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Godzilla Raids Again (2006)

Takashi Shimura  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Takashi Shimura
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 / Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Godzilla is back, and this time he's not alone! While scouting the seas for schools of fish, young pilots Tsukioka and Kobayashi encounter Godzilla and the spiny monster Anguirus in heated battle on a small Japanese island. The two beasts tumble into the ocean and soon resurface in Osaka, laying waste to the city in a fight to the death. As the threat of destruction mounts, the two heroes muster their courage for the final showdown with Godzilla. Classic Media presents GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955), the first of many Godzilla sequels, in the original Japanese-language version with English subtitles. Also included is the heavily re-edited American version, in which Godzilla was re-named "Gigantis," and featuring the voice of STAR TREK's George Takei!

Special Features

Includes Japanese and English dubbed versions of the film
Audio Commentary
Poster Slide Show
Art of Suit Acting featurette


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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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FILM HISTORY

This film made in 1955 is the very first sequel made to the original "Gojira" aka "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" in its US release. The film was rushed into production in order to capitalize on the popularity of the first film. In the US it was apparently released by a different film company than the first film, so the title was changed such that the word "Godzilla" didn't even appear in it! The US theatrical release title was "Gigantis the Fire Monster." The film has been released in the US under other titles over the years, such as "The Return of Godzilla" and as "Godzilla Raids Again" when it was on VHS tape. The original Japanese title was apparently, "Gojira no gyakushû" or "Gojira Strikes Again" in English.

I am a huge Godzilla fan and have been since I was a small child, and in all the years I watched these films on TV, in the theater, and on home video, I've never seen this film broadcast on television and I apparently missed it when it was available on VHS. I didn't even know it existed until I saw it listed in Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Film Guide years ago. It seems that the fact that this film was not released in the US by the same company that released the original film has doomed this one to obscurity for an extremely long time. However, this situation is now corrected with the release of the film to DVD.

FILM SYNOPSIS, PRODUCTION TRIVIA, COMMENTS

As was stated in the original Gojira, it does turn out that there are more of these monstrous creatures in the sea than just the one Godzilla that was destroyed at the end of the first film. This film is more of a typical 1950s "monster smash 'em up" picture than the original film and less of a statement on nuclear horror. This sets the tone for many Godzilla pictures to come.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "forgotten" Godzilla movie. August 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The second Godzilla movie is a transitional entry in the series. Serious, but not as grim as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," we see the first traces of the camp humor that became a trademark of Japanese sci-fi. It is one of the few movies of the series that does a "hand-off" from the previous flick. Dedicated fans will recognize Dr. Yamane from the first Godzilla film. In addition, Godzilla (also known as "Gigantis") meets Angilus, the first of many bizarre enemies. In somber B/W photography, the story of dueling monsters on the loose unfolds. This time it's Osaka and not Tokyo, threatened with fiery destruction. As usual, the monsters invade populous areas, destroy buildings, and threaten civilization. As usual, conventional military hardware has no effect. The English-dubbed dialogue is occasionally hilarious. The special effects and other production values are typical of Japanese sci-fi. This movie, virtually overlooked through the years, initially appeared in the USA as "Gigantis the Fire Monster." It played on a double feature program back in 1959/1960 with "Teenagers From Outer Space" (reviewed elsewhere in ...). Godzilla movies are an acquired taste that delight fans and repulse "normal" viewers. For aging baby-boomers, and other serious collectors of low-budget sci-fi, this movie is a recommended treat. :-)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla 2: almost as good as the first February 28, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the second Godzilla movie, and this is the first time on DVD for the american version and the first time ever in the US for the uncut, unedied Japanese version. Both are included on this new DVD. The Japanese version is superior, but the dubbed american version is entertaining also, though its just a little bit confusing.

Here is a list of all the Godzilla films. The titles are the current, or most recent, US home video/DVD. TWO TITLES ARE GIVEN, WHER THE DVD INCLUDES BOTH JAPANESE AND US VERSIONS.

THE GODZILLA LIST:

#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 (aka GODZILLA VS. THE THING)

#5 GHIDORAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER / GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER

#6 INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER / GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (aka MONSTER ZERO)

#7 GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER

#8 SON OF GODZILLA

#9 DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

#10 GODZILLA'S REVENGE (aka ALL MONSTERS ATTACK)

#11 GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (aka GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER)

#12 GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (aka GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND)

#13 GODZILLA VS. MEGALON

#14 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (aka GODZILLA VS. COSMIC MONSTER)

#15 TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (aka TERROR OF GODZILLA)

#16 GODZILLA 1985 (aka RETURN OF GODZILLA)

#17 GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE

#18 GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (aka GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORA)

#19 GODZILLA & MOTHRA, THE BATTLE FOR EARTH

#20 GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II

#21 GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA

#22 GODZILLA VS.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I can see why they pushed back the release date. November 8, 2006
Format:DVD
So while viewing the film after I had purchased it through Classic Media's website, I can see why they pushed the release date back. For some reason the quality of the video stream becomes real pixelated and wavy towards the end of the film, the BEST PART! It's annoying because it looks off and your eyes are doing a double take just to watch it. This is probably a flaw that they are going to correct for the Spring of next year, however I do not see why they were selling this item on their website even with the flaw. I am an editor at a film college and this irritates me because it is a simple "rendering" and "compression" issue that could have easily been fixed. Other than that, I have no complaints about this DVD. The quality of the film (except for the end) is good, the extra content (the art of suit acting, etc) is decent. I'm just glad it finally saw official release! I would wait until the film comes out next year because this flaw will probably be taken care of by then. Overall, an entertaining Godzilla film.

*NOTE*

The 3 out of 5 stars is due to the quality shift and the flaw towards the end of the film. This flaw is a biggie for me and takes me right out of the film. If not for the flaw I would've given it 4 out of 5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Godzilla Movie
Classic Godzilla movie. Makes you wonder why in the English version they changed his name to Gigantis, other than that it is a classic Godzilla movie.
Published 3 days ago by HK47
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly 'Zilla!
I am a huge (no pun intended) God Zillah fan. This movie however, was butchered by Warner Brothers. They wanted the American version to be a hit, yuk! But, it's Godzilla. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Veronica Hollington
5.0 out of 5 stars You call him Godzilla, I call him Gigantis
Yes, the terrible dubbing and overuse stock footage makes a mockery of whatever this film was trying to be, but I can still watch it over and over again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert David Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubber monster!
Rubber monster movie's are the best.when Godzilla runs then stop he still moves. I love to see these old movies.
Published 1 month ago by Paul moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy old Godzilla movie's ha ha ha
What can I say, these old movies have not changed a bit, they are cheesy but good to go to sleep watching. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Raids Again
Really a no brainer for us. We are Godzilla fans and take the genre anyway we can get it. The kids like Anguirus too.
Published 1 month ago by LacrosseD
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as original.
I had trouble getting into this one. The original Godzilla was much more enjoyable since I could suspend reality and accept the premise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Habeck
1.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Raids Again
Boring. I have seen most of the Godzilla movies and I guess that this was near the first. He wasn't even referred to in the movie as Godzilla.
Published 1 month ago by Ludy A. Williams Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars The weaker sequel
I accessed "Godzilla Raids again" to test the streaming ability of my Kindle, which didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 1 month ago by parts jockey
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the old scifi
I am a fan of the old ones. You can tell its early because of the special effects but still like it
Published 1 month ago by Peter M Majask
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