Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster

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Overview

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster was the first Japanese monster movie that this reviewer ever got to see previewed in theaters, though we never did get to see the movie theatrically -- (our mother wouldn't take us to see such as picture). So this movie is sort of "special" in our memory, in an odd way. And it has arrived, at last, in a first-rate DVD edition from Classic Media and Genius Entertainment -- the virtues of this release are many, including a good (if not great) letterboxed (2.35-to-1) transfer of ...
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Overview

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster was the first Japanese monster movie that this reviewer ever got to see previewed in theaters, though we never did get to see the movie theatrically -- (our mother wouldn't take us to see such as picture). So this movie is sort of "special" in our memory, in an odd way. And it has arrived, at last, in a first-rate DVD edition from Classic Media and Genius Entertainment -- the virtues of this release are many, including a good (if not great) letterboxed (2.35-to-1) transfer of both the 85 minute US version and, with subtitles, the 93 minute Japanese version. And on that basis alone, it would be worth owning. But the bonus features push it right off the scale -- the biography of special effect designer Eiji Tsuburaya is a long overdue acknowledgement of a fine and influential film designer; but the real treat is the commentary by David Kalat. This reviewer has done his share of such film commentaries (more than two dozen), and it must be said that Kalat has done an incomparable job of weaving explanations and accounts, of both the American edition and its Japanese original, and the alterations between them. Kalat's is an award-caliber performance, and one that this reviewer has consistently returned to, as an entertaining creation in its own right. The disc opens with one of the very few preview sequences that this reviewer does not find objectionable or annoying, highlighting as it does other releases, current and upcoming, in this genre, before jumping to a multi-layer menu that's as much fun as it is easy to use. The dozen chapters are adequate for the film involved, and both editions of the movie get the same number of chapters. Neither transfer is perfect -- neither version of the movie has quite the sharpness one would hope for, though the Japanese edition does seem to hsve a slight edge over the US edition, and both can be enjoyed in the form in which they're presented.
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Special Features

English subtitles; Audio commentary by David Kalat; Image gallery and slide show of movie posters; Eiji Tsuburaya biography; Original Japanese trailer; Anamorphic widescreen
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 796019802734
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Classic Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,413

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yumi Ito Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yuriko Hoshi Naoko
Takashi Shimura Dr. Tsukamoto
Emi Ito Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Akiko Wakabayashi Princess Salno
Hisaya Ito Malness
Ishiro Honda
Yosuke Natsuki Shindo
Eiji Okada
Akihiko Hirata Chief Det. Okita
Hiroshi Koizumi Prof. Miura
Haruo Nakajima Gojira
Kenji Sahara Kanamaki
Technical Credits
Ishiro Honda Director
Ryohei Fujii Editor
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Takeo Kita Art Director
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
1. Assassination Plot [6:45]
2. Meteorite Showers [8:13]
3. God of Happiness [6:15]
4. Identifying the Princess [5:15]
5. Rodan [4:43]
6. Doomed Voyage [5:38]
7. Princess in Danger [9:10]
8. Call for Help [10:39]
9. The Real Princess [8:45]
10. Monsters Unite [9:43]
11. Home in Ruins [7:15]
12. Back to Reality [3:05]
1. Assassination Plot [8:09]
2. Meteorite Showers [8:01]
3. God of Happiness [6:45]
4. Identifying the Princess [4:11]
5. Rodan [3:08]
6. Doomed Voyage [10:23]
7. Princess in Danger [8:26]
8. Call for Help [14:50]
9. The Real Princess [8:55]
10. Monsters Unite [9:44]
11. Home in Ruins [7:16]
12. Back to Reality [3:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
   English Version
      Play Movie
      Chapters
      Special Features
         Audio Commentary by David Kalat
         Eiji Tsuburaya Biography
         Poster Slide Show
         Image Gallery
   Original Japanese Version
      Play Movie
      Chapters
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
      Special Features
         Original Japanese Trailer
         Eiji Tsuburaya Biography
         Poster Slide Show
         Image Gallery
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