Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (Dub Sub)
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A curious geologist and his female photographer explore a remote area near Mt. Fuji. Legend has it that dinosaurs once roamed the area and there are even reports that some large lizards remain. The pair poke around hoping to find something that will bring them wealth. Changes in the weather awaken a plesiosaur in the nearby lake who eats anyone that enter its waters. Meanwhile, a pterosaur is about to hatch high in a mountain ice cave. The explorers get way more than they bargain for when these two prehistoric giants clash in an inevitable battle worthy of their legend.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Junji Kurata
- Media Format : Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : December 18, 2007
- Actors : Tsunehiko Watase, Nobiko Sawa, Shôtarô Hayashi, Tomoko Kiyoshima, Fuyukichi Maki
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Keiichi Hashimoto, Sandy Frank
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Tokyo Shock
- ASIN : B000W7Y6FQ
- Writers : Ichirô Ôtsu, Isao Matsumoto, Masaru Igami
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I made it to the infamous raft scene which is certainly not for the kiddies before my parents noticed and took it back to Blockbuster with some serious complaints. After seeing that film I was too terrified to enter a bathtub much less a swimming pool, but on the plus side the film was so terrifiying that when I saw Jaws (which inspired this Japanese film consequently) years later it wasn't even scary.
Years later I saw this film again as a ten year old and loved it! True, the ol' plesiousaur model didn't hold up as well as when I was four, but the film still managed to chalk up some scares and I still say its ten times as scary as Jaws. In watching the film all the way through I was delighted to find it also contained a Rhamphoryncus (the Moster Bird of the title). Unfortunately the end fight between the two monster marionettes nearly ruins the film and the plesiosaur goes from being seriously scary to pretty goofy looking on land. It's still a fun flick to watch as an adult, and the "stalking of the raft" scene is still as creepy as ever.
The DVD is excellent and uncut and comes complete with two trailers which if you watch slowly you can check out some unused SPFX footage. Plus, this is not the Sandy Frank version from your childhood, it has a few brief additional scenes and the opening credits are different since we are treated to the original Japanese print rather than the US one. For those of you who didn't read the DVD specifics you can watch it in English or Japanese with subs.
Anyhow if you're an adult who saw it as a kid the film is still fun to watch (pretty artful direction and interesting music). If you're a parent who wants to scare your child out of swimming (and bathing), well just show them this DVD.
Two completely non-humanoid creatures fighting seems very ambitious by the standards of what I've seen before. Unfortunately, their fight is (understandably, I guess) only a small part of the movie.
As a fan of Toei's Super Sentai series, though, a lot of footage of which was used in "Power Rangers", I ghonestly think Toei did a lot better with that battle than with a lot of the giant monster battles they're making even now.
The Pterosaur isn't even introduced until near the end and because of that I wasn't going to give the movie more than three stars. But after the Pterosaur's debut, I thought what the heck, that is a really awesome Pterosaur, hence the higher rating.
I'm assuming movies like this were common after the end of the Showa Godzilla series; a lot of filmmakers probably saw a void they wanted to fill.
Yeah it's corny, it's cheesy, and entirely over the top but its great in that it is just like the great monster movies of its day.
If you like godzilla movies and other giant monster flicks as well as some weird dubbing and a surprisingly fun soundtrack and pretty damn good pacing then check this out.
Frankly if this were redone with modern graphics but keeping the same pacing it would probably be a pretty big hit.
It can't do worse than the most recent Godzilla lol.
"Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds" would inhabit the latter category thanks to a clunky plot, several lulls in its pace and rampant stupidity, but it manages to be a cut above thanks to a persistent refusal to make sense. It's hard to explain... You have to see it to understand the somehow charming mix of Wood-ian scripting, rubber special effects, surprising violence and inappropriate music (it's a sad attempt to make the movie seem hip when plastic dinosaurs are massacring people in a small lake town.
Rest assured, this movie is for bad film aficionados only; however, if your tastes run towards the strange, the weird or the plain unexplainable, this almost forgotten kaiju film is worth inspection.