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December 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
There is a local comic store near my apartment, and that's where I usually purchase my Asian movie imports. There, I saw an GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER VHS released in 1990 in the mode with very little tape (EP or SP?). Anyway, the picture sucks, and is in fullscreen. However, the real jewel is the fact this is the AIP dub, which features an English translation to the 'Save the Earth' song.
I picked it up for five dollars, but still perfer my Toho international copy.
December 29th, 2003, 05:29 PM
<font color='#000F22'>I saw that at the local Block Buster years ago, rented it, taped it, and havent seen it there since. I think they must have sold it used, but why, and more importently to whom, AND WHY WASNT I THERE WHEN IT HAPPEND!
Oh well, at leasted I taped it.
January 8th, 2004, 07:55 AM
Quote[/b] (C-R-V @ Jan. 07 2004,23:50)]Quote[/b] (Lord Khandejifer @ Jan. 07 2004,16:35)]If it was released by Simitar why wasn't it released on DVD in '97/'98 with Godzilla King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla's Revenge and Terror of Mechagodzilla?
I think Lord Khandejifer is talking about the Orion video edition of this film, thats what i was thinking of. I dont know...
Monsterslayers is talking about the Simitar one released in the 1990s...
Quote[/b] (C-R-V @ Jan. 07 2004,23:50)]Hey Lord Khandejifer is there actuley a simitar video release of this movie? Or do you have the Orion tape?
Yes, I believe there is a Simitar release. I've heard mentions of it at MZ. But I own the Orion release.
February 15th, 2004, 10:28 AM
Quote[/b] (Lord Khandejifer @ Jan. 07 2004,18:35)]If it was released by Simitar why wasn't it released on DVD in '97/'98 with Godzilla King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla's Revenge and Terror of Mechagodzilla?
Simitar didn't own the rights to it (Orion/MGM did). And by the time they released their DVDs of the 5 that they did have the rights to, I think the rights to Hedorah had reverted back to Toho.
I myself have a gorgeous widescreen copy of the AIP dub.. so I've never had to track down the Orion VHS. http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hedorahsmilie.gif
February 15th, 2004, 10:32 AM
Quote[/b] (Zillamon51 @ Jan. 08 2004,13:04)]The Orion version is a good-quality, SP-mode tape with awesome cover art.
The Simitar version is a low-quality, EP-mode tape with cover art drawn by some 6-year-old. *Simitar also released Godzilla's Revenge and Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. *The only one out of that bunch I had was G's Revenge. *The later Paramount/Gateway VHS looked much better, despite also being an EP tape. *(I don't think any of the Simitar tapes were officially licensed.)
Do you mean to say Simitar released G's Revenge and Monster Zero before 1998?
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Terror of Mechagodzilla
-were all officially lisenced. Simitar released EP VHS versions, SP VHS versions (which I have), and widescreen SP VHS of Mothra, Monster Zero and Godzilla's Revenge. Then of course the DVDs (which we all know and love).
February 17th, 2004, 07:20 PM
Quote[/b] (Zillamon51 @ Feb. 15 2004,23:44)]Yes, the ones I described came out long before the officially licensed ones in 1998. *GvMZ was officially available on SP-mode tape from Paramount at the time; Paramount/Gateway's EP-mode G's Revenge followed later.
Well I'll be... I didn't know that (always nice to learn new things *http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif ).
I was working on a list of all the different VHS/LD/DVD US Godzilla releases, and never came across any earlier Simitar releases of those movies. Thanks for pointing that out.
I've seen covers of the mid80's release of Monster Zero, Mothra and Terror of Mechagodzilla from Paramount (the latter had cool box art IMO), I believe they were SP (You'll see them on ebay a lot as "former rentals".. heh). *Then Paramount released all 5 (plus Rodan and War of the Gargantuas) on EP mode VHS & laserdisc with the cool artwork.
Here's the 80's Mothra and TOMG covers:
February 19th, 2004, 12:49 AM
Quote[/b] (TraviGodzillaFan @ Feb. 17 2004,16:44)]Quote[/b] (kpa @ Feb. 17 2004,02:56)]Quote[/b] (TraviGodzillaFan @ Feb. 15 2004,07:32)]Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Remember that the US rights to those films have belonged to UPA (now Classic Media) for several years. The materials for both the Paramount and Simitar videos came from UPA. UPA never had the rights to SMOG MONSTER.
Yep, I know. *http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif *Did I phrase my post so that it seemed like I thought UPA had the rights to it?
Nope, but you listed all the UPA titles. I copied your list so I wouldn't have to. http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Quote[/b] ] I've learned quite a lot from your very informative posts on the monster zero board http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
Quote[/b] ]So... UPA bought "Transworld" or "Embassy Pictures" and that's how they acquired Godzilla KOTM? And UPA bought Godzilla vs. the Thing from AIP? (or.. Henry G.. Saperstein..). And now, Classic Media owns what UPA had..
I think Trans World was just a "one shot" company put together for GKOTM. It was made up of partners from a few small companies like Jewell and Embassy. Eventually the rights for the film reverted to Toho and Saperstein bought them.
Saperstein was involved with GvsTT from the start but sold his share to AIP. When AIP fold he bought them back; from AIP or Toho I don't know.
January 10th, 2005, 08:09 PM
I dont know what the heck this is but it's a bootleg.
January 10th, 2005, 08:24 PM
Looks like Cin-Vu has some competition. HAHA!:intears:
Never seen this one before. Looks horrible. A classic case of companies thinking there are no legal rights to a film and just release it. TOHO is sure to pull this one off the shelves if it gets noticed.
January 10th, 2005, 09:25 PM
At least the cover looks kind of cool, unlike the Cine-Vu covers (Godzilla through the eyes of a druggie... :nonono2:.) This'll be gone fast.
Cheezy Flicks... the names get stupider and stupider...
January 11th, 2005, 02:57 PM
I've seen this one before. Thing is, you can sell your own items on Amazon; and Amazon on that page, doesn't carry the item because if they did, there would be an Add To Cart button. The only option is a link that says See All Buying Options.
It's still the fact that Amazon is evening having it appear on their site. Funny thing is, the date is wrong.
January 12th, 2005, 12:45 AM
oh my, it says number of discs-1000, WOW, and also, next to the name of the movie it says 1964, this is the most messed up thing I've ever seen on Amazon
January 21st, 2005, 10:32 AM
WTF? the cover just looks awful. Thank goodness they offically released it!
January 22nd, 2005, 03:23 PM
they could at least have used the cool US poster. i'm glad my DVD-r is from the OOP Orion laserdisc.
January 23rd, 2005, 07:13 PM
There's a bootlegGodzilla Vs. The Smog Monster DVD manufactured in Canada, that my friend acquired not to long ago. It's a double feature with Godzilla Vs. Megalon, and uses the same "hideous" print that Alpha Video used for their unauthorized Megaolon disc. The quality on "Smog Monster" isn't perfect either, better than the Megalon print... but my Smog Monster VHS released by Orion is in better shape than the disc.
Heh, that thing is flooding ebay right now.
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