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on December 20, 2004
It's wonderful that American home video distributors have finally started taking Godzilla seriously and releasing excellent DVDs of the Big Guy's flicks. This DVD of the 1971 "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" (originally released in America as "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster") may not offer much in the way of extras, but it lets you see the film as you've never been able to: in a beautiful widescreen image (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) with the option to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed into English. For older viewers, I definitely recommend watching it in Japanese; it will change your whole perspective on Godzilla and makes the film seem less cheap and campy. However, the English dub is a good feature to have for younger children, who will definitely want to watch the film as well.

Although watching "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" in Japanese will tone down the camp somewhat, this remains the weirdest, oddest, most mind-bogglingly bizarre of all Godzilla movies. In the 1970s the Japanese film industry entered a steep decline because of competition from television, and the Godzilla films suffered from severe budget cutbacks. One of the guiding fathers of the Godzilla films, special effects wizard Eiji Tsubaraya, died in 1969 and the effects work on the Godzilla films suffered an additional drop in quality. "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" therefore came at a time when the Godzilla films were changing, and not always for the better. A new director, Yoshimitsu Banno, helmed this film and purposely set out to make a completely new kind of Godzilla film: a weird mixture of serious environmental message, frightening horror sequences, rock 'n' roll party scenes, cartoon montages, kiddie antics, and surreal monster fights. This is one strange film! The shift between the often grisly horror sequences (Hedorah the Smog Monster does some nasty things to his human victims) to animated "bumper" sequences and Godzilla actually flying (!!!) will make you wonder if somebody put the reels out of sequence! For all these problems and the film's silliness, there's something endearing about this monster mash: compared to the next few films, which are so cheap and uninspired, "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" feels like a project that the people working on it actually cared about. The environmental slant also provides a real message, the first time since the original "Godzilla" (1954) that the series approached such a heated topic.

Godzilla steps into full superhero mode here. Hedorah (the name comes from the word 'hedoro' meaning 'sludge'), a monster born in the waters from humanity's pollution, rapidly mutates into a jelly-like giant that comes ashore in Japan and starts wreaking havoc and turning humans into skeletons. Godzilla answers the call to save humanity. But Hedorah is a fearsome foe, armed with laser eyes, poison gas, and toxic spit-balls! Godzilla won't have an easy time, but maybe the scientists and the military can lend a hand with their electrode device. In between scenes of monsters battling, you can hang out with Japanese teens at a disco and watch the psychadelic acid pattern show on the wall. Or just listen to the wah-wah-wah soundtrack music -- guaranteed to make you want to buy a lava lamp!

Yeah, this is a weird film. But it's a cult classic, and resembles no other Godzilla film. (Apparently series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka hated the final product and director Banno consequently never directed another film.)

Note about the English dub: Viewers who remember seeing this film on TV in the 1970s and '80s may notice that the English dub on this film is different than the one they remember. This is because there were two English soundtracks made for the film back in 1971. American International Pictures released the film as "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" and did their own dub through Titra Sound in New York, composing cool English lyrics for the theme song, "Save the Earth." Toho studios made their own English dub in Hong Kong for use in other English-speaking territories. In the early 1990s, the rights to the picture in America returned to Toho, and the Toho dub has now replaced the American International one. This DVD therefore contains the Hong Kong dubbing job, and that means "Save the Earth" is now in Japanese instead of English. Fans of this classic camp song might be a bit disappointed!
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on May 16, 2016
Things get a little foggy-smoggy at this point in the Godzilla franchise. Garbage rises up and takes vengeance on those who created it. In this ecological disaster flick, only Godzilla can save us..........rock on!

Weird upon weird upon weird. It’s part psychedelic, part cartoon, with cutesy music, and a heavy-handed message: pollution hurts.

The heap of garbage called Hedorah keeps getting bigger until Godzilla finally shows up. By this time Hedorah is HUGE. It can swim, walk, and fly. Puny humans think the solution is to dry it up so they throw torches at it when the big beastie crashes their party on Mt. Fuji.

The best part of this feature is seeing Godzilla fly backwards using his atomic ray to propel himself as he gives chase to the fleeing Hedorah. Fun and funny.

I won’t say it’s a great movie (it’s almost better than nothing), but I do like it.
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on March 10, 2017
Yes. If you kids like Godzilla movies then add this to the shelve. He is funny with his hand movements and one of the characters is a little boy that knows more about the Smog Monster than adults. Plus it was made in the 70s and has obivious political comments about pollution. Basically humans create too much pollution and a monster is created from it. Godzilla kicks his butt and saves Japan. My 5 year loves it.
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on April 5, 2017
This is one of the rarer, unadulterated Godzillas. Highly recommend. Great quality; no Westernization, loads of Godzilla / Hedorah action, not too much time wasted on people saying silly things (unlike Godzilla's Revenge, for instance). Godzilla actually has a bit of gusto in this one, he taunts Hedorah, flies with his breath, etc. Fun stuff, my 5yo LOVED this one.
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on June 10, 2014
this my favorite godzilla movie, made during the death throws of the contract studio system , and the growing popularity of television . of the three titans tanaka , honda , tsuburaya ,who were the undisputed heavyweights of monster movies , only tanaka would remain . this movie was different because the pollution in japan was horrible at that time , and this was hondas way of fighting it , the bad guy was made of pollution , his weapon was his toxicity . godzilla stomps and smashes his way to victory (after a few close calls) and the citizens of tokyo are saved . note godzilla uses his radio active breath more than ever before . the monster fights are well made . also the color is unique to this movie lots of way out psydelic almost acid trip color and visions . the fish head scene in the nightclub is far out man . if you olny see one godzilla movie ,,,make it this one .
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on March 1, 2017
Amazing Godzilla movie. This is a definite must-have for your Godzilla collection. It's campy and silly and fun, which is exactly what Godzilla movies are about!
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on March 31, 2017
Great Transfer and great film
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on May 27, 2014
I love the old rubber suit wearing Godzillas, so far all of them I've ever seen. Now comes the Smog Monster....I understand it was a commentary of the times, condemning pollution...the seas, the air and the land. On that I get it and there you have the 2 stars. After that....dear God in Heaven! Where do they find these awful actors, esp the kid. I love Godzilla fights but this went on way, way too long. The humans set a trap for the Smog Monster and the power goes out and the Smog Monster stands there for 7 to 8 minutes staring at it!!!! Really! Watch any and all of the others...skip this one....did I mention the big "G" uses his radioactive breath to fly backwards??? Really! This was 93 minutes but if you had trimmed all the waste....a 33 minute movie.
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on April 18, 2017
I love all the godzilla movies exception of the 1985 one.
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on April 19, 2017
Even better quality than expected. Absolutely fantastic
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