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Latitude Zero (2007)

Latitude Zero , Ishiro Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Latitude Zero
  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W7Y6FG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Latitude Zero" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When a volcano erupts, a deep-sea vessel full of scientists suffers damage and begins to lose control. To their rescue comes Captain MacKenzie (Joseph Cotton, CITIZEN KANE), commander of Alpha, a high-tech atomic submarine. The captain takes the crew to a secret underwater utopia called "Latitude Zero" that is dedicated to the preservation and protection of mankind. With a completely opposite agenda, the evil Dr. Malic (Cesar Romero, The Joker from TV's BATMAN) wishes to kidnap and experiment on the scientists in order to add to his roster of super-intelligent freak minions. Now it's up to Captain MacKenzie and his crew to save the day. Another Toho classic from the legendary Ishiro Honda (GODZILLA, MATANGO), LATITUDE ZERO boasts an all-star cast that also includes Richard Jaeckel (GRIZZLY) and Linda Haynes (HUMAN EXPERIMENTS), and terrific model and
special effects work.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost Toho gem that re-emerges into the light December 14, 2007
Format:DVD
This late Sixties tokusatsu film has acquired a bit of a legendary status among Japanese sci-fi fans in the West, as it has never before been available in the U.S. Fortunately for us, Tokyo Shock has done their usual first-rate restoration job on this East-West mashup that features one of the most unusual casting combos you'll ever see. It's also a bold stretch by Toho to have their A-list actors trying to speak English phonetically--albeit with mixed results. The film itself actually falls somewhere into the "it's so ridiculous it's great" category, as this is wildly fun schlock in the same vein as "Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero" (same director, crew and SFX team), and that's definitely not a knock against it. I mean, where else can you find Cesar Romero transplanting a human brain into the body of a lion/hawk hybrid? Classic! The crew interviews also provide some highly desired insights into the making of the film, although their omissions are somewhat telling--they go into no detail about how the American funding for the film fell through, and how Joseph Cotten was taking a perilous chance by making the film while suffering from severe liver disease. One look at Joe's face during certain scenes and you can see how he was struggling to keep himself propped up. All in all, a long-awaited (and long overdue!) filling in of a big hole in Toho's sci-fi canon.

Oh, and BTW, I got both English & Japanese versions :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Boz
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My original review was more of an alert to the fact that I had gotten 2cds of the US version and wanted to let people know just in case it became a widespread issue.. Amazon quickly corrected tht problem. So I wanted to retract the 1 star I origianlly gave it and state that having never seen the movie ever, one of the few Toho productions to escape me since its release I have to say its a rousing good old fashioned Science Fiction story, carried along well by Joseph Cotten and a great Japanese cast to boot. Its different, and Cesar Romero as the villian was not cheesy at all but playfully menacing, which makes for a as a good old popcorn and coke session. I was impressed also by the dubbing which felt natural and fit the actors persona very well and didnt sound silly like the dubbing can be in the early Toho releases. Worth your time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 1960's Insane Japanese Gem February 2, 2008
Format:DVD
Can you really rate these films on a 1 to 5 scale? They're all 5's in my book. This is a rather rare Japanese take on that whole "secret" place where everything is better located somewhere on earth, in this case latitude zero. This film is somewhat "normal" until the last 1/3 when it explodes in a burst of insanity right around the time Cesar Romero - in a wonderfully crazy scene only the Japanese can pull off, "creates" a griffin with a human brain. Miniatures galore - this time futuristic submarines; assorted monsters - a giant sized one (though small by Toho standards) and human-sized ones; explosions, explosions, explosions; Akira Ifukube score (not his best - lots of rehashed themes from earlier movies but it's still Ifukube); typically uneven but always way fun "old school" Eiji Tsburaya effects; directed by Ishiro "the keeper of the grain" Honda (Kurosawa's dubbed him this name when Honda was an assistant director working under him); an insane trippy plot. What can I say? Only saw this one once - on UHF TV many a moon ago. It never re-aired for some reason and just popped up on DVD this year. Beautiful transfer, and this rare film is really a treat for Tohophiles. Instead of dubbing, the Japanese actors (see if you can spot "Hiata" in a bit role) including "Miko's dad from Space Giants" all spoke English - didn't know a lick of what they were saying. Great stuff and a "must see". If you bothered to look up this obscure title on Amazon, ya know ya gotta.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrors From Bloodrock February 7, 2010
Format:DVD
Over the past few years, Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock has treated tokusatsuphiles to some mighty fine goodies, and its release of Latitude Zero has been among my most anticipated. I first saw this 1969 Toho film in August, 1978, during a memorable visit with Japanese Giants guys, Ed Godziszewski and Bill Gudmundson, and I was immediately taken with its action-packed storyline, colorful cinematography, and superb musical score. A somewhat underrated film, Latitude Zero has remained one of my favorites from Toho, so a first-rate U.S. release on DVD is a welcome thing indeed.

Latitude Zero's screenplay, written by Ted Sherdeman, based on his original radio dramas, Tales of Latitude Zero, is typical of action-oriented science-fiction films of the era--fast-paced, weak in science but high in fantasy, with well-defined protagonists and villains. The direction is classic Ishiro Honda--dramatic staging, effective cuts, and the distinctive theme of humanity's potential for greatness (and its frequent perversion) running like an undercurrent behind the action. The film is very much a classic comic-book story adapted to live action.

Latitude Zero was not the first Toho production to feature English-speaking actors alongside the studio's ensemble of regulars, but it was unique in that the film was shot mostly in English, the Japanese actors speaking their lines phonetically, with varying degrees of success. In an unusual twist, it is the Japanese version that is dubbed, in Japanese, rather than its American counterpart. In general, the cast members and their performances are of Toho's typically high caliber, and Joseph Cotten deserves special credit for playing his role while suffering from acute liver disease.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like this movie...you don't like ice cream.
I can't give this five stars...that would be crazy, right? I mean, WOMAN OF THE DUNES is a five-star movie, or ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, maybe. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by D. Allen Schaeffer
3.0 out of 5 stars lat 0
1st 3/4 of film very boring w/ lil' or no action; last 1/4 of film shows lg.: bats, rats & a lion all /w just ok fx.:awesome easy coded review. Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by John Lemoine
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla meets Dean Martin!
Oh this one's a beauty. If you combine the 60's camp of Batman & mix it with the Japaneze monster movies that were the rage, you'll get this must-see. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Bt
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Saturday Afternoons at the Movies
I really enjoyed this movie. It took me back to the Saturdays when I would go to the neighborhood movie to see the latest Toho production.
Published on October 26, 2010 by yankee air pirate
5.0 out of 5 stars Toho all the way
Grew up as a kid watching Toho monsters! This is an off-beat and strange little gem of a movie from the great Ishiro Honda! Beautiful copy in letter box. Just great! Thanks
Published on August 17, 2010 by DC Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars themeatnpotatoesofitall
I love this movie!!(it's kinda a geek thing)cool widescreen too..if you are a big fan of old school effects done the fun way.. Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by Jesse S. Sconza
2.0 out of 5 stars Ineptitude Zero
I enjoy Japanese monster movies and retro-cheesy model effects as much as anybody. BUT, I only recommend this DVD if you're in the mood to fast forward - a lot - to get to the few... Read more
Published on March 15, 2009 by Carl Danby
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Best From Toho
I've waited more than 40 years to see this forgotten classic, This film boasts many "Best" awards, best transfer from film to Dvd, excellent crystal clear colours, superb dubbing... Read more
Published on July 2, 2008 by Frederic Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in time
I saw this film when i was about 14. It was called "U4000-Panik unter dem Ozean" in german which has absolutely nothing to do with the english title or even the name of the... Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by DGP
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the 60's styles - Latitude Zero
This movie is a great example of a variety of late 60's fashions, ideas, mixed with spy-movie derring-do. Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by Blackcondorlives
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