Invasion Of Astro Monster

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By: Denis Blot

 

DVD Features

Video: 2.35:1 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0

Audio Commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV
Image Gallery and Poster Slide Show
Tomoyuki Tanaka Biography
Original Japanese Trailer

Theatrical release: 12/19/1965
DVD released on 6/05/2007 by Classic Media
Running time of 94 minutes

Starring: Kumi Mizuno, Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Nick Adams, Akira Takarada

Director: Ishiro Honda

Plot: Aliens from Planet X borrow our monsters for a little extermination project, but they’ve got something else up their sleeves: world domination! Using mind-control technology, these vinyl-and-sunglasses wearing spacemen turn Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah loose in Japan, demanding Earth’s surrender! It’s up to American astronaut F. Glenn, his galaxy-trotting buddy Fuji, and nerdy investor Tetsuo to break the aliens’ hold on the monsters and save our planet from certain doom.

 

 

Tim enters a Dairy Queen and sees Mike sitting in a booth eating an M&M Blizzard.  He goes over and the two exchange the obligatory “what’s up”, after which Tim takes out a DVD of “Invasion of Astro-Monster” from his faded black messenger bag and hands it over to Mike.
Tim – Thanks for this
Mike – Oh, so you finally got around to watching it, what did you think?.
Tim – Well it definitely was campy like you said it would be, but I thought it was weird that they brought Ghidorah back.
Mike – Yeah I know, it’s almost the same movie as “Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster” except done Sci-fi style.
Tim – Also Godzilla is much more aggressive in “Ghidorah”, in “Invasion of Astro-Monster” he does that weird dance and takes that boxing stance while fighting, it made me laugh but at the same time annoyed cause Godzilla isn’t like that.
Mike – Yeah I know right, I mean it seriously cracked me up when I saw that but then I was like what the Hell that not how Godzilla is supposed to be.
Tim – The Special effects were pretty cool, especially when they haul Godzilla and Rodan into space.
Mike – Yeah, the models were really realistic too…did you check out any of the extras on the DVD?
Tim – Yeah, that mini-doc on..on what’s his name, uh..Tomo, Tomo
Mike – Tomoyuki Tanaka
Tim – Yeah (enunciates slowly) T-O-M-O-Y-U-K-I  T-A-N-A-K-A, ever wonder if Asians think our names sound funny?
Mike – They probably do, I always wanted to know what the name Godzilla means.
Tim – Never thought of that, why? Thinking of changing your name?
Mike – (Laughing) That would be pretty damn cool I’ll have to look into that.
Tim – (Grinning) Definitely Godzilla Schlesinger has a great ring to it.
Mike – Ha, point taken…so what did you think of that documentary?
Tim – Interesting, but thank God it was short cause they way it looked reminded me a little of watching one of those educational programs at school.
Mike – Except that if they were showing us stuff about Godzilla in school I would have paid more attention…
Tim – Same thing with the commentary, I mean that guy talking definitely knew his shit about Godzilla and Asian films but it sounded like he was reading a report or something.
Mike – You mean all those awkward pauses? Yeah, I thought that was weird too, but you know how much I LOVE Godzilla movies so I eat that DVD extra shit up.
Tim – Oh I know Godzilla Schlesinger, c’mon lets head over to the theatre, I want a good seat.
Mike – You know I heard “Transformers” doesn’t have much story just good effects.
Tim – Doesn’t surprise me, Michael Bay directed it, but hey nothing wrong with seeing good explosions for two hours.
Mike – Whatever, as long as he didn’t change too much of the original storyline…
Tim – Hey, you have any other good monster films? I mean “Invasion of Astro-Monster” was good but I’m glad I didn’t have to rent it.

Reviewer’s Opinion: BORROW IT!!

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