07/02/2015  
Goodbye to All That on DVD Jul 14My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests on DVD Jun 30First Peoples on DVD Jul 7Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on Digital Jun 30 & Blu-ray Combo Jul 14Tough Being Loved By Jerks on DVD Jun 9Turbo Fast: Season One on DVD June 2Inside the Court of Henry VIII on DVD Jun 16

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

'Star Trek 3' Title Revealed by Director Justin Lin: Ta...
Mexico Won't Be Sending Anyone To Miss Universe Pageant...
Goodbye to All That on DVD Jul 14...
Cosby lawyer: Unsealing court docs 'terribly embarrassi...
Disney bans selfie sticks at all theme parks, including...
Jimmy Fallon hospitalized after hand injury...
Photos From New Episodes of "The X-Files"...
Apple's decision to pay artists a win for indies, Taylo...
My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests...
Watch The Stars of 'True Detective' Make Shocking Confe...



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

ADV presents
Destroy All Monsters (1971)

"Ghidorah is a space monster; the monsters from Earth cannot win. I will get in touch with you when you feel like giving up."
- Kiraaku Queen (Kyoko Ai)

Review By: Mark Zimmer   
Published: April 12, 2000

Stars: Akira Kubo
Other Stars: Yukiko Kobayashi, Kyoko Ai
Director: Ishiro Honda

Manufacturer: DVSS
MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 01h:29m:07s
Release Date: February 22, 2000
UPC: 702727001024
Genre: sci-fi


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B CB+C F

DVD Review

Okay, true confessions time. This film, one of the biggest Japanese movie monster extravaganzas ever produced, holds a fond place in my heart as the first movie I ever went to by myself back in 1971. I loved it then, and I still do, though I watch it with a somewhat more jaundiced and critical eye after nearly thirty years.

The film features all the people in rubber monster suits that you could possibly hope to see. The king of them all, Godzilla is here, as are Mothra (in caterpillar form rather than moth form—apparently he can reverse the usual development process), Rodan, Ghidorah, Manda, Baragon and a host of others that I've never seen in any film besides this one.

We learn that by 1999 all of Earth's monsters have been gathered together on a single island, quaintly named Monsterland (never mind continuity from other films where these monsters were destroyed or escaped beneath the sea, etc.). However, alien invaders bent on repopulating Earth with a scientific civilization decide to make the process easier by releasing the monsters in Monsterland and forcing them to wipe out Earth's population centers. While not well explained in the film, the aliens from Kiraak (a planet-sized asteroid supposedly lying between Mars and Jupiter) seem to have the ability to teleport the monsters from place to place; One minute Godzilla is in New York and Rodan is in Moscow, and the next both of them are in Tokyo.

As you can probably tell from the foregoing, the makers of this film aren't taking the proceedings very seriously, but are just having a good time getting all of these monsters together and wreaking havoc. The production values and special effects are surprisingly good considering it is being treated as a kiddy film. I had a great time with this guilty pleasure; I think I probably would have even if it didn't bring back childhood memories of the big monster hullabaloo.

The disc is presented only in widescreen, with English dubbing. No subtitles in any language are included.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: C

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreenno - no
Original Aspect Ratioyesno
Anamorphicnono


Image Transfer Review: We are clearly seeing a marriage of two prints: an old English-language print and a new transfer of a Japanese print with English dubbing added on it. The opening English titles are slightly damaged and speckled throughout, as are the closing titles. In between, we are presented with a beautiful, nearly pristine print. The one distraction is that there is a occasional irritating white bar at the bottom of the picture when a scene changes. If this is on the master, I wish it would have been digitally eliminated. However, the irritation is pretty minor. The vast majority of the running time has absolutely gorgeous video.

Colors are eye-popping and vivid throughout; the yellow-orange space-suits of the astronauts in particular stand out. Blacks are solid and shadows deep throughout the film. No artifacting was visible to me anywhere. Detail is fine and really stands out; at times, you can even see the individual stitches in the fabric making up Ghidorah's wings. Except for the title sequences, this is a beautiful non-anamorphic transfer, which is quite astonishing when you consider this is a 30-year old children's film of little redeeming social merit. I heartily approve.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0English Monono


Audio Transfer Review: The sound is a so-so 2-channel mono. The music comes through very nicely and generally doesn't sound too distorted. The dubbing is fairly decent, although there are a few instances of clearly inappropriate voice casting. Obviously, the dialogue all sounds ADR-produced and slightly unnatural. There are some rather noisy reel changes which could have been handled better.

Audio Transfer Grade: C

 

Disc Extras

no menu
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single
Layers Switch: na

Extras Review: Due to contract restrictions with Toho studios, the extras on this disc are limited to nothing whatsoever. There is not even a menu nor even any chapter stops, so going directly to one particular scene involves a tedious amount of fast-forwarding. I fail to understand Toho's attitude on this point; I can understand their desire not to have a Japanese-language version with removable subtitles to come back into Japan as an import (as was the case with Criterion's original issue of The Seven Samurai), but I can't fathom the absence of any chapter stops. When I was trying to get to a sequence in the middle, I felt like I was running a VHS tape!

Extras Grade: F

 

Final Comments

A beautiful presentation of a guilty pleasure. Those who prefer Godzilla as a guy in a rubber suit rather than mega-million-dollar CGI will be right at home with this film. The lack of extras (even chapter stops) is the main shortcoming. However, given the low list price on this DVD, it is still an extremely good value for those with a longing for multiple monsters destroying the world in a good old-fashioned manner.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

movie, sci-fy, star trek, justin lin, j.j. abrams, star trek beyond, zoe soldana, chris pine, celebrity, donald trump, republican presidential candidate, nbc, televisa, ora tv, lupita jones, carlos slim, larry king, drama, bill cosby, sex-assault lawsuit, associated press, george m. gowen iii, disneyland, disney california adventure, selfie sticks banned, california screaming, coachella, lollapalooza, television, jimmy fallon, tonight show, hand injury, x files, david duchovny, gillian anderson, fox, january 24, 2016, music, apple music, allen kovac, motley crue, taylor swift, elvis costello, calvin harris, animation, kids, the tonight show, colin ferrell, vince vaughn, true detective, hbo, nbc nightly news, brian williams, anchor, matt lauer, today, msnbc, lester holt, mark feldstein, inside out, pixar, mindy-disgust, amy poehler-joy, phyllis smith-sadness, fear-bill hader, anger-lewis black., nbc evening news, cnn, robert barnett, daytime soap oprah, general hospital, genie francis, anthony geary, foo fighters, cancellations, wembley stadium, murrayfield, dave grohl, sci-fi, adventure action, avengers: age of ultron, spectre, star wars, cbs, big brother, julie chen, wwe wrestler, professional poker player, a poker dealer, a dentist, and a few college students, documentary, mission: impossible - rogue nation, tom cruise, pixels, adam sandler, ted 2, mark wahlberg, terminator genisys, arnold schwarzenegger, doctor strange, chiwetel ejiofor, benedict cumberbatch, tilda swinton, nightly news, the today show, dateline nbc, duck dynasty, jep robertson, jessica, the good, the bad, and the grace of god: what honesty and pain taught us about faith, family, and forgiveness, good morning america, beyonce, marco gorges, comedy, bridge of spies, tom hanks, steven spielberg, matt carman, coen brothers, spy thriller, true events, mission:impossible rogue nation, christopher mcquarrie, kirk krack, rebecca ferguson, lifetime, deadly adoption, kristen wiig, will ferrell, fantastic beasts and where to find them, eddie redmayne. the theory of everything, louis xiii genius award, critics choice television award, seth mcfarlane, a&e networkfa, family guy

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store