Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Dual versions of the movie, give great entertainment in figuring out what is missing in the American edition. Follows the same story line as the original Japanese version. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Richard H Dusenbury
Great movie, great product, great quality, great shipping, great price... SO FAR NI COMPLIANTS! Buy this if you're looking for a copy of this film. Trust me. You won't regret it.Published 2 months ago by SHEEP-FACE
I hadn't seen this since I was about 12 or 13, back in the 1970s. At that time, I thought it was just about the best Godzilla movie ever and couldn't understand why it was hardly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by 1960Fury
In my mind this is the second best of the early (Showa Era) Godzilla movies. Only the original Gojira surpasses it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RoboGriffey
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