Destroy All Monsters - 50th Anniversary Special Edition
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The American International version from 1969 had far superior
dubbing done in New York by Titra/Titan sound and featured
the voices of Peter (SPEED RACER) Fernandes, Jack Curtis and
Hal Linden amoung others. This is a tragic loss. The dialogue and
acting were so much better. What a shame.
KEEPING SCORE: The Monsters and where they came from.
Destroy All Monsters has a line-up of eleven giant monsters. Here are lists of the classic eleven, the ones who didn't make it into DAM and the ones who came later in the original series.
1) GODZILLA the king of all monsters from GODZILLA (1954-56)
2) MOTHRA giant telepathic caterpillar from the movie MOTHRA (1962)
3) RODAN flying pteranodon type creature from RODAN (1957)
4) ANGUIRUS armored dinosaur from GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER (aka GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN 1955)
5) MINYA (aka LITTLE GODZILLA) Godzilla's son from SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
6) MANDA sea serpent/dragon from ATRAGON (1963)
7) SPIGA (aka KUMONGA) the giant spider from SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
8) GOROSAURUS giant allosaurus type from KING KONG ESCAPES (1968)
9) VARAN a giant flying marine iguana from VARAN- THE UNBELIEVABLE (1959)
10) BARAGON a floppy eared subteranian dinosaur from FRANKENSTIEN CONQUERS THE WORLD (1965)
11) KING GHIDORAH three headed alien/dragon from GHIDRAH- THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (1964)
These are the guys who were around at the time but, for whatever reason, didn't get to appear in DAM:
1) KING KONG from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, KING KONG ESCAPES etc.Read more ›
-- there are no special featuers -- not even a theatrical trailer.
-- the dub is the poorly acted recent dub from a few years ago. The original dub is not great (what dubs are? Why, oh, why, don't they also offer subtitled versions), this one is very poorly acted, more so that usual even for these types of films.
Overall, I'd still recommend this to Godzilla fans (and I've been one since seeing King Kong vs. Godzilla in its original US showing at the drive-in when I was a kid), but it could have been so much better.
But there is a confusing array of Blu-rays and DVDs, and Amazon doesn't help matters any by shuffling the reviews of all of them together into one unhelpful pile. Which disc do you want? Unfortunately, you probably want the expensive out of print one released by Tokyo Shock in November, 2011. Destroy All Monsters [Blu-ray] Why? That one has the familiar and much superior AIP English soundtrack from the movie's 1969 US release (plus the Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles). It also includes a terrific commentary. It's region-free, too, if that's important to you.
The 2014 release from Tokyo Shock Destroy All Monsters [Blu-ray] has pretty much the same video transfer as the 2011 disc, but it doesn't have the AIP English soundtrack; instead it has only the badly-dubbed international release English soundtrack, plus the Japanese track. The commentary is gone. And it's locked to Region A (US). Why? Who knows. Toho can be difficult in its licensing practices, sometimes. If you don't care about the commentary or the AIP English dub, the video transfer on both blu-rays is very good indeed, so the 2014 makes an acceptable and more affordable 2nd choice, especially if you're just going to use the Japanese audio. If that's the case, then save your money and go for the 2014 version.
The DVDs from ADV are both hard to recommend. The original 2000 release has little in its favor.Read more ›
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Considered one of the best of the Japanese monster films of the 60s, Destroy all Monsters has stood the test of time, and is now out in Blu-ray! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Robert Abel
I grow up with godzilla all my life. I was get up early on Saturdays just to c godzilla fight against king kong, mechagodzilla, mothera, etc....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was supposed to be the final Godzilla movie, ever!
In the not-so-distant future of 1999, we now have a base on the moon and one under the sea. Read more
I would view this movie on TV whenever it was available, but no longer, so now own it.Published 2 months ago by Mark D.
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