Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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8 responses to “Gojira (1954)/Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) – Film & DVD Review”

  1. » Book Review: Eiji Tsuburaya - Master of Monsters

    [...] he finally got his chance when producer Tomoyuki Tanaka asked him to handle the special effects for GOJIRA (1954, released in the U.S. as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTER). The success of that film led to a [...]

  2. » Sons of Moby Dick: Melville’s White Whale has spawned a school of sea monsters

    [...] the sequels re-imagined the conception, changing Godzilla from a malevolent monster (as in his 1954 debut) to something resembling an implacable natural disaster. There was a twist, however, because [...]

  3. » Laserblast: Golden Compass, Godzilla, Dark Shadows & Slashers

    [...] Media released several high-quality DVDs of Godzilla titles last year: GOJIRA; GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN; MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA; GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER; and INVASION OF [...]

  4. » Mothra vs. Godzilla DVD

    [...] Godzilla [...]

  5. » Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

    [...] film launched the giant radio-active monster sub-genre of the ’50s and inspired Japan’s GODZILLA (1954), which in turn launched a tidal wave of giant monster movies that extends to the current [...]

  6. » Film Review: Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

    [...] Review: Godzilla (1954) [...]

  7. » Laserblast: Forbidden Kingdom & early Halloween Horror

    [...] is from Classic Media, the company that gave us several fine Godzilla DVD releases last year (e.g., GOJIRA/GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS). As with those discs, these contain both the Japanese original and the altered American versions. [...]

  8. Rodan/War of the Gargantuas - DVD Review | Cinefantastique Online

    [...] While Rodan went on to become Godzilla’s sidekick in a number of the later monster team-up movies, the original RODAN is quite a respectable achievement in its own right. This is something of a transitional film, abandoning the somber black-and-white moodiness of Toho’s earlier monster movies but still retaining the serious science fiction tone. Although shot in color, this was the last Toho kaiju in the Academy 1.33 aspect ratio. Subsequent releases from THE MYSTERIANS on were shot in the widescreen scope ratio of 2.35, and from MOTHRA onward the movies would veer toward light-hearted fantasy. Unlike many of these later kaiju efforts, RODAN shows director Ishiro Honda still striving to build an atmosphere of unease, much like the original GODZILLA. [...]

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