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Godzilla vs the Sea Monster
procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-11 6:05 pm   Permalink

Not only does this Godzilla film feature a tropical island setting, but the soundtrack is heavily influenced by both exotica and surf!

"Sea Monster" is also one of the most memorable of the Godzilla films, looking back on more than 50 years of movies featuring the Big Lizard.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-04-17 11:58 am   Permalink

I don't know if I've seen Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster. Can that be possible? Wow, thanks for the heads up I gotta order it off Amazon today!

(Actually, my favorite Godzilla film is Godzilla Vs Destroyah.)
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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-17 7:51 pm   Permalink

Sure, happy to help...it's good to note that there are at least two English dubs of the movie on the market. I think one was done for theatrical release and one for television.

The television dub is the one I remember seeing on TV way back, and its voice casting is more natural and the performances better (in my opinion). This is what you'll find on the older VHS tapes. (The TV dub was done by Peter Fernandez's team, famous for Speed Racer and many others.) These VHS tapes are generally pan & scan and the transfers are darker and muddier but this is okay if you prefer to see it the way it was on TV in the 70's.

A Tri-Star DVD was released a couple of years ago that offered a really clean widescreen transfer (crystal-clear, bright), and a choice of either the theatrical dub or the original Japanese language audio...both in stereo. Overall, the sound quality of the DVD is far superior to the VHS version, but the voice actors sound rather crazed at times. If you want to hear the music in digital stereo, though, this will do very well.

They're both good! Check 'em out...

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-04-17 9:12 pm   Permalink

procinema29
Godzilla in Stereo with exotica music? Excellent! I'm gonna hunt down the tri-star DVD. I usually prefer to watch the original Japanese language version with subtitles. The acting is usually comes through the best that way.
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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-17 9:44 pm   Permalink

If you prefer the original Japanese language track, then the Tri-Star DVD is the way to go. I saw it screened a year ago or so this way, and it was pretty good (it's so seldom anyone gets to see an old Godzilla movie in a theatre, too!).

The musical score is actually very rich and jumps all over the place stylistically.
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hawaiiansnowball
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Posted: 2007-04-20 11:17 am   Permalink

I wonder if any of the music is on the Godzilla soundtrack(s) that was recently released...

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-04-22 01:36 am   Permalink

I have a really cool live version of a whole bunch of music from the Godzilla films. Yeah, played live! It's a boot leg CD that I got for my birthday some years back, but it's a really nice recording!

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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-22 3:32 pm   Permalink

That sounds really good, too...I wonder who performed it, and where...

I heard a couple of Godzilla CDs some time ago, and I don't remember hearing any music from "Sea Monster" (which I think is called "Gojira tai Ebirah" in its native language).

Back when laserdiscs were current, Toho would release their Godzilla movies with an option to hear an isolated music track. I don't know if they do that with the DVDs of these films, though.


 
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missy_tassles
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Posted: 2007-04-23 02:07 am   Permalink

is this the same film as 'Ebirah - Horror of the Deep?' I 've got about 20 Godzilla films (and toys!!) and love this one so much re-watch it soon!

 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2007-04-23 10:30 am   Permalink

Yes, they're talking about 'Ebirah'. It's a freaking great movie, the whole set-up with the crook and the teenagers on the boat is interesting and genuinely funny.

Also, the original Mothra is an excellent Tiki-South Seas type film, as well as the ultra-classic sequel Godzilla vs. Mothra. I'd rather watch these than a pseudo-documentary on Rapa-Nui anytime. Mysterious Stone Etchings! Yes!

Don't forget the last of the 'serious' Gamera movies; Gamera vs. Barugon, which has a really film-noir feel to it. Whole scenes from it seem to have been ripped off by Spielberg for Jurassic Park. An enormous opal, native villages, gangsters, the wise old doctor, and a really evil smarmy guy that dies a wonderfully disgusting death. Then there's that spooky girl with the staring eyes...

Heck, what more do ya want for a buck nine nine????


 
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hawaiiansnowball
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Posted: 2007-04-23 10:51 am   Permalink

Gamera is also the bomb and easily forgotten as well.

 
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missy_tassles
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Posted: 2007-04-25 05:13 am   Permalink

the moth-raaaaaaaaaaaaaaa song is ace

has anyone seen 'captain kirk's alien mysteries' ? hilarious piece of 70s kitsch, includes Rapa Nui etc... (although largely from the perspective of 'could aliens have done this?' 'we don't know' )
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procinema29
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Posted: 2007-04-26 7:58 pm   Permalink

I never saw that Captain Kirk thing but i wanna!

And yeah, Gamera actually killed a monster (Jiger/Monster X) by ramming a tiki into its head. Totally true. And how cool is that.


 
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Jon Boy Uk
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Posted: 2007-05-15 2:55 pm   Permalink

I have the film for sale on betamax.Quite rare i guess.


 
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Thomas
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Posted: 2008-10-11 6:24 pm   Permalink

I'll request Sea Monster pronto for another look. I started dozing off this afternoon and briefly had visions of those tiny girls singing the Mothra song (OK, pop psychologists, do *not* analyze that ). Anyway, I realized in a flash that in addition to the usual suspects (Gilligan's Island, etc.) a lot of my early "exotic isle" fascination, which later morphed into tikiphilia, started with those Japanese monster movies. Japan was exotic enough to begin with, but then yeah, they often ventured to exotic, southsea realms to boot. Some Mothra song action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBNo0943qUA&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbcvVMDAN2k&feature=related ,
which in turn made me a fan of "The Peanuts" (for a few minutes at least):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38lKyWH7Nio&feature=related .
Ah, Japan.


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