Aliens from the mysterious Planet X, which resides on the dark side of of Jupiter, come to Earth asking its people to help them save their world from the dreaded King Ghidrah by letting them "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan. The aliens are actually planning to use the three monsters to take over our planet.Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
The new Godzilla suit made for this film, called the "Daisenso-Goji," possessed a somewhat friendlier look than the more menacing previous suit, the "Mosu-Goji" (first used in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)), considering that the previous film, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), was the beginning of Godzilla's "hero" status (albeit still a reluctant antihero). This suit would "star" in only one more Godzilla film, 1966's Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), during filming of which Tsuburaya Productions took the head of the suit and fastened it to the body of the Mosu-Goji suit for use as the monster Jirass in the TV show Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966). In that event, a new head had to be made for the headless Daisenso-Goji suit in short order, creating a strangely bug-eyed stare with an elevated eyebrow line (thus becoming the "Nankai-Goji"). Since then, the Nankai-Goji suit would be a stunt/water suit for all subsequent Godzilla films up to its final appearance in Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) in 1971. (In that film, apart from the water scenes, this suit was used for the scene where Godzilla was being covered in sludge by the monster Hedorah.) See more »
In several shots, the track on which the military vehicles move, along with support beams holding them in place can clearly be seen. In some cases these supports hold the vehicles up so high that their tires don't touch the ground. See more »
Since this was the first 60s Godzilla movie released in Germany, all references to the previous films were removed, and a number of other changes were also implemented.
20 minutes were cut, primarily scenes that were considered too boring (people discussing the plan against the alien invasion), silly (Godzilla's victory dance) or having unconvincing effects.
The title got changed to Befehl aus dem Dunkel (Command from the Dark), originally the title of a book written by German sci-fi author Hans Dominik. The movie was falsely advertised as being based on Dominik's novel.
Several scenes were given new music. Akira Ifukube's famous upbeat military march from the opening was replaced with more generic sci-fi music. The classical music performed at the restaurant was changed to more contemporary jazz.
Planet X was renamed to "Alpha 707". In the original film, the planet is located near Jupiter. According to the German version, it is actually Saturn that suspiciously lacks its rings.
The made-up alien language spoken by the X Planet Controller was replaced with generic movie villain talk.
Godzilla and Rodan (called Radon in German, after his original Japanese name) are both said to have been living on Earth for several thousand years, instead of having only awoken in the 20th century.
We need from you Monster Zero 1 and Monster Zero 2, Godzilla and Rodan.
It's one of those Godzilla movies where you fully understand why some fans of the "Zilla" series positively dislike it. The big atomic lizard is only a bit part player here, and when push comes to shove the monster mayhem is in short supply, which considering we also have Ghidorah and Rodan in the mix is for sure a bit of a waste. Yet this is one of the better sequels from Toho's original wave, it quite literally has all the ingredients that made "Zilla" and the off-shoots so iconic.
We are in live action cartoon territory, a sci-fi story of bonkers proportions yet engrossing all the same. The joyous model work synonymous with the series remains intact, the cardboard sets being obliterated are still fun to watch, and the divisive sight of "Zilla" doing the "shay" dance is in here whether you like it or not. More fun, though, is watching "Zilla" boxing the three headed Ghidorah, now that is comedy gold, if only the moody lizard had gone southpaw a bit earlier then saving the world could have been achieved quicker.
Great fun, could have been better from a monster point of view? Yes, definitely, but this be a nutty fruitcake production from Toho and amen to that. 8/10
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