Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 5th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1969
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Tomonori Yazaki, Eisei Amamoto, Sachio Sakai,Kazuo Suzuki, Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Shigeki Ishida
DVD Released: 2006
Approximate Running Time: 67 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Mono
DVD Release: Madmen Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 4 PAL
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Ichiro is a quite and withdrawn young boy who is being bullied by his classmates. During his free time Ichiro likes to day dream about visiting Monster Island and watching Godzilla fight the other monsters. Ichiro becomes friends with Godzilla’s son Minilla. One day after running away from some bullies Ichiro stumbles across an abandoned building where two bank robbers have been hiding out. The more time Ichiro spends on Monster Island the more his courage and confidence grows. Will Ichiro be able to face his fears head on or will he quickly restore to the frightened little boy his once was?
The 1969 Godzilla film All Monsters Attack must have seemed liked a great departure from the films that preceded it. This film would be geared towards a younger audience. The action most of which comes the way via stock footage from other Godzilla films is sub par in quality and execution. The reason behind these lackluster effects lays mostly on the fact that Eiji Tsuburaya who supervised most of the Godzilla films effects was ill and unable to work on this film. Director Ishirô Honda would step in and supervise the special effects for Godzilla: All Monsters Attack. Pacing and directing wise Ishirô Honda does a good job keeping things moving and interesting. The story may be a tad sentimental and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Despite its shortcomings Godzilla: All Monsters Attack is ultimately a film about courage and overcoming ones fears.
Madman presents Godzilla: All Monsters Attack in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look faithfully reproduced with only a few minor instances where the colors look a tad off. Black levels are strong and shadow detail looks sharp through out. There is no problem with edge enhancement and print damage is virtually non existent.
This release comes with four audio options and two languages (Japanese and English). The audio is available in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital mono. The Japanese and English 5.1 remix’s sound stretched out and not as robust as their mono counterparts. The best sounding mix is the Japanese Dolby Digital mono and the one in the worst shape is the English Dolby Digital mono mix. All the audio mixes are free of any hiss or distortion expect the English Dolby Digital mono mix which has some noticeable his through out. On all four tracks dialog is easy to follow and the music and effects blend in nicely with the rest of the mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and understand have been included.
Extras for this release include the original Japanese trailer, a poster gallery with three images, a trivia gallery and trailers for other titles released by Madmen including other Godzilla titles. This release comes with a reversible cover that has alternative cover art on the inside cover and Japanese text written on it.
Madmen Entertainment’s Godzilla: All Monsters Attack release is currently the best priced English friendly version of this film currently available on DVD.
Note: Sony in region 1 is releasing a Special edition DVD for Godzilla: All Monsters Attack under the title Godzilla’s Revenge in March 2007.