The Godzilla Collection (Vol 1 and 2)
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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. [...]
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.
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).
I contacted Classic Media and they said the two exclusive movies in the set will be released separately in early 2008.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sweet set, and I've seen them all. Wait for a good price and pull the trigger.Published 1 day ago by Chuckles
I read other reviews from collectors who weren't completely happy with this boxed set. But as fan of the Lizard King since childhood, I am thrilled with The Godzilla Collection! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Roz
This is an amazing Godzilla movie collection! I especially like that you have the choice of watching the original Japanese version of Godzilla or the dubbed, Americanized version.Published 25 days ago by K. Schock
I am sooooo pleased with these movies!! Not only do you get an original that's never seen, EVER, the movies have the original Japanese versions right along with the English... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Virginia TerLouw
Boyfriend is happy. He was excited most about "All Monsters Attack". Glad it was part of the set. Good deal.Published 1 month ago by Cassie
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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"
3. Godzilla's highland fling dance in "Invasion of the Astro... Read More
May 15, 2010 by Josh Downham | See all 20 posts
|You Are In Charge of Writing the Next Godzilla Movie||
have him step on washington.....and no one comes to their aid.
Apr 28, 2010 by donnie bonn | See all 2 posts
|What's in it?||
Latest update on final contents:
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
Nov 13, 2007 by Perkins | See all 19 posts
|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
Aug 30, 2008 by Constance A. Goodnow | See all 2 posts
|Are there english subtitles for the orignal version?||
There sure are!
Aug 26, 2011 by Joshua T. | See all 2 posts
|None Will Play||Be the first to reply|
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