Comic Report: Essential Godzilla

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By now you all should be aware that I’m a Godzilla fan and a comic book reader, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I would collect Godzilla comics. There have been three runs that I know of available in the US, a run by Marvel, one by Dark Horse, and the current IDW printings. While a video production this week slowed the intended project and my review of the Marvel run has come to a close, I thought I would give some final thoughts on The Essential Godzilla a black-and-white collection of all 24 issues of Marvel’s series. Down below should be some samples of reviews I’ve done of the individual issues. Zemanta, the service WordPress uses to find related links, probably won’t have all 24 reviews.

I have managed to pick up a handful of issues of the actual comics but these are old and probably hard to find. So Essential Godzilla was my best bet to follow the whole run, and thankfully it lived up to expectations…most of the time.

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CD Report: Godzilla audio drama

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Godzilla audio drama

With the new Godzilla movie hitting theaters I thought this would be a good time to go over some more Godzilla merchandise in my collection. I’ve never really discussed my music collection or my audio dramas. I love a good audio drama. There are limitations due to no video they have to get across and it’s interesting to see what they can pull off.

In the 1970s, after the original series of Godzilla movies had finished, Wonderland Records produced a record with two audio dramas featuring the King Of The Monsters. In 1997, as Tri-Star and Roland Emmierch were releasing the previous attempt as an American Godzilla movie (and kind of failed at it) Drive Entertainment found and re-released the stories on DVD along with some “dance” remixes featuring audio from the dramas and an original theme that also gets a “clean” track. The music to be honest wasn’t all that great, but at least they didn’t damage my ears. So let’s ignore them and talk about the two stories.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

FORMAT: CD

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Wonderland Records

RE-PUBLISHER: Drive Entertainment (under “Drive Golden” label)

Stories produced by Cinema Sound Ltd./Bonita Claudian & Box Goemann
Music produced and mixed by Gomi, courtesy of Pagoda Entertainment
Reissue producer: Stephen Powers
Repackage Design: Victoria Podolski
Production Coordinator: Priscilla Sanchez
Digital remastering by Mixed Nuts, N.Y.C

No credits given for the cast or original creators although I recognize a voice or two.

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DVD Report: Godzilla Vs. Biollante

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I’ve noted in the past that I’m a huge Godzilla fan. I’m also trying to make some room on the video shelf and replacing VHS with DVDs is the best way to do it. It doesn’t hurt that finding a VHS player will someday be near impossible, although I have yet to switch to Blu-Ray. (No HD TV anyway.)  So when I found Godzilla Vs. Biollante at K-Mart for $5 I grabbed it. And paid for it, with the lady cashier even saying it was a classic and she didn’t sound like she was joking. Actually, I don’t care if she was because I happen to think it is.

Godzilla vs Biollante

Construction companies must be the richest businesses in Tokyo. Right after cleaning services.

Godzilla Vs. Biollante

FORMAT: DVD
PRODUCED BY: Toho
DISTRIBUTORS: Miramax and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
STARRING:Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi Emi Kodaka, Masanoru Takashima, Turu Minegish, Ryunosuki Kaneda & Koji Takahashi
DIRECTOR: Kazuki Ohmori
PRODUCER: Tomoyuki Tanaka

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Card Game Report: Godzilla Stomp!

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I’m not a collector of “card battle games” like Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, or any of the many other ones out there. (There’s a Transformers one I considered getting but never came across it.) Most of the trading cards in my collection (all collected into a big binder) are just images from movies and TV shows. There are a few from the card battle games but I got them for the same reasons I got the non-game trading cards. I like the artwork.

However, as a huge Godzilla fan I would gladly collect an entire Godzilla-based trading card battle game because I love the characters and there would have to be some darn good art attached. I still wouldn’t play (unless I had someone to play with) but I’d collect the cards. So when I saw the “Godzilla Stomp!” game in my comic catalog I immediately ordered it. It turned out to be a playing card game, something more along the lines of Uno than Yu-Gi-Oh. With all the distractions I’ve had since ordering it I didn’t get a chance to even open the package until this week. Who knows, maybe the art would still be good? Well, you get to find out when I did as I did an “unboxing” type video about it.

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DVD Report: Godzilla: The Criterion Collection

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Anybody who knows me knows of my love for Godzilla, the reigning king of the monsters. So when I found out that a Criterion Collection copy of both movies was coming out in a box set, I immediately ordered it. The “Criterion Collection” edition is reserved for some of the best movies in cinematic history, putting out a high-quality release. That Godzilla was given a spot is high praise indeed. Last week it arrived although I didn’t have time to watch it until yesterday thanks to scheduling.

I’m not going to review the movie for this report. When an earlier version of both movies were posted to the website Joost (and later moved to Hulu), I posted a two-part comparison of both the original Japanese movie and the American retooling. I said everything I need to about the movies there. Instead, I’m just going to take a look at the presentation.

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