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Monday, May 5, 2014

Free Godzilla Movie Marathon, Part 9 ...

The big Gojira movie marathon keeps on rolling!

In celebration of the new Godzilla movie, here is the freaking ninth aaaaabsolutely free Godzilla movie posted here on this blog in about the last two or three weeks. It's a straight up free Godzillabration and, for those of you just tuning in, here are the films that we've 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)

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


Vigorously yoinked from the dreaded wikipedia monster ...

"King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira?) is a 1962 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, and Mie Hama. It was the third installment in the Japanese series of films featuring the monster Godzilla. It was also the first of two Japanese made films featuring the King Kong character (or rather, its Toho Studios counterpart) and also the first time both King Kong and Godzilla appeared on film in color and widescreen. Produced as part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration, this film remains the most commercially successful of all the Godzilla films to date. The film was released theatrically in the United States in the summer of 1963 by Universal International.

Eiji Tsuburaya had a stated intention to move the Godzilla series in a lighter direction. This approach was not favoured by most of the effects crew, who couldn't believe some of the things Tsuburaya asked them to do, such as Kong and Godzilla volleying a giant boulder back and forth. But Tsuburaya wanted to appeal to children's sensibilities and broaden the genre's audience. This approach was favored by Toho and to this end, King Kong vs. Godzilla has a much lighter tone than the previous two Godzilla films and contains a great deal of humor within the action sequences. With the exception of the next film, Mothra vs Godzilla, this film began the trend to portray Godzilla and the monsters with more and more anthropomorphism as the series progressed, to appeal more to younger children. Ishirô Honda was not a fan of the dumbing down of the monsters. Years later Honda stated in an interview 'I don't think a monster should ever be a comical character. The public is more entertained when the great King Kong strikes fear into the hearts of the little characters.' The decision was also taken to shoot the film in a (2.35:1) scope ratio (Tohoscope) and to film in color (Eastman Color), marking both monsters' first widescreen and color portrayals."

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