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Godzilla Raids Again (2006)

Takashi Shimura  |  NR |  DVD
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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 (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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56 of 57 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 gyakushű" 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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38 of 40 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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla ... Back for Round Two!!! February 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
(previous film "Godzilla, King of the Monsters")
Summary: Two prehistoric monsters bring their ages old battle to the city of Osaka, Japan. Only one will remain standing ... will it be the current champion Godzilla, or the challenger Angilas?
"Godzilla Raids Again" (aka "Gigantis, the Fire Monster"), while far from being the greatest G film ever made, is certainly not the worst either, yet, for some reason, this entry in the series has become something of a "lost" classic. Being one of the harder G movies to come by, any fan looking for this video to add to their collection should do so upon finding a copy. I realize that I've only given "Godzilla Raids Again" a rating of 2 stars, but a rating of 2 and a half stars would certainly be more appropriate.
"Godzilla Raids Again" is noteworthy mainly for being the 2nd, and last, G movie to be filmed in Black and White, and for being the first film in the series to feature a second monster, the spiky Angilas (one of my personal favorite monsters in G history). "Godzilla Raids Again" also serves as a kind of blueprint for future G films (particularly those from the 2nd, or Heisei, series of G films, and the 3rd, or Alternate Universe, series of G films), in that this entry lacks most of the haunting effect the original film had and focuses more on the serious action/adventure aspect that would come to be prevalent in later G films.
(Next film "King Kong Vs. Godzilla")
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5.0 out of 5 stars GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN-One of my favorite movies of all time
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN-One of my favorite movies of all time! Wish it was colorized and in stereo. Great movie at a great price!
Published 3 days ago by DENNIS LOPEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
my nephew enjoys it alot
Published 9 days ago by Dan L.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you a true TOHO fan- This is a must!
If you a true TOHO fan- This is a must! Actually all of the franchise is of course, but this one is one of my favorites!
Published 15 days ago by Priscilla Zig
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It's Godzilla, what do I need to say.
Published 25 days ago by Billy D. Mccullough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worth watching.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Godzilla
Must be a prequal as Godzilla is called Gigantis in this movie and they tried (unsuccessfully) to wrap a human interest story around the monster fighting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Bonacorsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanes version
The Japanese version is a good movie. The American version with George Takei narrating is a joke. As with the original Godzilla, they made a mockery of the original Japanese movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mmanion
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Raids Again not as good as the orignal but still enjoyable as...
Classic Godzilla with plenty of building smashing by the king of all monsters. Not quite as good as the original Godzilla movie from 1953 but still enjoyable for any Godzilla fan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Emanuele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great dvd, cool special features, great price, must buy
I really do like this movie. I got in in the mail today and I really loved it. I love this DVD. The film quality is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cameron Land
4.0 out of 5 stars The first Godzilla sequel, and not bad by all means.
I've watched many of the Godzilla sequels, but they were crap. I had never seen this one until about a week ago on Netflix, and I actually like it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jero Briggs
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