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Son of Godzilla (1969)

Tadao Takashima , Akira Kubo , Jun Fukuda  |  G |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Bibari Maeda, Akihiko Hirata, Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • Directors: Jun Fukuda
  • Writers: Kazue Shiba, Shin'ichi Sekizawa
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00066KWCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Son of Godzilla" on IMDb

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On an uninhabited island, United Nations scientists experiment with changing the climate, cooling desert temperatures to provide more fertile land for growing crops. Unfortunately, the experiment takes an accidental tragic turn when a radioactive burst emits a thunderstorm of fire. Huge native praying mantises suddenly grow to 160 feet, tearing the island apartuntil they uncover a monstrous-sized egg. The egg hatches and the shocked scientists are confronted by a baby Godzilla. The infant'sscreams bring his father to the rescue and now the original Godzilla(r) and his son want revenge. What will it take to stop them?

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla family values March 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Son of Godzilla," directed by Jun Fukuda, is one of the most fun of the Godzilla movies. In this film, a group of scientists encounter the legendary "King of the Monsters" while conducting weather experiments on a tropical island. When a mysterious egg hatches into a "baby Godzilla," the big monster becomes a reptilian father figure to the playful youngster. A horde of monstrous bugs show up for the traditional monster battles.
This "Godzilla" movie seems to be directed towards a younger audience; it is more exciting and funny than scary. The enjoyable antics between "Dad" and baby are enthusiastically portrayed. The film as a whole is well complemented by Masaru Satoh's funky, energetic score. And the monster battles are well done. Although the "silly" quotient of the film may turn off fans of the serious original Godzilla, I think that this sequel should be enjoyed for what it is: an entertaining sci-fi fantasy.
The final scenes of "Son of Godzilla" contain some of the most haunting and poetic images ever filmed for a giant monster movie. If you are a fan of the Japanese giant monster genre, you won't want to miss this delightful film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Picture Quality, Re-Dubbed Audio December 19, 2004
By SC
Format:DVD
The picture quality is excellent on this DVD but the audio is not the original audio tracks

from the original released movie. So if you are a Godzilla fan you may be disappointed by the re-dubbing of the monster movie classic.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SON OF G ON DVD!!!! A new version in America! November 29, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Columbia/Tristar (SONY) release of SON OF GODZILLA is the "International" version. It is in wide screen. It also has dubbing done in Japan. This is similar to the recent DVD releases of Destroy All Monsters. So it is different from the version most fans grew up with. (The version that had Peter (Speed Racer) Fernandez as the voice of Goro.) The good news is that it is UNCUT and features a 3 min. prologue cut from the american TV version, which features Godzilla frightening coast guard pilots in a tropical storm at sea. Incidently, Tere has always been some confusion over which island is "Monster Island". Well, the original japanese title of Son of Godzilla is "Monster Island's Decisive Battle". So that settles it. Monster Island is Sorgel Island from Son of Godzilla. Im sure this is just a western arguement and every Japanese fan knows Monster Island is Sorgel island.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite Godzilla flick. February 20, 2012
Format:DVD
A few things need to be said because this movie is not even close to one of the actual "best" Godzilla movies. I can't even say it's a "good" movie because my bias on this one really gets in the way. Admittedly, Godzilla films are an acquired taste and I acquired my taste for them as a lad watching Saturday afternoon/ evening creature features in the mid 1970s. Back when you scoured the TV guide to see what was coming up and planned your day around the program. Back when you couldn't rent a movie. This particular film was an elusive one for me. I knew of its existence but couldn't manage to catch it until (warning: memory ahead!) one week when I found that it was on at about 4 A.M. How in the world could I watch it? My parents would have hung me by the toes if they would have caught me watching TV at that time and I was too young to be able to keep myself up. Luckily for me I had an older brother (12 years older in fact) and we shared the same room with a small 13" black-and-white TV that he was used to falling asleep to. As for me, it wasn't uncommon for me to wake up in the middle of the night and turn it off and I had gotten in the habit of scanning for monster movies before I turned it off, just in case; one never knew! Well, on that one night I was aware that SOG was going to be broadcast and I hoped to awaken in time for it. While I didn't quite make the time (I woke a little late) I was able to tune in right at the point where Godzilla first made his appearance (for the cut of the movie back then, that is) coming ashore on Solgell island, rising out of the water in a spray of bubbling water. I sat watching the fantasy unfold as Godzilla, usually tearing up a cityscape or hillside, marched through a dense south seas island jungle and menaced the research team. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiga owns all January 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I used to watch this movie as a kid, and when that spider(spiga) came out of the ground, I was in total awe of him. He is one of the coolest monsters in the earlier Godzilla series and was only be defeated due to the combined force of 'G' and Minya. This movie has a real centimental value as the viewers see Godzilla's more fatherly or loving side contrasted by his brute strength and Power and he fries some giant mantises.
To sum up, for any true Godzilla fan, this is definitely a MUST SEE!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie weighs in as yet another South Seas fantasy yarn. Very low bloodshed, light-hearted subject matter. The locations are great on this film. The acting is good, not spectacular, but both consistent and entertaining. Unlike some of the other Godzilla yarns, the monsters here are very plausible and natural. In the science fiction world, heat and radiation can enlarge just about anything. A few of the Godzilla/Minilla scene to feel more suited for "Barney goes back to his roots" but Minilla makes a good dramatic focus for the film. "Son of Godzilla" reveals another side of Godzilla, that of a parent. This concept seems to hold some favor with the Japanese, as it is repeated through several other films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It had some tracking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
my nephew enjoys it alot
Published 2 months ago by Dan L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Godzilla
Son of Godzilla worked his way into our hearts when he blew the smoke rings during his lesson with Godzilla. That was a great touch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars son of Godzilla
This is a birthday gift for my young son , but I'm sure he'll totally love this movie as he loves and collects everything godzilla. Also arrived pretty quickly. thank you
Published 6 months ago by nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars NO FERNANDEZ DUB IS A BUMMER! ENTERTAINING ENTRY EVEN IF A BIT SILLIER...
In the 60's with the Godzilla franchise growing sillier with each film, I find it interesting how many fans hate this movie. It actually a pretty entertaining entry. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Godzilla
This movie is different from the others as it is shows the tenderness that Godzilla shows in teaching his little son the ways of the firing breathing monster. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judith Gribble
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fun-filled Godzilla flick
This movie softens the Godzilla genre with a baby Godzilla, called Manilla, who Godzilla protects and trains. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark M.
2.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love the clunkers to get into this horror movie, if that is...
When I was young the local television station played a horror movie at 10:30 PM after the late local news. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Charles Ashbacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I've been looking for this movie for a long time. Its one of my favorites & I'm glad I finally goti for myself.
Published 12 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
2.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories are not always great!
I ordered this out of nostalgia, saw it when I was maybe 9 or 10 and probably high on candy.
God-awful! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ray Keeper Jr
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Cheesy kidy flick. The godzilla movie I love to hate.
No way. Little cheese here (some cloying cuteness, if you will, with Minya). You must not have been paying much attention to either of the story tracks. While easy to follow (good for a movie aimed at kids) they were also quite adult in their application. First, the human story track of the... Read More
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