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  1. I love Rodan. I have every Godzilla movie ever made including Rodan, War of the Gargantuas, Frankenstein Conquers the World (Baragon), Mothra, Ghidorah, King Kong and Gamera as well as some other versions of giant monsters. I'll keep collecting them but the old ones are better than the new ones in some ways.

  2. Having grown up with all the Japanese monster movies in the 70's it's nice to finally see them in their original versions. Without the loud, obnoxious, and abrasive English dubbing it makes more watchable, regardless of the silliness of the films. But the contrast is startling and the Japanese versions of these films are oftentimes quite serious in their approach to the subject. Although I have to admit that Rodan is among my least favourite of the monsters and doesn't have much in ways of personality as Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah. I doubt that I will buy the Criterion Collection box set but I'm glad these films were posted. I wanted to watch them before being taken down. I still have no interest in seeing any of the modern Godzilla films, at least any of the American ones. Hopefully I have the opportunity to see Shin Godzilla sometime. Although the Godzilla suit looks good, the arms look tiny and the tail seems ridiculously long.

  3. the Monsterverse may have… slightly different stories regarding the monsters, and the special effects are awesome, but these original movies have lost none of their charm and appeal! it has been too long since I've seen any of these gems!

  4. There was a network station in Albuquerque which used to play these movies late night on Saturdays when I was a kid. I probably watched it (?) over 50 years ago, but have no memory of any of it?
    I am glad it showed up, I love old (1957 in this case) Japanese monster movies.
    64 years old, what a gem!
    As an adult, we wonder,, WHY (?) would a supersonic monster leave a contrail? And WHY does a non-flapping bird generate turbojet noises? I love this stuff!
    Cool! Toy tanks in a toy city fighting a guy in a Rodan suit!
    Oh, what a marvel!
    And overall, I don't get it. With Rodans #1 & 2, we get that #1 as toast. Uh, but #2? What's up with him/her?
    Is this the source of further Rodan iterations?

  5. Great flick! BTW, the camera that the young newlywed is using at 41:15 is a Yashima YashicaFlex Model C twin-lens reflex (TLR) which was made in Nagano Prefecture at Yashima's factory along the shores of Lake Suwa between September 1955 to June 1957. It may have been an early product placement by this famous Japanese camera maker. How's that for trivia?


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