Varan the Unbelievable

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Director Jerry A. Baerwitz created this uninspired, problematical monster story by using footage from a similar but different Japanese monster flic by Inoshira Honda (he who started off Godzilla and followed up with Rodan, Mothra, Monster Zero and more). Viewer opinion overwhelmingly sides with Honda's film. In this story, the Japanese and U.S. military are working together in the Pacific on a Japanese island with a salt water lake, trying out an experiment to desalinate the water. Their desalination technique ...
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Director Jerry A. Baerwitz created this uninspired, problematical monster story by using footage from a similar but different Japanese monster flic by Inoshira Honda (he who started off Godzilla and followed up with Rodan, Mothra, Monster Zero and more). Viewer opinion overwhelmingly sides with Honda's film. In this story, the Japanese and U.S. military are working together in the Pacific on a Japanese island with a salt water lake, trying out an experiment to desalinate the water. Their desalination technique wakes up a prehistoric monster, Baran, from the longest nap on record. Understandably piqued, the monster sets off to trample down Tokyo in revenge. Some audiences may feel that Baerwitz' treatment of the Japanese in this film should have set the monster against Hollywood.
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Special Features

Restored television broadcast version; Promotional trailers; Lecture from Keizo Murase, creature sculptor; Audio commentary from Keizo Murase
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • UPC: 631595051186
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Tokyo Shock
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tsuruko Kobayashi Anna
Clifford Kawada Capt. Kishi
Jerry A. Baerwitz
Myron Healey Cmdr. James Bradley
Akihiko Hirata
Yoneo Iguchi
Hideo Imamura
Kozo Nomura
Roy Ogata
George Sasaki
Koreya Senda
Derick Shimatsu Matsu
Ayumi Sonoda
Katsumi Tezuka Varan (archival footage)
Technical Credits
Jerry A. Baerwitz Director, Producer
Ishiro Honda Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
Robert Cowan Makeup
Ralph Cushman Editor
Sid Harris Screenwriter
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
Robert O'Dell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Ruggiero Editor
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Peter Zinner Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:46]
2. Chapter 2 [5:19]
3. Chapter 3 [3:28]
4. Chapter 4 [5:20]
5. Chapter 5 [6:41]
6. Chapter 6 [4:55]
7. Chapter 7 [5:44]
8. Chapter 8 [6:23]
9. Chapter 9 [6:31]
10. Chapter 10 [5:25]
11. Chapter 11 [4:07]
12. Chapter 12 [6:37]
13. Chapter 13 [6:40]
14. Chapter 14 [8:07]
15. Chapter 15 [4:07]
16. Chapter 16 [5:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Restored Television Broadcast Version
      Lecture From Keizo Murase, Creature Sculptor
      Audio Commentary From Keizo Murase
      Promotional Trailers
   Setup
      Japanese 5.1 Stereo
      Japanese 3.0 Stereo
      Japanese Mono
      Commentary
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Previews
      One Missed Call
      The Mysterians
      Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People
      Skyhigh
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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Good movie

    Good movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An "unbelievable" movie

    Varan, like his film, is a very underrated kaiju. The film featured on the DVD is not, in fact, the version released to American theaters in a badly-butchered form, but rather the original uncut Japanese version. The picture quality is great, and the sound is as well, featured in the original mono, and also 3.0 and 5.1. Several interesting extras are provided, including the original trailers, audio commentary, and a featurette on the creation of Varan. It's worth getting for any and all kaiju fans, but take note of the fact an English dub is not present, if you don't like reading subtitles.

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