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  • Actors: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Masao Shimizu
  • Directors: Motoyoshi Oda
  • Writers: Shigeaki Hidaka, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: ANConnect
  • Release Date: Jan. 4 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000MV8AJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,376 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Vignal on Aug. 25 2007
Format: DVD
Just as they did with the original film, Godzilla Raids Again is given the dual movie treatment, letting you watch either the original Japanese version, or the English dub rebranded as "Gigantis, the Fire Monster". It's a nice touch considering how drastically different the two versions are, just as was the case with Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters Unfortunately, neither version can salvage the positive elements of the movie.

Either way, the biggest problem this movie has is that it doesn't handle the monster action very well. What should be the focal point of the story, the battle between Godzilla and Anguirus, takes place square in the middle of the film. What's left is a somewhat uninteresting mess of human-focused drama, as we are spoonfed a cliched love story and tragedy. You can certainly tell that this one is not helmed by Ishiro Honda, as it feels like someone not accustomed to Godzilla or the kaiju genre is running the show. Godzilla himself is also a bit of a mixed bag. The suit seems to be more detailed than the previous one, but there are a number of key problems, including flimsy back plates, a skinny neck supporting a misshapen head, and a far too human amount of flexibility and motion. His teeth are also a little odd in the way they all jut out from the jaw, something that would not make it easy for this mighty beast to bite down with any sort of pressure.

If at all possible, the US dubbing makes an even bigger mess of the flim, as it avoids any sort of Godzilla connection whatsoever. Although the monster is clearly Godzilla, as anyone who's seen the original should be able to tell, he's renamed Gigantis and treaded like a totally different creature. Three quarters of the time his roar is not the trademark Godzilla scream, but something slightly different.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Rarely seen in the US, the 1st Godzilla sequel "raids again!", April 2 2007
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FILM HISTORY

This film made in 1955 is the very first sequel made to the original "Gojira" aka "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" in its US release. The film was rushed into production in order to capitalize on the popularity of the first film. In the US it was apparently released by a different film company than the first film, so the title was changed such that the word "Godzilla" didn't even appear in it! The US theatrical release title was "Gigantis the Fire Monster." The film has been released in the US under other titles over the years, such as "The Return of Godzilla" and as "Godzilla Raids Again" when it was on VHS tape. The original Japanese title was apparently, "Gojira no gyakushû" or "Gojira Strikes Again" in English.

I am a huge Godzilla fan and have been since I was a small child, and in all the years I watched these films on TV, in the theater, and on home video, I've never seen this film broadcast on television and I apparently missed it when it was available on VHS. I didn't even know it existed until I saw it listed in Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Film Guide years ago. It seems that the fact that this film was not released in the US by the same company that released the original film has doomed this one to obscurity for an extremely long time. However, this situation is now corrected with the release of the film to DVD.

FILM SYNOPSIS, PRODUCTION TRIVIA, COMMENTS

As was stated in the original Gojira, it does turn out that there are more of these monstrous creatures in the sea than just the one Godzilla that was destroyed at the end of the first film. This film is more of a typical 1950s "monster smash 'em up" picture than the original film and less of a statement on nuclear horror. This sets the tone for many Godzilla pictures to come. There were also some apparent changes to the Gojira costume for this film as well as to the focus of the story. It also began the now long-standing tradition of matching Godzilla up with other monsters as Angiurus, sometimes called Anguilas, makes his debut in this film. He's the monster that looks a bit like an ankylosaur with a touch of giant hedgehog.

This film is a fairly average entry in the Godzilla series with little of the serious dramatic metaphors for and references to nuclear war so prevalent in the original Japanese version of the first film, but kaiju completists and monster movie fans will probably want to see this film because it has been so rarely seen or available up until now. The Japanese version is coherent, fairly well-acted and enjoyable. The American version is so hilariously bad that it's hugely entertaining as unintentional comedy! The American version is filled with nonsensical dialogue that has nothing to do with the original Japanese, it's loaded with cheesy stock footage that does not appear in the original film and it's voiced-over by a narrator (Keye Luke) that NEVER stops talking. Seriously, the American producer insisted on non-stop narration that never shuts up and insists on describing things that are clearly portrayed visually in the film. It's just terrible, but funny terrible! The American version would have been a great subject for Mystery Science Theater 3000. Be sure to listen to the commentary track on the American version after watching the film once without it. It's informative and highly entertaining.

DVD INFORMATION ON CONTENT INCLUDING EXTRA FEATURES

This DVD contains both the original 1955 Japanese version of the film as well as the 1959 American release dubbed in English. George Takei (Star Trek) and Keye Luke (Charlie Chan, Gremlins) both supplied voices for the English version. The subtitles for the uncut Japanese version were newly produced for this release. Like the recent excellent 2-disc DVD release of the original Gojira, this disc has commentary and featurettes by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski.

Note that the general release date for this DVD was originally supposed to be in November 2006, but it has been pushed back till spring 2007. This information comes directly from the godzillaondvd website, which is the official website of the producers of this DVD and the only place where the DVD can be purchased until general release.

I'm giving this release 3 stars for the movie and 5 stars for the great DVD treatment for a final rating of 4 stars. Monster flick fans can celebrate now that "Godzilla Raids Again" raids again!
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The "forgotten" Godzilla movie. Aug. 6 2001
By Robert S. Clay Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
The second Godzilla movie is a transitional entry in the series. Serious, but not as grim as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," we see the first traces of the camp humor that became a trademark of Japanese sci-fi. It is one of the few movies of the series that does a "hand-off" from the previous flick. Dedicated fans will recognize Dr. Yamane from the first Godzilla film. In addition, Godzilla (also known as "Gigantis") meets Angilus, the first of many bizarre enemies. In somber B/W photography, the story of dueling monsters on the loose unfolds. This time it's Osaka and not Tokyo, threatened with fiery destruction. As usual, the monsters invade populous areas, destroy buildings, and threaten civilization. As usual, conventional military hardware has no effect. The English-dubbed dialogue is occasionally hilarious. The special effects and other production values are typical of Japanese sci-fi. This movie, virtually overlooked through the years, initially appeared in the USA as "Gigantis the Fire Monster." It played on a double feature program back in 1959/1960 with "Teenagers From Outer Space" (reviewed elsewhere in ...). Godzilla movies are an acquired taste that delight fans and repulse "normal" viewers. For aging baby-boomers, and other serious collectors of low-budget sci-fi, this movie is a recommended treat. :-)
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Godzilla 2: almost as good as the first Feb. 28 2007
By A. C. Cronvich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is the second Godzilla movie, and this is the first time on DVD for the american version and the first time ever in the US for the uncut, unedied Japanese version. Both are included on this new DVD. The Japanese version is superior, but the dubbed american version is entertaining also, though its just a little bit confusing.

Here is a list of all the Godzilla films. The titles are the current, or most recent, US home video/DVD. TWO TITLES ARE GIVEN, WHER THE DVD INCLUDES BOTH JAPANESE AND US VERSIONS.

THE GODZILLA LIST:

#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 (aka GODZILLA VS. THE THING)

#5 GHIDORAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER / GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER

#6 INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER / GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (aka MONSTER ZERO)

#7 GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER

#8 SON OF GODZILLA

#9 DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

#10 GODZILLA'S REVENGE (aka ALL MONSTERS ATTACK)

#11 GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (aka GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER)

#12 GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (aka GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND)

#13 GODZILLA VS. MEGALON

#14 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (aka GODZILLA VS. COSMIC MONSTER)

#15 TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (aka TERROR OF GODZILLA)

#16 GODZILLA 1985 (aka RETURN OF GODZILLA)

#17 GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE

#18 GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (aka GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORA)

#19 GODZILLA & MOTHRA, THE BATTLE FOR EARTH

#20 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II

#21 GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA

#22 GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH

#23 GODZILLA 1998 (aka GODZILLA, 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

SEE ALSO:

HUMAN COMET ZONE (TV aka ZONE FIGHTER. GODZILLA has guest appearances.)

GODZILLA, THE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES

GODZILLA, THE SERIES

THE GODZILLA SPIN-OFF SERIES LIST:

#1 RODAN

#2 VARAN, THE UNBELIEVABLE

#3 ATRAGON

#4 DOGORA (aka DAGORA, THE SPACE MONSTER)

#5 FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD

#6 WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS

#7 LATITUDE ZERO

#8 SPACE AMOEBA (aka YOG, MONSTER FROM SPACE)

SEE ALSO:

MEGALOMAN (TV)

GO! GREENMAN (TV)

GO! POWERMAN (TV aka GO! GODMAN)

THE KING KONG AND OFFICIAL KONG SPIN-OFF LIST:

#1 KING KONG

#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 (aka KING KONG 2)

#8 MIGHTY JOE YOUNG 1997

#9 THE MIGHTY KONG (animated)

#10 KONG, KING OF ATLANTIS (animated)

#11 KING KONG 2005

#12 KONG, RETURN TO THE JUNGLE (animated)

SEE ALSO:

KING KONG, THE ANIMATED SERIES (aka THE KING KONG SHOW)

GO! GREENMAN (TV, KONG has a guest appearance in one episode.)

KONG, THE SERIES

KING KONG RIP-OFF LIST:

JAPANESE KING KONG

KING KONG APPEARED IN EDO (aka KING KONG APPEARS IN EDO)

NABONGA (aka NABONGA GORILLA)

WHITE PONGO (aka WHITE GORILLA)

THE WHITE GORILLA

AFRICA SCREAMS (aka ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET KING KONG)

UNKNOWN ISLAND

THE SNOW CREATURE

KONGA

THE MIGHTY GORGA

KING KONG (Hindi)

TARZAN MEETS KING KONG (Hindi)

KING OF KONG ISLAND (aka KONG ISLAND)

SEX KONG

DOLLS OF KING KONG

SUPER KING KONG (aka APE)

QUEEN KONG

MIGHTY PEKING MAN (aka GOLIATHON)

JULES VERNE'S WHERE TIME BEGAN (aka JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH)

YETI, GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY

KING DONG (aka LOST ON ADVENTURE ISLAND)

KING OF THE LOST WORLD

KINKY KONG

BABES IN KONG LAND

THE GAMERA LIST:

#1 GAMMERA, THE INVINCIBLE (aka GAMERA)

#2 WAR OF THE MONSTERS (aka GAMERA VS. BARUGON, GAMERA STRIKES BACK))

#3 RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS (aka GAMERA VS. GAOS)

#3 DESTROY ALL PLANETS

#4 ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS (GAMERA VS. GUIRON)

#5 GAMERA VS. MONSTER X

#6 GAMERA VS. ZIGRA

#7 GAMERA SUPER MONSTER

#8 GAMERA, GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE

#9 GAMERA, ATTACK OF LEGION

#10 GAMERA, REVENGE OF IRIS

#11 GAMERA, THE BRAVE

THE GIANT MAJIN SERIES LIST:

#1 MAJIN, THE MONSTER OF TERROR (aka DAIMAJIN)

#2 RETURN OF THE GIANT MAJIN (aka WRATH OF DAIMAJIN)

#3 RETURN OF DAIMAJIN

THE MOTHRA LIST:

#1 MOTHRA

#2 REBIRTH OF MOTHRA

#3 REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2

#4 REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 3

THE TOHO ALIEN INVASION SERIES:

#1 THE MYSTERIANS

#2 BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE

#3 GORATH

#4 WAR IN SPACE

THE TOHO MUTANT SERIES:

#1 HALF HUMAN

#2 INVISIBLE MAN

#3 THE H MAN

#4 HUMAN VAPOR

#5 MATANGO, ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE

#6 SECRET OF THE TELEGIAN

#7 ESPY

#8 LAST DAYS OF PLANET EARTH

OTHER GIANT MONSTERS:

GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTERS (aka MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET)

THE X FROM OUTER SPACE (aka GUILALA, SPACE MONSTER))

YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP

GIANT GORO VS. GOLIATH (aka DAIGORO AGAINST GORIASU)

VOYAGE INTO SPACE (aka JOHNNY SOKKO & HIS FLYING ROBOT)

PLANET OF THE BIONIC APES (aka SPECTREMAN)

MONSTERS FROM SPACE (aka SPACE GIANTS)

LEGEND OF THE DINOSAURS (aka LEGENDS OF DINOSAURS & MONSTER BIRDS)

SUPER INFRAMAN (aka INFRAMAN)

THE LAND UNKNOWN

THE LAST DINOSAUR

THE BERMUDA DEPTHS

REPTILICUS

GORGO

GARUDA

THE GIANT CLAW

ZARKORR!, THE INVADER

KRAA!, THE SEA MONSTER

REPTILIAN (aka YONG-GARY)

BRAIN 17 (aka IRON ROBOT 17)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A worthy sequel March 27 2004
By "thx-1138_4eb" - Published on Amazon.com
"Godzilla Raids Again" is the 2nd film in the Godzilla series. It is the last black and white film in the series as well as the last "stand-alone" Godzilla film to air until "Godzilla 1985". In many ways, "Godzilla Raids Again" is the ideological sequel to "Godzilla, King of the Monsters". The attitude of this film is different, far more pragmatic and martial than "Godzilla". Unlike the first film, the military stays in the fight for the entire film and ultimately prevails. In fact a better title for this film might be "Godzilla : Japan strikes back". The reaction to Godzilla in "Godzilla Raids Again" is one of both resignation and determination. Resignation that Godzilla has come back to menace Japan again. Determination to not let Godzilla destroy the country of Japan. Like "Godzilla", "Godzilla Raids Again" develops a substantial sub-plot following the exploits of Kobayashi and Tsukioka, two pilots for a fishing company. These two develop an onscreen chemistry that shines through the subtitles. You really get to root for these guys throughout the film. And "Godzilla Raids Again" lets you do so without taking away the focus from the monsters. It is in this film that Godzilla meets his first kaiju foe, a trend that would continue through 27 of Godzilla's next 29 films. "Godzilla Raids Again" has a smaller scale to it. The world is not so much threatened as is Osaka and Kobayashi and Tsukioka. It is this perception of Godzilla as a force that can be combated and conquered, which is much different than the feeling from "Godzilla". The story has the same thoughtfulness and pacing as "Godzilla". The military sequences are realistic and well done. A strong Godzilla film, not "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" but "Godzilla Raids Again" is not trying to be, this 2nd film is just trying to tell its story and continue the fine tradition established in "Godzilla". "Godzilla Raids Again" accomplishes both handily.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Godzilla ... Back for Round Two!!! Feb. 21 2002
By Matt Hanke - Published on Amazon.com
(previous film "Godzilla, King of the Monsters")
Summary: Two prehistoric monsters bring their ages old battle to the city of Osaka, Japan. Only one will remain standing ... will it be the current champion Godzilla, or the challenger Angilas?
"Godzilla Raids Again" (aka "Gigantis, the Fire Monster"), while far from being the greatest G film ever made, is certainly not the worst either, yet, for some reason, this entry in the series has become something of a "lost" classic. Being one of the harder G movies to come by, any fan looking for this video to add to their collection should do so upon finding a copy. I realize that I've only given "Godzilla Raids Again" a rating of 2 stars, but a rating of 2 and a half stars would certainly be more appropriate.
"Godzilla Raids Again" is noteworthy mainly for being the 2nd, and last, G movie to be filmed in Black and White, and for being the first film in the series to feature a second monster, the spiky Angilas (one of my personal favorite monsters in G history). "Godzilla Raids Again" also serves as a kind of blueprint for future G films (particularly those from the 2nd, or Heisei, series of G films, and the 3rd, or Alternate Universe, series of G films), in that this entry lacks most of the haunting effect the original film had and focuses more on the serious action/adventure aspect that would come to be prevalent in later G films.
(Next film "King Kong Vs. Godzilla")


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