King Kong vs. Godzilla
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The Terrifying Battle Between The Mightiest Monsters of All Time! The two biggest monsters of all time battle in the thrilling adventure classic, King Kong vs. Godzilla. When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film that was the first theatrical release to bring its larger-than-life contenders to the big screen in glorious color.
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I am addressing a complaint that I've seen in many other reviews, and one that I have myself: the lack of the Japanese (and, arguably, superior) version of this film. We've gotten spoiled by Sony and other distributors who've put both versions of the Godzilla films on their BluRay releases. The problem with doing that with this film, simply put, is a rights issue. Universal has the exclusive rights to the American version, Toho has exclusive rights to the Japanese version. As far as I understand it, this agreement is perpetual. The agreement also provides that neither studio can sell their version in the other studio's territory/market.
Therefore, fellow fans, the unfortunate truth is you will never see the Japanese version of "King Kong vs Godzilla" for sale in the USA (at least legitimately). You'll have to purchase the Japanese version directly from Japan, and then play it in an all region/region free BluRay player. That's a familiar situation for the longtime Godzilla fan, myself included, who haunted science fiction or comic conventions in order to purchase Japanese VHS tapes, and eventually DVDs, of Godzilla films long before they were ever made available through American companies. You'll have to decide for yourself if that's worth doing in this case.
(Contains the American version only.)
This was my first time watching the movie since then and boy was it a hoot. In terms of overall production it's a mix bag, but good for the time period. Kong's suit isn't very well made but Godzilla's looks decent, albeit probably originally designed to look more menacing in Black and white.
The end of the movie is a knock down drag out monster brawl that will leave you satisfied. From Godzilla's stop motion drop kick to Kong shoving a tree down G's mouth; it's def. worth the wait.
As far as the DVD goes it's "ok". The video presentation is solid, but it only has the american version of it. I would have liked to finally see the Japanese cut of the movie.
Also there is only 1 language option which is the American dubbing. Thankfully the voice acting is decent. It also has some options for subtitles but that's it. There isn't anything else on the disk which is a shame cause i would have liked some extras, but for the price i can't complain.
If you are a G fan and just looking to fill out your collection this disc will do the job. If you are looking for the definitive version of the movie then you need to keep looking.
The only thing I wish is for a similar quality version of the Japanese cut. I have one that's pretty good, quality wise, and I love it too, but I'd sure like another of Blu Ray caliber. Get this if you love a good time.
However, entertaining as it undoubtedly is, this American version cheapens the Japanese version with its languidly portentous American-inserted scenes in a movie which was, by the way, intended as a comedy from the get-to, and as a result remains to this day the most-attended Godzilla film of them all.
Having said that, this version is in beautiful color (Hajime Koizumi was the Japanese cinematographer) and the effects are a something of a hit-and-miss affair. Simply put, Godzilla fans tend to love it but Kong fans, well...
Certainly director Ishiro Honda had mixed feelings about making the film and it shows in his direction, uncomfortably balancing between silly comedy and tragic drama.
Some special features would have been nice (documentary, commentary, etc.), but it's hard to pass up the first movie teaming the most famous fearsome monsters of all time (both making their cinematic debuts in color) and is a must-have for the collector.
- Peter H. Brothers, author of "Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: the Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda."
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