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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.
Uniform Title: Gojira (Motion picture).
Title: Godzilla
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment [2012]
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.
Release date: Jan. 24, 2012.
Special features: 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.
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.
Additional Contributors: Honda, Ishir?o 1911-1993.
Takarada, Akira 1934-
Burr, Raymond 1917-1993.
Shimura, Takashi 1905-1982.
Image Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604655117
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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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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