Posted 26 November 2011 - 09:06 PM
Link has all the Raymundo Mechanikong products they carry. Looks like all the prices for them dropped, although I'm having trouble making sense of the pricing scheme.
Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:36 AM
It wasn't nearly the jingoistic bit of nationalism I remember it being when I first watched it, or how a lot of reviews make it out to be. As a matter of fact, it had a very progressive theme supporting globalization and urging old timers to let go of their grip on the long-gone Japanese Empire.
It was a very fascinating piece of political and social commentary on par with the original "Godzilla".
But MAN was it boring. And Manda doesn't do crap in the thing.
My copy of Atragon arrived on Friday, and I just had the opportunity to watch the whole thing this morning.
First thing I noticed within the first ten minutes is that the cast is full of a who's who of Toho kaiju movie actors. It was cool to see so many familiar Toho faces in one movie. I do have to agree that it was a little boring. It seemed to take forever to get to the Atragon, and then even longer for it to really do anything. That said it does have some great effects. I loved the scene of the attack on the city causing it to sink as it has to be the best miniature shot in the film. When the Atragon finally does go on the offensive, it is fun to watch.
The nationalism aspect didn't bother me at all, if anything it's one of the more interesting parts of the movie as its the captain's stubborn grip on the past that's endangering the future of all people on the planet. It kind of plays into the ending too with the Mu Empress swimming away.
I knew Manda was barely in the movie beforehand, but I was dissappointed that when he does show up the scene is very murky because its underwater. The transfer of the dvd is fantastic, it's just that this scene is meant to look like its underwater. Doesn't help that they're shooting ink/smoke torpedos at him to blind him to the escaping scubadivers either. So you never really get a good clear look at him, and it's a huge contrast to his appearance in Destroy All Monsters. Atragon may be his first appearance, but DAM is the definitive Manda, imo. There's *nothing* in Atragon that compares to the scene of him attacking the monorail in DAM, or, well, really any shot of him in DAM.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:43 PM
One of my favorites:
Wow, if this is the same one I'm thinking, nice to see that site still around.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:13 PM
I was *very* suprised at how graphic the destruction in London was, even more so after realizing it was done in 1961. Buildings, walls, ceilings, and debris fall over the place on top of the fleeing people of the city. People are getting crushed, and they allow no doubt that its happening. Reminded me of Gamera 3 in that way that its not a good idea to be around these giant monsters. The story's a little straight forward with a kind of twist on the King Kong brought to New York story, but it gets the job done, and the acting was great. I was also suprised to learn that the director for this also directed The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, which I also watched this weekend(and also holds up, imo, especially if you're a Hauryhausen nut).
The transfer on VCI's "Widescreeen Destruction Edition" dvd could have been better but was decent for watching upscaled without being overly bothered. We're a little spoiled with all these great Shout! and Media Blasters releases lately, but I would still like to see this get similar treatment. The picture could look a lot more clean than it does even in standard dvd definition. However, I was completely suprised that the sound was in 5.1. Unfortunately there's no English 2.0 stereo, as its 5.1 or nothing. So I guess you can't hear it non-digitally altered without listening to the French soundtrack. That said the 5.1 is suprisingly good, and the rear speakers are used quite well during certain spots of the movie.
This movie is definitely worth a look for any kaiju fan.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:59 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:47 PM
For $13.60, I'm pretty darn happy with this, and despite the balance issue, heavily recommend adding it to your pile of loot at BBTS before it's out of stock. Especially considering how crazy high the Bandai's ebay prices can go. I wish I would have had the heads up on these when they originally clearanced so I could have picked the bomb-belt version up for $17 at the same time.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 12:04 AM
I think the best review I can give is to call it bat-jive crazy. So they took King Kong, mixed it in with a robot, threw in some corny American actors, a few James Bond reject villains (DR. WHO. DR. WHO), and what the hell, the North Pole and Tokyo too. It's wonderfully bizaare and hilariously stupid. Kong's like a trained puppy dog to the obnoxiously annoying Linda Miller, and Dr. Who is wonderfully Corny and laughably cheesy and the Kong Suit is absolutely terrible but still hilarious (I love how he punched Gorosaurus to death) and frankly, it's just a stupid fun blast.
Edited by Master Fwiffo, 26 December 2011 - 12:04 AM.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:11 AM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:34 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:18 PM
I'm just glad they are even doing it at all. I was worried they had dropped it when the Mechagodzilla pre-order went up.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:05 PM
This right here.
I've got Godzilla and Mecha G in my pile of loot at BBTS but the asking price for the Garuda set is downright ridiculous. If I can find it somewhere for a better price I'll get it, but if not than I guess no Super Mecha G for me.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:03 PM
But when DAM came out Toho complained to Media Blasters that there were more extras than they'd expected there to be. My understanding is that the main issue was with stills, because Toho would charge for each photo used and therefore the more images, the bigger the payment to them. Media Blasters said they're willing to pay the difference so its a matter of coming up with an acceptable figure.
Rather than put out MEGALON now and risk a repeat of what happened with DAM, both sides want MEGALON pre-approved before it goes to press. Like I said before, I haven't heard of any specific issues with MEGALON... the delay is that Toho is focused on DAM and wants that resolved before turning their attention to the next release. And once Toho and Media Blasters are on the same page with DAM, MEGALON should go much more smoothly.
All the legal stuff sure is fun!"
So, yes, Toho is upset. Over stills, of all things.
Edited by Moon Captain, 30 December 2011 - 10:04 PM.
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