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The Mysterians (1959)

Kenji Sahara , Yumi Shirakawa , Ishir˘ Honda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko K˘chi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
  • Directors: Ishir˘ Honda
  • Writers: J˘jir˘ Okami, Shigeru Kayama, Takeshi Kimura
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068NWJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mysterians" on IMDb

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After a Japanese town is totally destroyed, the military arrive to investigate. They encounter a giant robot that is decimating everything in its path. A dome appears out of the ground and a group of scientists are invited to meet the alien Mysterians from the planet Mysteroid. The Mysterians have come in peace; all they ask humanity for is three-square kilometers of land and the right to interbreed with Earth women to repopulate their species. Outraged at such a suggestion, humanity declares war on the Mysterians.

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Day of the Earth is Approaching! March 7, 2005
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The DVD case for The Mysterians aka Chikyu Boeigun (1959) - the IMDb lists a release year of 1957 (12/28/57, to be exact), so maybe 1959 was the year it made it to the U.S. - states `The Greatest science fiction picture ever conceived by the mind of man.' That's seems like a pretty haughty claim, especially for a film made by a studio (Toho) most famous for movies featuring guys in rubber suits crushing miniature buildings...and after watching the film last night, I feel it didn't quite live up to said claim, but still, it was fun nonetheless (besides, would your interest be peaked in a film that claimed something like `Not the greatest science fiction film in the world, but it will do in a pinch'? Probably not...)...directed by legendary Japanese director and Academy Award winner Ishir˘ Honda, the creator of Godzilla, The Mysterians was Toho Studios 1st wide screen sci-fi color release (Rodan was the 1st Toho monster film color release, also directed by Honda...some may claim Rodan is a sci-fi film, and it does have many sci-fi elements, but it will always be a monster film to me). Appearing in the film is Kenji Sahara (King Kong vs. Godzilla, Attack of the Mushroom People), Yumi Shirakawa (Rodan), Momoko Kochi (Godzilla), Akihiko Hirata (Rodan, Gorath, the Mysterious Star), and Takashi Shimura (The Seven Samurai, Godzilla).

As the film starts, we see a village of Asian peoples celebrating something or other, only to be interrupted by a fire consuming a nearby forest. Three men foolishly decide to try and put out the massive fire, with predictable results (do you like your sushi fried?). Later said village suffers yet another disaster in that a giant sinkhole swallows them whole...better luck in the next life, I suppose.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Afternoon at the Movies February 11, 2005
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I can't imagine anyone buying this movie WITHOUT having seen it in their youth. Sure, the special effects look like upsidedown salad bowls but when this movie came out - it was the best of that time. The Mysterians had everything - alien spacecraft, laser shootouts, space flight, and a musical score I can still remember from childhood. Sci-Fi movies of that time not only had worse special effects (videos of V-2 rockets flipped 90 degrees to appear in horizontal flight), but the effects were only seen on the screen for a short time. Not the Mysterians or its sister movie Battle In Outer Space. This movie is 50's and 60's sci-fi at it's best. I stood in long lines to see this movie and other's of those days such as Gorgo and Destination Moon. Now I'm just waiting to get this classic on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered January 5, 2007
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I remember a hot summer afternoon in 1960. The newspaper was showing a picture of this huge robot with death rays shooting out of its eyes, so being thirteen years old at the time, I just had to go. What I saw just blew my mind away. Remember, this was early days in the world of special effects. George lucas was still waiting for his acne to clear up and Star trek was several years in the future. Godzilla was still fresh in everyone's memory as well as Rodan and I had been too young to see them. This movie was beyond anything that had been out before. It was a true war of the future. It had jets, strange rocket powered airships, tanks, and a weird weapon called a Markalite that fired off a fuzzy death ray against the sinister alien dome that was equipped with its own death ray. and the dome was protected by a force field that repelled all sorts of explosive shells. There was a huge earthquake that swallowed a town whole and did not even leave a dog alive. (except for a single scientist and three beautiful girls saved by the aliens for truly evil reasons) And, oh yes, that huge robot with the death ray eyes. And then there was that music score. I had never noticed a movie score before (excepting Rogers and Hammerstein), but I remembered this one! Even after forty five years, I can still hum the theme that played when the good guys attacked. It was an afternoon of pure theatre.

After that I was sure to see it every time it came up on tv, and when video tape became available, It was one of the first movies I looked for and I was elated when I finally got a poorly printed, truncated version of it. Then I found this DVD version.

This version is clear and sharp, the sound is good, and much of the original footage that had been cut out for television was restored.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another found classic August 29, 2005
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For any TRUE fan of 50's scifi (especially the horribly dubbed japanese monster movies), this ranks right up there with Rodan, gozilla, and Mothera. It has everything you could ask for. Stereotypical Asians, miniture war machinery, giant monster, unfriendly aliens (as opposed to illegal aliens) and so much more.

The model villages, the puppets, planes on wires, flying saucers...there's too much to mention.

There's no use even thinking about this one. You must have it in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of the DVD March 4, 2005
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I can't be the only one eagerly awaiting news and information about this release (and the release of "Matango", one of my favorite movies ever). So, having had a copy of the DVD in my hands for about ten minutes now, I want to share information with you!

Picture quality is very good, although a bit soft. It can't compare to a recent film, but then again I've seen enough recent films released to DVD with worse transfer quality than this! The print is stable and clean with good color. The movie is presented as ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (16:9 enhanced) at about 2.35:1 aspect ratio, starting right off with that cool TohoScope logo. Titles are in Japanese, just like they should be. Menus are 16:9.

Audio: the viewer can select from a 5.1 English mix, 5.1 Japanese, mono Japanese, and mono Spanish. Selectable subtitles are in English. Another audio track presents a commentary from Koichi Kawakita and Shinji Higuchi - it's in Japanese, but there are also English subtitles for the commentary. And what's really nice is that you can turn on TWO subtitles at the same time, so if you read quickly, you can see the movie's subtitles at the top, and the commentary's subtitles at the bottom. Cool!

But that's not all. There's one MORE audio track - the isolated score by Akira Ifukube. And the extras? Photo gallery, design gallery, storyboards, trailer, and previews for "Matango", "Dogora", "Varan", "Gappa the Triphibian Monster" and "One Missed Call" (a recent film). The first three previews are original anamorphic widescreen Japanese language trailers, and they look good ("Varan" looks dodgy at the start, but is fine afterward). The trailer for "Gappa" is in English, and is letterboxed widescreen.

Well, seeing the trailer for "Matango" has got me very excited now, and my copy has already shipped and should be in my hands a few days after I'm writing this... so look for a review over on its product page, too, as soon as I get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterians Rocks!!!
This is an old (1959 ?) movie with super good effects for that time about the Mysterians which land on our planet,
claiming they only wanted 20 square miles of land for their... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci Fi Flick!
This is the first Sci Fi Flick I saw on the Big Screen when I a young boy. I loved it then and I still love it,
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Ronald C. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars get restored version
If you can play region 2 dvds go to Amazon.co.uk and buy the BFI version for under $20 including shipping.
Published 4 months ago by Dennis Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!
The Mysterians grabbed my attention for its scope, use of miniatures, sound and music when I first saw it and now over fifty years later I own this wonderful movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Stryker
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterians [VHS] Liked it but the end was missing.........the...
Liked it but the end was missing.........the last two or three minutes...

Thanks A lot anyway most of the movie was good........
Published 7 months ago by FRANK ZIOLA
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie from childhood
I saw this movie in the theater. It was so much fun and I enjoy it now. Special effects are pretty impressive for the year. Story works also. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good memories and fun movie
Well, it arrived in good shape, and went immediately into the player. You have a couple of versions to choose from, including one with a running commentary. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ghost
4.0 out of 5 stars Oriental SciFi Semi-classic
The Mysterians is a Japanese SciFi effort from the 1950's. As such, it is no "Star Wars", yet it does possess a certain limited charm. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stan the Man
5.0 out of 5 stars great copy of a forgotten sci-fi movie
I saw this movie years ago. I have been looking for a copy for a while to put into my collection. great clarity, no problems with the disk.
Published 14 months ago by darrell malstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!
Great and fantastic service! ... 10 star rating! . Right on time shipment! . Without delay! Highly recommend. Fantastic service!
Published 17 months ago by Ken Karawin Jr.
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