japan, the little friends of Mothra, which is a clear sign that this is one of those movies where Godzilla is now the good monster instead of the bad monster. He was clear a bad monster in the original "Gojira" in 1954 and the following year in "Gojira no gyakushû." In 1964's "Mosura tai Gojira" he was still bad, while Mothra was clearly good, while in the 1962 film "Kingukongu tai Gojira" it depended on what side of the Pacific you lived on. By the 1970s Godzilla was definitely a good monster, and that transition starts right here.

However, Gozilla's redemption is not clear a half-hour into the film when the monsters start showing up because the first time we seen Godzilla he is destroying an ocean liner. Then Rhodan breaks out of the volcano at Mt. Aso and the two of them start having one of their standard fights when Ghidrah shows up on earth, courtesy of a meteor that lands in Korobe Gorge. Basically what happens at that point is that Mothra convinces the two earth monsters to stop fighting each other and the trio go off to fight Ghidrah. Clearly if you have a three-headed monster then you need three monsters, one for each head, so you can have three times the fun, although Godzilla is at something of a disadvantage since he is the only one of this quartet that cannot fly. But screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa can work around that problem, have no fear. After all this is the guy who wrote the scripts for "Mosura tai Gojira," "Kaijû daisenso," and most of the other Japanese monster movies of the 1960s.

Oh, yes, there are also some actual human beings running around in "Ghidrah," such as Professor Miura (Hiroshi Koizumi), Mas Selina Salno, Princess of Sergina (Akiko Wakabayashi), and a Chief Assassin (Hisaya Ito). In fact, the humans are the only ones running around in the first part of the film with all sorts of subplots that are really not going to have much to do with the sudden arrival of a three-headed monster on Earth. Maybe the whole attempt to assassinate the princess consists of pages from an unsold script that were tossed into this one because you can only have people in rubber suits playing monsters so long before they need a respite. Besides, there are four monsters, count them, and mere humans cannot compete with that, even with the Twin Fairies appearing on Japanese television. Ghidrah is really the star of this one because not only does he have three heads, he shoots lightning bolts out of his mouths and makes a neat monster sound. The fact he has no arms gives him a real distinctive look, but since he has three heads you tend not to notice what is missing because the additional stuff is so captivating. No wonder he and Godzilla duke it out in five more films, although none of them have all that this first one has going for it.

This film was also known as "The Biggest Battle on Earth," "The Biggest Fight on Earth," "The Greatest Battle on Earth," "The Greatest Fight on Earth," "Three Giant Monsters: The Earth's Greatest Decisive Battle," "Monster of Monsters," and just plain "Ghidrah" (I have to admit I sort of miss the old days when studios tried to trick you into seeing the same B-movie more than once by giving it another name). Whatever the title this is a favorite for kids because it offers more monsters and more Tokyo stomping that your average Godzilla film. Interestingly enough, in the Japanese version it is Venus that was destroyed by Ghidrah, but in the American version this is changed to Mars (as is the home of the alien possessing the princess). Just remember, the Japanese version is from Venus, the American version from Mars...
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghidra the three headed monster - CineVu DVD 2004 April 19 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a high quality classic godzilla movie on DVD - DON'T BUY THIS DVD!!! It is absolutely awful. I should have known something was wrong when there was no picture available for the cover. Even the cover is a cheap imitation. It appears that someone set up a digital camera, a "cheap" camera, in front of a television set and hit record. The movie shutters constantly, the picture is blurry and the quality is utterly apalling.
Nowhere on the DVD cover is Toho Co. Ltd. (the creators of this movie) given credit.
I rated this 1 star - but in reality it is less than a zero - THE QUALITY IS THAT BAD! Don't waste your money on this DVD!!!
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