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Destroy All Monsters - 50th Anniversary Special Edition

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  • Actors: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyôko Ai
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda
  • Writers: Ishirô Honda, Takeshi Kimura
  • Producers: John Ledford, John Sirabella, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Destroy All Monsters - 50th Anniversary Special Edition" on IMDb

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I know this is a great movie and a pretty good DVD as well. But one thing is still wrong. THE DUBBING. This version has the lame (but admittadly not awful) international dub track done in Japan.
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.
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Format: DVD
This is one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever produced, but this DVD version is far from perfect. Unfortunately, this is just a re-issue of the same DVD released a few years ago. The film transfer is exactly the same as the one previously released by ADV films, which has a recently re-dubbed mono soundtrack. The ADV soundtrack is much inferior to the one originally produced for American International Pictures in 1968, which featured an excellent voice-cast and a different script. Apparently the AIP version can't be published because the ownership rights are in limbo. Based on the cover notes, I bought this DVD believing it had the original AIP voice-tracks. No such luck. The folks at ADV deliberately stretch the truth. The cover art claims it's the "50th Anniversary Special Edition", but Destroy All Monsters was made in 1968, which makes this DVD issue the 36th anniversary for the film (in 2004). The 50th year, is a reference to the first Godzilla movie "Gojira" made in 1954, but the text makes no mention of Gojira or Godzilla. It also claims to contain "The original motion picture and soundtrack", which is misrepresentation. The original film was Japanese language, and this DVD isn't even the original English version. I would've been a lot less disappointed if they had at least given this version some chapter stops and stereo audio (which there isn't). There's not even a menu for this low budget version. If you try to hit the chapter advance button, the movie starts over from the beginning. There's no menus, no extras, no subtitles, no secondary audio tracks, no trailer, no nothing. The only thing that's different from ADV's first issue of this movie, is the cover art and the addition of a music CD. The CD contains 30 mono-audio music tracks from the movie soundtrack.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
For the 50th anniversary of Godzilla, we have a special relelease of Destroy All Monsters on DVD. This in itself is good, and an added attraction is that there's a second disc -- a CD of the soundtrack. But there are two downsides:
-- 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.
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This is not a review of the movie; if you're looking at the reviews you already know you like rubber Japanese monster movies, and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS has enough to satisfy any fan.

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.
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