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Destroy All Monsters - 50th Anniversary Special Edition (1969)

Akira Kubo , Jun Tazaki , Ishir˘ Honda  |  G |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Ky˘ko Ai
  • Directors: Ishir˘ Honda
  • Writers: Ishir˘ Honda, Takeshi Kimura
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Destroy All Monsters - 50th Anniversary Special Edition" on IMDb

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119 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEMAND THE ORIGINAL AIP VERSION December 2, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I know this is a great movie and a pretty good DVD as well. But one thing is still wrong. THE DUBBING. This version has the lame (but admittadly not awful) international dub track done in Japan.
The American International version from 1969 had far superior
dubbing done in New York by Titra/Titan sound and featured
the voices of Peter (SPEED RACER) Fernandes, Jack Curtis and
Hal Linden amoung others. This is a tragic loss. The dialogue and
acting were so much better. What a shame.

KEEPING SCORE: The Monsters and where they came from.
Destroy All Monsters has a line-up of eleven giant monsters. Here are lists of the classic eleven, the ones who didn't make it into DAM and the ones who came later in the original series.
1) GODZILLA the king of all monsters from GODZILLA (1954-56)
2) MOTHRA giant telepathic caterpillar from the movie MOTHRA (1962)
3) RODAN flying pteranodon type creature from RODAN (1957)
4) ANGUIRUS armored dinosaur from GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER (aka GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN 1955)
5) MINYA (aka LITTLE GODZILLA) Godzilla's son from SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
6) MANDA sea serpent/dragon from ATRAGON (1963)
7) SPIGA (aka KUMONGA) the giant spider from SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
8) GOROSAURUS giant allosaurus type from KING KONG ESCAPES (1968)
9) VARAN a giant flying marine iguana from VARAN- THE UNBELIEVABLE (1959)
10) BARAGON a floppy eared subteranian dinosaur from FRANKENSTIEN CONQUERS THE WORLD (1965)
11) KING GHIDORAH three headed alien/dragon from GHIDRAH- THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (1964)

These are the guys who were around at the time but, for whatever reason, didn't get to appear in DAM:
1) KING KONG from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, KING KONG ESCAPES etc.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever produced, but this DVD version is far from perfect. Unfortunately, this is just a re-issue of the same DVD released a few years ago. The film transfer is exactly the same as the one previously released by ADV films, which has a recently re-dubbed mono soundtrack. The ADV soundtrack is much inferior to the one originally produced for American International Pictures in 1968, which featured an excellent voice-cast and a different script. Apparently the AIP version can't be published because the ownership rights are in limbo. Based on the cover notes, I bought this DVD believing it had the original AIP voice-tracks. No such luck. The folks at ADV deliberately stretch the truth. The cover art claims it's the "50th Anniversary Special Edition", but Destroy All Monsters was made in 1968, which makes this DVD issue the 36th anniversary for the film (in 2004). The 50th year, is a reference to the first Godzilla movie "Gojira" made in 1954, but the text makes no mention of Gojira or Godzilla. It also claims to contain "The original motion picture and soundtrack", which is misrepresentation. The original film was Japanese language, and this DVD isn't even the original English version. I would've been a lot less disappointed if they had at least given this version some chapter stops and stereo audio (which there isn't). There's not even a menu for this low budget version. If you try to hit the chapter advance button, the movie starts over from the beginning. There's no menus, no extras, no subtitles, no secondary audio tracks, no trailer, no nothing. The only thing that's different from ADV's first issue of this movie, is the cover art and the addition of a music CD. The CD contains 30 mono-audio music tracks from the movie soundtrack. Read more ›
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the ACTUAL product November 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Unlike many of the currently posted reviews, I'm going to be reviewing the actual release, rather than speculating or complaining about the cover EDIT-Amazon now lists the proper cover shot as to what was used on the release).

I received my Blu Ray of Destroy All Monsters today and promptly dropped it into the Blu Ray player.

I commend Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock for releasing this one.

From a story perspective, all the giant monsters are collected on a single island (Monster Island) for research purposes. Contact is lost with the control facility and what is discovered is that a race of aliens has taken control of the giant monsters. The giant monsters are sent to many different cities across the world and the human race must then wrestle control of the giant monsters back from the aliens. Fun stuff!

Video:

I'm torn here. I really, really wanted to love this release. What is there is 1080p HD in name, but the detail quality seems kind of low. I don't know what happened, but the colors seem washed out and faded while there are some instances of dust and dirt to be seen. Interestingly enough, you can still see the control cables and wires used for various special effects, so perhaps this was the best that could be done with it? I've read (and a commenter stated the possibility) that the source was a 35mm print.

In my mind, the Blu Ray doesn't look to be much better than an upscaled DVD. I don't have the Media Blasters DVD to compare directly, so I don't know if it really is an upscale or not, but every indication points to this being a true HD source.

Disappointing from an HD perspective certainly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My seven year son and I loved it!
Published 2 days ago by robert zigrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful!
Published 5 days ago by Ray Giordano
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Movie and transaction!!
Published 10 days ago by joker1978
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sentimental Favorite
What's NOT to love about this release? Now, I do know that there were originally some extras that Toho came along and said no to, but I love this film. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rowdy P. Scarlett
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
IF I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS MOVIE WAS IN JAPANESE I WOULD HAVE NEVER PURCHASED IT!!!!
Published 15 days ago by eric tomsej
5.0 out of 5 stars The superstar of the 70's in a battle royal!
Price says a lot. This movie is not cheap. The superstar of the 70's returns with all his friends as Godzilla & friends battle monsters from outer space in a battle royal.
Published 17 days ago by submariner
2.0 out of 5 stars Had a lot of potential. Misleading Title. blah blah blah
The movie isn't great at all. The human story is rather boring. The camera work isn't anything special, a few nice shots here and there. Voice acting isn't too bad. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Brian Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY GOT A CHEAPER PRICE ON THIS GODZILLA CLASSIC THE ...
FINALLY GOT A CHEAPER PRICE ON THIS GODZILLA CLASSIC THE FIRST PRINT VERSION OF MEDIA BLASTER'S FIRST RUN WITH THE EXTRA FEATURES IS CRAZY OVER-PRICED...
Published 17 days ago by Tracys
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Rumble.
This is one of the early Godzilla films, and in my estimation, one of the best. The plot was not simply the monsters terrorizing the world, it was humanity against the aliens. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nicely remastered.. Classic Godzilla
Published 24 days ago by Peter D. Carlson
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What movie was it that Rodan had energy beam powers??
Rodan gained an atomic ray (I believe the "official" term is "uranium heat beam") after his initial battle with Godzilla in 1993's "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II."
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Anguirus,was the most underutilized "good"monster,of all of them!! Be the first to reply
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