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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The BEST Godzilla Movie
The first, ever Godzilla movie - in it's unaltered and uncut Japanese version - remains one of the lost movie masterpieces of the 20th Century, tragically overlooked in favour of it's kiddie-friendly but inferior sequels, not to mention the terrible Hanna-Barbera cartoon TV series and the stupid a** 1998 remake (as described by Kyle in the SOUTH PARK [1997-????] episode,...
Published on 2 July 2006 by D. W. Bissett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Hokum Godzilla Movie
I hadn't seen this original version before, although I have seen a couple of the other Godzilla movies, especially the hilarious Godzilla vs King Kong which is a gas!! This is worth seeing for it was quite an achievement when it was made during the early 1950s as Japan was recovering from the devastation of World War 2. Alright, the effects are ropey, but, hey this was...
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4.0 out of 5 stars the one that started the craze., 9 Aug 2006
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Mr. A. E. Ward Davies (Canterbury , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Godzilla [1954] [DVD] (DVD)
a brilliant start to the japanese "godzilla" film series.

all the ingredients in this film are the ones that made the godzilla franchise one of the biggest in the world; corny acting and dialogue, burning buildings, vehicles being smashed up but also the sight of an actor inside a monster suit. all very cliched of course, but that's the way i like it. i have always regarded this particular character with affection, just like that other one king kong.

and now, i finally get to see the original "godzilla" from 1954. although there were two versions of the same film released at the same time, i prefer this one as it is the japanese one with a longer running time of 92 minutes; where as the american version runs for approximately 80 minutes.

the extras are good if a bit limited; the two featurettes are informative, the original designs and sketches for the film are interesting, but i think a full length documentary covering all of the godzilla films would have been outstanding. but that is a minor quibble.

so glad to see this finally on d.v.d.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best Godzilla movie of all time!!!, 23 April 2008
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B. Mustafa "yamcha" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Godzilla [1954] [DVD] (DVD)
The first Godzilla movie is considered one of the greatest monster movies of all time. While I agree that this is a classic, it still does not beat the classic 1974 Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla.

There isn't much to say about this classic, Godzilla appears for the first time and then destroys Tokyo with his bare hands and radioactive fire breath (naturally). The only thing that can destroy him is the Oxygen destroyer.

But we all know he returns as his next thirty films would show!!! A classic Godzilla movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early ecological film?, 12 May 2010
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Mr. N. Foale "electronic word" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Shows a different Japan to the rather crazier one we know in the 21st century. Although staider the Japan in this film still shows the Eastern pluralistic mindset. In an argument about whether to kill or to study Godzilla, opposing viewpoints lead to the conclusion: "You are both right".

Ultimately the oxygenator (metaphorical H-bomb) must be used to kill Godzilla. However the film predicts more Godzillas survive beneath the waves, only too ready to punish man's hubris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gojira never goes out of style from Wednesday night drive-in to Blu-ray, 2 May 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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 K˘chi one of my favorite from "The Mysterians" (1957). The paleontologist is played by Takashi Shimura from "The Seven Samurai" (1954).

The Mysterians ~ Momoko K˘chi
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was succeeded from Yasujiro Ozu "Late Spring" to Ishiro Honda "Godzilla(1954)"., 12 July 2014
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Two movies, the movie Late Spring(Banshun,1949) of Yasujiro Ozu film director work and the movie Godzilla(Gojira,1954) of Ishiro Honda film director work, may have said in common.
It is saying that for the person who passed away, a living person needs to change fortunately.
It says a little more wordily, the people who remained for those who have died against their will have the responsibility which builds a fortunate home and society.
(Here is an original story in two works. An original also has the theme and an opinion. However, some change for putting in both of one's opinions is made in filming. Since it is the purpose that an opinion gets across to many spectators, it is satisfactory.)
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1,A trace of Director Ozu reaching Late Spring
Director Ozu works starts in the silent-movie ages of prewar. His works(I Was Born, But...(Umarete wa mita keredo,1932),etc) are loaded with desire to draw and present the problem of the occasional social trend. He repeats trial and error to the reality in which the public sees only the movie which he wants to see. Moreover, although he also tried a thing of the U.S. movie style like Dragnet Girl(Hijosen no Onna,1933), it did not gear completely.
He is demobilized in war, without being smeared with an intense battle as it served in a war by a chemical weapon unit from testimony of the person himself.
"A Hen in the Wind(Kaze no naka no mendori)" which tried the opinion again by it was disrepute. It was refusal for many spectators to look at the reality of sympathizing on a movie. I think that this movie itself had effective control, it avoided the love scene scene, and had presented an actual problem and its solution.
However, he completes his methodology in a Late Spring at last. This work was made in Japan under occupation through which it has passed only four years from the end of the war. First, he arranges the element which is likely to pull mind for many spectators and he spread the story. Next, he brings many spectators to the scene of the opinion. So to speak, the contents of the story are "decoy(pretense or pretext)". His true opinion appears. The climax of this work is a father's "Solo long words" portion in the hotel(ryokan,A Japanese-style hotel) in Kyoto. Although long words are described plainly, it is all the opinions of this work.
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2,Godzilla(1954) of director Ishiro Honda,The successful succession
On both sides of Treaty of San Francisco(April 28, 1952), Godzilla(1954) was manufactured five years after Late Spring in Showa 29(1954). Director Honda worked sincerely, imitating the methodology of Late Spring.
Mother does not appear at home of Dr. Yamane, and it is two livings with Emiko of a daughter. The first scene of a living room of a house of Dr. Yamane is photographed by low angle, and a line of a head of actors is set in form of a right down straight line. And Father does not appear in the family of Shinkichi of the Oto island. They are "Lacked families".
Emiko was, so to speak, a childhood friend of Dr. Serizawa, and she chose Ogata as a lover though it was a future fiance. Director Honda's opinion is shown by Solo long words which comes after an argument of Dr. Serizawa and Ogata.
Music grows well very much. Composition of music is Akira Ifukube.
Melody of a cello passed to Solo long words is the same as melody of the harmonica which a fisherman blows in an opening scene of the work(With many the classical style music works, the subject of a work is shown in the beginning.). This melody is transformation(variation) of melody that is the first movement of the Eroica symphony(Sinfonia Eroica, composta per festeggiare il sovvenire d'un grand'uomo) of Beethoven. It is that is to say hero of tragedy. The last movement of the Eroica symphony melody was quoted from his ballet music "The Creatures of Prometheus". Prometheus gave the human "fire" in a myth. Then, it is supposed that "the knowledge of civilization" was given. Even if it submits it to civilization criticism and reflection, it is thought.
Is Dr. Serizawa a victim? Did Dr. Serizawa blame that the secret should just have been kept and was there? No, it is different. Although a schoolgirl's chorus was the dead's symbol(the Holy Spirit of all the people), it was seen, and he noticed and regained his conscience. He tells Emiko and Ogata that I want you to become fortunate. (Hope of symbol can be found out in two persons' future, Emiko and Ogata. Because they will never forget the fact of tragedy.) He accepted own responsibility. He has noticed that it is a mistake to have shown dangerous invention to Emiko. Emiko says, "I never say to father, either". It is the same meaning as a husband dose never say to wife, either. Some scene where there is a distortion in a heart of Dr. Serizawa is different from Director Ozu-angle, and the horizon line becomes an upward slant to the right. "Godzilla" is the person's symbol between the persons it became impossible to control a desire. It can be said that it is Director Honda's opinion that just the human being of a position like Dr. Serizawa in fact should lead control of a desire.
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3,A dream of Ozu and Honda successful succession
Director Ozu and Honda's opinion is expressed in Dreams (Yume,Akira Kurosawa's Dreams,1990) again.
Director Akira Kurosawa made a movie of strange omnibus 6 episodes(7 episodes form at first plan).
Ishiro Honda participates in this work as aide direction(Substance is equal with a director).
Solo long words appear to episode 6th of this work. The performer is Chishu Ryu. The opinion are the repetition that they emphasized of what Director Ozu Late Spring and Director Honda Godzilla(1954) insisted on. However the opinion like Director Kurosawa is included, too. However, I think that after all an opinion of Ishiro Honda is strongly reflected in a shadow.
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4,Appendix 1(About Late Spring of Director Ozu)
The scene where the work became dirty from the tearoom of the beginning to the last is eliminated entirely. Reality is waiting to many spectators after coming out of a movie theater. The town of it is a burned field and it is in the situation without food where there is no honest house. Many spectators thinks that they wanted to forget reality at least while seeing the movie. Director Ozu examined himself about the previous work, and regained intuition.
A close life of the beautiful daughter Noriko(Setsuko Hara) and the father Professor / Syukichi Soya(Chishu Ryu) passing middle age who lost the wife. A daughter's marriage talk, a father's second marriage talk, the friend of the already remarried father. The plot is shown which pulls many spectators's mind.
If it looks at the situation where people in those days were placed here, a father will be killed in war and it will seem how was the mother a death due to sickness, debility death, etc., and Lacked families was a large number. It seems that Lacked family was an icon representing a social trend of those days.
By it, it becomes a scene of the bedroom of the hotel(ryokan) in Kyoto.
After two persons talk in a bed, a daughter's face scene and, a flower vase scene(a pot shot) enters twice. This meaning is that the 1st time is the deceased mother who gazes at two persons, and the 2nd time is a symbol of the Holy Spirit of all the people who passed away in the war(A spirit of a departed person, night under the moon therefore). People who passed away are wishing surviving people's happiness.
And although the next morning comes and a daughter recurs the talk, Ozu's true opinion Solo long words starts here. It is clear that these words are turned to many spectators instead of a daughter. "History of human life -- Mother was seen crying in kitchen repeatedly(Who made it cry ?)... " If this will be made the conversation of a father and a daughter however it may see this, it is tedious as words and there are a little inconsistencies. This is the opinion signal(message) to many spectators. Your past should dissociate once. It is the opinion notice new happy home and happy society what should be built all together.

The last scene. An apple of lower left of a screen. Father finishes skinning it and bows his head(Direction to cry at first) . This is an allegory of Forbidden fruit of Adam and Eve. It is the tree of wisdom(knowledge of the right and wrong) . It is tiny criticism to war of Director Ozu who thought that "Human being is smarter...but why" . And it is civilization criticism, and it is succeeded by Director Honda.
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5,Appendix 2(About after Late Spring of Director Ozu)
In Late Spring, Early Summer(Bakushu,1951), and Tokyo Story(Tokyo Monogatari,1953), all of three persons' name are "Noriko". This is the name imposed on the "Norito(a Shinto prayer-ancient, Japanese Liturgy)" . It is because "the feeling heart of thankfulness to it being given life" is in one of the meaning of a congratulatory address.
First, Early Summer is the story which Noriko is married to the man who loses a wife and has a child. "Really true ...""was good with the ... It was good by chattering"
The performance of Tami(Haruko Sugimura) is the presentation of a sample to many spectators. Besides, because she marries into Akita, there is conversation asking whether she speaks Akita dialect and wears "Monpe(Work clothes for woman of Japanese pants-style
,it is asked whether she does a dirty work. But,it is a temporary transfer of an office worker, farming has nothing to do.)" . This is the signal(message) to people of a farm village. It gives hope to people of Lacked families in a farm village. It is possible that there is the person who goes from a city to a farm village.
In next, Tokyo story, Noriko is the wife who lost a husband. It is composition of the husband who was killed in war, and its wife. Excellent scene in a Japanese-style apartment(narrow collective housing for low income earners) of Noriko whom there is in the Yokohama neighborhood. Conversation of a bride and a mother-in-law Tomi(Chieko Higashiyama), you cry and cry. However, it is usual practices of a Japanese movie from old times to let sound a violin and many spectators cry(Olin wo suru). I emphasize a fiction of this scene, and this is that is to say a lie talk. Please watch the last gesture and a performance of an expression of Noriko well. It is made to open by conversation in Onomichi of the last. Your husband who died hopes for your happiness. Please find your good partner, and marry again early, that is Director Ozu's opinion , and a signal (a message) for many spectators.
I think that you who are good of perception understood it if I say incidentally. It is usual practices of a Japanese movie from old times to A Hen in the Wind's Tumbled down the stairs,too. Is the scene where he used a stunt man as only very "Rial" ? I think that Director Odu checked it repeatedly. He consider it to have directed it to let me change many spectator suddenly. However, the intention of his work direction was not understood not received by spectatos,
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6,Appendix 3(A supplementary opinion about music of Godzilla(1954))
When expression is quoted, it comes to have an original context and a different meaning. Melody of The Eroica symphony is quotation of a early opera's overture of Mozart. However, it is quotation of Beethoven with this work. I regard a very famous main theme as quotation of string quartet of Beethoven. It was used an old russian origin rhythm that the second of Razoumovsky. A title is Russian notation(Cyrillic alphabet) when I watch facsimile score of a main theme. However, Maurce Ravel used the same rhythm(melody) with Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Then therefore a new meaning was added and had double meaning(re-spectrum Russia and irony or negation). This rhythm(melody) was used in Tone Poem "Arctic Forest"(Composed by Akira Ifukube,1945). Music of the scene where Godzilla goes ashore is transformation(variation) of Dies irae(Day of Wrath).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster film, 8 Mar 2014
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Made 10 years after the two atom bombs were dropped. This Jananese film has background depth and in my view, is far superior to the American remake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 11 Jan 2014
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Was bought as a xmas present for son who love it, he is into the black and white science fiction films which are still enteraining years later
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, WONDERFUL, PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL!!, 11 May 2012
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I'm a serious hardcore fan of Godzilla and to own the first ever movie once again on DVD made my Christmas (2010 I got it and it was cheaper then)

The box is very nice not like a normal DVD case mine opens like a box. It's an amazing film, definitely worth the buy add it to your collection you certainly won't regret it people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie revisited, 26 May 2011
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D. A. Hart (Cambridgeshire UK) - See all my reviews
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hadn't seen this japanese original before, only the version released here in the uk with american actors and additional and unneccessary dialogue negating the atomic bomb subtext of the original. well, this was a revelation - hell i almost forgot it's just a guy in a monster suit! black and white, english subtitles, no added american scenes and complete with original subversive anti american dialogue. get the guys round, crack open some beers and salute the all conquering, all japanese gojira!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Need to Love the Classics, 21 May 2011
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Okay so the special effects aren't up to 21st century standard but this isn't a new movie. It's a classic. It is a lot of fun and a laugh. It is also a piece of movie history. This is the Godzilla I grew up with. I love it and will always think it is the best!
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