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MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000MV8AJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA" on IMDb

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(Action) After a fierce typhoon, Mothra’s gigantic egg washes ashore Japan. Meanwhile Godzilla reawakens and tramples across the land, heading straight for the big egg. Can Mothra save her offspring from Godzilla? Will Japan survive this epic monster battle?

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of all Godzilla sequels February 11, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
1964's "Godzilla vs. Mothra," (originally released in the U.S. as "Godzilla vs. The Thing" as a publicity gimmick to hide the identity of Godzilla's adversary) is the best of the many sequels to the original "Godzilla." The film series reached a level of wonderful pop-culture entertainment here: imaginative effects, gripping and simple story-line, and fantastic monster mashing. It's actually a smart, well-put together movie, something that people who look down on Japanese monster movies as silly and stupid would never expect. And it is LOADS of fun.
This film followed up quickly on the massive success of "King Kong vs. Godzilla." The studio, Toho, wanted Godzilla to go up against another `name' monster, and selected one of their own: the gigantic moth/caterpillar Mothra, who had starred the hit 1961 film "Mothra." The story has Godzilla returning to wreck havoc on Japan (this is the last time for many years that Godzilla would be the unquestioned `bad guy'), defying the military's numerous ingenious -- but ineffective -- attempts to stop him. The one hope for humanity lies in recruiting Mothra to take on the big lizard. But the people of Infant Island where Mothra lives are reluctant to help because two unscrupulous businessmen have captured Morthra's lost egg and turned it into a sideshow attraction. When they refuse to surrender the egg, it begins to look like Godzilla will get to have his way with Japan unopposed...
The film is absolutely loaded with stunning effects and action sequences. Godzilla's initial rampage in Nagoya is a knock-out, with the Big-G smashing a radio tower and Nagoya castle to the ground (Haruo Nakajima, the actor inside the suit, does a wonderful performance in this scene).
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Come Between a Moth and Her Grubs! May 29, 2004
Format:DVD
'Godzilla vs. Mothra' is one of my favorite in the Godzilla series. It is still early enough (1964) to be serious, yet more decidedly less dark in tone than the original. In this one Godzilla is still a bad guy, and Mothra, a giant moth, is summoned from Monster Island with the help of two miniature singing muses and some natives. Ultimately Mothra almost overcomes Godzilla with some great rubber monster fights along the way (and all the toy airplanes, tanks, boats, etc., that comes with them), but it is a 'Lion King' (or "Circle of Life", if you prefer) moment as Mothra dies atop her egg, which is being coaxed to hatch by some very imaginative chanting. The two grubs that emerge from the egg are out for vengeance and taunt Godzilla with several wily maneuvers before cocooning him in silk and dumping him into the ocean. The sight of the two grubs swimming off into the sunset is particularly delicious for fans of the series.
The movie is well made for the era, and I think the English dubbing is better than in most of the Godzilla films. Likewise the script is more mature than the bulk of the Godzilla series, which in general I like, although it becomes a bit preachy about the anti-nuclear stuff (Ishiro Honda is the greatest director of the Japanese monster movies, but subtlety is not one of his more admired filmmaking attributes.) The film does, however, serve its desired function as a comment on greed and avarice admirably.
I recommend 'Godzilla vs. Mothra' highly, and no fan of Japanese cinema or monster movies should be without it. It is available as a single DVD or part of a Godzilla five-pack, which I recommend highly: it's a bargain at any price!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The G-Sequels December 27, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
"Mothra vs. Godzilla" (the correct title, not the other way around) is not just a great Godzilla film. It is also a landmark for Japanese special effects, especially when compared with its predecessor, "King Kong vs. Godzilla". The annoying blue matte lines that marred the latter are gone, and the Godzilla suit used in this movie (referred to as the "Mosu-Goji" suit by hardcore fans) is among the best designs of the entire series. The plot is also solid; not only does the story flow smoothly and logically, but it is also a clever jab at the excesses of rampant commercialism--as was the case in 1960's "Mothra". Ishiro Honda supplies deft direction, while stars Akira Takarada and Yoriko Hoshii both give excellent performances as a newspaper reporter and photographer, respectively. The battles between Godzilla and Mothra (both in larval and adult form) are first-rate--Eiji Tsubaraya's imaginative special effects are astounding for the period, and hold up well even by today's standards. Also of note is one of Akira Ifukube's best scores, combining the famous Godzilla and Mothra themes seamlessly...thankfully the American version keeps all of which intact. The English dubbing is also unusually good. If you're looking for any G-film to own besides the historic original "Godzilla, King Of The Monsters", this is the one to get--quite simply, it has everything that a good sci-fi or action-adventure flick should have. For the price, it's a bargain.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best sequel of the Showa series February 23, 2007
Format:DVD
There have been three "series" of Godzilla movies: the Showa series, which includes all films released from 1954-1975, the Heisei series, which includes all films released from 1984-1995, and the Millennium series, which includes all films released from 1999-2004. The Showa series holds all the classics, and excluding the original, nothing is more classic than 1964's MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA. Much like GOLDFINGER (released the same year), which was almost universally considered to be the finest James Bond film prior to the release of CASINO ROYALE, by all explanations MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA shouldn't be so good. Nevertheless, it is inexplicably the finest sequel in the Showa series.

The plot involves a mysterious giant egg that washes up on the shores of Japan, attracting the attention of greedy businessmen who "purchase" the egg. Meanwhile, a scientist, a reporter, and a rookie photographer are trying to discover what the egg really belongs to when they encounter two small fairies, who tell them that the egg is Mothra's egg. Mothra is, of course, a giant moth, who made her debut in her own kaiju flick, 1961's MOTHRA (also directed by the great Ishiro Honda). Though the trio tries to convince the businessmen to return the egg to Mothra, they will do no such thing. Then who emerges to liven things up but the Big G himself, looking more ferocious than he did before or did in any film afterwards. Can Mothra protect her egg and save Japan from the menace of Godzilla, or will Japan's worst (and biggest) enemy be having scrambled eggs for his next entree?

Ishiro Honda really knew what he was doing with this film. The pacing is perfect: not too rushed, but not slow to the point where one begins screaming for a monster to pop up and wreak some havoc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't get better then this one...Love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars another piece to my sons collection.. now has ...
another piece to my sons collection..now has all of them except the 2014 one but will when it comes out. Thank you
Published 11 days ago by Maria Stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by Paul Van Caeseeleq
5.0 out of 5 stars best one of the
The classic Godzilla movie, best one of the bunch
Published 21 days ago by L. Gaggini
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
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Published 2 months ago by Rodney Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by sw
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, but the DVD is just so-so
It's really just a so-so encoding, but this is my all-time favorite Godzilla film, so it gets a pass. We need blu rays of these Classic Media owned films.
Published 2 months ago by jellydonut25
5.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent movie.
I am a big fan of all the horror and science fiction movies, so I thought it was or is a great movie.
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars GODZILLA King Of The Monsters!
This is a great movie. if you are a Godzilla fan,you must buy this DVD.Thank you for the fast service.
Published 3 months ago by Machine
4.0 out of 5 stars MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA
4 STARS because they could have presented this in Surround Sound. Only thing different is the color of the case. Still one to add to the GODZILLA Genre. Great price at Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by DENNIS LOPEZ
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