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Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000OCY7IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Any Other Name... April 7, 2007
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE MOUTH, TWO VOICES & THREE HEADS June 8, 2007
Classic Media has to be applauded for the effort not only given to presenting the best versions of INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER possible (and they truly are some of best I've seen in a long, long while), but also the work that went into the case design. The box is striking, the artwork clever, clear, nostaligc and retro-future at all the same time. It's an attractive and eye catching design that demands (and gets) a second look. My copy has been picked up, picked over, and pick-pocketed a few times off my shelf already and throughly enjoyed.

But, having said that, I must admit that INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER is one of my least favorite GODZILLA films, yet one of my all time favorite TOHO movies. Truth be told, Godzilla here is at best a supporting player in a much larger and more complex story that could have done away with Godzilla and company and still have been just as compelling. Much like THE FIFTH ELEMENT fashion and design triumph over story and plot. This is one good looking movie. From the sets (wide open, with some of the most creative future computer and advanced table top technology), to the costumes (the aliens not only sport the expected antenna atop the head, but tight pants, trim sunglasses, and high useless collars), to the spaceships (which look exactly like spaceships should look), it's all here, and it's all a lot of fun.

It is something of a minor disappointment that Godzilla has been pushed to the margins here and used simply for effect than being the engine that drives the story. Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah do loom large on the stunning minature sets on both PLANET X and Earth, and their battles are worth the long delay between the first and the last, but it does leave you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GODZILLA Episode 6: GODZILLA vs. MONSTER ZERO March 22, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's great to see these old classics on DVD hope to see then soon on Blu Ray A+
Published 17 days ago by I-Zombie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Monster Flik, but.....
An enjoyable, "monster-flik, " but as pointed out in other reviews, the film plays down the role of the monsters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Whizbang!!
I am more of a classic lover of Godzillas movies. So when I finally decided to order this movie I did hope is was the old version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S.A.G
5.0 out of 5 stars "Kaiju Daisenso" - My Thoughts
Aliens from Planet X ask Earth to borrow Godzilla and Rodan to fight the three-headed monster, King Ghidorah, for them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurence H. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Article was as described by merchant.
Published 2 months ago by shimodako
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster X Meets His Match (AGAIN)
Just as I remember it as a kid. I still have to watch the Japanese version to see the differences (if any). Sound and visuals were just fine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vaughn Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son collects the godzilla movies and love them
Published 2 months ago by Maria Stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars great action
love king Ghidorah in this movie
Published 2 months ago by Helen Cryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Movie can be heard in english great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Dallas Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainingly colorful sci-fi movie...also featuring Godzilla
This is a personal favorite among Godzilla films despite not actually being the best showing for Godzilla himself (the 1954 original remains in a more-serious class above all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roy Basilisk
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They own the rights to 7 Godzilla movies, all from the original series. They also own Rodan and Battle Of the Gargantuas, both of which will be given the same DVD treatment after they are finished releasing the Godzilla ones. And after all 7 Godzilla films are... Read More
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