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on 16 March 2005
I may not have seen many Godzilla movies outside of the Showa era, but I'm still a fan, and this one is definately one of the best, for sheer number of monsters if nothing else. Practically all of the monsters Toho had designed up to this point that are worth remembering are here. I was a little dissapointed to find that Baragon and Varan (two monsters I've never seen in action) only have a few seconds of screen time, but the biggest stars make their own presence known. In this movie they brought King Ghidorah back probably at his strongest, able to hold his own against at least seven monsters, probably sealing his fate as Godzilla's toughest enemy. I particularly liked the duality the monsters were given, at one point mere animals, capable of being controlled, at another point caring heroes, fighting with all their strength for their world. Destroy All Monsters is a great film, but it could have done with less stock footage, and more credit given to the lesser monsters.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 February 2008
All those who loved SF movies from 50s and 60s, especially those with not too big a budget, will spend a nice nostalgic moment with this movie, regardless of their feelings about Godzilla franchise.

This story of course involves giant monsters (a lot of them), but mostly the movie is about a space invasion. Aliens from a dying planet use mind control to enslave first a large group of humans, then all the giant monsters living confined on Monster Island. Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda, Kumonga and even the usually friendly Mothra (in its larval form) and little Minya (baby son of Godzilla), are send to lay destruction and waste to the cities of the planet.

Humanity has the choice between submitting to aliens and be reduced to slavery or being exterminated by the rampaging behemoths. As it is always the case in the old SF movies, human scientists finally manage to break the secret of mind control and force the monsters to stop their attack. But this is NOT the end... because aliens have reserves which they didn't commit yet. The rest is for you to discover.

This of course is not a great masterpiece of world cinema, but a nice entertainment, especially if you want to watch it with your kids. There are some good ideas: aliens appear in a form typical to all those old SF movies, as humans wearing just some ridiculous outfits, but when we discover their true form, it is quite a surprise... The music by Akira Ifukube is really good in this Godzilla movie, I am certain you will enjoy it. The fight between Japanese army and Godzilla is really impressive, and the great final fight mobilises more monsters than in any other movie in Godzilla series.

If you are a Godzilla fan, you should see this movie absolutely. If you are still Godzilla free, you should may be start first with "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla", the best in all the franchise, because this movie, although enjoyable, is old and could discourage you from discovering other Japanese films about giant monsters.
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The last entry in the series with the dreamteam combination of director Ishiro Honda, effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya, composer Akira Ifukube and the original man in the suit Haruo Nakajima, 1968's Destroy All Monsters is not so much a Godzilla film as a film with Godzilla in it. Despite assembling an impressive-on-paper roster of Toho monsters - the big feller, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Anguirus, Kumonga, Varan, Baragon, Manda, Minilla and Gorosaurus - the real threat this time is the aliens who control them again. Unlike the ones from Planet X in Invasion of Astro Monster, these ones don't wear cool shades but opt for shower caps and cowls. This time around rather than all-out conquest of the Earth they want to offer humanity a scientific Utopia - after they've killed a few thousand people and the others all submit to their rule (which does, admittedly, sound suspiciously like all-out conquest of the Earth to the untrained observer), but Godzilla and the far more cost-effective humans who occupy centre stage for most of the movie have other ideas. Unfortunately it all ends in a massively one-sided battle between King Ghidorah and all the earth monsters which has foregone conclusion written all over it and just leaves you feeling sorry for the three-headed critter.

Like most monster mashes with `all-star' casts, there's not much screen time for most of the beasts, with much of the worldwide destruction the aliens unleash fairly brief shots of TV screens with the occasional monster attacking a capital city's major landmark. Despite being well received at the time, it's a long way from the best or most enjoyable of the series but, while intended as Godzilla's swansong, was successful enough to prompt Toho to make the unfortunate All Monsters Attack - the one where the bullied kid has dreams of Monster Island and of Godzilla's adopted son Minilla having his own problems with bullies while the audience has thoughts of suicide...

The US version wasn't extensively altered - aside from being dubbed into English (well, American), the only major omission is a shot of Minilla covering his eyes which those viewers who hate Godzilla's sprog would probably have missed anyway because they're covering their own eyes every time he appears - but the version originally on DVD in the US by Section 23, while uncut, included Toho's own English dub that was rejected as substandard by US distributors American International who recorded their own and didn't even have chapter stops. The Australian version includes both the Toho English dub and the subtitled Japanese language version but only had trailers as extras, so Tokyo Shock/MediaBlasters new Bluray and DVD release should have been a major upgrade. Unfortunately it's only a minor one: while it does include all three soundtrack options, it's a rather flat looking transfer that almost seems to have been transferred through a translucent layer of gauze, rendering colors drab and definition a bit weak in places. It gains nothing on Blu-ray, and has ridiculously small subtitles that will cause real problems for anyone watching it on a set with less than a 40inch screen. There's a decent compliment of extras, however, including audio commentary by Ishiro Honda biographers Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, the US, Japanese and French trailers (the latter two completely unsubtitled), radio spots ("It really COULD happen!"), the 7-minute fullframe Super 8mm cutdown, trailer for Godzilla Vs. Megalon and production sketches and storyboards.
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on 2 March 2005
Destroy all monsters is one of the best godzilla films iv ever seen, i grew up on godzilla films, but only liked the original films where godzilla is portrayed as a hero,(such as this one) i still dont quite understand the full timeline (as there have been 2...one where godzilla is good and another where he is evil) but i know this film, like godzilla vs hedorah and son of godzilla comes from the showa timeline (the good godzilla films), anyway this film is one of the best, tons of monsters, at first under the control of aliens and are made 2 destroy earth,they are then restored by the humans and meet up on monster island 2 have a showdown with the invaders and their own personnal monster "king ghidorah" (who is a force 2 be rekened with). without a doubt this is top quality when it comes 2 a classic godzilla title.
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on 10 July 2007
After initially being a force of destruction in the original and classic 1954 film, Godzilla eventually became a hero figure, coming to the aid of humanity whenever aliens or other giant reptiles threatened the world (mostly in the form of Tokyo). At their worst, some of these films resembled poor episodes of the Power Rangers, Destroy all Monsters is a few rungs up the ladder than that fortunately, mainly because nearly all of Toho's rubber monsters get a look in, including Mothra, Rodan, Varan and the mighty King Ghidorah. The plot is workmanlike and the cast not especially gifted, but the music by Akira Ifukube is majestic and the scenes of destruction are most entertaining, and more importantly it's a darn sight more watchable than the terrible hollywood remake.
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on 31 December 2015
Godzilla as a franchise is one which is moving all the time in 1968 Destroy All Monsters has eclectic array of kaiju some starred in stand alone movies while others started off in the Godzilla franchise.

OVERVIEW

The plot mixes elements of science fiction, fantasy, mild horror and of course monster action – it has a perfect mix of nostalgia and with the vivid colours, costumes and practical effects you get a sense of hyper- reality with its bold colour palette and bright lighting and colour tone.
The monsters are kept on Monster Island (this movie is set the future) this includes Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Minilla, Kumonga, Mothra (larvae form), Gorosaurus, Manda & Varan. Which are controlled and monitored by a scientific team underneath Monster Island. The mystery is it is sabotaged and the organisation (United Nations Science Committee) has to find out who and what is controlling the monsters who in term attacking different parts of the planet.

The plot works at steady pace with a decent sense of flow towards the end of the movie the direction is well-paced with sense of togetherness when all the monsters commute to Mt. Fuji for the final confrontation.

THE MONSTERS

Personally this is Toho’s finest hour the monster’s are all well detailed and are seen in all their glory with a fine mix of suit acting and wire work for some of the monsters as well as all their signature roars and sounds it lends to the feeling of “togetherness” and also is a firm reflection of the different direction the moves were going at this point in time.

SPECIAL EFFECTS
There is a firm mixture of miniature, optical, bluescreen, split screen etc. I viewed this movie HD which was from the Blu-ray release so it was 1080p Progressive Scan. The detail that is brought through is amazing the colours the detail of the suits and the well constructed miniatures it was a treat to see. The audio was crisp, well balanced and had lots of depth.

CONCLUSION

Destroy All Monsters is a fun, well-paced movies with well balanced mix of genres and a steady plot and some truly stellar special effects work from the Toho team this is the ninth movie in the series and it feels fresh and vibrant much like the use of widescreen, the lighting and crayon like colour palette at time gives it an animated feel.
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on 18 April 2012
This is one of my absolute favorate of the original ToHo Godzilla movies, and by far one of the best.
And a positive bout of nostalgia for me, I grew up watching the original Godzillas as a kid, and this one has always had a special place in my heart.

The recording is excelent and the subtitling clear.

I've been highly satisfied with all the TokyoShock DVDs I've purchased so far, and this one has kept up the good work.
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on 2 July 2008
These movies must be starting to affect me. I am actually beginning to feel affection for these creatures. It is now 1999, and here they all are living peacefully on Monsterland, confined to its boundaries by the United Nations Scientific Committee, when suddenly an alien force takes control and they break free and head for several of the world's capitals. Godzilla attacks New York City, Rodan Moscow, Mothra Beijing, Baragon Paris and Manda London. The aliens are a female race known as Kilaaks who threaten to destroy the human race unless it surrenders to them.
The U.N.S.C. manages to take back control of the monsters, so the aliens unleash the three-headed space monster King Ghidorah. What follows is an all out battle between him and virtually every monster you can name: Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Manda, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Kumonga and Varan. Guess who wins. The aliens are destroyed and the monsters return to their island to live in peace again.
The special effects in this film are superb, and the sound and picture quality is excellent. There is also another fine music score by Akira Ifukube. Highly recommended.
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on 27 May 2015
Old style monster movie, kids will like it ,even if its to laugh at the sets , and godzilla himself, l still enjoyed it
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on 15 March 2015
This film is superb if you love old school monster movies from the 60s/70s!
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