In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »
Aliens from a dying galaxy plan to destroy our cities and build their new home on Earth. Their weapon is Mechagodzilla, a 400-foot-tall robot armed with powerful lasers and guided missiles. Only Godzilla is mighty enough to stop the colossal machine, but when Professor Mafune joins the aliens, not even Godzilla will be able to defeat them. Mafune controls Titanosaurus, a gigantic amphibious dinosaur, through a biochemical connection with his cyborg daughter, Katsura. Godzilla is no match for Titanosaurus and Mechagodzilla together, but Interpol agents have discovered Titanosaurus' weakness, which may give Godzilla the fighting chance he needs to save the world!Written by
Robert Lynch <email@example.com>
This was the last Godzilla film shot in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio until until Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004). All films in the second wave (the Versus Series) of Godzilla films would be shot in the narrower 1.85:1 screen-aspect ratio. Wider screen-aspect ratios would resume, however, with most of the third wave of Godzilla films, beginning with Godzilla 2000 (1999), which were shot in the 2:35.1 ratio. See more »
At about 45 minutes into the film, Titanosaurus is being bombarded by the air force. The electrical wiring and the pyrotechnic explosives and clearly visible along both sides of his neck. See more »
[Mugal, retreating towards a cliff, is confronted by Interpol agents]
Alien Leader Mugal:
Come on and shoot. You can't kill me, anyways, so what do your bullets matter?
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The older (and no longer used) US television version was completely uncut, with the exception of the "breast" scene towards the end. In addition, this version also also featured a six min prologue, which was made by the US distributors, explaining Godzilla's origin and how the aliens made the various monsters attempt to take over the Earth (using clips from a ton of Godzilla films). In this version, the credits are listed differently as well. Towards the mid 80's, this version was no longer aired and when Paramount released their newer TV/video version, it was cut down and featured a slightly different credit intro, had a few scenes removed, and no longer had the great six min prologue. Long time rumors have it that the switch was supposedly an error that was never fixed. All US versions on all formats of this film were the cut down one for years until Sony/Classic Media released both the original uncut Japanese version and the uncut US version (with the exception of the "breast" scene) of the film on DVD in 2008. See more »
Toho realized something after their abysmal GODZILLA VS. MEGALON and hence were smart enough to put a bit more effort into their subsequent two films. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA suffered from a lot of the same 70's goofiness of the previous films and some serious pacing issues, but overall was certainly a step in the right direction.
Wisely, Toho decided to go old-school with the sequel and brought back Inoshiro Honda to direct and Akira Ifukube to compose one of his best musical scores yet for the series. The result certainly brings this film a level of class lacking in most of the Godzilla films following VS. MOTHRA though unfortunately there's a lot of silliness yet to be had.
Plotwise we get the same tired old formula of aliens plotting to conquer earth with a monster (or two this time - Titanosaurus makes for an interesting newcomer) aided by a mad scientist hot for revenge against "those fools". Fortunately, Godzilla is out to stop them but isn't in full-blown hero mode. Instead, Godzilla seems to be fighting them more out of the fact that he's just plain pi**ed off, and he's got an impressive new suit to show it.
Effects-wise you have to understand that Teruyoshi Nakano was working at 1/3 to 1/2 the budget of what his mentor Tsuburaya had to work with, so in that respect his work is quite impressive. This film features a triumphant return of the city-stomp with a show-stopping sequence involving Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus laying waste to downtown Tokyo. Don't mind that they blow up the same row of buildings at least 4 times in a row - it's all great fun and showcases a lot of great pyrotechnics.
There's a lot of bizarre moments in the climactic monster-on-monster violence and a lot of iffy continuity. For instance, Godzilla knocks Titanosaurus out of the way and then tackles Mechagodzilla to the ground but in the very next shot, Godzilla is lying down alone and Titanosaurus is suddenly there kicking him in the head. (?) Most likely a case of bad editing more than anything.
Overall a worthy candidate for a way to spend a rainy afternoon. The 70's may have been a Godzilla nadir but this film is the highpoint of that lowpoint.
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