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  • Actors: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse
  • Writers: Ishirô Honda, Al C. Ward, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla King of the Monsters" on IMDb

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The first of the Godzilla movies, and the most somber and serious in tone, Godzilla, King of the Monsters was originally a 98-minute Japanese horror film, until a U.S. company bought the rights and reissued the film at its current 79 minutes, replacing sequences involving a Japanese reporter with new inserts of a dour, pipe-smoking Raymond Burr. True to the fashion of cautionary monster movies, Godzilla has arisen due to nuclear radiation--a 400-foot, fire-breathing dinosaur resurrected in Tokyo Bay--and proceeds to devastate Tokyo. Hardly a bogus building is left unbusted, nary a toy tank unmelted, by the reptilian rogue, until scientists discover another weapon of awesome destruction that just might stop him. The special effects are impressive, with the filming done so as to mask the fact that the monster is just a guy in a rubber suit, working better here than in the sequels, where they seem to have given up any pretense to that fact, in favor of flamboyant effects and battle sequences that more often than not are delightfully, unabashedly juvenile. --Jim Gay

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The look and feel of the movie is just as good as if it were today.
GameraRocks
A huge monster awakened by atomic detonations from its sixty-million-year-long sleep destroys all it sees.
Gordon M. Wagner
Godzilla, man what can I say Godzilla is the best monster movie of all time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Oldtechnohobbiest VINE VOICE on July 30, 2007
Format: DVD
HA! Imagine that, I'm the first one to get to review one of the old classics! HA! Finally, today is my day.

First of all, I like all these old monster movies, especially the really big monsters. Godzilla is somewhere between 300 and 400 feet tall (I got that from the dialogue in the movie), that constitutes BIG. So you can expect my review to be a half star to one star higher than most others.

So lets get with it. (I'm watching it again as I review it).

PROS:
1. Stars Raymond Burr, that's a star.
2. Great music, four notes on a piano and three notes on a clarinet--works just fine. That's a star.
3. Special effects, everybody knows the Japanise did the best scaling on cities and toy cars and things than anybody else. Though you can in several scenes (where godzilla is jerking around) tell it's just a man in a rubber suit...so what. It's all shot in that great old Black and white film. They get a star.
4. The acting, directing, writing are just fine for an old popcorn movie, that's a star.
5. The idea. That's another star because of the way it is handled. A very big lizard is waken up, or resurrected, or frankensteined together, because of H Bomb Test. And what's a big lizard to do when woke up from a 200 million year sleep?...go find the guys who did it and stomp their city to rubble. Yes sir, NOBODY does it better or equal to godzilla! The story starts off with Raymond Burr's plane flying several miles above the ocean just as the big lizard decides to sink its first ship. He is questioned by the authorities--he was asleep and spends some part of the movie running around with the scientist and military as they try to figure out what is going one.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Hutchinson on November 20, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This review is mainly concerned with the original, Japanese version of Gojira (not dubbed). I find that inserting Raymond Burr's character and removing some of the original to do so takes a great deal away from this movie and what it represents.

Godzilla rises from his long sleep due to the effects of the hydrogen bomb. With each attack, the creature becomes more bold until Tokyo suffers a devasting attack, and only a miracle can save the country from another tragic visit by this risen giant.

The love affair plays a secondary but important part in the film. Emiko has been promised in marriage to a brilliant young scientist but has fallen in love with another man. It is the old world traditions clashing with modernity. Her father is a paleontologist who is probably the only person sharing empathy with Godzilla, feeling that destroying the beast will be depriving science of its one and only chance to study a creature from the prehistoric past.

What is often overlooked (and not really stressed in the American version) is the terrible dilemma the young scientist faces when he is begged to use his oxygen destroyer weapon against Godzilla. Only the viewing of the destruction and sadness make him realize there is only one course to take. I feel he is the most crucial and yet saddest character in the entire movie. He actually loses on a number of counts--his life's work (he destroys his formula so it could never fall into the wrong hands), his fiancee has decided to wed another, and in true samurai-like tradition, ends his life nobly. The scene of Godzilla's painful death at the same moment that this brave but troubled researcher ends his own is poignant in the extreme.

This film is not just about humans against an ancient monster awakened from the past.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on February 9, 2004
Format: DVD
It's bizarre and frustrating that, considering DVD technology, no one has released a disc of the ORIGINAL un-cut Japanese movie "Godzilla" with subtitles. The film on this DVD is "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!", an American re-edit of the original film with insert footage of Raymond Burr to "Americanize" the Japanese footage. This edited and re-shot version is the only way the film can currently be seen in the U.S., and it's high time for the original to finally make it stateside.
That being said, the Americanized "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" is pretty good for what it is. The original film isn't ruined, but it is a lesser experience. It's worth a three-star rating at least, but the uncut Japanese version is a five-star classic and it's unfortunate that most Americans haven't had a chance to experience it.
For non-Godzilla fans, a bit of explanation of exactly what is on this disc is necessary. "Godzilla" (the Japanese title is actually "Gojira," a fanciful combination of the words for "gorilla" and "whale") was released in 1954 and was a huge hit in its home country. It was a frightening vision of radioactive horror returning to mainland Japan, and director Ishiro Honda poured his heart and soul into the terror and sorrow of the story. The original film is devastating in its impact, and Eiji Tsubaraya's effects are startling in their intensity: shots of Godzilla's immense shadow lumbering over a Tokyo in flames, helpless victims cowering in the destruction, are images that cannot be erased from memory, and the pounding, threatening score only heightens the sense of doom.
A group of American businessmen picked up the film to distribute to U.S.
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