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Godzilla

(DVD - 2012 - Japanese)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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 populations 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.
Statement of Responsibility: producer, Tomoyuki Tanaka ; original story, Shigeru Kayama ; screenplay, Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda ; director, Ishiro Honda
Uniform Title: Gojira (Motion picture)
Title: Godzilla
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, [2012]
Country of Producing Entity: Japan
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from web page
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954
DVD video release date: Jan. 24, 2012
Special features: New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla: king of the monsters, Terry Morse's 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr; audio commentary for both movies by film historian David Kalat; new interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and special effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai; interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube; featurette detailing Godzilla's photographic effects, introduced by special effects director Koichi Kawakita and special effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka; new interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato; The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay; Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters; booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman
Contents: A flash of light
Failed rescue
Sole survivor
Creature of legend
Yamane's speculations
Startling discoveries
Godzilla
Shocking evidence
Counterattack
Closer to Tokyo
Differences of opinion
Serizawa's secret
Kaiju rampage
New measures
Unstoppable
A sea of fire
From the air
A heavy toll
Lethal energy
Steadfast Serizawa
Prayer for peace
Two divers
Sacrifices at sea
Color bars
Credits: Director of photography, Masao Tamai ; editor, Taichi Taira ; special effects director, Eiji Tsuburaya ; music, Akira Ifukube ; chief art director, Takeo Kita ; art director, Satoru Chuko ; lighting, Choshiro Ishii.
Performers: Akira Takarada, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Toranosuke Ogawa, Ren Yamamoto, Kan Hayashi, Takeo Oikawa, Seijiro Onda, Tsuruko Mano, Toyoaki Suzuki, Kokuten Kodo, Kin Sugai, Raymond Burr.
Summary: 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 populations 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.
System Details: DVD ; region 1 ; full screen (1.37:1 aspect ratio) ; PCM mono
DVD ; region 1 ; full screen (1.37:1 aspect ratio) ; PCM mono
DVD; full screen (1.37:1 aspect ratio); PCM mono
Other Language: Japanese dialogue with English subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Subject Headings: Monsters Drama Godzilla (Fictitious character) Drama Feature films Japan Foreign films Award Winners Foreign Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Genre/Form: Monster films
Monster films-Japan
Science fiction films
Science fiction films-Japan
Feature films
Feature films-Japan
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Foreign films
Motion pictures-Japan
Japanese language films
Topical Term: Monsters
Godzilla (Fictitious character)
Feature films
Foreign films
Award Winners
Foreign
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Additional Contributors: Tanaka, Tomoyuki - 1910-1997
Kayama, Shigeru - 1909-1975
Murata, Takeo - 1910-
Honda, Ishirō - 1911-1993
Takarada, Akira - 1934-
Burr, Raymond - 1917-1993
Shimura, Takashi - 1905-1982
Kōchi, Momoko - 1932-1998
Hirata, Akihiko - 1927-1984
Murakami, Fuyuki
Sakai, Sachio - 1929-
Sugai, Kin - 1926-
Tamai, Masao - 1908-
Tsuburaya, Eiji - 1901-1970
Ifukube, Akira - 1914-2006
Morse, Terry - 1906-1984
Image Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604655117
Branch Call Number: Jpn DVD MOVIE Godzilla
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Jul 15, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sound and Very well done old school sci-fi movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. No falling asleep on this one!!!!!

May 23, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 10, 2012
  • isaacasimov rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 05, 2012
  • Batman888 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A classic B&W with a graphic, colorful message. Special effects a little rickety (Godzilla a little stiff in its movements, and can see wires for planes), interspersed with composites of the big guy but probably the best of its times. Overlook and it works well...and still the one all are measured against, to this day. Is it worth watching? Yes.

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Jul 15, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a
Monster – And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you,” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Jul 15, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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