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Destroy All Monsters [Blu-ray]

4.2 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The year is 1999, and all of Earth s monsters have been
captured and detained at Ogasawara Island. All is well
in the solar system until one day, a race of alien women
brainwashes the monsters and releases them, causing
havoc around the world. Godzilla attacks New York City,
Rodan invades Moscow, Mothra lays waste to Beijing,
Gorosaurus destroys Paris, and Manda attacks London!

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G7WGFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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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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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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Format: DVD
For the 50th anniversary of Godzilla, we have a special relelease of Destroy All Monsters on DVD. This in itself is good, and an added attraction is that there's a second disc -- a CD of the soundtrack. But there are two downsides:
-- there are no special featuers -- not even a theatrical trailer.
-- the dub is the poorly acted recent dub from a few years ago. The original dub is not great (what dubs are? Why, oh, why, don't they also offer subtitled versions), this one is very poorly acted, more so that usual even for these types of films.
Overall, I'd still recommend this to Godzilla fans (and I've been one since seeing King Kong vs. Godzilla in its original US showing at the drive-in when I was a kid), but it could have been so much better.
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Oh my cod, this is it! A real Godzilla movie! After seeing the disappointing "Godzilla" from the "Independence Day" crew in 1998, I went back to Godzilla's roots and saw this 1968 classic. Godzilla, and several other monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, Baragon, Varan, Gorosaurus, and Aspiga have been imprisoned on "Monster Island." Aliens show up and bust out the giant captives. Uh-oh, there goes humanity! Monsters destroy some of the world's largest cities like New York, Moscow, and Beijing. Another bonus is King Ghidorah, Godzilla's arch nemesis (like Ernst Stravo Blofeld is to James Bond), is recruited by the aliens! SEE THIS MOVIE! It's a real treat (like a blackberry danish!) It proves that special effects of today don't make a movie great! To prove my point even further, compare this to 1998's "Godzilla" or compare the 1950's classic "War of the Worlds" to "Independence Day." YOU'LL SEE THE DIFFERENCE!
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