Kaiju Daisenso

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Overview

Toho's bid to merge the Godzilla series with their popular alien-invasion films resulted in this entertainingly goofy entry. The plot involves the discovery of the mysterious Planet X in our solar system, leading to a joint U.S./Japanese space exploratory mission. The explorers bump into some aliens with no fashion sense whatsoever (even for 1965), who claim their planet has been under constant attack from the powerful Monster Zero -- also known to Godzilla fans as Ghidrah, the three-headed monster from the ...
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Overview

Toho's bid to merge the Godzilla series with their popular alien-invasion films resulted in this entertainingly goofy entry. The plot involves the discovery of the mysterious Planet X in our solar system, leading to a joint U.S./Japanese space exploratory mission. The explorers bump into some aliens with no fashion sense whatsoever (even for 1965), who claim their planet has been under constant attack from the powerful Monster Zero -- also known to Godzilla fans as Ghidrah, the three-headed monster from the previous year. The aliens suggest a deal with the Earthlings: if they can "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan to help rid their planet of Ghidrah, they will cure all of humankind's diseases in return. Of course, this is actually an elaborate ruse to rid the Earth of its monstrous defenders, leaving it vulnerable to invasion. As always, it's up to a handful of resourceful characters -- including token American Nick Adams and series regular Akira Takarada -- to save the day and return Earth's monsters for the requisite city-smashing finale. After a slow start, this movie serves up a good portion of flashy pyrotechnics and noisy monster-grappling but lapses into several moments of deliberate silliness (particularly Godzilla's goofy Irish jig) and rampant use of ill-fitting footage from previous monster installments.
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Special Features

Godzilla trailer collection; Interactive trivia game; Godzilla video art gallery; Film facts; DVD-ROM features: Four full-screen, full-motion screen savers, printable art gallery, printable photo gallery, Simitar.com website access, Followthru.com website access
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1998
  • UPC: 082551747726
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Simitar Ent.
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:09:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Adams Astronaut Glenn
Akira Kubo Tetsui Teri
Kumi Mizuno Namikawa
Fuyuki Murakami
Haruo Nakajima Gojira
Takamaru Sasaki
Keiko Sawai
Noriko Sengoku
Gen Shimizu
Toki Shiozawa
Kazuo Suzuki
Akira Takarada Fuji
Jun Tazaki
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Technical Credits
Ishiro Honda Director
Reuben Bercovitch Executive Producer
Ryohei Fujii Editor
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Takeo Kita Art Director
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Henry G. Saperstein Executive Producer
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Frame
0. Scene Access
1. Planet X [1:26]
2. Monster Zero [14:53]
3. Captured [8:09]
4. Planet X Fight [18:46]
5. You Rats [12:21]
6. Sound Invention [1:47]
7. Attacking City [8:12]
8. Final Victory [7:43]
Side #2-- Widescreen
0. Scene Access
1. Planet X [1:26]
2. Monster Zero [14:53]
3. Captured [8:09]
4. Planet X Fight [18:46]
5. You Rats [12:21]
6. Sound Invention [1:47]
7. Attacking City [8:12]
8. Final Victory [7:43]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Full Frame
   Godzilla vs. Monster Zero(Dolby Digital Mono)
Side #2-- Widescreen
   Godzilla vs. Monster Zero(Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
   Godzilla vs. Monster Zero(Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
   Special Features
      Trailers
         Godzilla-King of the Monsters
         Godzilla vs.Mothra
         Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
         Godzilla's Revenge
         Terror of Mechagodzilla
      Trivia Game
      Artist's Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic Media has to be applauded for the effort not only given to presenting the best versions of INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER possible (and they truly are some of best I've seen in a long, long while), but also the work that went into the case design. The box is striking, the artwork clever, clear, nostaligc and retro-future at all the same time. It's an attractive and eye catching design that demands (and gets) a second look. My copy has been picked up, picked over, and pick-pocketed a few times off my shelf already and throughly enjoyed. But, having said that, I must admit that INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER is one of my least favorite GODZILLA films, yet one of my all time favorite TOHO movies. Truth be told, Godzilla here is at best a supporting player in a much larger and more complex story that could have done away with Godzilla and company and still have been just as compelling. Much like THE FIFTH ELEMENT fashion and design triumph over story and plot. This is one good looking movie. From the sets (wide open, with some of the most creative future computer and advanced table top technology), to the costumes (the aliens not only sport the expected antenna atop the head, but tight pants, trim sunglasses, and high useless collars), to the spaceships (which look exactly like spaceships should look), it's all here, and it's all a lot of fun. It is something of a minor disappointment that Godzilla has been pushed to the margins here and used simply for effect than being the engine that drives the story. Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah do loom large on the stunning minature sets on both PLANET X and Earth, and their battles are worth the long delay between the first and the last, but it does leave you wanting more. But, this does not stop INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER being a true gem. The prints are the best possible and the extras are well done... although the commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV, while informative, fact filled and trivia stuffed is delivered in such a slow and measured way, that it sounds and feels like he's in fear of tripping over his own words if he talks too fast. Be prepared to feel like a five year old at some points when he wants to to Understand. Clearly. What. He. Is. Saying. To. You. So. You. Had. Better. Listen. While strange, it is a trip, and you will learn a thing or two. Classic Media has done a great service to not only the fans of Godzilla, but to all those fans still to come. These DVD releases, like King Ghidorah, manages to wear three crowns and wear them well... they are entertaining, history and art all rolled into one.

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