Tuesday, June 26, 2007

GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER

From Classic Media/Genius Products comes another excellent Toho kaiju classic, GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964).

In this exciting entry in the long-running Godzilla series, the Big G, Rodan and larval Mothra must team up to protect Earth from the invading golden space dragon known as Ghidorah. The triple-threat Ghidorah (a/k/a "King" Ghidorah) went on to become one of the big G's most popular adversaries. It’s also with this film that Godzilla first becomes a good guy (albeit reluctantly), and it’s the first of Toho’s giant monster flicks to feature more than two monsters in the main action.

The DVD is another fantastic package from the Classic Media folks, containing both the original Japanese cut of the film, and the somewhat altered and shorter U.S. version (GHIDRAH). Both transfers are very nice: sharp, clean and colorful, with only minor print damage. Both versions are presented in their correct anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio.

Bonus features include an audio commentary by author and G-fan David Kalat, a movie poster slide show, the original theatrical trailer, and a text biography of effects maestro Eiji Tsuburaya.

Highly recommended.

BUY: Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster