Tuesday, April 22, 2014

more on Godzilla

So it's been a few days since I've ruminated on what it is that makes Godzilla so unique.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Godzilla on Monster Island (trailer)

It's actually a triple feature trailer for the three Godzilla movies that Cinema Shares released in the States. By the time this was thrown together all three movies had been edited, due to some "questionable" content, such as swearing or nudie pictures in a truck. And all the blood from the monsters and people. When this was released in 1978 here in the States I saw it uncut- swearing, blood and all.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971) - Trailers

Here we have the theatrical trailer and three TV spots... it's fun to compare the differences between all three. I probably saw one of these spots when the movie was released. I know I saw the poster, because it's one of the weirder and creepier things done to advertise what was then considered a children's movie. I knew what the movie was when it was aired on TV in '72 or '73.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Day of the Doctor (2013)

Here there be spoilers, so don't say I didn't warn you.  Though I think most fans have already seen this 50th anniversary special by now.  I haven't seen any of series seven, the 11th Doctor's final season, so I was a bit reluctant to watch this right away.  Based on advice from wise council, who said this show could be watched without that seventh season viewing, I finally sat down and watched the whole thing.  And it was a lot of fun, for many reasons, some of which I will enumerate in the space below.

Godzilla's Revenge (1969) - Theatrical Trailer

Well, sorta... it's the dialog from the trailer, synced up to the appropriate scenes from the DVD. Looks much better than the faded one we've all seen. I know the guy who did it, he always does some great work. He should be a kaiju eiga historian. Thanks Cody!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ultraman vs Godzilla!

I forgot a few of Godzilla's early TV appearances.  They happened in Ultra Q (as the monster Gomess, which was a redressed '64 suit) and this one on the sequel series, Ultraman, which is a redressed '65 suit.  I first read about this appearance in either Marvel's "Monsters of the Movies" magazine (written by Don Glut) or in Don's excellent "Classic Movie Monsters"  which was possibly the first book to get almost all the information about Godzilla and Gamera right.  I sure read it a lot at the time.  I thanked him for writing so well about Japanese movies at a time when most critics wrote them off as garbage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Destroy All Monsters 1969 TV trailer

Here's another TV spot, but this one means a little more to me, since it's probably the actual trailer I saw on television at the tender age of four. My memory is naturally hazy about it, but I remember being rather scared for the fate of the planet. I think I can be forgiven for being a bit naive back then. It also intrigued me, enough to want to see more, but it would be a few years before I saw my first Godzilla movie. This is pretty cool, since it has different narration from the theatrical trailer.