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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week: Starman Double Feature ...



Yoinked from wikipedia and my own awesome movie knowledge ...


"Atomic Rulers of the World (or just Atomic Rulers) is a 1964 film edited together for American television from films #1 and #2 of the Japanese short film series Super Giant. The story involves the superhero Starman who is sent by the Emerald Planet to protect Earth from the nuclear holocaust threatened by the country of Meropol.




Super Giant (スーパージャイアンツ, Sūpā Jaiantsu?, literally translated as "Super Giants") is a fictional Japanese superhero featured in a successful series of serial-like tokusatsu short feature films produced by Shintoho Company, Ltd. (the non-union branch of Toho). He is also known in Japan as Giant of Steel (鋼鉄の巨人, Kōtetsu no Kyojin?), is known in America as Starman, and known in France as Spaceman. Whereas Takeo Nagamatsu's 1930 kamishibai The Golden Bat (Ōgon Batto) was Japan's first modern superhero (and had many manga, anime and tokusatsu adaptations), Shintoho's Super Giant was the first celluloid superhero, and the role model for many Japanese superheroes to come, especially Ultraman and Kamen Rider.


Whereas Takeo Nagamatsu's 1930 kamishibai The Golden Bat (Ōgon Batto) was Japan's first modern superhero (and had many manga, anime and tokusatsu adaptations), Shintoho's Super Giant was the first celluloid superhero, and the role model for many Japanese superheroes to come, especially Ultraman and Kamen Rider.




The 9 Super Giant films were purchased for distribution to U.S. television and edited into 4 films by Walter Manley Enterprises and Medallion Films. The 2 original Japanese films which went into Atomic Rulers of the World (Super Giant and Super Giant Continues) were 49 minutes and 53 minutes in duration. The two films were edited into one 83-minute film. The original films were two parts of a complete story, but a total of 19 minutes was cut during the re-editing, dropping elements from both films. Dubbing was handled by Titra Studios of New York, using many of the voices common in dubbed films of the time, including Peter Fernandez. The original music soundtrack was largely replaced by library tracks. The result was a product considerably different from the Japanese originals.


Super Giant was played in all films by respected film/TV actor Ken Utsui. However, Utsui hated playing Super Giant, and to this day refuses to talk about the role. This was partially on account of the somewhat embarrassing costume, especially the somewhat overstuffed crotch area (the producers thought that females were attracted to men with big anatomy, so they stuffed the crotch area with cotton). Nevertheless, this did not stop the audience's enjoyment of the movies.




Evil Brain from Outer Space is a 1964 film edited together for American television from films #7, #8 and #9 of the Japanese short film series Super Giant. The film concerns Starman's efforts to save the Earth from the followers of Balazar, an evil genius from the planet Zemar whose brain has been preserved after his own assassination.


Evil Brain from Outer Space is currently available on two DVD releases. Something Weird Video with Image Entertainment released the film and the other Starman film, Attack from Space on a single disc on December 10, 2002. Alpha Video also released a budget-priced disc of the film on July 27, 2004."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Coffee

Pills

A Few Chips

Popcorn

Freshly picked grapes ... we have SO MANY GRAPES!!!




Root Beer

Pain Meds

Copious Amounts Of Bloody Green Phlegm




... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movies of the Week in their entirety ABSOLUTELY FREE!


Please, though, a few rules first. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater and all talkers will be shot mercilessly. No cell phones or African-American berries in the theater.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


Oh, and don't forget to enjoy the show y'all!







POSTSCRIPT: for some strange reason my blog will only let me post 4 or 5 pages at a time instead of the usual 10 or 12 I post. This means that until I get it fixed this blog may look a little tweaked out wonky. I apologize for the visual inconvenience.


I also wanted to show you THIS old it from volume 12 (I believe) of the Uncle John Bathroom Reader ...




Crazy, right?


Enjoy the show!

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