Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|All Monsters Attack |
aka Godzilla's Revenge
Director: Ishirô Honda
Genres: Westerns, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Ichiro is a latch-key kid in the late 1960s Japan, a country drowning in urban blight and big, nasty bullies. He escapes his dreary life by dreaming of Monster Island, a fantasy world where Godzilla rules and Ichiro is bef... more »
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My pal Godzilla
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 07/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You are probably not going to find a lot of fans who would choose "All Monsters Attack" as their favorite Godzilla flick. The complaints against it are many: Over-use of stock footage, a bizarre plotline involving Godzilla and the other monsters only existing in some sort of dream realm, an overly kid-friendly approach, problems of scale involving the humans and the monsters, etc.
And all of that is true. This isn't your standard Godzilla. This is your "after school special" Godzilla, complete with a helpful message for the youth of Japan about how to stand up to bullies and a kid-sized Minira who can speak English and be your monster pal. Director Honda Ishiro, a name that should be familiar to any G-fan, was interested in using his creations for more than just entertainment, and wanted to help kids who were being bullied, a serious social problem that still affects Japan today. "All Monsters Attack" is a unique offering in the Godzilla series, and that alone makes it worth seeing. And yes, it is cheesy, but its still fun.
The story begins with Ichiro, a poor latchkey kid who suffers from bullying at school. His only escape is in his imagination, where he finds himself on Monster Island, bonding with Godzilla's son Minira, who is being bullied by the monster Gabara. Minira tries to stand up to the bully, and helpful papa monster takes a tough love approach, refusing to step in and save the little guy but insisting that he stand up for himself. Ichiro learns that it is important to defend himself against bullies, so when he finds himself kidnapped by gangsters he has the confidence he needs to take action, then dish a little out to the kids that bully him as well.
Classic Media has put together a top-notch package for this underappreciated flick, with both the original Japanese version as well as the dubbed US release. Aside from the language, there isn't much difference between the two versions so you can take your pick. Additional extras are a biography of creator and director Honda Ishiro, which is fascinating. I had no idea Honda was an Assistant Director on so many Kurosawa Akira flicks like Stray Dog and Kagemusha.
Anyone with little kids couldn't go wrong with bringing home "All Monsters Attack". It's a great introduction to the Godzilla series and just might make some future G-fans. As for me, I guess I still have some kid inside, because watching this was just like a time warp back to Sunday mornings and Monster Theater. Good times indeed.
A guilty pleasure for me.
A. Alfonso | Maryland, US | 06/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many fans declare as this the worst Godzilla film made but for me the worst is Godzilla vs. Megalon. The reason is because it uses more stock footage than the other Godzilla films up to that point (which they used very little) and that it was more childish and kiddish than the previous ones as well. But that was the main point! The film wasn't to be taken seriously like the original film but made for children so they can defend themselves from their own bullies and have their own dreams of Godzilla and his monster pals. One thing that is a highlight for this film is that the young actor who portrays Ichiro isn't as obnoxious as some children from the Gamera films (Gamera vs. Zigra comes to mind). To sum it up, it's a rather entertaining film to watch and is good to show your children if they have started an interest in Godzilla or kaiju films in general. It's supposed to be mindless fun and can be enjoyed as long as you remember that it's for children, not for adults. Oh, and the DVD is good too. We get the Classic Media usuals, trailer, biography, audio commentary, and the original Japanese version with optional subtitles.And the quality is near perfect as well. So this is a worthy disc to any fan's collection if they are interested and enjoy this film."
The one that started it all; for me anyways...
Jerry C. Lewey | Everywhere | 03/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Growing up, this installment of GODZILLA was my favorite. I do believe this was my first Godzilla movie I ever watched. It came on TBS'S SUPER SCARY SATURDAY ON THE SUPERSTATION hosted by Grandpa from THE MUNSTERS. I loved it when they showed Godzilla movies and this one sort of started it all for me.
When I was a kid, I didn't care about anything but monster action in these films and this one has it, albeit, most of it is STOCK FOOTAGE. I recently watched this movie a few days ago with my daughter and I laughed throughout the whole movie basically. My 1 year loved it though and now she is a bonafide Zilla fan. This proves once again, this is really just a kid friendly Godzilla movie.
Another upside is Minilla(?), aka son of Godzilla, which sort of stars in this movie. He can apparently grow from 4 feet to several dozen feet in a matter of seconds and he can talk(LIKE BARNEY NO LESS). So that was fun to watch. The story is lame though because it's about some kid being bullied around and consulting with Minilla on how to handle this problem. He himself is being bullied and can't deal with his on problems without Godzilla's help.
I know this Godzilla flick is commonly regarded as the worse of all Godzilla movies, but it is important because the series just wouldn't be complete without it. I can't imagine the series with no GODZILLA'S REVENGE because it sold me on the Zilla movies. Get it for your kids, get it for your self...."
One star film in a three star package
Mark F. Kaupe | here, there and everywhere | 03/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Among Godzilla film fans, this one is probably the worst example of the whole series. The kid hero in this film adds an air of depression as he portrays a latchkey school-kid in a run down and weary looking city.
Godzilla started to look more like the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. Budget cuts reduced Godzilla and all the monsters to romp around on a jungle island since it was cheaper than building city models. All the city scenes that do appear are for background shots for the protagonist's drama. This may be the only Godzilla film where "No Buildings Were Damaged in the Making of This Film", though your brain cells may suffer.
This film is for completists only. The only real plus in this whole film was that a few years back, they used some scenes for a commercial about father-son relations.
So why buy it? First off, I am a completist. I have the rest of the recently remastered versions that have been released by ClassicMedia. These disks are well packaged with some nice extras. One of the best parts is the audio commentary track. The gentlemen who have been involved in the previous audio commentaries did an outstanding and engaging job in this series. I have every reason to believe that this will continue.
That is why I am giving this film three stars, maybe they can explain what Toho was thinking in making this film.
You would best be served by bundling this film with The Terror Of Mecha-Godzilla so you can save money and get a better value. That film was a swan song to the old Godzilla and it goes out with a bang. Things do blow-up REAL good...
It's odd that these two films are being released when neither are in proper order of continuity. I don't know the reason for this, but I hope they consider Godzilla Versus The Smog Monster for their next choice."