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Rodan & War of the Gargantuas [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara, Nobuo Nakamura, Jun Tazaki
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • Writers: Ishirô Honda, Ken Kuronuma, Reuben Bercovitch, Takeo Murata, Takeshi Kimura
  • Producers: Frank King, Henry G. Saperstein
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AR0D40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2009
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For a Japanese monster movie fan this is a brilliant 2 disc set, each disc contains 2 versions of the movie.
Rodan was the first full colour monster movie Toho made and although it has dated somewhat it is still great fun and you get both the 82 minute original Japanese version with English subtitles and the tinkered around with 72 minute English Language version. So sit back and watch as a pair of 500ft wingspan "Rodan species" of Pterodactyl take Japan apart.
The Rodan disc also contains an interesting documentary "Bringing Godzilla Down to Size" which looks at the history of Japanese monster movies, with the emphasis on the Lizard King hmself.
War of the Gargantuas has the original 87 minute Japanese version, again with English subtitles and the 92 minute English Language version. This movie is a follow up, not specifically a sequel, to an earlier movie Frankenstein Conquers the World [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], fans of that movie will appreciate the opening scene where the large humanoid battles a giant octopus. That creature, the green, sea dwelling, Gargantua is referred to as Frankenstein by the sole survivor of the first attack. There is another creature, now called Gargantuas, a brown land dwelling one who is more peaceful, unless attacked, gradually the two creatures are drawn towards each other and a final confrontation.
The ONLY downside of this movie is the awful song the cabaret artist is singing when our green furred villain attacks "the words get stuck in my throat", that aside this is a very entertaining monster movie and there are enough amendments for both versions to be watchable. This also has one of the best Japanese monster movie scores of that era.
It's nice to see some of the Toho gems from that era getting decent DVD releases at last.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2009
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I was expecting a couple of dvds in their original sleeves bunged into a thin card box. Instead I got a neat solid (as opposed to the usual flimsy plastic) package which opens like a book and has the dvds on facing 'pages'. The dvds seem to have been remastered -the prints are a considerable step up on some of the cheapo compilations I've seen.

The previous reviewer has mentioned that there are English and original Japanese versions -listening to Russ Tamblyn speaking in Japanese is quite funny. Plus there's a good documentary on the Rodan disc.

As for the movies themselves: Rodan is classic kaiju and the lesser-known War of the Gargantuas is good fun with one genuinely spooky jump shot of the man-eating monster's face under water.

For fans of this type of movie, this is a nice little package to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 72trails of smoke on 27 May 2009
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Very nice double disc edition of the films in both dubbed and original Japanese formats. Also contains a fine hour-long documentary on Toho's monster movies narrated by Alex Cox and featuring interviews with many of the great actors and technicians involved. The prints are excellent and although I haven't seen 'War of the gargantas' before I can vouch for the fact that the Rodan print has much brighter and more vivid colours than previous versions I have seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke on 27 April 2010
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I remember watching these movies on tv when I was growing up with fondness. I purchased this dvd set hoping my sons would enjoy it too. It was a huge hit!

Thinking these old movies from the 50s and 60s would be a great alternative to current PG-13 movies ("but my friends watched it") that I feel my sons are too young to see, I threw "Rodan" on amid protests. The silence was immediate as the movie started. Both my boys were spellbound by these movies although the second one, Gargantuas, was the favorite. We watched them together and I have to say, it was fun to watch as an adult too. After watching, my kids were full of comments and questions - quickly followed by, "Are there any more?"

As a parent, I had a moments hesitation as the bad Gargantua ate a woman but it was implied and no blood was shed. I'll take old fashion violence over today's too realistic onscreen version.

This set was a great walk down memory lane as I watched monster movies from my childhood and a great introduction for my kids to classic monster movies. These movies never go out of style!
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