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Gojira like you’ve never seen before!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by REdYOdA

…just a reminder that Gojira is coming out very soon on BLU RAY!…plus some other random Gojira stuff below!

Gojira Blu Ray US Version

I knew that a few select tokusatsu films would be coming out on BLU… but since it’s now just over a month away…I thought I’d share my research on the upcoming Goji releases and Pre-Order info for you kaiju eiga lovers like me!

Pictured above is Classic Media’s version which will apparently contain both versions of the film…the original and the Raymond Burr heavily edited version. English subs and dubbed versions will be available.  The films will feature commentaries, trailers, and some making of featurettes…Making the Goji suit and story development, hopefully more as well . This will be Classic Media’s FIRST ever Blu Ray release!

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDERreleases on September 22nd!

Gojira Japanese Only Blu Ray

…and now your decision gets complicated…

Official Japanese TOHO Blu Ray site…HERE.

Pictured above is the Japanese only release of Gojira. Japan’s release will NOT feature the Raymond Burr version (no surprise there!) This version will also have some awesome exclusive extras:

Theatrical Trailer (HD quality), Akira Ifukube Interview (SD quality), View Storyboards with Picture-In-Picture [NEW FEATURE!], New Version of Godzilla’s Theme (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], See Original Filming Locations With Snapshots (tentative) (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Oxygen Destroyer (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Audio Commentary (Akira Takarada)

Sounds amazing right!!??…here’s the hitch though…no subs except Japanese. 😦

...unless you speak Japanese

For me this is still a no-brainer…buy both!

But seriously… I would much rather have the Japanese release…for one I understand a bit of Japanese (plus it helps you learn!)  and we all know the story anyways, and two, the extras here are great! Plus this Blu will fit in nicely with the other Japanese only Godzilla releases.

Gojira will be released just 4 days prior (Sept. 18th) to the US version.

Pre-order from Amazon.jp HERE! These discs are going to run you about $50 each with shipping. Just click up in the upper right of the page for English and log in with your usual Amazon ID…simple!

Click on the covers below to Pre-Order the other titles…

Godzilla vs Biollante

VS Biollante

Godzilla: Final Wars

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Both of these are also Japanese language only… but both feature great extras as well. I do not know how long it will be before (if ever) Classic Media will be able to release these other titles in the USA.

…and might as well grab all FIVE kaiju releases and save on shipping!

Click HERE for MOTHRA!  Click HERE for RODAN!

…And now more Goji!…

Making the Godzilla Suit…a great doc from Ed Godziszewski!

Mr. Godziszewski is one of very few Goji experts in the US and performed commentary for Classic Media’s previous Godzilla releases. He co-wrote the great documentary film’Bringing Godzilla Down to Size’, wrote ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla’, he is also the editor & publisher of Japanese Giants Magazine, and much more!

…now for some vinyl Gojis!

Here is a great vintage 1966 Marusan Godzilla that I acquired a few months ago…(click any pic to enlarge)

1966 Marusan GodzillaMarusan 1966 Godzilla

If I had to leave in a hurry, not to come back, and could only take one toy from my collection…this would be it. This original Marusan Goji sculpt, which really bears little resemblance to t he screen Godzilla, is considered by many collectors to be the foundation of their Japanese sofubi collection.

1966 Marusan Godzilla

Other than Bandai toys…the first real kaiju fig ure I paid more ‘serious’ money for was the 1991 Bandai/Bullmark reissue of the same Godzilla sculpt as pictured above.  After that I was hooked. I eventually expanded my horizon into other TOHO monsters and in the last couple of years have brought more of the neo-kaiju into my collection.

This great sculpt is still produced today, 40+ years later, in sooo many colors and slight variations by toy companies like Toygraph & M1-Go.

Here’s a few more various Goji’s from my collection…and if I had the room and the money, I would most definitely try to track down all of the original Marusan & Bullmark vintage versions!

Goji and Bullmark Mini

Glow Goji with signed base

Glowies

A gaggle of Goji's

Goji will always be king!!!

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Harryhausen!

Posted in Film Review, Kaiju misc., The Kaiju Art Collection with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by REdYOdA

X-Plus Cylclops

Harryhausen…the father of Kaiju? You bet!

Before there was a certain nuclear Japanese giant lizard, there was a burgeoning monster boom happening in Hollywood. With the great success in the U.S. of early monster films featuring Ray Harryhausen’s ground breaking stop motion techniques, Iwao Mori, the big time producer for TOHO studios, set forth to make Japan’s entry into the giant monster film arena.

The first draft for TOHO’s  monster film was called “The Giant Monster from 20,000 Miles beneath the Sea”, hmm…maybe a little too close to the title of Harryhausen’s 1953 “Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” . Despite the obvious title similarities and influence, TOHO’s beast would eventually morph into the most well known monster of all…Gojira!

…and keep a man named Eiji Tsuburaya busy for quite some time.

Why do I bring up Harryhausen today???  Because today is the release of a few choice Harryhausen monster films on Blu-Ray. I am excited about this because I love these films and grew up watching them…forging my passion for all things monsters! I’ve seen these films sooo many times that seeing them in HD is for me…well…Exciting!

Collection on Blu!

If you don’t have a Blu-Ray player, get one if you can…it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see Japanese kaiju eiga classics appearing in Blu format. If you like films as much as I do, the HD experience is really worth checking out. So what if a recession is coming…bailout shmailout…we may not be able to afford food or gas, but at least you’ll have movies in HD, right???

Oh Yeah…

The Cyclops at the top is new for the Kaiju Art Collection. I used the 2001 X-Plus 12″ figure from my collection for the photograph. Cyclops is from Harryhausen’s wonderful “7th Voyage of Sinbad” Click Here to see a larger verion. I hope you like it!!!

“The Father of Kaiju”

Posted in Film Review, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by REdYOdA

Monster Visionaries:

Ryosaku Takayama (1917-1982) earned the moniker “The Father of  Kaiju” for his work sketching, sculpting, and ultimately bringing to life many of the first wave of Japanese monsters we all recognize and hold dear.

Alongside SFX pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya and visionary artist Tohru Narita, Takayama was tasked with costuming the huge ‘monster boom’ of the late 1960’s, This boom in creativity sparked children’s imaginations and helped propel the television series and films they created into the world spotlight.

The uniquely Japanese aesthetic of the monsters created by Tsuburaya, Narita, and Takayama for shows such as Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, and Lion Maru… just to name a few, are immediately recognizable and will always remain a deeply treasured part of Japan’s cultural history. The artist’s legacies carry on to this day by continuing to inspire TV shows, Films, Toys, Artists,…and of course a growing army of Kaiju Art Collectors!

Below is a rare video clip…taking you inside of Tsuburaya Studio’s costume department...

The clip is from the 2006 Documentary “Daybreak of the Kaiju“. Unfortunately this DVD was not released in the USA, so I have no subtitles… or a link to purchase. Definitely pick up this DVD if you can find it though!

How bad would you like to put on one of those Kaiju suits and smash some miniature buildings??!!

DAM/Atragon Promos

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by REdYOdA

Rare 1968  ‘Destroy All Monsters/Atragon’ Promo series!

Spoiler warning: The clips basically show the whole ‘DAM’  and ‘Atragon‘ films in about 14 min. Most of the two film’s highlights are touched on.

Part 1…

EDIT: Having some embedding issues…if no vid CLICK HERE

Part 2…

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One thing that always amazed me about DAM was the complex choreography involved in the final chapter of the film. We get to see Godzilla, Mothra larva, Rodan, Angilas, Kumonga, Gorosaurus, Minilla, and King Ghidorah (that’s a lot of guys in monster suits!) all in one epic showdown!  What a challenge this must have been for Tsuburaya’s SFX team!  I would’ve loved to have been on the set for this…hanging out with Varan on the sidelines.

Buy Destroy All Monsters HERE and Atragon HERE

Don’t Forget…

Posted in Film Review, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2008 by REdYOdA

Rodan/WotG DVD is available TODAY!Click to go to Amazon!

Two must-own Kaiju Films in one package! PLUS there is an amazing full length documentary included entitled: Bringing Godzilla Down to Size (link opens SciFi Japan’s great article). This well made doc is worth the purchase price alone. Classic Media has really put together an amazing package here…and all for around $15!!! Click cover art above to head over to Amazon if you want.

You go buy now!

You go buy now!

Oh no they didn’t…

Posted in Film Review, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2008 by REdYOdA

EDIT: Having some embedding issue…CLICK HERE if no video.

Yes, they did.

Godzilla’s little jig above will mark a camp turn for our atomic friend’s future.

Most of you have probably seen the famous, eye roll inducing, little dance before from 1965’s Godzilla vs the Astro Monster.  I came across the scene by accident today…and it made me laugh…so I had to post it.

The last Godzilla film by the talented tokusatsu team of Ishiro Honda (Director), Shinichi Sekizawa (Writer), and Eiji Tsuburaya (SFX), is definitely a favorite of mine… despite the tokusatsu two-step.

Released as ‘Godzilla vs Monster Zero‘ in the U.S. in 1970, Monster Zero actually stays pretty faithful to the 1965 Japanese version of the film, something not usually seen, as a lot of the earlier Godzilla and tokusatsu films were butchered incoherently.

It’s not clear why TOHO waited 5 years to release the film in the U.S., though it is commonly held that it was due to American star Nick Adam’s untimely death, shortly after it’s release in late ’65.

Nick Adams, whom can be seen in quite a few Kaiju Eiga (Japanese monster films),  was also romantically linked to the movie’s stunning female lead, Kumi Mizuno (Miss Namikawa), off-screen.

Hey, we want cool glasses too!
Glenn & Miss N.

The controversial little jig, called a ‘shiee (she-ay) dance’ (performed begrudgingly by longtime, and original suitmation Godzilla: Haruo Nakajima)  was supposedly in honor of a Japanese comedian named Ahso Matsu-kun…a favorite of Tsuburaya’s. Though director Honda felt the dance was ‘disrespectful’ Tsuburaya, whom had become increasingly influential at TOHO by this time, won out and the victory jig stayed in. Tsuburaya had become incrementally more concerned with the ‘child pleasing’ aspects of the Godzilla films…this turn in tone will see some of the more campy, kid friendly Godzilla films throughout the 70’s.

Godzilla will not see a return as a true threat to the world again until… ‘Godzilla 1984’.

Classic Media offers an excellent release of Invasion of the Astro Monster on DVD. The disk features both versions, commentary, and a nice little biography of TOHO producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka,
The DVD is a must for G-fans and newcomers. The film showcases Tsuburaya’s SFX abilities, Honda’s excellent direction, and Sekizawa’s fun, imaginative, & action packed story…and yes, a small amount of dancing.

Surrender yourself to Planet X and get the DVD…

…are we not men
...we are DeVo?