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Monday, July 6, 2020


It has been a very long time since I saw this version.

On the Criterion Showa Era Godzilla set this film is located on the 8th disc which is also loaded with tons of extras, and I mean tons.

This is a much better film without the added American scenes, and to me anyway, the story moves along better. It does have it's added comedy moments involving TV advertising and such, but it's much better in it's original form.

Godzilla emerges from an iceberg and sinks a submarine in the process while an advertising executive wants his two agents to go to an island in the Pacific and investigate the rumors of a huge monster worshiped by the natives as a God.

Finally both King Kong and Godzilla square off in a epic battle. This film has been a favorite since my early childhood and it always will be. The cast for the movie is perfect for what it is and includes two of the most beautiful Japanese actresses, Mia Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi. It was quite a treat to see both women in the same film. This film is being remade and should be released in November of 2020, but I already know it'll be nowhere near as good a the original.

The quality of this print it simply beautiful I was glad Criterion included it in the set. All of the extras on the disc are well worth taking a look at as well. I have said it before over the last month of reviewing this set, and I'll say it again, The Godzilla Showa Era Set is one, if not THE top release of 2020.

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