Godzilla:King Of The Monst
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The first of the Godzilla movies, and the most somber and serious in tone, Godzilla, King of the Monsters was originally a 98-minute Japanese horror film, until a U.S. company bought the rights and reissued the film at its current 79 minutes, replacing sequences involving a Japanese reporter with new inserts of a dour, pipe-smoking Raymond Burr. True to the fashion of cautionary monster movies, Godzilla has arisen due to nuclear radiation--a 400-foot, fire-breathing dinosaur resurrected in Tokyo Bay--and proceeds to devastate Tokyo. Hardly a bogus building is left unbusted, nary a toy tank unmelted, by the reptilian rogue, until scientists discover another weapon of awesome destruction that just might stop him. The special effects are impressive, with the filming done so as to mask the fact that the monster is just a guy in a rubber suit, working better here than in the sequels, where they seem to have given up any pretense to that fact, in favor of flamboyant effects and battle sequences that more often than not are delightfully, unabashedly juvenile. The DVD includes a wonderful 25-minute documentary on movie monsters, pieced together from old trailers. This DVD offers your choice of Dolby 5.1 Surround or Mono, cropped-screen or letterboxed, and a plethora of other features. It is also available in a boxed set with four more of the best Godzilla flicks by director Inoshiro Honda. --Jim Gay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We tend to see Godzilla now in comical terms, due largely to later films starring the big lizard, but the debut of Godzilla must truly have seemed horrific to film audiences in the 1950s. The monster's first appearance, as his head rises up over the crest of a hill, is very well conceived and impressively presented. For the most part, the special effects in this film are excellent. The fact that this movie is in black and white helps a great deal in this regard, I believe. In no way does Godzilla appear as a man wearing a rubber suit; the face and mouth seemed particularly well done and realistic to me, and I was most impressed by the way the creature's eyes seemed to bug out at times.Read more ›
on one side, and a so-called "theatrical" "letterbox" version on the other.
WARNING: The "letterbox" version is misleading - it's not in true widescreen at all. The top and bottom of the picture was merely chopped off, a fact which becomes painfully obvious when comparing scenes of this version with the "fullscreen". But there are some decent extras on this dvd nonetheless, such as the documentary on movie monsters, and the Godzilla art gallery.
The Sony "Classic Media" dvd release contains the fullscreen version, and virtually no extras, when compared to the Simitar edition. But having found it in a bargain bin for $5, it was an okay deal, with the quality of the movie itself comparable and seemingly slightly better (such as it is, scratches and all) than the Simitar release. Skip the Dolby-Surround sound options on both releases - the Dolby mono is a bit clearer and less distorted.
This classic movie deserves far better treatment on dvd.
C'mon big shot video producers/sellers - if you put the original "Gojira" with English subtitles on dvd,
people will buy it. Maybe pair it up with the second
"Fire Lizard" feature.
The DVD is about as good as you'd expect. There is a full frame version (1.33:1), and a widescreen version (1.37:1). The letterboxing is so modest it really doesn't matter which version you choose. The picture is about what you'd expect. Night scenes are murky and the picture is sometimes scratchy and sometimes clean. On the special features front, there is a collection of trailers (not the originals, unfortunately), an art gallery, a trivia game, and some hidden film facts and biographies on side one. On side two there is a sci-fi monsters documentary, which is basically a collection of theatrical trailers for movies from "War of the Worlds" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "Robot Monster" and "The Giant Claw." It's not very professional, but it's enjoyable.
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it is very good. but lacks bonus features, i should know because i own three dvds of this movie. i have not seen the original japanese one. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2010 by geeks`n freeks
I own three DVD versions of this same movie.The Simitar version is the best.I also did widescreen and fullscreen comparisons. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by JACK LOBO
The only reason i didnt rate this as a 5 because of Raymond Burr
splice part.First off the reason they put him in there because
they wanto up the sale on godzilla in the... Read more
There's nothing like seeing one of the most classic monster movies right from the start. I still can't get over Raymond Burr's portrayel of Steve Martin. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Tom
Godzilla : King of the monstersGives birth to a generation of campyhorror films.But this gothic is the best.The ending makes me cry. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by keith kunz
Godzilla King of the Monsters. The title says it all. Not the first, nor the last, not the biggest but certainly the baddest. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by David D. Macks
I've read innumerable accounts of the original 1954 Japanese version of Godzilla (originally titled "Gojira" or "Daikaijû no tai Nimon Mairubut"), but have not... Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by C. S. Chatman
The sensation began with this awsome movie to even more cool movies! You will enjoy this great movie!Published on April 22 2003
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