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The Godzilla Collection (Vol 1 and 2) (2012)

Yuriko Hoshi , Various  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Yuriko Hoshi
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 583 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 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: B000VXWK86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Godzilla Collection (Vol 1 and 2)" on IMDb

Special Features

Each DVD includes both the Japanese and English (U.S.) versions of the film

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Mothra vs. Godzilla

More visually splendid and imaginatively written than the other Godzilla sequels, this (the fourth in the series) starts when Mothra's gigantic egg washes ashore in Japan, having been dislodged from Mothra Island by a hurricane. Two tiny twin girls (sometimes singing like dual-diminutive Dorothy Lamours) from the island come to plead for the return of the egg by the greedy business guys who bought it for a tourist attraction, but to no avail. Radiation from nuclear testing revives Godzilla from the earth, who proceeds to threaten the egg and the cities, unless Mothra and his larvae hatched from the egg can stop him. The battle sequences between Mothra and Godzilla, and between Godzilla and the larvae, are spectacularly vivid and colorful. --Jim Gay

Terror of Mechagodzilla

In 1974, Inoshiro Honda, the original and best Godzilla director, returned after a five-year absence to direct this 20th-anniversary commemoration to Gojira (the original Japanese name for Godzilla, before the West Anglicized it). This is the fifteenth film in the Godzilla series, and the eleventh by director Honda. Yet again the aliens (from the third planet of the black hole, whatever that means; they don't really provide directions) stage a takeover of Earth, this time with the aid of Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus (they're just what they sound like). They owe the mad scientist Mafuni for the use of Titanosaurus, who in turn owes the aliens for resurrecting his daughter, Katsura, badly hurt in an accident, albeit now as a cyborg with the ability to control their two mecha-monsters. It shapes up as the fight of the century when Godzilla is pressed into service for our side. The battling behemoths afford the most dramatic and vivid fight scenes in all of Godzilladom in this one. Let's hope the aliens don't win; they're so smug. --Jim Gay

Product Description

Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters

The first of the Godzilla movies, and the most somber and serious in tone, Gojiro was originally a 98-minute Japanese horror film, until a U.S. company bought the rights and reissued the film at 79 minutes, replacing sequences involving a Japanese reporter with new inserts of a dour, pipe-smoking Raymond Burr. Both versions appear together for the first time in this release from Sony Wonder.

Godzilla Raids Again

Godzilla is back, and this time he’s not alone! Godzilla and the spiny monster Anguirus are in a heated battle on a small Japanese island. As the threat of destruction mounts, two Japanese heroes muster their courage for the final showdown with Godzilla.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

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?

Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster -- A prophetess from Venus foretells cataclysmic disasters! Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan reappear in Japan, wreaking havoc! A giant meteor crashes into the mountains and the three-headed, fire-spitting space dragon King Ghidorah emerges! As the Venusian's prophecies come true, assassins from a tiny Asian kingdom hunt her down, while the Earth monsters must decide whether to settle their petty differences and join forces against the extraterrestrial enemy!

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Invasion of Astro-Monster/Godzilla vs. Monster Zero -- Aliens from Planet X borrow our monsters for a little extermination project, but they've got something else up their sleeves: world domination! Using mind-control technology, these vinyl-and-sunglasses wearing spacemen turn Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah loose in Japan, demanding Earth's surrender! It's up to American astronaut F. Glenn, his galaxy-trotting buddy Fuji, and nerdy inventor Tetsuo to break the aliens' hold on the monsters and save our planet from certain doom.

Terror of Mechagodzilla

Evil spacemen from the Black Hole are plotting to flatten Tokyo and build their own utopian city. Aided by deranged scientist Dr. Mafune, the aliens unleash a rebuilt Mechagodzilla and the monster Titanosaurus to do their evil bidding, until Godzilla surfaces to defend his homeland and the earth-shattering destruction begins.


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Zilla August 25, 2009
Format:DVD
The Godzilla Collection is essential for old fans of the king of the monsters and the best possible introduction for the uninitiated. Adults will love the informative special features and the unedited, subtitled original versions of the films (including the dark, metaphor laden original Gojira) and the kids will love the monster mash spectacle of the US versions of the films.

This set includes:

Gojira/Godzilla King of the Monsters

The original Japanese version is an ominous anti-nuclear parable released only a few years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It's quite different from the series it spawned and a rather remarkable film (Akira Kurosawa rated it as one of his 100 fav films!). The US version adds scenes of Raymond Burr and turns it into a more traditional '50s monster on the loose flick, making it more of a romp but still retaining some of the somber tone.

Godzilla Raids Again

Despite the cool title this flick dissapoints: a quicky sequel to the original, rushed into production and featuring little of the crew that made the first film special. The US version, also included, is downright bizzare and adds a bit of (unintential)comedy to lighten things up. Still, there is some neat monster footage of Godzilla and the new monster, Angilas. The only other black and white film in the series.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

The greatest of all Godzilla sequels. The monster suits and puppets, the model sets, the animated death rays and electric bolts, and the compositing of special effects footage into "real" footage are all top notch and the work of master craftsmen in their peak.
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243 of 269 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correct titles & a bit of a trick.... November 16, 2007
Format:DVD
Amazon has the incorrect titles in the boxset listed. The titles included in this are:
GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (which is 2 DVDs); GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN; MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA; GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER; INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER; TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA; and ALL MONSTERS ATTACK

All of the titles except TOM & All Monsters Attack have been released separately prior to the inclusion in this collection, so if you do not have any of them this is a great buy!! On the other hand if you are like me and have all the titles already and were awaiting TOM & AMA to be released separate I understand they will only be released (as of now) in this collection, for only that reason I give this release 4 instead of the 5 stars it should get.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giant Monsters Attack! September 22, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For my birthday, my lovely wife gave me the gift of Godzilla -- The Godzilla Collection, in fact, a deluxe box set featuring seven films from the classic era of Toho Studio's most famous giant monster. These deluxe DVDs include both the original Japanese versions and the English dubbed versions, plus more than 20 hours of bonus materials, with commentary tracks, featurettes, photo galleries, and more. As a kid, I really never saw any of the Godzilla films all the way through, so this really has been a journey of discovery.

Of special note is the beautiful two-disc edition of Gojira (1954) / Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956). The original film, rarely seen outside of Japan until its 50th anniversary, is a haunting, almost lyrical post-war tale of heartbreak and loss. Compared to that, it's hard not to see the "Americanized" version as relatively clumsy, edited into a more straight-ahead creature feature that shoehorned in scenes of Raymond Burr pretending he was in the film. Each version has its own commentary track to bring historical context.

The box set also includes the sequel Godzilla Raids Again, which matches the so-so original 1955 Japanese film with the almost bizarre 1959 American recut; the 1964 feature Mothra vs. Godzilla; the 1964 monster mash Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (with no less than four mega-monsters); 1965's Invasion of Astro-Monster; the 1969 kiddie flick All Monsters Attack; and 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla. [...]
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
By Eksir01
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just wanted to share that while the actual DVD media included in this set is of stellar quality, the packaging shown on the product page is NOT what I received.

I was expecting this box-set to be the pictured slipcover with 7 individual DVD/book-style cases on the inside, which is how these films were released individually. Instead I received a pair of normal DVD cases, with the 8* discs split between the two of them.

*(2 discs for Gojira, and then 6 other discs)

There are a few customer uploaded photos from "Matt" that show this, but did not show up for me unless I chose to view the ENTIRE set of pictures on a separate page. (and of course, after I had already received my item)

Anyways, this is just to let people know about the misleading product photos for this item. It's not what I was hoping for as a collector, having already bought a few of these separately, so I ended up giving my order to by brother for his birthday instead (since he is far less discerning in that regard).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Godzilla Collection April 9, 2012
By JLR
Format:DVD
Until this boxset, there has not been a better and more comprehensive collection of Godzilla movies. Several years ago, Classic Media released Godzilla - The Ultimate Collection (Godzilla, King of the Monsters/Godzilla vs. Mothra/Godzilla's Revenge/Terror of Mechagodzilla/Rodan). Then, to commemorate the Big-G's 50th birthday, Tri Star released Godzilla DVD Collection (Godzilla (1998) / Godzilla 2000 / Godzilla vs. King Ghidora / Godzilla and Mothra The Battle for Earth / Godzilla vs. Destoroyah / Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla / Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla / Giant Monsters All Out Attack / Godzil.... But those DVDs were sabotaged, either by the inappropriate aspect ratio, the lack of Japanese soundtrack or (in the case of the CM boxset) lousy picture and audio quality.

Unlike TriStar, though, it seems Classic Media has learned its lesson and decided to treat Godzilla with the respect that he rightfully deserves. In 2004, the original Japanese version of "Godzilla" was released in the US for the first time, thanks to Film Forum. Not only did it earn critical acclaim but the people involved with the film such as director Ishiro Honda and special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya received a long overdue re-evaluation after years of having their work smeared as low-budgeted camp.

It should come to no surprise to any Godzilla fan (or sci-fi fan in general) that the best Godzilla movies, as well as the better Toho science-fiction/fantasy movies, involved both Honda and/or Tsuburaya.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift! My husband is a Godzilla lover-got lot ...
Perfect gift! My husband is a Godzilla lover-got lot of hugs-n-kisses!
Published 4 days ago by Ryusann Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome! What a way 2 start a godzilla collection
It was awesome! What a way 2 start a godzilla collection! Can't wait 2 get more movies! Thanks!
Published 6 days ago by jacquelyn mcghee
4.0 out of 5 stars good collection
I bought this movie cause I like Godzilla movies the old ones and the new ones great entertaining
Published 7 days ago by roleen komes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment!
Bought it for my grandson who has watched all the movies contained in the set over and over and over. He said that they don't make movies like these any more.
Published 9 days ago by Grace W.
3.0 out of 5 stars was nothing like described.
was very disapointed, was nothing like described.....
Published 10 days ago by michael bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As shown
Published 14 days ago by John Gernand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great collection of old-school Godzilla movies. My kids have had a great time watching and laughing!
Published 15 days ago by Joseph P. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value To Get Started With !
This summer saw the release of a few more Godzilla films on DVD at finally affordable prices. Trying to sort through all the various movies, with all the secondary titles,... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 15 days ago by CHARLES E. FITCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good
Published 19 days ago by scott c waggett
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Your Favorite TOHO giant monster movie moment!
These are the most memorable moments to me;some funny, some serious:
1. King Kong shoves a tree down Godzilla's throat in "King Kong vs. Godzilla"
2. Godzilla and Rodan laugh at one another in "Ghidorah"
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Gojira 1954 & Godzilla, King of the Monsters 1956.
The ocean's surface boils white-hot and a Japanese freighter mysteriously vanishes in the Pacific. Rescue boats meet the same fate, and the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fearan ancient legend has come... Read More
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Are there going to be any other Godzilla/Toho movies coming out in this...
Classic Media is releasing Rodan / War of the Gargantuas on 9 Sept 08. That, with the release of the Godzilla box set, is pretty much all that Classic Media is going to be releasing, as that is all the movies that CM holds the distribution rights to. You might check out all of the other releases... Read More
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Are there english subtitles for the orignal version?
There sure are!
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