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Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Godzilla Movie Marathon, Part 11 ...

This epic Godzillathon just keeps on rolling!

In celebration of the upcoming Godzilla movie, this blog is having a big ass Godzilla movie marathon! And today we have the eleventh aaaaaaabsolutely free Godzilla movie that has been posted here in about the last three or so weeks. How awesome is that, huh?

And for those of you just tuning in, here are the films that have been shown so far ...

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla Raids Again (Cinema Insomnia)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Godzilla vs The Sea Monster (MST3K)
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Godzilla 2000 (1999)

... and now, for your viewing pleasure, I present today's classic free Godzilla movie.


Yoinked vigorously from the amazing wikipedia gods ...

"Godzilla vs. Gigan, released in Japan as Chikyū Kogeki Meirei: Godzilla tai Gigan (地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン, lit. 'Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla vs. Gigan'), is a 1972 Japanese Science Fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi and Minoru Takashima. The 12th film of the Godzilla series, this film featured the return of Godzilla's greatest foe King Ghidorah. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was displeased with the previous film, Godzilla vs Hedorah, and wanted to return the series to the more traditional route of well known monsters and an alien invasion plot. This was the last film in which Godzilla was portrayed by Haruo Nakajima who had played the character since the first film in 1954. The film received a limited theatrical release in the United States in 1978 by Cinema Shares as Godzilla on Monster Island.

After attempts to make another Hedorah movie failed, Toho begun work on a very different project with Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive. The script called for a total of six monsters, including the creation of three new kaiju: Gigan, Megalon, and Majin Tuol(a giant Daimajin like statue). The film was not to be though, and the idea was reworked into The Return of King Ghidorah, before that project was canned as well. Although this particular film idea was scrapped, elements from it would be used in later Toho films, as Gigan and the Godzilla Tower would appear in this finished product as well as its sequel (Gigan has also become a staple in the video games, and re-appeared in 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars), and Megalon would go on to star in that sequel entitled Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973).

The majority of the film's soundtrack consists of recycled cues from previous Toho films such as Frankenstein Conquers the World, Atragon, King Kong Escapes and several other Godzilla films. Akira Ifukube, who composed the music in all those movies, receives credit in the film. In addition to those stock tracks, several themes composed by Ifukube for the Mitsubishi Pavilion at Expo '70 are used throughout the movie. A new song called 'Godzilla March' sung by Susumu Ishikawa and composed by Kunio Miyauchi, plays at the end of the film. Isikawa also performed two more new songs ('Go! Go! Godzilla' and 'Defeat Gigan') that were released on the soundtrack album.

In 1978, Cinema Shares released an edited cut of the international version of Godzilla vs. Gigan in North America. This version was re-titled Godzilla on Monster Island despite the fact that about a minute of the film actually takes place on Monster Island. Godzilla On Monster Island was frequently shown in television syndication throughout the 80s, and it aired several times on The Sci-Fi Channel before being replaced by the widescreen international version in 2002. In 1988, New World Pictures picked up the home video rights to Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Toho provided New World Video with prints of the international versions, now titled Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, respectively. The dubbing was the same, but both films were now restored to their full length. These versions were subsequently re-released on video in 1992 by Starmaker Video, in 1997 by Anchor Bay and in 2004 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Sony DVDs feature newly remastered prints of Toho's original international versions."

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