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  • In 2003, Media Blasters, often under their Tokyo Shock label, released their first DVD of a Toho film. This was their Pyrokinesis DVD. It was followed up in 2004 with their Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle release. While the company seemed to be committed to newer releases, that changed in 2005. This was the year they released both classic Toho films, like The Mysterians (1957), alongside contemporary ones, like Dragonhead (2003). Since then Media Blasters had been on the radar for their Toho DVDs and Blu-rays. This article is a news roundup of those releases, tracking updates through their final release of a Toho film with Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) in 2014. (more…)

    News // October 16, 2011
  • Presented by Toy Vault, Toho Kingdom is proud to announce a contest centered around the upcoming Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars game, which comes out May 27th, 2011. To celebrate the upcoming release, Toho Kingdom is presenting a chance for several fans to win the game. The contest will have fans trying out their artistic and/or Photoshop skills to craft alternate box art designs for the board game. The guidelines are up to interpretation, as just the front or several panels of the box can be submitted. However, submissions should be at least 600 pixels in length and width, with larger always being better. (more…)

    General // June 17, 2011
  • Toy Vault is preparing an upcoming board game based on the King of the Monsters. Called Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars, the game will be sold in America. What follows is an interview conducted with Paul Blake, head of game development at Toy Vault. For the interview we will cover a range of aspects around the game, trying to dive a little deep to understand some mechanics and also thought processes behind them. (more…)

    Interviews // May 2, 2011
  • IDW Publishing, in cooperation with Toho Company Limited, has announced an agreement that will see new Godzilla comics released in the United States starting in 2011. This marks the first time since 1996 that new comics based on the character are being made in the US, as that was when Dark Horse ended their run with the King of the Monsters. (more…)

    News // March 30, 2011
  • Taking a cue from the show of nearly the same name, this Toho Busters article looks to address and debunk widespread misconceptions regarding Toho’s work and characters. It will not look to cover every incorrect belief, but rather focus on ones that are well published or are still addressed as fact today. (more…)

    General // February 11, 2011
  • In September of 2004, Toho Music started their ambitious release of all of the Godzilla films in six soundtrack boxes for the 50th Anniversary of the King of the Monsters. Titled the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection, these boxes came with 6-9 CDs and covered 4-6 Godzilla films each. The series was plagued with delays, to the point where the final box was released in 2010, six years after the touted “50th Anniversary” line that it came with. (more…)

    General // December 31, 2010
  • When it comes to soundtracks, I’m a fanatic. Both collecting, listening… and then storing. My mode of operation is to take most of the music I collect and then dump it onto my computer and eventually move my favorite tracks to my iPod. This leads to the Perfect Collection release of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021), which frankly speaking had one of the worst track title jobs Toho Music has done to date. (more…)

    General // September 2, 2010
  • Toho’s most successful endeavor from the 1970’s, Submersion of Japan (1973), is set for a remake to be released in 2006. The film will be produced on a budget of ¥2 billion, the same as last year’s Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, fresh off the extremely successful Lorelei (2005). Kazuya Hamana, the man behind Onmyoji (2001), is set to produce the movie. (more…)

    News // June 1, 2006
  • One of director Ishiro Honda‘s better known pictures, The Mysterians would act as a blueprint on countless “alien invasion” films to come from Toho while also introducing new techniques to the genre. Where as Legend of the White Serpent (1956) was Toho’s first science fiction film to utilize color, Honda’s The Mysterians becomes the first science fiction epic to use the firm’s “Toho Scope” aspect ratio. This “extended widescreen” look to the film would become standard throughout most of Toho’s work, prevailing up until the 1980s before reemerging at the turn of the century for the Millennium series of Godzilla films. This “technical achievement” aside, Honda’s The Mysterians is a rather ho-hum entry in the director’s portfolio of science fiction films. As it stands, The Mysterians has a fairly straight forward plot, which fails to introduce any memorable characters or give the actors much to work with, and while the musical score and special effects are impressive at times, the film really ends up limping to the finish due to the film’s very slow pacing. (more…)

    Movie Reviews // July 28, 2005
  • Continuity within Godzilla films has been inconsistent, to say the least. The Showa series barely paid heed to it, while the Heisei series was very different from its predecessor. Each film during the 1980’s through the mid-1990’s worked off the previous entries for tight continuity in the series. When Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) was first announced it was explained that the movie would be part of a whole new series. One that was not connected with the Heisei or Showa series, and the film would pioneer a new series of films radically different from the two previous ones. So was born the Millennium (or Mireniamu) series: a series of films in which each movie was not forced to work off the previous entries. So this article examines the Godzilla Millennium series continuity, including how it developed and what, sometimes, little continuity actually does exist in these movies. (more…)

    General // July 19, 2005
  • The world premiere of the latest Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), has come and gone in both LA and Japan. However, there was a lot of merchandise to be had from both events, from the cardboard hats and the Godzilla flags (handed out to a select few fans waiting in line to wave at reporters) given out in LA to theater exclusive figures and books at the Japanese opening. (more…)

    News // December 6, 2004
  • 2004: the 50th anniversary of Godzilla. For the occasion, Toho is pulling out all the stops, going for a large scale production for the occasion. Titled Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), this article tracks the progress of that movie, from its announcement toward its eventual release. (more…)

    News // October 30, 2004
  • 2004 marks a big year for the King of the Monsters, with the Godzilla franchise celebrating 50 years. As a result, it’s not too surprising to see a number of conventions popup to celebrate the landmark. This article is a news roundup of the various, US based Godzilla 50th Anniversary festivals that are being run in celebration of the big year.

    October 12th update

    In commemoration of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, another Godzilla event, the fourth of the year in the US, will take place from November 17th through the 23rd in San Francisco, California. The event, called GODZILLAFEST, will take place at the Castro Theatre, at 429 Castro street. A total of 20 films will show during the festival, including:

    November 17th, Wednesday (Matinee)
    Godzilla 2000: Millennium (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (English Dubbed)

    November 17th, Wednesday (Night)
    Godzilla, King of the Monsters (US Version, English Dubbed)
    Rodan (English Dubbed)

    November 18th, Thursday (Night)
    The War of the Gargantuas (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 19th, Friday (Night)
    Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 20th, Saturday (Matinee)
    H-Man (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 20th, Saturday (Night)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (US/Japanese Version [hybrid], English Dubbed)
    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 21st, Sunday (Matinee)
    Battle In Outer Space (English Dubbed)
    Destroy All Monsters (English Dubbed)

    November 21st, Sunday (Night)
    Mothra (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 22nd, Monday (Night)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (English Dubbed)
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (English Dubbed)

    November 23rd, Tuesday (Night)
    Son of Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla vs. Megalon (English Dubbed)

    Initially announced guests include actor Ed Keane (actor from Battle In Outer Space and Mothra), John Stanley (host of the Creature Features TV series in the San Francisco), Jerry Ito (actor from Mothra and The Last War) and Bob Wilkins (host of the late night horrorfest KTVU Channel 2 Oakland). More details, including times and perhaps a expanded guest list, are forthcoming. Actor Russ Tamblyn was also added to the growing list of guest stars. For those unfamiliar with Tamblyn, he will be best known to Toho enthusiasts for his starring role in the influential film The War of the Gargantuas (1966). The final announced guests included Hiroshi Koizumi (best known for his role as Doctor Shin’ichi Chujo in Mothra and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., among many other films), Akira Kubo (star of GorathMatango,Invasion of Astro-MonsterSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersSpace Amoeba and countless other Toho films) and suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa (who played Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra III, and Godzilla for all six of the Millennium Godzilla films).

    Also, an exclusive, fully licensed, limited-edition green vinyl figure of Godzilla from the original 1954 Godzilla will be sold at the event, courtesy of Marusan, Toho Co. ltd. and Super 7. There will only be a 100 of these figures produced in total.

     

    July 7th update

    Keith Aiken, of Henshin!Online, has revealed an event taking place in New York at the Film Forum in order to ring in the King of the Monsters’ 50th Anniversary. Called They Came from Toho: Godzilla and the Kaiju Eiga, the event runs from August 27th- September 9th, 2004. A more in-depth schedule is as follows:

    Friday/Saturday, August 27/28
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla (1954) – 2:45, 6:25, 10:05
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Destroy All Monsters (1968) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
    [English dubbed]

    Sunday/Monday, August 29/30
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Mothra (1961) – 1:00, 4:35, 8:10
    [English dubbed]

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) – 2:55, 6:30, 10:05
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Tuesday, August 31
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Battle in Outer Space (1959) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
    [English dubbed]

    The H-Man (1958) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Wednesday, September 1
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla (1954) – 2:55, 6:20, 9:45
    [English dubbed]

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) – 1:00, 4:30, 7:55
    [English dubbed]

    Thursday, September 2
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Son of Godzilla (1967) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Friday/Saturday, September 3/4
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – 1:00, 4:30, 8:00
    [English dubbed]

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – 2:45, 6:15, 9:45
    [English dubbed, subtitled in Spanish]

    Sunday/Monday, September 5/6
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) – 5th 2:00, 6:00, 10:00 | 6th 6:00, 10:00
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) – 4:00, 8:00
    [English dubbed]

    Monday, September 6
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla Raids Again (1955) – 1:00
    [English dubbed]

    Rodan (1956) – 2:30
    [English dubbed]

    Tuesday, September 7
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) – 1:10, 5:10, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) – 3:10, 7:10
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Wednesday, September 8
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) – 2:55, 6:35, 10:15
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Thursday, September 9
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) – 1:20, 3:20, 5:40, 7:40, 9:30
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    The Film Forum theater is located at 209 West Huston Street, New York City, NY 10014. General admission is $10.00, or $5.00 for Film Forum members. Tickets can be ordered in advance at 212-727-8110 or online at http://www.filmforum.com/.

     

    May 30th update

    The Egyptian Theatre has announced a  “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute.” Their page related to the event can be seen here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/archive1999/2004/godzilla50.htm

    The event runs from June 24th- June 29th, 2004. An in-depth schedule is as follows:

    Thursday, June 24 – 8:00 PM
    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
    88 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
    Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

    Friday, June 25 – 7:00 PM
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
    91 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
    Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

    Friday, June 25 – 9:30 PM
    Double Feature:
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    91 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    78 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Saturday, June 26 – 5:00 PM
    Ultraman Episode 10: The Mysterious Dinosaur Base (1966)
    25 minutes [US version, English dubbed]
    &
    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    88 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
    Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

    Saturday, June 26 – 8:00 PM 
    Double Feature:
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
    93 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
    83 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Sunday, June 27 – 2:00 PM
    Triple Feature:
    Rodan (1956)
    72 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
    85 minutes [US version, English dubbed and subtitled in Spanish]

    The H-Man (1958)
    79 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    -Ticket prices for the triple feature are: $12.00 General Public, $10.00 Students/Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque Members. 10 minute intermission between each film, with an introduction to screenings by art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi.

    Tuesday, June 29 – 7:00 PM 
    Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    87 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
    Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

    Tuesday, June 29 – 9:15 PM
    Double Feature:
    Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
    89 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
    100 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

    Regular ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member).

     

    May 27th update

    Although G-Fest is an annual show, it’s not surprising to see the next iteration is celebrating the King of the Monsters’ 50th anniversary. Below is the press release for this event.

    G-Fest XI Convention Information

    Fans celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla will be gathering July 9 – 11, 2004 at the O’Hare International Airport Holiday Inn in Rosemont, IL for G-FEST XI. The special guest for G-FEST XI is special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano (Godzilla vs. HedorahThe Return of GodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla).

    G-FEST XI will be screening Invasion of Astro-Monster (Monster Zero), Terror of Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla at the Pickwick Theater in nearby Park Ridge, Illinois.

    G-FEST XI will also have a giant dealers room, a super Godzilla display, model instruction, video room, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Tournament, costume parade & contest, art contest, video contest and more.

    Weekend admission tickets are $29.00 for adults, $10 for youth (12 and under). Daily admission (at the door) is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for youths. Children 5 and under are admitted FREE.

    For more information, log onto www.g-fan.com.

     

    April 25th update

    Keith Aiken over at Henshin!Online has reported on an event to be held at the Los Angeles, California Egyptian Theater, which is being dubbed “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute”. American Cinematheque is working hard (with Toho, Sony, and others) to screen a dozen, or more, of Toho’s classic Sci-fi entries during the period of June 25th – June 29th, 2004.

    A list of known films to be screened, so far, include:

    Guests scheduled to attend include: director Masaki Tezuka, whose portfolio of work includes Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) and more; production designer Yasuyuki Inoue who has an expansive portfolio which includes the model work for Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Rodan (1956) and many more, not to mention designing Hedorah; production designer Akinori Takagi who also has an expansive portfolio which includes such things as designing the famous Type 66 Maser Beam Tank from War of the Gargantuas (1966), the Battleship Yamato from The Imperial Navy (1981) and the Super-X for The Return of Godzilla (1984).

    Ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member). Several of the films shown will be packaged as “double features.”

    News // October 12, 2004
  • Rialto Pictures, a company that focuses on the restoration and re-releasing of classic films theatrically and on DVD, is currently poised to release the 1954 classic Godzilla, or Gojira, in theaters in the United States for Spring/Summer of 2004. The version shown will be the uncut Japanese version of the film, not the 1956 Godzilla King of the Monsters’ version with Raymund Burr. This article is a news roundup for the release of the uncut Japanese version of the original Godzilla film, set for the 50th anniversary of the production. (more…)

    News // May 9, 2004
  • Once considered a chief rival of Toho, Daiei rode high in the middle of the 20th century before hitting hard times toward the end of the century. This blog covers the fall of Daiei Studios and how the company’s major properties, such as Zatoichi and Gamera, ended up at times on Toho’s doorstep. (more…)

    General // April 5, 2004
  • This page features the archived log of reports given while Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee had its initial release pending. News was tracked from early rumors to release for the four player fighting game featuring the King of the Monsters. This focuses on the original release of the game on the Nintendo Gamecube. There is particular emphasis on its North American release, but also includes the Japanese one as well that added Kiryu into the mix as a fighter. (more…)

    News // December 16, 2002