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post #551 of 660

He's already on tap for the Godzilla/Rodan/Mothra movie.

post #552 of 660
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Originally Posted by Chaz View Post

Return of Godzilla gets a DVD release.
http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2016/05/19/exclusive-the-return-of-godzilla-blu-ray-dvd-details-from-kraken-releasing/
This will be the Japanese version of what is know as Godzilla 1985. So no Raymond Burr, and product placement for Dr Pepper
Finally I can replace my bootleg!
post #553 of 660

It's coming out on my birthday! Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

post #554 of 660
It's coming out a month and a day after my birthday! I guess I can get fucked.
post #555 of 660

Yeah, fuck off and die Bradito. Big G doesn't like you either!

 

:mad:

post #556 of 660
"Godzilla 1985" was the first Godzilla movie that I ever saw as a young 'un. It scared me so much, I couldn't sleep that night.
post #557 of 660
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"Godzilla 1985" was the first Godzilla movie that I ever saw as a young 'un. It scared me so much, I couldn't sleep that night.

 

Really? I can't remember the first time I saw it but I always knew it was a guy in a rubber suit. Still, it's a great movie. Definitely one of my favorite iterations of Big G.

post #558 of 660
I was afraid of everything when I was 5. "Ghostbusters" scared me.
post #559 of 660

 Godzilla 1985 was the first time I saw Godzilla on the big screen and it blew my mind! I actually felt bad for Godzilla when he fell down the volcano.

post #560 of 660

I got back from a business trip to Sapporo yesterday, and wanted to post my thoughts on this film somewhere. I haven't been on CHUD for nearly half-a-decade, mostly posted in the Asian catch-all thread when Dellamorte and several others were the usual crew. I'm a pretty big tokusatsu fan, I don't think it's a genre that gets enough appreciation. Aesthetically it provides one of the most unique art-styles in cinema, and the genre doesn't get enough credit for what it tries to achieve metaphorically outside of the original Godzilla (I legitimately think Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah is one of the top 50 films from the last decade).

 

My Japanese is OK, but I had real trouble following a lot of the conversations, which make up a good 75% of the film. They're delivered at a rapid pace, almost like a 40s-style Hawks film. The film is primarily a Contagion-esque type film which procedurally looks at how the different branches of Japanese government react to this crisis. With that said, I didn't think it was boring in the slightest, in fact, Hideaki Anno mis-en-scene is kind of wonderful, he tries different groups of table formations and camera angles to keep these meeting scenes visually interesting. I'm honestly not a big anime fan, so Anno's work isn't really my forte, but his indie work Love & Pop was great when I saw it years ago.

 

Thematically this film is pretty much in stark contrast to the aforementioned Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. Where that film was all about Japan being reminded of war atrocities and suffocating the nationalistic chants for an autonomous military, this film outright encourages those actions. In a lot of ways, this movie plays out like a farce for how incompetent the Japanese government is during times of crisis. The prime minister is portrayed as a pacifist fool. His reliance on the United States is what gets him killed. The relationship with the United States is portrayed as incredibly contentious too. They threaten to nuke Tokyo, although they ultimately play a pivotal role in defeating Godzilla. 

 

I would say as a tokusatsu fan this film was a major disappointment, and ultimately my biggest problem with the film. There's very little actual practical effects on display outside of a few miniatures. Godzilla is all-CGI, except for maybe two or three shots. At its best, the CGI convinces you that there's a guy in a suit walking around (which I mean as a compliment). During its worst, it looks Asylum-tier at some points. It probably is the best CGI to come out of Japan though (which, again, isn't saying much).

 

As for Anno's portrayal of Godzilla, I was completely fine with it, although I'm sure it's going to receive some backlash from stupid fans. He lacks any real-type of personality, outside of an early guppy-form which looks kind of sad and terrified. Which is another thing, he seems to be constantly transforming throughout the film. It starts off as overt transformations and develops into smaller things like the color and configuration of his laser beam. I could continue this discussion, but it revolves around the ending and I won't spoil it for those who want to remain surprised.

 

At the very least, I would recommend checking the film out just for the film's politics alone. I think it's played a role in the film's success in Japan, my audience was packed and buzzing about it afterword. It's kind of astounding considering that the Japanese live-action film industry has been in the dumps for nearly a decade now (the only thing that makes money anymore are foreign blockbusters and manga adaptations).

post #561 of 660
It sounds fascinating, if kinda dull.
Has fumigation announced a US release date?
post #562 of 660
Fandango is listing Shin Godzilla, under the US title Godzilla Resurgence, coming to a theater near me in mid-October.
post #563 of 660
Yay!
post #564 of 660

Hooray indeed!  

post #565 of 660
I hope it opens at a theater near me as well!
post #566 of 660
If it doesn't, let me know. I can help you live vicariously by taking selfies of myself watching it.
post #567 of 660
You must!
post #568 of 660

Its coming to my local theater too.

post #569 of 660
October 11th!
post #570 of 660
How funny would it be if the Post-Release Thread was just the three of us?
post #571 of 660
And it's me asking the two of you for spoilers because it never played near me.
post #572 of 660

The fandango synopsis reads like parody:

 

A massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through Tokyo, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness.

post #573 of 660
It sounds more like "Trump Goes to Japan."
post #574 of 660
The American theatrical release for Shin Godzilla has a trailer now. It's fascinating to me to compare the mood of this one to the funereal air of the trailer for Japanese audiences. It's somber mourning for the lives lost over Fukushima, versus "fuck yeah! Saturday afternoon nostalgia! Godzilla's back!"

post #575 of 660

1984's RETURN OF GODZILLA is out today on Blu-Ray!  Buy it!

post #576 of 660
Or else what?!
post #577 of 660
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Or else what?!

 

Trump becomes President.

 

Happy now, Bradito?!

post #578 of 660
Well, I've done my civic duty. Blu-ray purchased.

America, you owe me one.
post #579 of 660

What has two thumbs and a ticket to "Shin Godzilla" next month?

 

This guy!

 

*Godzilla roar*

post #580 of 660

Excellent news! Now if only they'd let us Canadian fans know where it's playing.

 

Come on already!

post #581 of 660
Weirdly, it's showing only once on a Tuesday. But it's at my local art house, so I can't complain.
post #582 of 660

Apparently it's opening up here on October 12th, a Wednesday.  Just waiting for the tickets to go on sale is killing me!

post #583 of 660
Ooh, we get it a day earlier.

USA! USA! USA!
post #584 of 660
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Ooh, we get it a day earlier.

USA! USA! USA!

 

 

Oh yeah? Well your hockey team sucks and you smell bad.

post #585 of 660
We have a hockey team?
post #586 of 660
And if we all just smell bad on a general, base level to you, that's just the work of your vomeronasal organ failing you. You've developed an aversion to our antibodies, ya dope!
post #587 of 660

'The vomeronasal organ (VNO), or the Jacobson's organ, is an auxiliary olfactory sense organ that is found in many animals. It lies close to the vomer and nasal bones. It was discovered by Frederik Ruysch prior to 1732 and later by Ludwig Jacobson in 1813.Among mammals, sex pheromones that advertise sexual readiness to potential mates are often, although not exclusively, detected by the VNO.'

 

~this explanation was brought to you by The Friends of Chemical Communication~

post #588 of 660
I've been watching "Godzilla 1984" in the evenings before bed. I love how both America and the USSR are like, "We totally need to nuke Godzilla," and Japan's like, "Uhhh, what about the idea where we push him into a volcano?"
post #589 of 660

In the background rite now, cable TV is playing 'Godzilla Raids Again' from 1955.

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This is the Americanized movie, dubbed in hilarious stereotypical Japanese accent used in TV and films in the past. In the in-film news reports, clips from old American monster movies, like lizards with fins glued on and guys in cheap T-Rex costumes walking in the desert are used as examples of monster reports.

The Godzilla in this wasn't bad tho. Kinda gnarly lookin. Lots of flaming pyrotechnics. Lots of brilliant miniatures crumble.

post #590 of 660

Bought my advance ticket for Shin Godzilla on October 11th. Unfortunately, the only nearby place it's playing at is the local mega-mall, which is way too damn big, has creepy, stalker-y homeless people everywhere and has been known to have Hookers servicing their clients in the parking lot. So there's 2 reasons not to go there. But I'll manage.

post #591 of 660
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 Hookers servicing their clients in the parking lot.

Can you give me the exact address of this mall?.. .. .

post #592 of 660
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Can you give me the exact address of this mall?.. .. .

 

 

 

It's a fucking monster.

post #593 of 660
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In the background rite now, cable TV is playing 'Godzilla Raids Again' from 1955.
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This is the Americanized movie, dubbed in hilarious stereotypical Japanese accent used in TV and films in the past. In the in-film news reports, clips from old American monster movies, like lizards with fins glued on and guys in cheap T-Rex costumes walking in the desert are used as examples of monster reports.
The Godzilla in this wasn't bad tho. Kinda gnarly lookin. Lots of flaming pyrotechnics. Lots of brilliant miniatures crumble.


I had forgotten that Anguirus dated back that far in the franchise's history.
post #594 of 660
It's good that he and Godzilla were able to make up and become friends later
post #595 of 660

There are Godzilla movies I'd rather watch than Godzilla Raids Again, but it is a solid entry in the series. Geogre Takei is one of the actors who dubbed the movie.

post #596 of 660
The filmmakers hadn't gotten down the slo-motion for Godzilla yet tho, he moved way too fast. I was impressed with the small details in the minitures. When they crumbled it was in lots of little pieces, not panels of pre-cut buildings. But still, stuff exploded a bit too quickly and with huge fireballs--what do the builders in the movie make structures out of, C4?!

 


Edited by stevehauk - 9/22/16 at 7:53am
post #597 of 660
Those early model buildings are probably full of powdered aluminum or magnesium, like they used to use for camera flashes. I can imagine it taking several franchise installments before Ishirō Honda found the mixture and quantity that produced ideal results.
post #598 of 660

Seeing SHIN GODZILLA next Wednesday!

 

So fucking excited!

 

 

post #599 of 660
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Seeing SHIN GODZILLA next Wednesday!

 

So fucking excited!

 

 

Me too!

post #600 of 660
Seeing it Tuesday.

I'm better than you guys.
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