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War of the Gargantuas
War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan in 1966 as "Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira" and a semi-sequel to Frankenstein Conquers The World, introduces two giant, hairy humanoids called Gargantuas, which spawned from the discarded cells of Frankenstein’s Monster from the previous film and are described as brothers. The Green Gargantua is violent and savage, preying upon human beings; as he lives in sea water, he is given the name Gaira for "stranger." The Brown Gargantua had been raised in captivity, and is docile and gentle; because he resides in the Japan Alps, he is called Sanda for "mountain". The film follows the investigation and military engagements of these creatures until their climatic confrontation in Tokyo.
Posted October 1, 2010
This is a 2-disc set. Each disc contains both English and Japanese versions of the movie.
Rodan is about a giant prehistoric pteranodon-like monster (actually two of them) hatching in present-day Japan. It's actually a pretty good movie, and the special effects are good for the '502. It's in color (I think the first monster movie to be in color). There's little difference between the versions, so take your choice or watch them both.
War of the Gargantuas is rather different. It has two monsters of the same species, a green one that's a nasty people-eater and a brown one that's friendly to humans (it was partially raised by scientists). Most people will have only seen or heard of the American version, which is less explanatory than the Japanese version. Definitely watch both. The Japanese version tries to be a sequel of sorts to "Frankenstein Conquers the World" (aka "Frankenstein vs. Barugon"), with the two monsters as giant Frankensteins. But they don't really look human, more like giant anthropoids (think Bigfoot but 30 or 40 times bigger). Still a good movie.
Enjoy both of them. This is the only DVD I've seen of "War of the Gargantuas".
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