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Godzilla: King of the Monsters [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Raymond Burr , Takashi Shimura , Ishir Honda , Terry O. Morse    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kchi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata
  • Directors: Ishir Honda, Terry O. Morse
  • Writers: Ishir Honda, Al C. Ward, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
  • Producers: Edward B. Barison, Harry Rybnick
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,520 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's a strange and almost unnoticed fact that the two Japanese films of 1954 that put Japanese cinema at its most poetic and its most populist on the international map both starred Takashi Shimura. The same year he led a group of Ronin to defend a poor village for Akira Kurosawa he was also trying to unravel the mystery of Gojira, only to get sidelined in the US version of the film in favor of a not exactly seamlessly edited in Raymond Burr. Criterion's Region A-locked Blu-ray and Region 1 NTSC DVD edition of Godzilla in both its incarnations is a nice presentation of a movie that isn't quite as good as you'd like it to be but still isn't bad for all that.

While the Japanese version, with its heavy Hiroshima and Nagasaki allegorical overtones, is the better film, the American version isn't exactly negligible. Restructuring the film's timeframe, beginning in the aftermath of the destruction of Tokyo and framing much of the film as a flashback to explain the need for narration, it sidelines the nuclear subplot and Shimura (who is badly dubbed by an actor who can't pronounce `phemonenum' in his few surviving scenes) but still offers much of the flavor of the original, as well as offering a couple of bizarrely charming moments of camp from Raymond Burr: it's almost worth it for the little look he gives the security officer in the helicopter.

Both films were previously available in a decent edition from Classic Media in the USA,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1954 Japanese cult original of “Gojira" (or "Godzilla" as it has become known). And the original is available on BLU RAY in the States TWICE. But which issue to buy?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the other USA issue on Classic Media is REGION FREE – so that will play on UK machines.

Check you’re purchasing the right version before you buy the pricey Criterion release...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By bernie VINE VOICE
As with many here I have several versions of Godzilla on different media. I could not resist the Blu-ray offer. It is the original with an English subtitle option and a few DVD extras. But there was no effort to clean up the scratches from the old film. The scratches are clearer and sharper. There is the obligatory overlaid commentary.

"He wanted us to be happy..."

We get a full Godzilla with the warning about what happens if you didle around with the bomb. The anticipation of the big lizard is lots of fun but if you have not seem the film before you will have to read the subtitles fast. Then you will need to re-watch the film to see the acting.

If you watch many Japanese movies you will notice that many of the actors are majors in other movies. Emiko Yamane is played by Momoko Kchi one of my favorite from "The Mysterians" (1957). The paleontologist is played by Takashi Shimura from "The Seven Samurai" (1954).

The Mysterians ~ Momoko Kchi
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Well it literally is a different animal from Ishirō Honda's seminal 1954 movie about the giant atomic lizard who wakes up in a bad mood. Here the American version clips the atmosphere considerably (and the running time), craftily edits Raymond Burr into Honda's movie and of course removes the anti-American sentiment that once existed. Yet the film did prove to be very popular with English speaking film fans and further enhanced the growing appeal of all things Godzilla like.

As it is it's a decent enough film, especially if you have never seen Honda's original. For sure it's still creaky in that "man in rubber suit" way, but the iconic creature is still thrilling as it goes about its merry way destroying some carefully constructed model workings. The nuclear war heedings are still there and there's much fun to be had, intentional or otherwise. Its pale in comparison to the original, but it's not a stinker either. 6/10
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars godzilla king of the monsters review 18 Aug 2008
Godzilla King of thge monsters hould be re enitiled king of the recuts since this American version is just a recut version of the Japanese original with an added cast member to make it more palatable for American viewers.
Big man, Raymond Burr plays pipe smoking reporter Steve Martin ( a small link to the wild and crazy funnyman re "Dead men don't wear plaid" )who stops off in Tokyo to puruse some hunch and ends up hunting down a creature known as Godzilla.
The problem with this film is that it isn't so much a film as much as a collection of footage from the orignal Japanese Gojira cobbled together together with a voice over and scenes of Raymond trying to figure out the mystery of the monster and therien lies the problem. Since it is impossible to look at this film without being reminded in some way of the Japanense original. Imagine Star Wars recut in a way that it is seen through the eyes of Jar jar bing or imagine footage of the Godfather being used to bulk out a feature length movie which stars a character that is supposed to be connected to that original movie but in no way is and you have what is Godzilla King of the monsters.
This style of film is probably most successful when played as a comedy. As evidence I offer up Woody allens "What's up tiger Lilly" and Steve Martins "Dead men don't wear plaid" in which the lead characters cut either themsleves or a voiceover into an already made film to achieve comic effect. But when tried to do seriously this creates more of an Ed Wood or " they stole hitlers brain" effect.Silly and stupid.
At it's best this movie could be considered inventive and creative at it's worst. It's poxy.
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