Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster
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As with the Son of Godzilla DVD, this edition presents a cyrstal-clear widescreen image that restores the film to what it originally was. The VHS version is blurred with terrible sound and pan-and-scan, but the DVD version contains none of those flaws. In addition, the DVD edition puts back many elements that were edited out of the VHS version, including the opening credits. The film makes a lot more sense in this format and presentation and, unlike the VHS version, doesn't make you feel you're missing something. There are no extras to speak of, but the movie itself gets an A+ for image and sound quality. Most importantly, however, the DVD offers the original dialogue track in Japanese (with subtitles option) that eliminates the horrible dubbing of the previous versions. It's amazing how much better the film is when you realize it's the actual actors' voices and not those of some poor quality American voice-over actor trying to sound Japanese.
One of the wackier Godzilla films, this one doesn't see the big G until quite far in. In the meantime we're treated to a yellow cardigan wearing criminal/thief tagging along with some teens looking for a third guys brother who was lost at sea. Eventually the boat meets up with Ebirah, the giant lobster and title antagonist. They're crashed onto an island where the amusing baddies are manufacturing nuclear material for nefarious purposes. The beautiful Kumi Mizuno is tanned nicely as a displaced native of Mothra's Infant Island. When Godzilla is finally awakened, he dispatches Ebirah with the kind of crunching we're all used to at seafood restaurants, but not before playing some kick *ss volleyball with boulders. I saw Godzilla's Revenge long before this and now the stock footage used in that film makes more sense seeing it here and Son of Godzilla. Overall a good DVD, I really like Columbia's decision to include the original Japanese soundtrack. Although the suit was getting a bit `ragged' it's still a fun Godzilla outing. Recommended.
This was originally written as a follow up to King Kong Escapes and was to feature King Kong, but when the owners of Kong backed out, Toho inserted Godzilla. Some footage from previous movies here, but they are hard to notice and overall the film is well done. The Sea Monster is kind of lack luster and isn't much of a challenge for Godzila. Basically, your average Godzilla movie.
The increasing financial hardships that had begun to plague Japanese movie studios in the mid- to late-'60s--which would eventually lead to a near-total collapse of the Japanese film industry--began to reveal themselves in the production of Sea Monster. Rather than the intricate city sets that effects director Eiji Tsuburaya had crafted so painstakingly in earlier films, most of the monster action takes place on the much sparser Letchi Island set.Read more ›
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Bought as a gift. It was great for the one it was given too. They love it.Published 1 month ago by Unicornhal
so these 3 japs do a dance off for a free yacht. If my memory serves me correctly they win but then like they have the wierdest 3 day weekend of their life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mike 67
There's nothing like the original Godzilla, well worth the money.Published 13 months ago by Michael
If you notice closely, Godzilla is acting differently from most of the other Godzilla movies, that is because in the script it was suppose to be King Kong instead of Godzilla,Published 17 months ago by robinmistri
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