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No doubt this will always be my favorite Godzilla movie of all time. First, I was about 10 years old the first time I saw it in a movie theater, and it was the first "monster movie" I ever remember seeing. At that time, it was genuinely scarey, and actually had pretty good special effects for the day.
Even viewing it over 50 years later, it still holds up well against the plethora of monster movies that followed in its footsteps.
Raymond Burr plays it straight and is believeable as the dedicated, hard bitten journalist tracking the monster's appearance and the subsequent mayhew. The dubbing of the Japanese actors is much better than in most of the sequels--someone really put out an effort to match the dialogue and lip movements--and the story line is clear and straightforward. The "message"--who knows what kind of bad stuff we may dig up messing with atomic bombs?--was timely when the movie was new--and probably still has value.
The love story secondary plot is interesting and the movie's end is poignant.
Who knew in 1956 that this movie would become so wildly popular and generate an entire genre of sequels, copy cats, and imitators and a gazillion collectible figures. Some of the movies that followed have been reasonably good films, but the original Godzilla stands alone above them all.
I bought this classic movie for a course that I'm teaching on the Atomic Age. This version of Godzilla was released in the United States in 1956 and stars Raymond Burr (who starred in the role of "Perry Mason" the following year) as the reporter who investigates strange happenings around Tokyo Bay. Nuclear weapons testing roused Godzilla, "King of the Monsters," from the deep. A scientist, Dr. Serizawa, knows of a weapon that could kill Godzilla but the price to pay would be the environmental destruction of Tokyo Bay. Created in the aftermath of Operation Castle, the movie raises questions about the ecological and environmental changes wrought by nuclear testing in the wake of tests, like Bravo in March 1954 in which the Japanese ship Lucky Dragon found itself in the path of fallout. The Lucky Dragon incident in particular popularized the effects upon daily life of radioactive fallout from nuclear testing.
Made in 1958 this is the original Godzilla movie (Goira in Japan)with insertions of Raymond Burr as Steve Martin who plays a journalist reporting aparent sitings of a prehistoric Monster in Japan.
The movie is filmed in glorious Black & White.
This is by far better paced than the original which to my mind is a bit long,and could have done with at least 20 minutes cut from it.The Story unfolds when several boats go missing on the Japan sea,or are literally blasted out of the water by something unknown(i.e Godzilla).
Finally, an expedition sights Godzilla who wrecks havoc in Tokyo,and the autorities hatch a devilish plan to surround him with telegraph wires and electrocute him!.This needless to say fails!.The film ends with a young Doctor using his own Oxygen Destroyer to kill Godzilla,but as we know he came back from the dead to star in to date another 31 Movies!.
What do I like/love about it? Everything!
What do I dislike about it? Nothing.
Why did I decide to buy it?
Because it's the original! It's a classic film! No film/DVD collection would be complete without it. And because I grew up watching it at least once a month on "The Early Show" on TV from Philly. This film along with "King Kong" were a staple of the afternoon/early evening fare to scare the pants off us kids. We loved it along with alot of other films too.
All in all, A GREAT FILM!!!
If you are a godzilla fan ~you won't be disappointed with this movie...if you are a new fan of godzilla,this movie will show you why godzilla is king of th emonsters!.it's full of action,slow at first,then picks up the pace right up till the end.some monsters are newish,some are old foes of godzilla.remember,as the number#1 rule~You must have a nice hot bowl of popcorn to enjoy this movie to it's fullest ;)
good all around movie for all ages :)