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

Akira Kubo , Jun Tazaki , Ishirô Honda  |  G |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyôko Ai
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • 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 (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,996 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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65 of 69 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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95 of 104 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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59 of 63 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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5.0 out of 5 stars fun, fun vintage fun
VHS is good quality and exactly what I was looking for. Made a great present. Got what I paid for and was shipped when they said it would be.
Published 6 days ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaiju Soshingeki
For all of us fellow peasants still working the fields and watching our movies on a DVD player hope is on the horizon. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bowman 9000
5.0 out of 5 stars Due back out in July 2014?
According to articles published March 7th and 10th of this year on the the SCIFI JAPAN web site Destroy All Monsters is due to be re-released in July in both Blue-Ray and DVD... Read more
Published 26 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BLU RAY IS THE BEST RELEASE TO DATE! INCLUDES JAPANESE, AIP AND...
I remember being in a theater 1968-1969? watching the trailers before the Saturday Matinee was about to begin and BAM! A trailer for Destroy All Monsters came on the screen! Read more
Published 1 month ago by DR SHOCK
3.0 out of 5 stars Destroy All Monsters: The Box Art Makes It Look Cooler Than It Really...
When I was a kid, I would look at this DVD box art and say, "wow, now that looks like an awesome movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroy All Monsters
this dvd is great it's got all your favorit monsters in it fighting for our
planet if you like Godzilla Mothra Hidora the three headed monster
you will like this dvd.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew J. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This is my all-time favorite film. I loved seeing all the kaiju together on Monster Island. It took a while to find this film on DVD and it was a little pricy compared to the other... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAG
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla
Love this one as much as all the other great classic Godzilla movies. Entertaining from the first scene to the last.
Published 6 months ago by Lost Dorsai
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla, Toho, 70's...
One of the best "worst" Godzilla films by my account. Actually it rates just above Godzilla 1985. Read more
Published 6 months ago by alyka
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd to buy
great movie to watch it is an out of print dvd but a great movie to recommend godzilla vs all monsters
Published 8 months ago by joshua lenhart
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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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