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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 (228 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 (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,410 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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114 of 124 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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76 of 82 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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71 of 77 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but not as clear and defined as expected with Blu-ray.
I like this movie and already had it on DVD. I purchased the Blu-ray version expecting a clearer picture with greater definition. This is not the case. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Bernard Oravec
3.0 out of 5 stars This Blu-Ray has fine video quality - but a shame that the...
I'm not rating the movie - but the disc. It's definitely disappointing that Media Blasters didn't include the U.S. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cleve
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Blu-Ray - Now with LESS fun
I was wondering why the re-release of DAM on Blu Ray was so cheap. They've stripped this to the bare bones. Read more
Published 10 days ago by stflacassier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool
Published 11 days ago by laurel a jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars The film is a fantastic ( 4
This will be review of the Bluray itself. The film is a fantastic ( 4.5 stars out of 5 stars). The picture and sound quality is above average and the extras I was disappointed... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Malachy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a true schlock classic. the king of the rubber suit movies.
Published 11 days ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
necessary for your Godzilla collection
Published 11 days ago by Samuel Kelsey
3.0 out of 5 stars but for ~$12 you get a pretty decent BD picture
Ok, at 45 you can count me as one of the AIP fans who grew up with that dub and was hoping it would be on this release. It was not. Read more
Published 13 days ago by John IV
4.0 out of 5 stars Said he enjoyed it. Would recommend
Bought for my son for Christmas. Said he enjoyed it. Would recommend.
Published 13 days ago by maria mihailos
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, Media Blasters gave us the shaft on this one
This review is more about the actual product being released than the movie itself.

About 3 years ago, this movie was released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Media Blasters. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bryan Berg
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