When a malevolent race of Moonwomen try to put the big hurt on Earth, it's up to (take a deep breath) Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguilas, Minya, Manda, Baragon, and Spigas to resist their evil mind control and make the worl... more »d safe for monster (and human) kind! Long unavailable on video, Destroy All Monsters is the crowning achievement of the Japanese monster genre, with wall-to-wall action, cheesily magnificent special effects, and a final nine-to-one battle royale (against the awesome three-headed dragon known to fans as King Ghidorah) that's guaranteed to get even the most passive viewer noisily bopping around the room. A badly dubbed, logic-defying, supremely gonzo blast, presented in a widescreen format that allows the watcher to see every single rubber scale. The original title for this quintessential creature bash translates as Godzilla Electric Battle Masterpiece, which just about says it all. --Andrew Wright« less
Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL Reviewed on 1/11/2010...
This was supposed to be Toho's "final" Godzilla movie during the Showa era so as to give the Big G a long hiatus, but it did so well at the box office, he got a few more movies after. The definition of B-movie if there ever was one, aliens steal giant monsters & take over the world...using cheesy effects to boot. Unfortunately, ADV's DVD has NO extras...in fact, NO MENU...that's right, movie just plays straight away. A shame considering the greatness they achieved with the Gamera Heisei trilogy. ADV is no more so there's no one to complain to anyway.
A must see for any giant monster fan!
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Great movie...but not with the original AIP voice-tracks.
ThatGuyAgain | The Meadows, Nevada | 08/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever produced, but this DVD version is far from perfect. Unfortunately, this is just a re-issue of the same DVD released a few years ago. The film transfer is exactly the same as the one previously released by ADV films, which has a recently re-dubbed mono soundtrack. The ADV soundtrack is much inferior to the one originally produced for American International Pictures in 1968, which featured an excellent voice-cast and a different script. Apparently the AIP version can't be published because the ownership rights are in limbo. Based on the cover notes, I bought this DVD believing it had the original AIP voice-tracks. No such luck. The folks at ADV deliberately stretch the truth. The cover art claims it's the "50th Anniversary Special Edition", but Destroy All Monsters was made in 1968, which makes this DVD issue the 36th anniversary for the film (in 2004). The 50th year, is a reference to the first Godzilla movie "Gojira" made in 1954, but the text makes no mention of Gojira or Godzilla. It also claims to contain "The original motion picture and soundtrack", which is misrepresentation. The original film was Japanese language, and this DVD isn't even the original English version. I would've been a lot less disappointed if they had at least given this version some chapter stops and stereo audio (which there isn't). There's not even a menu for this low budget version. If you try to hit the chapter advance button, the movie starts over from the beginning. There's no menus, no extras, no subtitles, no secondary audio tracks, no trailer, no nothing. The only thing that's different from ADV's first issue of this movie, is the cover art and the addition of a music CD. The CD contains 30 mono-audio music tracks from the movie soundtrack. The music score is wonderful, but the audio is not stereo and the fidelity is only fair. My point of contention is that ADV is trying to fool us into believing this movie has the original audio soundtrack, but instead gives you fine-print on the back mentioning an extra music CD. Buyer beware, if you already own the original release of this DVD, don't be fooled into thinking this is a different version."
DEMAND THE ORIGINAL AIP VERSION
A. C. Cronvich | Planet Zeist | 12/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know this is a great movie and a pretty good DVD as well. But one thing is still wrong. THE DUBBING. This version has the lame (but admittadly not awful) international dub track done in Japan. The American International version from 1969 had far superior dubbing done in New York by Titra/Titan sound and featured the voices of Peter (SPEED RACER) Fernandes, Jack Curtis and Hal Linden amoung others. This is a tragic loss. The dialogue and acting were so much better. What a shame.
KEEPING SCORE: The Monsters and where they came from. Destroy All Monsters has a line-up of eleven giant monsters. Here are lists of the classic eleven, the ones who didn't make it into DAM and the ones who came later in the original series. 1) GODZILLA the king of all monsters from GODZILLA (1954-56) 2) MOTHRA giant telepathic caterpillar from the movie MOTHRA (1962) 3) RODAN flying pteranodon type creature from RODAN (1957) 4) ANGUIRUS armored dinosaur from GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER (aka GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN 1955) 5) MINYA (aka LITTLE GODZILLA) Godzilla's son from SON OF GODZILLA (1967) 6) MANDA sea serpent/dragon from ATRAGON (1963) 7) SPIGA (aka KUMONGA) the giant spider from SON OF GODZILLA (1967) 8) GOROSAURUS giant allosaurus type from KING KONG ESCAPES (1968) 9) VARAN a giant flying marine iguana from VARAN- THE UNBELIEVABLE (1959) 10) BARAGON a floppy eared subteranian dinosaur from FRANKENSTIEN CONQUERS THE WORLD (1965) 11) KING GHIDORAH three headed alien/dragon from GHIDRAH- THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (1964)
These are the guys who were around at the time but, for whatever reason, didn't get to appear in DAM: 1) KING KONG from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, KING KONG ESCAPES etc. 2) GIANT OCTOPUS from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS 3)FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER from FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD 4) GAIRA the green gargantua from WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS 5) SANDA the brown gargantua from WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS 6) DAGORAH space alien from DAGORAH- THE SPACE MONSTER 7) EBIRAH giant shrimp/lobster from GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER 8) GIANT CONDOR from GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER 9) GIANT SEA SNAKE from KING KONG ESCAPES 10) MECHANIKONG robot ape from KING KONG ESCAPES 11) MOGUERA mechanIcal mole from THE MYSTERIANS 12) MAGUMA giant prehistoric walrus from GORATH 13) KAMAKIRAS (aka GIMANTIS) from SON OF GODZILLA.
Then there are these guys, who came after DAM so they could not participate in the fun. Even though, chronologicaly, DAM takes place after these guys appeared (1999): 1) KROIGA a giant winged lion with a human brain from LATITUDE ZERO. 2) HEDORAH the smog monster from GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH 3) GIGAN alien cyborg from GODZILLA VS. GIGAN 4) MEGALON subteranian cyborg insect from GODZILLA VS MEGALON 5) JET JAGUAR size changing humanoid robot from GODZILLA VS. MEGALON 6) KING CEASAR living shisa statue from GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA 7) MECHAGODZILLA (aka MG) alien cyborg duplicate of the king from GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA. 8) TITANOSAURUS aquatic dinosaur from TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA 9) MECHAGODZILLA 2 (aka MG2) rebuilt/redesigned MG from TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA. 10) GEZORA giant amphibius cuttlefish from YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE. 11) KAMEBAS giant fanged(?) turtle from YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE 12) GANIMES giant crab from YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE 13) YOG glowing telepathic space amaeba from YOG- MONSTER FROM SPACE. 14) GABARA gargling blue cat/toad monster from GODZILLA'S REVENGE
Here are the third generation of monsters from the 80s & 90s: 1) BIOLLANTE geneticaly engineared plant monster from GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE 2) MECHA KING GHIDORAH time traveling cyborg from GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH 3) BATTRA giant black moth from GODZILLA AND MOTHRA: BATTLE FOR THE EARTH 4) FIRE RODAN radioactive pterisaur from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II 5) SPACE GODZILLA space traveling Godzilla clone from GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA 6) MOGUERA (aka MOGERA) updated transforming version of the mole robot from THE MYSTERIANS, appeared in GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA 7) DOSTOROYAH flying mutating crab monster from GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH 8) DESGHIDORAH (aka DEATH GHIDORAH) three headed quadrped from REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 9) DAGARAH parasite producing sea monster from REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2
And finally, the fourth generation of monsters: 1) ZILLA skinny Godzilla from the american movie GODZILLA (1998) 2) BABY ZILLAS numerous ofspring of ZILLA from GODZILLA (1998) 3) ORGAH laser shooting alien from GODZILLA 2000 4) MEGAGUIRAS mutant dragonfly from GODZILLA VS, MEGAGUIRAS 5) MONSTER X (aka KEISER GHIDORAH) shape changing alien from GODZILLA : FINAL WARS
I hope this list was useful to young Godzilla fans."
Fun movie -- very bad dubbing
Jim Mann | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 07/05/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For the 50th anniversary of Godzilla, we have a special relelease of Destroy All Monsters on DVD. This in itself is good, and an added attraction is that there's a second disc -- a CD of the soundtrack. But there are two downsides: -- there are no special featuers -- not even a theatrical trailer. -- the dub is the poorly acted recent dub from a few years ago. The original dub is not great (what dubs are? Why, oh, why, don't they also offer subtitled versions), this one is very poorly acted, more so that usual even for these types of films. Overall, I'd still recommend this to Godzilla fans (and I've been one since seeing King Kong vs. Godzilla in its original US showing at the drive-in when I was a kid), but it could have been so much better."
Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Baragon, OH MY!
A. C. Cronvich | 04/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oh my cod, this is it! A real Godzilla movie! After seeing the disappointing "Godzilla" from the "Independence Day" crew in 1998, I went back to Godzilla's roots and saw this 1968 classic. Godzilla, and several other monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, Baragon, Varan, Gorosaurus, and Aspiga have been imprisoned on "Monster Island." Aliens show up and bust out the giant captives. Uh-oh, there goes humanity! Monsters destroy some of the world's largest cities like New York, Moscow, and Beijing. Another bonus is King Ghidorah, Godzilla's arch nemesis (like Ernst Stravo Blofeld is to James Bond), is recruited by the aliens! SEE THIS MOVIE! It's a real treat (like a blackberry danish!) It proves that special effects of today don't make a movie great! To prove my point even further, compare this to 1998's "Godzilla" or compare the 1950's classic "War of the Worlds" to "Independence Day." YOU'LL SEE THE DIFFERENCE!"
5 star movie, 1 star DVD edition
A. C. Cronvich | 06/13/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was the best of Toho's monster flicks from the 60's. Destroy all Monsters is a battle royale featuring all your favorites; Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Barugon, Ghidrah and more. Evil aliens attack the earth, cities are leveled, tanks are squashed, roman candles are fired at rubber monster suited guys smashing their way through miniature cities, and it's it's all in vivid colorful widescreen TOHOSCOPE! Now THAT'S entertainment.My only complaint are with the DVD itself, not the movie. The old familiar AIP version from the 60's had a completely different cast of voice dubbing actors, actors I recognized from many other Toho flicks of the era. Because of this, the DVD has loses much of its' nostalgic appeal. The new dialogue is also much stiffer and corny than the original AIP version. There are no extras on this DVD either, not even a chapter search. To view a particular scene, you must speed through the entire movie! Unacceptable. This bargain basement edition is a poor way to present a classic movie such as this. I'll stick to my VHS copy taped off tv 15 years ago."