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Invasion of Astro-Monster

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(Sci-Fi) Invasion of Astro-Monster/Godzilla vs. Monster Zero -- Aliens from Planet X borrow our monsters for a little extermination project, but they've got something else up their sleeves: world domination! Using mind-control technology, these vinyl-and-sunglasses wearing spacemen turn Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah loose in Japan, demanding Earth's surrender! It's up to American astronaut F. Glenn, his galaxy-trotting buddy Fuji, and nerdy inventor Tetsuo to break the aliens' hold on the monsters and save our planet from certain doom.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000OCY7IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER, is by any other name MONSTER ZERO, or GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO. INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER is the "International title" that Toho gave to KAIJU DAISENSO, released in 1965. It was then acquired for release via AIP and Henry G. Saperstein(the producer)in 1966, and he parted ways with AIP and set out for his own distribution. That didn't happen until 1970 from Maron Films, a small indie release company and it was re-titled MONSTER ZERO and double-billed in roadshow fashion with WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS and did brisk business from late summer to Fall at drive-ins and theaters at the time. The film stars Nick Adams and was released in the US, two years after his untimely and unfortunate death. Still, MONSTER ZERO/INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER remains one of the best ever of the Toho Godzilla sequels, the last one where all the major talents at Toho were in play to make a knockout film that flies along at a good clip. It has everything-alien invasion, monsters, and a love story. Interestingly, the monster side of things actually takes a back seat to a fairly engaging human story(there are only really 10 or 12 minutes of new monster footage). The FX work is perhaps Eiji Tsuburaya's best as is the score by Akira Ifukube. This version is exactly the same as MONSTER ZERO-same title sequence, however a new title card for INVASION is seen. All the dubbing was the same, and in fact the film has three minutes of footage not seen in the US version. One is the alien Controller saying something in his native language as the earth ship leaves, another is a pretty nifty FX shot looking up at Godzilla and Rodan being transported through the atmosphere by the Xian saucers, and still another shot has what appears to be an un-processed(sound) shot of Akira Takarada saying something like "I've got a bad feeling about this" in Japanese, to Nick Adams who responds in English "Talk to me about it pal". Terrific film in any language!!
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THIS IS ACTUALLY THE GODZILLA MOVIE "MONSTER ZERO". INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER is its absurd and nonsensical international title. It is a U.S./ Japan co-production. The movie was released in Japan in 1965 as GREAT MONSTER WAR. It was released internationally as INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER. In 1970 it was released
in America as MONSTER ZERO on a double bill with WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. It continued to play on television
as MONSTER ZERO until it was replaced on TV and on VHS in the late 1980s by a version titled GODZILLA VS.
INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER is unusual in that , though it is basically a sequel to the previous film GHIDORAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER it takes place in the year 196X:Suggesting it is the future.
The year was changed to 198X for the Champion Festival in the seventies. Most previous video
releases of Invasion of Astro-Monster said 198x at the beginning, causing great confusion.

Here is a list of all the original classic GODZILLA films, it consists of three segments:
Segment 1:
Segment 2:
Segment 3
This is a list of the second series:
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I remember the first time I saw this on tv. I think it was early 1970s on Chiller... Theater... Saturday night WPIX Channel 11 New York. Fullscreen of coarse, on a 19 inch black and white tv screen. And I loved it. When the same station broadcasted a two day GODZILLATHON in the late 1980s I recorded all the movies. but i made sure this movie got its own tape. Then Simitar released a widescreen version on VHS and it looked really good. Now this awesome classic is available on dvd with both the English dubbed and Japanese spoken version. The information provided by Amazon states this is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:66.1 (at least for the English version) which offers more scope than the fullscreen 1:33.1 but not quite wide enough. But then something happens. After the opening credits are over. It converts to the full cinemascope 2:35.1 widescreen presentation. At least that's what happens on mine. And believe me I'm not complaining. There is no shot cooler than seeing Rodan, Godzilla and Ghidorah all in the same shot spread out across the screen in that big open field. I really appreciate Classic Media's efforts on these new dvds. But I wish they had subtitles for the English versions so I can follow the story while listening to the commentary.
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King Ghidorah, who made his debut in the previous film of the Showa series, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, returns here to plague an alien civilization, and only Godzilla & Rodan can stop him. But things are not as they seem on Planet X, and the fate of the whole world soon hangs in the balance. This is a wonderfully rollicking Godzilla adventure, filled with elaborate miniatures, impressive pyrotechnics and some truly epic monster battles. The cast joins in on the fun, not taking any of this seriously but not mocking the material either. Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno & Akira Takarada all turn in good performances. However, the real stars here are the monsters. Godzilla looks good, though not as fearsome as he did in King Kong vs. Godzilla and Mothra vs. Godzilla. Rodan's appearance works as the monster sidekick he has become, but it pales in comparison to how he looked in his original film. King Ghidorah, three headed golden dragon from the stars, is quite simply a wonder to behold. Considering the logistics involved in bringing the enormous kaiju to life, it's amazing the spfx team was able to succeed in making him seem so alive. Some deride Japanese spfx as "inferior." As far as I am concerned, that's an insult to the people who helped make these films. Once again Akira Ifukube delivers a magnificent score. Highly recommended!!
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