Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby Stump Feet » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:49 am

Terasawa wrote:I'm 99.9% sure the Megalon score was newly recorded for that movie, but Manabe reused his Godzilla theme composition (but not the recording) from Hedorah.

That’s gotta be it then because a few themes sound insanely similar, especially the bing boing theme :lol:
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby GojiDog » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:36 am

Both Godzilla Vs. Hedorah and Godzilla Vs. Megalon used the same Godzilla motif with the heroic and triumphant horns that almost sounds like a diesel truck horn being played repeatedly, lol.

But even with that similarity and the same composer, both films sound different and fit the tones of their respective films. GVH has creepier and more intense music to coincide with the horror elements in the film, and GVM is more lighthearted and silly throughout.
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby Zarm » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:40 pm

And thank goodness that it was an original score, or we might have been deprived of the majesty that is the Jet Jaguar motif, and song!
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby edgaguirus » Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:31 am

Zarm wrote:And thank goodness that it was an original score, or we might have been deprived of the majesty that is the Jet Jaguar motif, and song!


Agreed. What would we do without that song?
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby Jeff-Goldblum2 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:32 am

Anyone notice the look on Gigan's face when Jet Jaguars starts to fly and rescues himself and Godzilla from the ring of fire?

Now Gigan's and Megalon's reaction is intentional, but Gigan's jaw is dropped and I wonder if that was also intentional or just because of the design of the suit.

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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby Terasawa » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:35 am

Jeff-Goldblum2 wrote:Anyone notice the look on Gigan's face when Jet Jaguars starts to fly and rescues himself and Godzilla from the ring of fire?

Now Gigan's and Megalon's reaction is intentional, but Gigan's jaw is dropped and I wonder if that was also intentional or just because of the design of the suit.


Likely intentional: Megalon's mouth is agape too.
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby edgaguirus » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:08 pm

It's not unusual for kaiju to show reactions or some kind of emotion. Hedorah is closing its eyes in satisfaction as it feeds, and then they fly open as soon as Godzilla's roar is heard. Gigan and Megalon acting shocked that the heroes escape their trap is in the vein. Things like that help audiences connect to these giant monsters.
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby Terasawa » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:38 am

The tagline on the poster proclaims:

「傷だらけのゴジラ必殺のウルトラC!」

...which means something like "Severely-wounded Godzilla's deadly Ultra C!"

Jisho.org defines Ultra C: "noun. amazing feat; trump card; (something) earth-shattering​. Colloquialism, Wasei, word made in Japan, From English “ultra C”. Wasei (word made in Japan), from C having been the highest degree of difficulty in artistic gymnastics when the term was coined."

According to August Ragone, "At the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Yukio Endo had captured three gold medals and one silver with his lightning-fast parallel-bar maneuver called the "Ultra C." The term became a household word due to its frequent use by NHK announcer Bunya Suzuki, who shouted "ULTRA!" every time the Japanese gymnast scored high marks. "Ultra" became quite the catch-word in Japan." Wikipedia gives a slightly different history, tying it to the 1968 Olympics instead.

"Ultra C" was the inspiration for the title Ultra Q. What is Godzilla's deadly Ultra C?

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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:48 pm

Terasawa wrote:The tagline on the poster proclaims:

「傷だらけのゴジラ必殺のウルトラC!」

...which means something like "Severely-wounded Godzilla's deadly Ultra C!"

Jisho.org defines Ultra C: "noun. amazing feat; trump card; (something) earth-shattering​. Colloquialism, Wasei, word made in Japan, From English “ultra C”. Wasei (word made in Japan), from C having been the highest degree of difficulty in artistic gymnastics when the term was coined."

According to August Ragone, "At the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Yukio Endo had captured three gold medals and one silver with his lightning-fast parallel-bar maneuver called the "Ultra C." The term became a household word due to its frequent use by NHK announcer Bunya Suzuki, who shouted "ULTRA!" every time the Japanese gymnast scored high marks. "Ultra" became quite the catch-word in Japan." Wikipedia gives a slightly different history, tying it to the 1968 Olympics instead.

"Ultra C" was the inspiration for the title Ultra Q. What is Godzilla's deadly Ultra C?

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Awesome discovery. I love it.

It also adds to the idea that the moment, is intentionally over the top and crazy. Better name than the "drop-kick".
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Re: Talkback Thread #13: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Postby edgaguirus » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:08 pm

I've always called it the tail slide.

Anyway, it was a great move to defeet Megalon and Gigan.
Kaiju are just like people- giant, radioactive people.

Megalon went into a bar and saw Gigan. Megalon said, " Again? I thought you gave this up."
" What can I say," Gigan asked. " I'm hooked."


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