Godzilla (1954)

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  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Dr. Jim's post about the Blue Oyster Cult song, prompted me to investigate the original Godzilla movie. I knew the Raymond Burr narrated Godzilla movie, Godzilla Raids Again (1955). (Actually I never recalled seeing the Raids Again attached to that movie's title/name until a few years ago).

    It was interesting to see how he originally appeared:

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    Maybe it's the camera angle, but he looks different in subsequent (1955-1975) movies:

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    His appearance and size would change over the decades.
     
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  2. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    Mine, too.

    :D
     
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Gojira got bigger every year.
    You could see the zipper in the costume, and the cardboard city was laughable.
    Never really cared for any of these, either Japanese or American monster movies.
     
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  4. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

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    He’s usually just short enough to hide behind the taller buildings in whatever city he’s in.

    Then there’s this one:
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    Silly looking screen grab but Shin Godzilla is in my top 3 of series.
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The original Godzilla was in B&W, and it’s a Masterpiece.
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  6. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    My wife and I recently watched the 2014 "Godzilla" and enjoyed it quite a bit (you know - for what it is;)). Anyone know where to find some of the old ones (saw many back in the day at either a Rialto or Odeon theatre)?
     
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  7. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    ?

    Here?
     
  8. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

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    May as well finish up that series first.

    - Godzilla (2014)
    - Kong: Skull Island
    - Godzilla: King of the Monsters (which is just epic)
    - Godzilla vs. Kong (coming soon)

    So far there have been 4 different series (eras?) each using the original as the starting point and ignoring all other previous movies. And also a 1998 movie that was a sad excuse for Godzilla.
     
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  9. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    No actual Lizard content:
     
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    There were actually two "original" versions. The 1954 Japanese original, and the 1956 heavily recut version with Raymond Burr spliced in.
     
  11. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Factoid that I did not know:
    Gojira – a portmanteau of ‘gorilla’ and ‘whale’ (kujira)

    I also discovered that something that I believed is not true, It did not arise from mass fear of WWII nukes.
    “Godzilla has roots as a mythic personification of natural destructive forces: the earthquakes, tsunami and typhoons that have regularly struck Japan over the centuries,” says writer Patrick Macias.

    From http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140516-giant-lizard-on-the-loose
     
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  12. jarrodtaylor

    jarrodtaylor Gretschie

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    Originally, yep.

    But then it's retcon'd about every 15 years. In some movies it was nukes. In others Godzilla was a dinosaur. Sometimes an ancient titan. In one movie Godzilla went thermonuclear, exploded, and Godzilla Jr absorbed the radiation and become the new Godzilla, saving the planet. Sometimes it's just "big monsters fighting". Once there was a flying space clone of Godzilla that formed in a black hole when Mothra went to outer space while unknowingly carrying Godzilla cells. Another time Godzilla was an iguana. In that stilly pic I posted earlier, the movie was a commentary about how the current government in Japan has so much indecision and red tape that it wouldn't be able to handle an existential threat, freezing up instead. There's a lot to unpack.

    The original was genuinely a great movie and didn't need sequels. I'm glad they made them anyway.
     
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  13. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    So many good Godzilla movies the latest Godzilla was great the only problem was there was no Godzilla song but the second of the series which is they newest Godzilla is Godzilla King of the Monsters is also great and had a Godzilla some in it some where. I now have to rewatch it to make sure it isn’t fault memory!
     
  14. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Gojira, my hero! Loved them since i was a child, if you have not watched the Original Japanese version from 1954 please do, it's pretty somber, more about the atomic bombings and the lucky dragon boat incident whose crew contracted radiation poisoning, Godzilla 1984 also, these were A movies in Japan, not the B films they were cut up to be abroad, King Kong Vs Godzilla is the most edited it's like two different films, and the urban legend of two endings is a myth. Kong won in both versions.
    The costume was different because they were unsure if they were going to make a follow up film the next year, then it became tradition to just make it look different.
    A post mentions Seeing the zipper on the front of the costume, impossible, the actor gets inside through the back, and the hole is covered by the suits dorsal plates. You can however see the holes in the neck where the actor is meant to see the set.
    Speaking of actors, on to part 2:
     
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  15. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Picture 1. Harou Nakajima, the actor who played, Godzilla in the original films, until 1971 he was Also Rodan, Frankenstein and the Green Gargantua
    Picture 2. Kenpachiro Satsuma, Godzilla from 1984 to 1995, also Gigan and Hedorah(the smog monster)
    Picture 3. Akira Takarada, Ogata in the original film and the lead role in several follow up films.
    It was an honor, believe me.
    I kew a little Japanese, they knew a little English, manners are universal.
    Unfortunatley Nakajima passed on in 2017.
     
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