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Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Akihiko Hirata , Yuriko Hoshi , Ishiro Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akihiko Hirata, Yuriko Hoshi, Emi Ito, Hisaya Ito, Yumi Ito
  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 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: #14,667 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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128 of 139 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghidra the three headed monster - CineVu DVD 2004 April 19, 2004
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If you are looking for a high quality classic godzilla movie on DVD - DON'T BUY THIS DVD!!! It is absolutely awful. I should have known something was wrong when there was no picture available for the cover. Even the cover is a cheap imitation. It appears that someone set up a digital camera, a "cheap" camera, in front of a television set and hit record. The movie shutters constantly, the picture is blurry and the quality is utterly apalling.
Nowhere on the DVD cover is Toho Co. Ltd. (the creators of this movie) given credit.
I rated this 1 star - but in reality it is less than a zero - THE QUALITY IS THAT BAD! Don't waste your money on this DVD!!!
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars good movie good picture quality bad audio
As godzilla I am pleased I went to review it after download I was very dissapointed picture qulity is very good dvd quality but sucks , audio is so low I had to turn audio up all... Read more
Published 13 days ago by dragonspawn
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don't give the movie away , a really funny movie like all dub english movie , good monsters fun.a great pick .
Published 23 days ago by Kelsey Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie....But....Need The Original Version With Sub Titles
This is a great movie but I would like the option to see the original version offered with English subtitles.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Maciel J.R.
4.0 out of 5 stars A.K.A. GODZILLA # 5 !
Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster or Godzilla # 5 as some may file it is a good entry in the long running series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DR SHOCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Godzilla Flick
The Showa series is probably best known for it's cheesy entries, and this might be where it all began. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad about this monster mayhem!
I watched this as a free, streaming video from Amazon Prime, and had none of the technical difficulties the older reviews mention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by UCF Professor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster
This is one of the more sinister monsters. I really enjoyed watching this movie and the sequels with this monster against other creatures.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Gribble
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
had the vhs growing up this movie is just great for godzilla movie collecters you love it. well worth getting
Published 3 months ago by Shawn Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I watched this movie more from a nostalgic viewpoint than anything else. It's great to watch when you have nothing else to do and just want pure fantasy without complicated plots. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Regina Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining movie
This is the only site where I can find the older Godzilla movies. Although there is a remake of this movie, there is something about the original version that makes it still... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mitchman
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