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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)

Ishiro Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P24FAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The two mightiest monsters of all time battle in the thrilling adventure classic, King Kong vs. Godzilla. When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film that was the first theatrical release to bring its larger-than-life contenders to the big screen in glorious color.

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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A silly fun fun hour and a half September 3, 2008
I am always amused when people say this is a terrible movie. I want to ask "What were you expecting? The title is `King Kong vs. Godzilla' not `King Lear.'" It is a movie with two guys in rubber suits or giant puppets tap dancing on a model Tokyo and beating the snot out of each other. There is no great philosophical debate going on. There is no look into the human soul for answers or guilt.

When I was a little kid there were lots of movies like this. If I was lucky I'd catch them on channel 9 in NYC on a Saturday afternoon, and this was always the best. This was the one that my brother and I would get most excited about.

The model Kong lacks the realism of the original RKO ape, yeah I know think about that phrase, and this Godzilla lacks the cinematic art and sadness of that monster's theatrical debut, but this film still has its moments. From here came a wide number of increasingly cheesy monster movies but this was its birth. And for plot and development this was the best of them.

It tries to be self consistent and for the most part it succeeds, though I will admit to laughing out loud when people are told to evacuate a bullet train because Godzilla is heading right for them. The conductor vainly says "Don't panic" and I want to say "What else is there to do?"

If you are looking for great acting, plots or heck even FX this is sooo not for you. However if you love this genre or like me, you have fond memories of the Japanese rubber suit movies, then this is a gem for your collection
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did this battle take place 1,000 's of years ago? September 23, 1999
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WWWWOOOOHHHHOOOO!!!!!! After viewing all of the Godzilla movies except Godzilla vs The Smog Monster & Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla 2, I'd have to say KING KONG vs GODZILLA is the positivly absoluty, incredibly, truly most Godzillariffic and Kingkongastic Godzilla movie ever made.I especially like the part when Godzilla Karate kicks King Kong (really in movie).Anyway you would like this 1962-1963 movie.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC January 8, 2009

The year was uh well em well I don't remember but when I was a little kid I remember turning on the TV one afternoon and to my surprise my favorite monster of all time Godzilla was about to come. He was going to do battle with everyone's favorite oversized ape King Kong and I could not have been happier, after all Godzilla was my all time favorite. Naturally Kong had no chance in my mind but I imagined that the battle would be legendary, as a kid I was not disappointed with the film until the ending. Of course I would learn later that a different version of the film, the original version of the film was out there. Of course either way I loved and still do love this film, in my eyes it will forever be a classic regardless of shortcomings on the filmmakers part. To this day when I watch this movie, either version, I still watch it like I was that little kid with awe in my eyes. I do own both versions this the American version on DVD and the original Japanese version on VHS, when I go through all my old VHS tapes I will probably review the original but for now this review will mainly be about this release. This was the third appearance in a film I believe for both monsters and it was the first time they were seen in color and in widescreen.

The film went through a lot of changes before the final product and even cut out the original guy that wanted to make this movie. From what I can gather a guy named Willis O'Brien who did animation on the original Kong film came up with an idea to do a new King Kong feature. His idea would involve a giant Frankenstein's monster going up against Kong, that got no were due to rights for the creature although it went threw name changes with the same concept.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Interesting version August 25, 2001
This is an enjoyable Godzilla movie and is the third in the series. Godzilla breaks free from the ice that trapped him in the previous movie, Godzilla Raids Again (aka Gigantis, The Fire Monster). Here Godzilla is the bad guy. I think you can probably guess the basic plot.
It gets silly at some points. Don't get caught up in production mistakes. Just enjoy the ride. Here electricity is supposed to harm (or at least slow down) Godzilla, but later in the series, Godzilla gains his strength from lightning. (The lightning comes up in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla - aka Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster.) Plus, electrical lines didn't affect him in the original movie either.
This film had the potential of getting into legal trouble. The basic idea for this movie originally came from Willis O'Brien. He had the idea of having King Kong fight a large Frankenstein. Unfortunately, he shared his idea with the wrong person who would later take the idea to Toho without O'Brien's knowledge. O'Brien learned about it just before he died.
I find the packaging for this DVD (and the VHS edition) interesting if you consider some stunts that Toho pulled when promoting this movie. Back in 1963, Toho used images of the 1933 Kong on the posters. The ape costume looks nothing like O'Brien's version of Kong. The packaging for this video edition uses images from other versions of the monsters too. Kong does not look that real. The version of Godzilla shown here (in the lower portion with the red background) looks like the version used from 1973-1975 (Japanese release dates) which included Megalon and the original Mechagodzilla movies. I can't place which movie the close-up is from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Took me back to my childhood
Published 8 days ago by rod
4.0 out of 5 stars great buy! Raul Frame Los
Childhood memories... great buy!
Raul Frame
Los Angeles
Published 15 days ago by Raul Gamboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for Big G fans
Great fun for Big G fans. Yes we all know that Kong looks more like an Orangutan than a Gorilla.
Published 15 days ago by Richard Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster throwdown
Good old fashion monster throw down. I still think Kong lost :)
Published 15 days ago by Sylvester Sharp
1.0 out of 5 stars First off I would like to say GODZILLA fans this is not a GODZILLA ...
First off I would like to say GODZILLA fans this is not a GODZILLA movie its a KING KONG movie!! Check the title KING KONG vs GODZILLA not the other way around. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Alexie D. Haws
5.0 out of 5 stars epic battle
What can i say the most epic battle of all time.when i was a kid i remember the day this movie was going to preview on tv i was so excited i dropped everything. Read more
Published 21 days ago by The critic
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny! one of the more humorous Godzilla
very funny! one of the more humorous Godzilla movies
Published 1 month ago by jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super good childhood favorite ! Watch out for that tail !
Published 1 month ago by Alan R. Skuba
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
Published 1 month ago by Rodney Burris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ordered it for my mother for my nephew.
Published 1 month ago by Dan L.
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