* Last Kaiju-related films you bought on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray?

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Re: * Last Kaiju-related films you bought on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray?

Postby Mr. Yellow » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:50 pm

Rampage, 20 Million Miles to Earth, and the All Monsters Attack DVD trailer compilation (not the Godzilla movie)

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Postby phantomsdaydreams » Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:40 am

The 'Rampage' BRD and 'Dark Soldier D' DVD. Honestly, I feel like I own most Monster movies now save for the virtually unending Ultraman library (that, thankfully for my wallet, I don't feel compelled to buy because very little is licensed). The only purchases on the horizon are the R1 BRD of 'Daikaiju Mono' and Japanese BRD of 'Brave Storm' in August (with English subtitles, people!)

Not sure if I'll buy the 'City on the Edge of Battle' BRD. I bought the Collector's Edition for PotM but can't get too hyped about this one thanks to a lack of MechaG. =/
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Postby SG-17 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:36 pm

Picked up Kong: Skull Island on blu-ray and Godzilla: The Series Complete Collection on DVD for my birthday. The former I haven't actually seen yet and the latter I'll probably will never watch again but wanted it for my collection.

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Re: * Last Kaiju-related films you bought on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray?

Postby phantomsdaydreams » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:13 pm

I'm an addict, guys: I bought...

* The Japanese 'Orochi Strikes Again' DVD
* An 'MM9' TV english subtitled DVD
* The 'Gamera: Gigantic Creature Council' DVD.

SO excited about all of them, but especially the last one. Why was I never aware of a 90-minute in-universe Hesei Gamera documentary? AMAZING! Haha I'll report more when I recieve it in the mail, but it was apparemtly a promotional DTV release that takes place between G2 and G3 and touches on everything from the origins of the Atlantean civilization and the science behind Gyaos' beam attacks and zodiac analysis, to how the government is reacting to recent events- all of it voiced through real members of Academia at the time. 65 minutes for the main features and an extra half-hour of interviews with the "cast". Though, admittedly, I'll probably need to hire someone to translate it for me to get the most out of it.

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Postby UltramanGoji » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:28 pm

A friend of mine picked up the Gamera disc and IIRC wasn't too impressed with the outcome.

Definitely agree on the Lost Films, even if it unfortunately includes work done by a ginormous hack with a fake identity.
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Postby phantomsdaydreams » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:35 pm

Ah. Too bad. Worth the money or not (Probs not considering what I paid for it), it will be a nice addition to my collection and assuredly fun to go through once. Out of curiousity, why was said friend disappointed? Too many talking heads?

There's basically 0 info in English about the thing online, so between your friend's experience you sharr and the one I'll post when I get/watch the feature, that might be the only exposure some get unless they buy the book. =P

And I assume you mean Sompote Sands? Yeah, he's a huge pos, but if you're looking to plumb the depths of the Kaiju subgenre...you need to talk about him. I think the book was rightfully disdainful of him, at least. It didn't even mention his other "kaiju" movies except in passing.
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Re: * Last Kaiju-related films you bought on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray?

Postby G-Matt » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:06 pm

phantomsdaydreams wrote:* The 'Gamera: Gigantic Creature Council' DVD.

SO excited about all of them, but especially the last one. Why was I never aware of a 90-minute in-universe Hesei Gamera documentary? AMAZING! Haha I'll report more when I recieve it in the mail, but it was apparemtly a promotional DTV release that takes place between G2 and G3 and touches on everything from the origins of the Atlantean civilization and the science behind Gyaos' beam attacks and zodiac analysis, to how the government is reacting to recent events- all of it voiced through real members of Academia at the time. 65 minutes for the main features and an extra half-hour of interviews with the "cast". Though, admittedly, I'll probably need to hire someone to translate it for me to get the most out of it.

What does this DVD look like? I'm only asking because I've got a DVD that's related to the Heisei trilogy in some way. It's packaged in a standard jewel case and the cover has Gamera's amulet.
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Postby phantomsdaydreams » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:00 am

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phantomsdaydreams wrote:* The 'Gamera: Gigantic Creature Council' DVD.

SO excited about all of them, but especially the last one. Why was I never aware of a 90-minute in-universe Hesei Gamera documentary? AMAZING! Haha I'll report more when I recieve it in the mail, but it was apparemtly a promotional DTV release that takes place between G2 and G3 and touches on everything from the origins of the Atlantean civilization and the science behind Gyaos' beam attacks and zodiac analysis, to how the government is reacting to recent events- all of it voiced through real members of Academia at the time. 65 minutes for the main features and an extra half-hour of interviews with the "cast". Though, admittedly, I'll probably need to hire someone to translate it for me to get the most out of it.

What does this DVD look like? I'm only asking because I've got a DVD that's related to the Heisei trilogy in some way. It's packaged in a standard jewel case and the cover has Gamera's amulet.


That's the one. =)
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Postby G-Matt » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:37 am

phantomsdaydreams wrote:
G-Matt wrote:What does this DVD look like? I'm only asking because I've got a DVD that's related to the Heisei trilogy in some way. It's packaged in a standard jewel case and the cover has Gamera's amulet.

That's the one. =)

Okay. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. I was left pretty dumbfounded by it; after a decent amount of runtime it just seemed to stop on this one screen that kept looping. And no, it didn't seem to be a menu of any kind, but part of the main feature. If you can figure that out, I wanna hear it.
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Postby UltramanGoji » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:30 am

phantomsdaydreams wrote:
And I assume you mean Sompote Sands? Yeah, he's a huge pos, but if you're looking to plumb the depths of the Kaiju subgenre...you need to talk about him. I think the book was rightfully disdainful of him, at least. It didn't even mention his other "kaiju" movies except in passing.


No, Ayame Chiba or whatever. A fake identity made up by some dude on Facebook who unfortunately tricked John LeMay.

I'll have to get back to you with sources or whatever, but this was all but confirmed around the time of the book's release.
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Postby phantomsdaydreams » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:39 am

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phantomsdaydreams wrote:
And I assume you mean Sompote Sands? Yeah, he's a huge pos, but if you're looking to plumb the depths of the Kaiju subgenre...you need to talk about him. I think the book was rightfully disdainful of him, at least. It didn't even mention his other "kaiju" movies except in passing.


No, Ayame Chiba or whatever. A fake identity made up by some dude on Facebook who unfortunately tricked John LeMay.

I'll have to get back to you with sources or whatever, but this was all but confirmed around the time of the book's release.


Oh, poop. I had no idea. Regardless of the controversy though, I did enjoy the essay, so it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the book too much. Still. Why lie? Very strange.
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Postby JetrellFo » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:17 pm

I've been keeping my eye out for fairly priced Japan Millenium Series VHS and what I've noticed most on eBay is a resurgence in "convention tapes" showing up but not being described as such. The few I won I got cheap but there are others that are priced equal to and sometimes more than the "real" Japan VHS releases.

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Postby mikelcho » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:44 pm

I have The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (Arrow Video (U.S.)) (first printing), The Return of Godzilla (Studio 23 Films/Kraken Releasing), Godzilla vs. Biollante (Miramax/Echo Bridge), Rebirth of Mothra I II III and Godzilla 2000: Millennium (Sony/Tristar) and The Ultimate Gamera Collection Volume 1 and Volume 2, The Gamera Trilogy, The Daimajin Trilogy and Mothra (Steelbook version) (Mill Creek Entertainment) on Blu-ray.

The rest of my tokusatsu films and TV shows I have on DVD mainly because Blu-ray doesn't exist for most of them or, if it does, I just haven't bought them-yet. They are:

Criterion Collection and Eclipse Films
*Godzilla (1954) (also contains Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)) (first printing)
*Equinox (first printing)
*When Horror Came to Shochiku (contains The X from Outer Space/Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell/The Living Skeleton/Genocide)

Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock
*The Mysterians
*Varan
*Matango
*Atragon
*Dogora
*Frankenstein vs. Baragon
*Space Amoeba
*Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit

Universal
*King Kong Escapes
*King Kong (2005) (Deluxe Extended Edition)

Warner Brothers
*The Iron Giant (Signature Edition)

Paramount
Dragonslayer

Classic Media/Dreamworks
*Rodan and War of the Gargantuas (first printing)

Shout! Factory
*Ultra Q: The Complete Series
*Ultra Seven: The Complete Series
*Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series

Mill Creek Entertainment
*Ultraman: The Complete Series
*Godzilla: The Series - The Complete Animated Series

Sinister Cinema (all gray market DVD-R bootlegs)
*Rainbow Man
*Enter the Invisible Man
*Warning from Space (two-disc special edition)
*The Invisible Man vs. the Human Fly
*The Whale God

MGM
*Yongary, Monster from the Deep/Konga (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

Sony/Tristar
*Godzilla (1998)

Magnolia Home Entertainment
*Pulse (Japanese version)

Dimension Home Entertainment and Dimension Home Entertainment/Dimension Extreme
*Pulse (unrated American version)
*Pulse 2
*Pulse 3



Oh, and I've also got Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) (all Legendary/Warner Brothers) and Shin Godzilla (FUNimation) on DVD/Blu-ray combos. Can't wait to get Godzilla vs. Kong in the same format. I'll do the same thing with any and all future films in the MonsterVerse after 2020 for as long as the format lasts and for as long as I can.
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Postby SoggyNoodles2016 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:11 pm

Bought 1984 and Vs The Sea Monster due to a sale for both blu-rays for about 5 bucks each. Glad I found them, as they were the only Godzilla movies I haven't seen I've been having trouble finding.
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Postby Grievous » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:18 am

Pacific Rim: Uprising on Blu-ray...

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I'm not really a fan of the film...but I wanted it in my collection
& I did want to listen to audio commentary...which didn't really
give me any great insights into the film.

Ugh...

I really wanted this film to be better than what it was.
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Postby Maritonic » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:24 am

I don't really know a place to ask this, but I'm curious. Anyone 'round these parts have a blu-ray burner?
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Postby Titanoterror98 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:10 pm

Grievous wrote:Ugh...

I really wanted this film to be better than what it was.


You and me both, brother.
It wasn't a complete mess but damn if it wasn't a slap in the face to everything that made the first one so good and everyone who liked it.
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Postby Grievous » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:20 pm

Titanoterror98 wrote:You and me both, brother.
It wasn't a complete mess but damn if it wasn't a slap in the face to everything that made the first one so good and everyone who liked it.

I think the Pacific Rim story was told perfectly in one film...
but of they did have to make another film...they should
have made a prequel based on the stories from the "Tales
From Year Zero" comic book.

Make it an anthology film featuring the stories of:

~ K-Day: Trespasser's (the first kaiju) attack & defeat...
~ Turn of the Tide: The creation of Brawler Yukon, the perfection
of the "drifting" tech & the first ever Kaiju/Jaeger fight with Brawler
Yukon taking on & killing Karloff (the fourth kaiju)...
~ The Bond: The deeper story of the Coyote Tango/Onibaba fight
detailing what happened inside the jaeger & how Stacker was able to
finish the fight on his own...as well as his adoption of Mako Mori...

That is what I would have liked to have seen in a Pacific Rim film.
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Postby Dr. Professor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:49 pm

Just got Sony's double feature of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra. Anybody else get somewhat annoyed that Sony mostly just releases their Godzilla films as double features? Especially since Godzilla 2000 was released on its own, while Godzilla vs. Destroyah and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus are bundled together. That just bugs me cause it's gonna skreeonk up my display once I get a proper shelf.
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Postby Zarm » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:53 pm

Dr. Professor wrote:Just got Sony's double feature of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra. Anybody else get somewhat annoyed that Sony mostly just releases their Godzilla films as double features? Especially since Godzilla 2000 was released on its own, while Godzilla vs. Destroyah and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus are bundled together. That just bugs me cause it's gonna skreeonk up my display once I get a proper shelf.


Not to mention all those gaps that are just in the Classic Media set...

Yes, the dream of a perfect shelf-display Godzilla home media collection belongs solely to the Japanese right now. :(
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