King Kong vs. Godzilla
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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
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.Read more ›
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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Another classic favorite from early childhood. Again - let's not 'analyze' this to death. Just kick back and accept it for what it is: Two classic monsters fighting each other. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
One would imagine that a prestige studio that owns the original negative would provide better image quality for this over priced 30th Anniversary edition. Read morePublished 16 days ago by TeeJay
hey, in my opinion, this movie has to be one of godzillas best, it's my favotite monster movie of all time !Published 1 month ago by glenpollard
Great movie, a Classic...although I will always believe that Godzilla would have kicked Kong's behind, if it weren't made by an American film producer etc... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Bryfogle
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there is no alternate ending.. king kong wins in both versions. i know this because i own the japanese lazer disc.
the humbug alternate version hoax was written by a hack writer for: famous monsters of filmland.
Nov 10, 2015 by THE GRIM ONE | See all 2 posts
Can someone answer this question? I have the same question: "Who wins?" I'm looking for the Japanese version where Godzilla wins.
Feb 13, 2015 by Amanda Cook | See all 3 posts
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