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King Kong Vs Godzilla [DVD] [1962]


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  • Actors: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ESST38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This Japanese sci-fi adventure is a clash of the cinematic titans, as King Kong and Godzilla square off for a monster showdown. At the same time as a pharmaceutical company manager undertakes an expedition in search of the mystical berries that confer gigantic size on the legendary Kong, a team of American pilots have discovered the frozen tomb of the fearsome Godzilla. When they thaw him out, the stage is set for a titanic battle between the two oversize creatures.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Massey on 13 April 2006
Format: DVD
I was a little disappointed with this disc as there are no extras- just the film, and it's the Americanised dubbed version.However, what you get is an often hilarious romp with the large, badly costumed Kong and the always lovable Godzilla, doing a spot of toe-to-toe wrestling, trashing half of Tokyo as they go.

Th transfer is very good and the ratio is letterbox 1x2.35, not 1x1.78 as it states on the box and at 87 mins good fun.

My 3 year old daughter loved it so much, we're watching it again tonight! Thank her for the review title.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Mustafa on 23 April 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Based on the title, you can tell I am a dedicated Godzilla Fan. I have watched this movie countless times and even today I still get a kick out of it. It was this movie that I started to take a liking to King Kong (I am one who didnt really enjoy the 1933 oringal King Kong movie) and I must say the scenes with Kong is so hilarious.

Those who watch monster movies in terms of plot may want to look elsewhere as true monster fans know that the reasons we watch this is because of the monster battles (what else?). The first meeting between Godzilla and King Kong is brief but I'm happy with the outcome!!

The second battle which lasts much longer is the best scene of the entire movie with both monsters at it, and for me its better than watching wrestling!! There are many questions that will get to you, such as Kong's Origin, Godzilla disliking electricity (thats weird considering Godzilla is meant to fuse with electricity), Kong being attracted to electricity (even weirder), but these can all be forgiven for, as the film was made back in 1963.

Overall, an excellent Godzilla movie with King Kong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
Format: DVD
By 1962 Godzilla's career had hit the rocks: he hadn't worked since 1955's Godzilla Raids Again had failed to set the box-office on fire, so it was a lucky break when King Kong animator Willis O'Brien's pitch for King Kong Vs. Frankenstein got picked up by Toho, who decided to give the local boy one more chance. Not only would King Kong Vs. Godzilla be the first time in color and CinemaScope for both beasts, but its popularity would propel a Godzilla revival as he worked his way back up through the ranks of monster mashes to stake his claim as Japan's favorite monster. Sadly, while it may have revived their careers, it's not an especially worthy vehicle for either star. Even in its original Japanese version this was played largely for easy laughs - one character has obviously spent a lot of time studying Edgar Kennedy's mannerisms while another sounds like he's dubbed by Ritzik from Sergeant Bilko ("Ooh! Oooh!"), and that's not mentioning dialogue like "You can't start shooting at Kong now - he's holding my sister in his hand!" or "King Kong can't make a monkey out of us."

The plot is nothing to write home about. After Godzilla breaks free of the ice he was trapped in back in 1955, the head of a pharmaceutical company hoping to market a giant berry with narcotic effects declares "I'm sick of Godzilla. I want my own monster! Find me a monster fast!" Luckily the same remote island the berries come from is the home of King Kong, who is worshipped by a tribe of Japanese actors in blackface speaking pigeon-English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Taylor on 26 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this as a kid.Now all those years later it seems slightly different. How on earth did RKO let this version of Kong reach the screen.
I began to worry when I first set eyes on the space station. Gerry Anderson should be so proud of his achievments. This stuff is amateur towards his offerings. The giant octopus is another awe inspiring moment. I get the feeling the special effects involved a projection screen and some matchsticks. But the greatest scene is the recreation of the empire state building moment from the original kong move. All in all, the badness of this movie makes it an essential buy. Do it NOW!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Slater on 16 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
The film is terrible it is the horrible butchered American version. We fell asleep watching it. Had to send it back because it did not work on the last scene.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the US cut of the film where the stale mate at the end swings King Kong's way. Interpret it how you like however - I don't see King Kong's roar as a victorious roar - more of a defeated whimper (I'm more of a Godzilla fan than a KK fan!).

I was looking forward to seeing how film makers would get over the fact that King Kong is basically a just a huge Gorilla, whereas Godzilla is an atomic monster with radioactive breath. The 'feeding off electricity' was a nice touch to deal with this.

This film is a good yarn, people often say that the King Kong outfit is pretty ropey and pretty poor compared to the stop-motion '30s film. The ropey outfit though actually made the beast MORE scary and added a fantastic eeryness. I started watching this film as a huge Godzilla fan, but I warmed to King Kong too.

This isn't just a stomp around and destroy buildings film - it feels like there is a strong story holding it together.

This is definitely in my list of top 10 Godzilla films, and lets face it, it's not very often you get to see two icons of international cinema togther on one film! Well worth the money.
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