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Godzilla Vs Hedorah (1972)

Akira Yamauchi , Toshie Kimura , Yoshimitsu Banno  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba, Keiko Mari
  • Directors: Yoshimitsu Banno
  • Writers: Yoshimitsu Banno, Takeshi Kimura
  • Producers: Samuel Z. Arkoff, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7OEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla Vs Hedorah" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

We humans are destroying our environment - and now there is a price to pay. From the sewage and sludge pumped into the sea, life degenerates, then mutates, creating a mega-monster, Hedorah . A radically ugly creature, this mammoth of muck swims, walks and flies, pausing only to inhale noxious smokestack fumes. He emits poisonous gasm crushes armies and annihilates cities while thriving on the toxins of our ecosystem. Cannons and missiles can't harm him, but his nefarious stench summons the attention of Godzilla(r), whose own refuge is threatened. Now, the monster of waste...is about to get wasted.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The strangest of all Godzilla films, but a great DVD! December 20, 2004
Format:DVD
It's wonderful that American home video distributors have finally started taking Godzilla seriously and releasing excellent DVDs of the Big Guy's flicks. This DVD of the 1971 "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" (originally released in America as "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster") may not offer much in the way of extras, but it lets you see the film as you've never been able to: in a beautiful widescreen image (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) with the option to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed into English. For older viewers, I definitely recommend watching it in Japanese; it will change your whole perspective on Godzilla and makes the film seem less cheap and campy. However, the English dub is a good feature to have for younger children, who will definitely want to watch the film as well.

Although watching "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" in Japanese will tone down the camp somewhat, this remains the weirdest, oddest, most mind-bogglingly bizarre of all Godzilla movies. In the 1970s the Japanese film industry entered a steep decline because of competition from television, and the Godzilla films suffered from severe budget cutbacks. One of the guiding fathers of the Godzilla films, special effects wizard Eiji Tsubaraya, died in 1969 and the effects work on the Godzilla films suffered an additional drop in quality. "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" therefore came at a time when the Godzilla films were changing, and not always for the better. A new director, Yoshimitsu Banno, helmed this film and purposely set out to make a completely new kind of Godzilla film: a weird mixture of serious environmental message, frightening horror sequences, rock 'n' roll party scenes, cartoon montages, kiddie antics, and surreal monster fights. This is one strange film!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Many Ways, One Of The Very Best December 28, 2004
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THIS is the Godzilla movie I had always wanted to get my hands on as a little kid. THIS is the one I always heard about, but could not find anywhere. THIS is the one that piqued my curiosity, due to all the controversy directed at it. And now, thanks to the powers that be at Sony, it is finally available again in the States . . . . . . . . on DVD, no less! And having finally seen it after all these years, I must say that GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, though not one of the *best* G-films ever, is definitely among the better entries.

Director Yoshimitsu Banno was obviously trying to do something (VERY) different with the Big G, and for the most part he succeeds. On the surface, the film is about the effects of pollution, and how it may very well destroy us in the end. Rather than relying totally on the characters to get this across by talking (and it does become a bit heavy-handed whenever they try), the filmmakers rely on often haunting imagery. Visions of unclear objects floating in huge clumps of sewege in the middle of the ocean are used quite often (the sight of a mutilated human body is especially effective). As Hedorah flies around, he spews sulfuric gas, melting buildings and leaving a trail of bodies whose flesh have been dissolved and rotted down to the bone. Banno's techniques are disturbingly/beautifully brought to life by effects maestro Teruyoshi Nakano.

However, whatever Banno was trying to get across with the psycadellic imagery, short animated segments, and musical/dance numbers fails miserably. They're not thought-provoking, they don't enhance the atmosphere, they don't add to the anti-pollution message . . . . . they really serve no purpose. They're just distracting, and pretty jarring at times.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to speak Japanese with the Big G November 7, 2004
Format:DVD
This review is for the October 19 DVD release of Godzilla Vs. Hedorah, and this film is the eleventh movie in the long-running Godzilla series. The movie is also known as Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster. Watching this film as an adult, I was surprised how good this film is. I recall it receiving the infamous Turkey Award as one of the worst movies ever made, but this is far from being the worst Godzilla movie ever made. The plot (what little there is) is interesting and the special effects hold up rather well by Seventies standards. Hedorah would be a monster best realized by modern CGI but the costume works well, even if the sludge which oozes from beneath him is so digusting as to be laughable at times. Here Godzilla is a friend to humanity; however the movie is nowhere near as campy as subsequent releases which resulted in the temporary death of the series. One negative aspect of the story, Godzilla does fly in this movie -- embarrassing indeed.

The quality of this DVD is impressive. The image is a 2.35:1 widescreen, and the image is allegedly anamorphic. There are many night sequences in this film which are beautifully rendered on this transfer -- contrasts are terrific, and it's clear to see what is occurring, whereas videotapes of this film made it hard to tell what was going on. Colors are bright and lifelike, but do sometimes look slightly washed out in special effects sequences. The film has been impressively restored, but there are still occasional bits of dust which appear throughout the film. For what it's worth, the image quality of this DVD is far better than ADV Films' DVD release of the 1995 Gamera film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 11th Gozilla film has a message.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah , on Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster as it was known here, is available again on DVD in a proper presentation, thanks to Kraken. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Joseph McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Big G for the Kids.
This dvd in my opinion is better suited to the kid set, rather than adult Godzilla fans. The environmental message is a good one, but I can't see many adults sitting through this... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, I wish more people liked it
Published 24 days ago by Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars poor acting, a little slow
poor acting,a little slow.but overall okay.
Published 1 month ago by James Rainbolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition!
Published 1 month ago by Robert Jungnitsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great merchandise: )
Shipped promptly. Great merchandise :)
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Coggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate
Only complaint...lack of a commentary track.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Toho's worst movies ever!!!
I never wanted to say anything bad about a Godzilla movie, but this one completely stunk! No action, nothing to get you excited, no nothing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy the movie Godzilla is a cool .
Will be looking for more from him.
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