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Box Front Original Release Year: 2002
Running Time: 116 minutes

DVD Released By: All Day Entertainment
Video: Fullscreen and widescreen
Audio: English 2.0 mono
Extras: Vintage making-of shorts, vintage educational short, animated short
Subtitles: None
Closed Captions: None
Region: 1
Format: NTSC
Chapters: 60
Packaging: Keepcase
MSRP: $24.99
UPC #: 014381198829
Catalog #: ADED1988DVD
Status: Available


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Reviewed by:
Zillamon51
The Film: This is a compilation of 60 monster movie trailers, with a heavy emphasis on daikaiju, dinosaurs, and other giants of the silver screen.  The complete lineup consists of:

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King Kong (1933, d. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, spfx Willis O’Brien)
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Son of Kong (1933, d. Ernest B. Schoedsack, spfx Willis O’Brien)
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Mighty Joe Young (1949, d. Ernest B. Schoedsack, spfx Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen)
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Konga (1961, d. John Lemont)
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953, d. Eugene Lourie, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
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The Giant Behemoth (1959, d. Eugene Lourie, spfx Willis O’Brien)
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The Beast from Hollow Mountain (1956, d. Edward Nassour and Ismael Rodriguez)
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Dinosaurus! (1960, d. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)
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The Lost World (1960, d. Irwin Allen, spfx Willis O’Brien)
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Gorgo (1961, d. Eugene Lourie)
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Reptilicus (1961, d. Sidney Pink)
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The Valley Of Gwangi (1969, d. Jim O'Connolly, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
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Godzilla:  King of the Monsters (1956, d. Ishiro Honda and Terry Morse, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya).  American version with Raymond Burr.
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Varan the Unbelievable (1962, d. Ishiro Honda and Jerry A. Baerwitz, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya).  American version with Myron Healy.
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Rodan (1956, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Mothra (b&w animated teaser)
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Mothra (1961, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya).  Final version.
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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Godzilla vs. the Thing (aka Mothra vs. Godzilla) (1964, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Gammera the Invincible (1966, d. Noriaki Yuasa and Sandy Howard).  American version with Albert Dekker and Brian Donlevy.
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Ghidrah:  The Three-Headed Monster (1964, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Atragon (1963, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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King Kong Escapes (1967, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Destroy All Monsters (1968, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Teisho Arikawa)
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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (aka Godzilla vs. Hedorah) (1971, d. Yoshimitsu Banno, spfx Teruyoshi Nakano)
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Yog:  Monster from Space (aka Space Amoeba) (1970, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Teisho Arikawa)
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The Mysterians (1957, d. Ishiro Honda, spfx Eiji Tsuburaya)
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Robot Monster (1953, d. Phil Tucker)
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It Conquered the World (1956, d. Roger Corman)
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Kronos (1957, d. Kurt Neumann)
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Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959, d. Riccardo Freda, spfx Mario Bava)
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The Blob (1958, d. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)
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Son of Blob (aka Beware!  The Blob) (1972, d. Larry Hagman).  The movie J.R. shot!
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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955, d. Robert Gordon, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957, d. Roger Corman)
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Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959, d. Bernard L. Kowalski)
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The Giant Gila Monster (1959, d. Ray Kellogg)
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The Killer Shrews (1959, d. Ray Kellogg)
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Night of the Lepus (1972, d. William F. Claxton)
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Them! (1954, d. Gordon Douglas)
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Tarantula (1955, d. Jack Arnold)
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Monster from Green Hell (1958, d. Kenneth G. Crane)
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Beginning of the End (1957, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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The Deadly Mantis (1957, d. Nathan Juran)
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The Spider (aka Earth vs. the Spider) (1958, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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The Cyclops (1957, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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Attack of the Puppet People (1958, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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Giant from the Unknown (1958, d. Richard E. Cunha)
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The Colossus of New York (1958, d. Eugene Lourie)
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Attack of the 50-Ft. Woman (1958, d. Nathan Juran)
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The 30-Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959, d. Sidney Miller)
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The Amazing Colossal Man (1957, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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War of the Colossal Beast (1958, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960, d. Jack Sher, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
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Village of the Giants (1965, d. Bert I. Gordon)
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Narrated by co-star Kathryn Grant, highlighting the Dynamation process)
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958, d. Nathan Juran, spfx Ray Harryhausen)
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Goliath and the Dragon (1960, d. Vittorio Cottafavi)
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Atlantis:  The Lost Continent (1961, d. George Pal)
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Jason and the Argonauts (1963, d. Don Chaffey, spfx Ray Harryhausen). 

That’s a lot of retro-monster action on one disc!  Adding to the fun is that the trailers are organized by theme.  Following the original
King Kong are trailers for other giant ape films.  Then come the dinosaurs, followed by a long string of Japanese kaiju.  Blobs and sea monsters are grouped together, as are giant bugs, and finally size-shifting people both great and small.  Oddly enough, not many other trailer compilations follow a pattern like this.

The kaiju trailers here are for the American versions of the films.  Some of them feature added scenes with Western actors (such as
Godzilla, Varan, and Gammera); and some include snippets of the original American dubbing (like DAM, Smog Monster, and The Mysterians) that many old-school fans prefer to the international versions now on DVD.  The animated teaser for Mothra is a real rarity.  The talent on display here ranges from the greats (Ray Harryhausen and Eiji Tsuburaya) to low-budget kings Roger Corman and Bert I. Gordon.  This is all great fun, either as a trailer-thon or as a source to add a few select trailers to your own creature double feature or monster movie marathon.  Grade:  A

Video: Most of the trailers are presented in fullscreen; a few are in non-anamorphic widescreen.  This is a collection of vintage material, so video quality varies from clip to clip.  Some of the trailers look decent; many are marred with speckles, lines, and cigarette burns.  Overall, it’s a little dark.  This is probably an intentional effort to counteract the fading effects of time, by boosting color vividness and black level, but at the cost of detail.  Just try to appreciate any shortcomings as adding to the retro charm of it all.  Overall, a fine effort for what it is.  Grade:  C+

Audio: Again, this is a collection of vintage material, so quality varies.  The sound is basic mono, in 2.0.  Most of the trailers sound clear; some are a little muffled.  Dialogue remains understandable throughout, and the sound effects are fine.  There is surprisingly little hissing and popping.  Grade:  B

Extras / Menus: Two original making-of featurettes are included.  One is for the 1975 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation The Land That Time Forgot, starring Doug McClure.  It runs 12 minutes, and covers creature effects, caveman make-up, and stunts.  The other is for the classic Harryhausen fantasy The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.  Entitled “This Is Dynamation," it runs a little over three minutes, and demonstrates the film’s special effects processes.  (This same featurette is also included on Sony’s 7th Voyage DVD, looking considerably better in widescreen and more vivid color.)

Next up is the vintage atomic safety short
Operation Plumbbob from 1954.  Running 11 minutes, it presents the findings of researchers testing the effects of nuclear fallout on various food products left near an atomic test site.  Did you know that contaminated raw corn and potatoes are perfectly safe after being husked / peeled and washed?  Fallout should be respected, not feared!  Finally, there is an animated short, Megamorphosis.  It runs 6 minutes, and concerns a young man who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into the King of Monsters.  It was made by David Kalat, author of A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series, and head honcho of All Day Entertainment.

The main menu has an animated background and sound.  The other menus are static.  Everything is well laid out and easy to navigate. 
Grade:  B+

Final Analysis: This is easily the biggest and best trailer compilation dedicated to giant monsters.  Even the cover art and insert deserve a mention, as they add to the fun by mimicking old monster model kits.  Highly recommended!  Final Grade:  A
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