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4.0 out of 5 stars A good old Godzilla movie, with a very tough battle against King Ghidorah and Gigan
It was one of the first Godzilla movies I saw, a long time ago, and although it is definitely not the best in the series, I can't help it - I really really like it.

The topic is quite familiar: once again an alien race tries to conquer the Earth by unleashing two monsters from outer space on hapless Earthlings and once more the planet will be saved by Godzilla,...
Published on 16 Dec 2007 by Darth Maciek

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2.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla fans will have seen it all before - literally
1972's Godzilla Vs, Gigan has a rather neat premise - under the guise of building a children's theme park, alien cockroaches from a dying planet disguised as recently deceased Japanese are planning to take over the world in the name of `absolute peace' - but the results are distinctly undernourished. This is one of the Godzilla movies where the monsters are offscreen for...
Published on 11 May 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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2.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla fans will have seen it all before - literally, 11 May 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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1972's Godzilla Vs, Gigan has a rather neat premise - under the guise of building a children's theme park, alien cockroaches from a dying planet disguised as recently deceased Japanese are planning to take over the world in the name of `absolute peace' - but the results are distinctly undernourished. This is one of the Godzilla movies where the monsters are offscreen for much of the action while the human story has been filmed on the cheap with half a dozen extras on near-empty sets and locations, although there is one rather neat shot pulling back from the giant `Godzilla Tower' into outer space as King Ghidorah and Gigan are summoned. Adding to the general feeling of cheapness is the stock footage from Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla Vs. Hedorah and Destroy All Monsters and the rehashed score from existing Akira Ifukube scores. The movie is half over before the monsters are on the march, but thankfully once battle is joined the entire second half of the movie is a giant tag team match between Godzilla and his spiny-backed pal Anguirus on the side of the angels and the silver flying crustacean with a buzzsaw chest Gigan (who also does a nice line in splitting Godzilla's head open like a nutcracker) and the ever-popular three-headed Ghidorah on the side of the aliens.

Boasting Haruo Nakajima's final appearance as Godzilla, despite marking the first time the big feller actually bleeds onscreen via a couple of vivid but inoffensive spurts, it's aimed pretty firmly at the youth market. Naturally there's a moral to the tale - the alien cockroaches may be capable of solving complex mathematical problems but are over-reliant on technology, as alien cockroaches are wont to be, and are no match for old-fashioned human ingenuity - but this is more monster mash than message movie. It's very much an early 70s film, complete with a hippie sidekick who looks like a Japanese Sammo Hung, some unintentionally comic dialogue - "Let's move using the two feet our parents gave us!" "Two space monsters. One of them is King Ghidorah. I don't know what the other one is" - and a funky but sadly untranslated end title song. Most surreal moment: Godzilla and Anguirus' conversation being translated via comic strip cartoon bubbles: "Hey, Anguirus!" "What do you want?" "Something's going on. Check it out." "Ok." "Hurry up!" And Christopher Lee thought his direlogue in the Dracula films was something to complain about! To make matters even more surreal, in the English dub they actually speak in throaty rasps that make them sound like elderly Jewish wrestlers. Godzilla and co had regularly been given speech bubbles in the films' trailers at least as far back as Son of Godzilla, but to my knowledge this is the only time they talked in the features themselves. A minor entry in the original Showa series, but certainly not the worst.

Sony's Region 1 NTSC DVD offers the film in widescreen with Japanese or English soundtracks with a trailer as extra.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good old Godzilla movie, with a very tough battle against King Ghidorah and Gigan, 16 Dec 2007
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It was one of the first Godzilla movies I saw, a long time ago, and although it is definitely not the best in the series, I can't help it - I really really like it.

The topic is quite familiar: once again an alien race tries to conquer the Earth by unleashing two monsters from outer space on hapless Earthlings and once more the planet will be saved by Godzilla, with Anguirus as its (surprisingly endurant) sidekick. The two monsters from outer space are the old Godzilla's nemesis, three headed King Ghidorah and a cybernetic hybrid (a living creature with some mechanisms inplanted in the body) known as Gigan. It is the first appearance of Gigan in Godzilla movies, but it immediately won a huge number of fans and returned twice since, including the recent "Godzilla: final wars". It is also the second (and last) film in the franchise in which Godzilla SPEAKS!

This movie includes one of the longest and toughest monster fights in all the kaiju movies. It also shows for the first time Godzilla bleeding and it is Gigan who has the honour to draw this first blood (which partly explains the popularity of this monster). Tokyo really takes a pounding in this film, both from the initial invasion and from the four monsters fight. There is also a big usual fight between Japanese army and King Ghidorah and Gigan, which the soldiers of course lose (as always). They put however a very valiant fight which gives us a big display of enormous quantities of models of military hardware, including the "Death Rays" blasters, which seem to be currently only employed by the Japanese army. Anguirus plays a big role in this movie, in fact I believe it is its greatest hour in all the franchise history, including a solo fight against King Ghidorah itself - and this is also the only movie in which he also SPEAKS (although very briefly)!

All in all, this is a very nice kaiju movie. If you are a Godzilla fan you probably already saw it, and then some memory trip (with your kids) is a good idea. If you are totally Godzilla-free (I mean, if you never saw a Godzilla movie or if you just saw the horrible parody made in USA in 1998), I would probably advise you to see the original 1954 "Godzilla" first. But this movie is also a good point to begin, and if you have children, they will probably enjoy it too. Watch it and have fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Treasure any True Fan will Love, 24 Oct 2014
This film brings back warm memories from my childhood where I spent hours watching the Godzilla movies.

Released in 1972, this film does surprisingly well considering how technology was not as advanced to the point it is now. Did you know the Godzilla suits alone can weight 2-300 lbs which is more than the average adult? There is so much fascinating trivia to learn and when you do pointing things out, especially in this film, is great.

The plot centres around a Japanese artist whom looks into working for a company, they hire him and he begins working very long hours under suspicious circumstances. In the end, a small group of Japanese citizens track them at the new Godzilla tower in a theme park intended for children. They find a scrambled tape that when played they cannot understand and don't realise the tapes are used to control the space monsters. I won't give away any more.

This is a fun, action-packed and slightly frightening film that will leave you with a thirst for more.

Godzilla VS Gigan does not deserve the poor ratings. Everything about the film from the actions to the fashion style screams the late 60's-early 70's making it a light, easy and great to watch film. It's not all special effects and it's very true to the Godzilla style of aliens arriving on earth. If you're not into sci-fi/action, you probably won't enjoy this. But if you enjoy seeing Godzilla and Anguirus in action, make sure you snag yourself a copy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and REGION FREE, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: Godzilla Vs. Gigan [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
First: Indeed all the content (save for the menus) is available by selecting the right titles on your remote control.

The picture quality on these new releases is – considering the age of the movies – almost excellent. Colours are rich and all the grain is retained. I see no DNR whatsoever and no compression artifacts show up.

Extras are thin with only the original Japanese trailer, however, the original Japanese audio and subtitles are included. Audio is solid as well.

The picture quality of "Godzilla Vs. Gigan" may not be as excellent as in the other releases, however, it still shows the movies like it was never seen before. The movie itself is rather silly sometimes, but still an enjoyable Godzilla-feast – with Godzilla himself even talking!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Barren Years, 25 Jun 2009
I'm a massive Godzilla fan; (for some reason I feel the need to justify to you, the reader, what I'm about to say...) but this film is truly one of the low points in the Godzilla series. The DVD cover gives the promise of a film that's never delivered. It's quite clear when you watch it that the money just wasn't there - the suits look tired, the city models look very wobbly, and the civilians and soldiers are quite obviously dolls being put to death under a blow torch!

Things must have been looking very worrying for any future Godzilla films around that time. However Toho miraculously managed to get their act together for Godzilla v Mechagodzilla, and then trumped it magnificantly with Terror of Mechagodzilla.

If you're new to Godzilla films, please promise me you won't start with this one, as you'll never watch another again!
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