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Atragon

4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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From beneath the sea, the forces of the Mu Empire are preparing their invasion. They are armed with a vast array of weaponry and have creatures of unimagined power at their disposal, but what they're not counting on is the Undersea Battleship Atragon, an

Special Features

  • Commentary by assistant director Koji Kajito (in Japanese with English subtitles)
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Tadao Takashima, Yôko Fujiyama, Yû Fujiki, Kenji Sahara, Ken Uehara
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • Writers: Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Shunrô Oshikawa
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB18JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,511 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Atragon" on IMDb

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Geez, Louise...if'n it ain't a giant monster trashing Tokyo, it's some uppity, advanced civilization of war mongering peoples living on a continent that sunk to the bottom of the ocean long ago desperate to regain that which they lost, specifically domination over the entire planet...Atragon (1965), originally known as Kaitei gunkan (1963), directed by the legendary Ishirô Honda (Godzilla, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Mysterians), features a strong cast of Toho regulars including Tadao Takashima (Son of Godzilla), Yôko Fujiyama (Dagora, the Space Monster), Ken Uehara (Mothra), Jun Tazaki (Destroy All Monsters), Kenji Sahara (Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster), and Yu Fujiki (Yog: Monster from Space).

The first half of the film introduces us to many of the main characters in the story, and also relates how an ancient civilization called the Mu empire has begun to try and regain control of the world, apparently something they had in the past (they claim all surface dwelling peoples are colonies of the Mu), but lost due to the fact the continent they were living on had the nerve to sink to the bottom of the ocean some 12,000 years ago. Okay, seems to me if these people were so advanced, they would have moved to another, more stable continent before or around the time theirs took a nose dive rather than go through all the trouble and effort to develop a vast, undersea city, but what the heck do I know? I'm just a gaijin...anyway, the Mu empire, perhaps tired of pruned fingers and smelling like fish, begin a campaign to subjugate the peoples of the Earth using their superior technology delivering destruction and mayhem, threatening to destroy everything unless the receive full compliance. To show they mean business, they blow up...a cargo ship...seriously...
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ATRAGON is a fun movie. The synopsis of the movie is that the sightings of "burning" mutants leads to the discovery of an undersea kingdom called Mu that destroys Tokyo. Seeking revenge, a secret base on a small island launches the flying submarine/battleship Atragon which attacks Mu and battles a sea serpant monster called Manda. Unfortunetly, Manda only gets a 5 minute screen appearence even though he is brought up several times before then. Manda later appears in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, GODZILLA`S REVENGE, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and both him and Atragon appear in GODZILLA FINAL WARS. Anyway, ATRAGON is an almost perfect movie.
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A big hand goes out to Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock, whom have really delivered the goods again! Although I appreciate Sony's efforts with the GODZILLA DVD series, it has seemed half-hearted in comparison to what MB has given us with "the other classics" from the Golden Age of Toho, such as VARAN, MATANGO, MYSTERIANS and DOGORA. The picture quality is excellent, and we're given 5 choices for audio: Japanese and English Mono, Japanese and English 5.1, and a commentary from assistant director Koji Kajita. The latter is in Japanese, but (as in their disc for THE MYSTERIANS) is provided a choice in English subtitled form. It's great to relax and listen to the English track, and have the commentary running below. On the subject of the English dub, no, this is not the AIP English dub, but a servicable original Toho "international" dub. The 5.1 version, in fact, seems to have be a nicely done homebrew mix by MB, easing the pain a little ;) . All-in-all, a fantastic presentation, a wonderful classic SF/F story featuring a great cast of Toho's familiar faces, and the brilliant talents of the fantastic trio, Honda, Tsuburaya and Ifukube.
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I had fond memories of this movie as a kid. A flying submarine! With a giant drill! Vast scenes of destruction! Only one goofy monster which did not have much screen time. (I did not like the Toho rubber monsters.)

Then there were decades when the movie was barely available on awful looking VHS tapes, panned and scanned in LousyColor. At last here it is in beautifully photographed Fuji color in a pristine full-frame transfer, uncut and with a serviceable English voice track. Now I realize my youth might not have been wasted after all, since it was flights of fantasy like this one which drew me into a continuing career in the movie business.
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I first saw this movie at a drive-in that had sliding boards and a pony ride. It was all I could talk about for several days, even though I do not think most kids in my age group could even pronounce the title. It had everything: super submarines, monsters, and the lost undersea empire of Mu. It did not matter that the film was full of little absurdities. Here was a high tech civilization where the soldiers ran around carrying spears. You had the dubbing, which my parents found amusing, but I did not care. As a cinematic experience, it was similar to watching the old Universal Flash Gordon Serials. The plot was improbable. There were wobbly space ships, comic opera costumes, and virtually no believable science. There was also a villain who name should have been: "Ming the incredibly tolerant of inept henchmen." It just did not matter. These films have a way of sweeping up the viewer and suspending disbelief. In the movie, "Ed Woods," the title character says "No one will notice," when a backer pointed to a wobbly cardboard tombstone. He was right, as long as the director knew what he was doing. The guys at TOHO knew what they were doing. Ed Woods, sadly, did not.

It was surprisng and a little dissappointing that the movie got poor distribution in the VHS era and very little television air time, if any. Up until a few years ago, Atrigan was being distributed by a "hard to find" video distributor for over $30. The DVD is immaculate--no scratches and great sound quality. This film is a lost gem that is finally getting exposure after an absence of two generations.
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