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Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Akihiko Hirata , Yuriko Hoshi , Ishiro Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akihiko Hirata, Yuriko Hoshi, Emi Ito, Hisaya Ito, Yumi Ito
  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000OCY7IU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(Sci-Fi) Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster -- A prophetess from Venus foretells cataclysmic disasters! Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan reappear in Japan, wreaking havoc! A giant meteor crashes into the mountains and the three-headed, fire-spitting space dragon King Ghidorah emerges! As the Venusian's prophecies come true, assassins from a tiny Asian kingdom hunt her down, while the Earth monsters must decide whether to settle their petty differences and join forces against the extraterrestrial enemy!

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133 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY AVAILABLE: GODZILLA EPISODE 5 April 5, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the fifth Godzilla film and its one of the best. Its really a follow up to MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA. This is the first release, in the US, of the unedited Japanese version. For competists, the strangely reedited US version has also been included. Both versions are entertaining.
This is the first time team up of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra against the alien dragon King Ghidorah (aka Ghidrah). Along for the ride are the twin faeries from
Mothra's island who, telepathically orchestrate the colaboration. There is also a amnesiac Himalayan princess who is also a cross dressing Martian prophetess; three Blues Brothers look-alike assasins who are out to
finish her off and a tough police detective who wants to save her and his sister who wants to restore her memory. Basically, it tries to play like a Hitchcock thriller or an early Bond film. In the end the espianage plot
and the monster plot come together. This is the first time that Godzilla swithches from menace to hero.

The first half of the film is basically "GODZILLA VS. RODAN", with the two "bad" monsters convinced to "turn good" by the intelligent and telepathic Mothra. The following film MONSTER ZERO is basically a direct sequel to this with Godzilla and Rodan reteaming to fight Ghidorah in the futuristic (at the time at least) 1980s.

These are the GODZILLA titles not yet available on DVD, and that have no current release dates:
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, GODZILLA 1985 (RETURN OF GODZILLA), GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE

Here is a list of the complete GODZILLA series for young fans:
#1 GOJIRA/GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS #2 GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (GIGANTIS, THE FIRE MONSTER)
#3 KING KONG VS. GODZILLA #4 MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA, GODZILLA VS.
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Like the other releases in this series, Classic Media has done an excellent job presenting both the original Japanese language version of this movie as well as the US theatrical version. The film quality and DVD quality is crisp and clear and the sound and color are terrific. My only criticism is that the commentary was not done by Ed Godziszewski and or Steve Ryfle as it was on some of the other releases. While their commentary was thoughtful, selective and well-paced, the commentary on this disc, presented by David Kalat, is done in an unceasing and hurried manner with a highly affected voice that seems to be trying to squeeze everything he's ever learned about Godzilla film history into just 85 minutes. It's irritating and over-the-top manner proves that even for avid Godzilla film buffs it's possible to try and present too much information all at once. There is good information in there, but it's surrounded by breathless clutter that I at least found to be highly irritating. Good effort, but poor delivery.

However, Ghidrah (aka Ghidorah) is still one of the coolest monsters in film history and the film is enjoyable, both versions. After all, what monster movie buff doesn't love a giant, three-headed, electrical dragon from outer space? Ghidorah has everything a monster buff could want in a single package! Godzilla fans will enjoy this release quite a bit. I definitely recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A kinder, gentler Godzilla December 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film, here titled "Ghidrah-The 3-Headed Monster," although alternately known by many other names, but never by its true name, "Three Giant Monsters: Earth's Greatest Battle," is a series of firsts and lasts for the Godzilla series.

Among the important firsts is the arrival of King Ghidora, the golden 3-headed space dragon that would serve as a Toho arch-villain for the reminder of the 50-year history of Godzilla flicks. Along with MechaGodzilla, King Ghidora would be Godzilla's most consistent and dangerous challenger, and return time and time again. In this version, King Ghidora is fresh from the destruction of Venus and its entire population. Flying through space disguised as a meteor, he arrives on Earth looking for new prey.

Another first, the first battle between Godzilla and Rodan, tears across the Japanese country side. In a sad last, the final appearance of Emi and Yuki Ito as the Shobijin, the tiny twins summon the larval Mothra to halt the battle, and to convince the two raging beasts that they are good, not bad, and should band together to protect Earth from King Ghidora. This encounter sets the stage for most Godzilla flicks to follow, with the big guy being a defender of humanity rather than its destroyer.

A really fun entry in the Godzilla series, and King Ghidora makes for an excellent villain. It would be nice to see this film get a decent DVD treatment, with its actual title restored and the original Japanese language track, instead of the terrible dubbing that harms so many Godzilla films.
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"Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" ("San daikaijű: Chikyu saidai no kessen," which literally translated as "Earth's Greatest Battle" in case you were wondering) is one of the better Godzilla movies, simply because this 1964 film has the three-headed monster named Ghidrah. It also has the Twin Fairies (Emi and Yűmi Ito), known as the Shobijin in Japan, the little friends of Mothra, which is a clear sign that this is one of those movies where Godzilla is now the good monster instead of the bad monster. He was clear a bad monster in the original "Gojira" in 1954 and the following year in "Gojira no gyakushű." In 1964's "Mosura tai Gojira" he was still bad, while Mothra was clearly good, while in the 1962 film "Kingukongu tai Gojira" it depended on what side of the Pacific you lived on. By the 1970s Godzilla was definitely a good monster, and that transition starts right here.

However, Gozilla's redemption is not clear a half-hour into the film when the monsters start showing up because the first time we seen Godzilla he is destroying an ocean liner. Then Rhodan breaks out of the volcano at Mt. Aso and the two of them start having one of their standard fights when Ghidrah shows up on earth, courtesy of a meteor that lands in Korobe Gorge. Basically what happens at that point is that Mothra convinces the two earth monsters to stop fighting each other and the trio go off to fight Ghidrah. Clearly if you have a three-headed monster then you need three monsters, one for each head, so you can have three times the fun, although Godzilla is at something of a disadvantage since he is the only one of this quartet that cannot fly. But screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa can work around that problem, have no fear.
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My kids love it just as I did 40 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality old fashioned Monster Movie.
This is one of those movies I first saw on the (Dialing for Dollars Show) that my grandma use to watch. Glade to have watched it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three legendary monsters battle Ghidorah - the three-headed monster!
Ghidorah (also known as "Ghidrah" in the U.S. edit of the film) is a merciless three-headed dragon from outer space with the abilities to shoot lethal electric bolts from its... Read more
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