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If You Go Down To The Mine Today You're Sure For A Big Surprise..,
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This review is from: Rodan [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a pretty nifty addition to your Japanese monster movie collection. The first of the Toho monster movies to be filmed in colour, it starts off with some stock footage of Americans tempting the wrath of mother nature with some more of their pesky atomic bomb tests. It then cuts to a small mining village where the owners of the mine have concerns that Shaft Number 8 may be going a bit too deep into the earth for its own good. Sure enough, before you can say 'giant-man-eating-caterpillar-monsters', the bodies of some of the miners start to appear, horribly mutilated by creatures unknown. The large bugs make their appearance (very effectively it has to be said), resulting in the poor old military being summoned. Much fighting and machine gun fire later, a cave-in traps one of the men who has the misfortune to find himself trapped in a massive cavern with two hatching eggs....Dun Dun Duuun!!!
As monster movies go, this scoots along at a fair old pace, never leaving you twiddling your thumbs for the next bit of action to take place. The Rodan monsters look great, when they finally make their entrance half way through the film. And the marauding bugs at the start are a real treat.
The thing that probably lets it down most, and is probably no reflection on the original film, is the English dubbing and voice-over. I'd love to see this with sub-titles but unfortunately the option isn't available on this version of the DVD.
A definite 'must view' for lovers of Japanese monster movies, only slightly let down in my opinion by the dubbing.