Godzilla

Godzilla

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. Here, we present the original 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2012
ISBN: 9781604655117
1604655119
Branch Call Number: DVD JAPANES GODZILL 2DISCS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Gizmo_Joe
Sep 02, 2016

Godzilla (sometimes known as Big G) has often been called The King of All Monsters. And, I'd say that was a very fitting moniker for such a gargantuan beast as he.

This flick from 1954 (with shades of Hiroshima in its storyline) is the one that initially got the whole Godzilla ball rolling. There's no doubt about it, this one is by far the best flick, ever, featuring everyone's favorite 400 foot, fire-breathing, radio-active monstrosity who later became a super-hero.

Here Godzilla is all death and destruction. And that's exactly what he should be. Regardless of the cut-rate special effects, this flick really works, thanks to some expert photography and weird music.

Over the years this flick has actually spawned some 20+ sequels.

(*Be sure to watch the hilarious movie-trailer video*)

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lukasevansherman
Oct 11, 2014

Note: This is the original, Japanese version from 1954. This set also includes the Americanized version with Raymond Burr titled "Godzilla, King of the Monsters."

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tanveer2
Jun 09, 2014

awsome!

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Libraryman1_0
May 23, 2014

The best of the series, and also the most serious minded. A cautionary tale against the horrors of the nuclear bomb. I found this a very dark and quite frightening film, wonderfully done with the exact tone required. The story gives you in subtle doses an idea of what to expect without giving the surprise away ,so when you first see Godzilla, it truly terrifies you. There was an Americanized version made at the same time, which starred Perry Mason actor Raymond Burr as an intrepid reporter named Steve Martin sent from American to investigate the goings on in Japan, however the version most prefer is the original Japanese version titled GOJIRA

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isaacasimov
Oct 10, 2012

A hideous reptilian monster terrifies the poor, innocent people of Japan in this retro cult classic. The radioactive foot prints left by Godzilla (1954) is a very real and current event mirrored by the Americans atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Perhaps its just another example of the arts imitating life.

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