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January 1st, 2004, 05:46 AM
a.k.a. Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
[Japanese title: 'Kyoryu Kaicho No Densetsu']
Can anyone gimme a rundown on this movie? Also, are there any kaiju--as in, something I won't find in a dinosaur book.
January 1st, 2004, 11:02 AM
Check out www.wtf-film.com , Pimp. They have a review and pic.
January 1st, 2004, 07:22 PM
What the? Why does that site seem so familiar to me? It's like someone picked up where I left off! Oh well, that's a good thing. Especially since whomever owns the site is focusing on rarer flicks, flicks that really need to be reviewed!
January 21st, 2004, 01:22 PM
<font color='#000F22'>I have the MST3K KTMA episode on my computer, I haven't watched it from beginning to end yet though. It looks like a pretty dull movie to me.
January 22nd, 2004, 02:36 PM
Legend of the Dinosaurs is one of those guilty pleasures. It was made at a time when violence was the big ticket in Japan as well as anti heroes. i am FINALLY getting the Japanese language version. I have loved this movie from years on end and you'll think I am crazy. The movie is very stylish, violent (Jaws violent), the music is 70s jazzy-funk adventure, the scene where the pteranodon attacking the villagers is a must for anyone who wants to study the theory of montage and the plesiosaur is one mean mutha (shut yo mouth!http://www.rodansroost.com/ikonboard/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif Can you tell i have much enthusiasm for this movie. Not everyone will like it. In fact, many might hate it. The effects range from good to sloppy but everything else is fine...except this film makes too many suspensions of disbelief. This film was the only Japanese knockoff on Jaws and even then there hardly any similarities. I heard somewhere Toei only made this to cash in on the unmade Hammer-Toho co-production of Nessie which would've been made the same year. ottom line, Legend of the dinosaurs is a classic in its own field. Many will hate it, but there are those who worship this film.....along with Catastrophe 1999 and Espy. Did I mention I love the soundtrack. I'd sell my vital organs for the soundtrack!! Here's hoping it comes to Japanese DVD...even tho it'll region 2.... curses!
January 26th, 2004, 01:53 PM
Quote[/b] (majin monster of terror @ Jan. 24 2004,06:27)]Is it avalible, i heard about this scene where a woman gets her leg bitten off by a Plesiasur!
For VHS it may still be at a local video store, plus E-bay may be auctioning it. Videoscreams.com also has it in their catalogue. Beware, there are TWO versions available with very slight diferences, one difference is in one version the part where the pteranodon stabbing the plesiosaur's eye with its beak is cut out of TV prints. but answering your question the plesiosaur bites a woman in half while her poor dog watches from a safe distance by the shore.
February 14th, 2004, 03:41 AM
<font color='#FF0000'>Is it like the Magic serpant?
December 22nd, 2004, 06:16 PM
Anyone ever seen this flick? Apparently its pretty gory. I've been looking for it for years, but can never get my hands on it. Can anyone give a review or a link to someplace that has one? Thanks.
December 22nd, 2004, 07:34 PM
I too have been long searching for this rare flick.
MST3k did this movie on the very first season, sadly making it nearly impossible to get ahold of this version. The original version is no-where to be seen, but I heard it was a "stylish" kaiju flick.
I've seen pictures of the monsters, a giant plesiosaur and dinosauric bird that has a name that slips my mind. They look pretty fake and crappy, but it still needs to be in my collection and it looks like kaijutastic entertainment.
G-fan magazine did a retrospective of this movie as well, which I have some where...
December 22nd, 2004, 07:45 PM
EDIT: Oh, my bad. I'm new here, don't know the boards stance on boots. Anywho, if Henry or anyone else wants the link, pm me.;)
December 22nd, 2004, 08:29 PM
^ Yeah, well that's a bootleg, so you're gonna have to get rid of the link.
December 22nd, 2004, 11:15 PM
I use to have a copy many moons ago, but have since lost it. I liked the idea of a pre-apocalptic tale of prehistoric monsters returning in modern times, but the clucky creature props, subpar English dubbing (never saw the Japanese version) and some grim but ridiculous points of story logic never made me a full fan. But I enjoy it as a light monster romp. **1/2 starts, just above average.
In the meantime, for Tadzilla (good obscure alias reference there) and all others interested, I posted the following "Legend of the Dinosaurs" images from my own collection to share and feel free to use them, just try to make an aknowlegement to the source (in other words, me)
For the record, this last scene of the two Plesiosaurs and the tropical island behind them never happens in the film itself. As far as I know it was a publicity photo, much like the situations behind the Gorosaurus / Mechanikong / King Kong three-way battle in the arctic and the giant sized Pira Aliens attacking Tokyo in "Warnning from Space", both of which never occure in the actual films.
December 23rd, 2004, 12:10 AM
My local library has it and I rented it a long time ago because I loved dinosaurs. I can't say it was a great film though. I remember being extremely bored 30 mins. into the film and it just never quite captured my attention. Yes it is pretty gory in some spots, but not too bad.
As a matter of fact, I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It just didn't seem like a film anyone would watch. But at the same time, it's not too too horrible.
Dino Hunter 2.0
December 23rd, 2004, 01:47 PM
I rented it once when I was little, but got too scared and enver watched it all. I dunno if it's still available, since we don't go to BlockBuster anymore. However, I doubt I'm missing out on much...
December 23rd, 2004, 04:44 PM
Well, good news on the "Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds" front. I have managed to secure a widescreen, uncut, subtitled copy of the film, and must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Where did I get it, you may ask? Well, pm if you want to know how you can get a copy.;)
December 23rd, 2004, 05:33 PM
Holy christ, I remember that!
I watched it a loooooooooong time ago. Hell, I was probably four or something, but those images Enshohma brought back some very far distant memories of watching that.... Looks worse than I remembered it.... :p
January 14th, 2005, 11:39 PM
I own the MST3k episode.
February 20th, 2005, 01:05 PM
I was wondering if this movie was any good i was thinking about getting it can anyone help me out thanks.
February 20th, 2005, 04:10 PM
I believe there was a thread on this very topic much earlier in the year. Although I am not sure what part of the forums it is in.
As for the movie...well...I will say it's different and pretty gorey for its type of film. I found it to be a decent movie but nothing really spectacular because it simply failed to grab my attention for the most part. I found myself doing other things while the movie was on so I can't say it really sparked my interest. I'd give it a whirl if you're looking for something different.
February 20th, 2005, 06:12 PM
cool thanks i was wondering if anyone had any pics as well.
February 21st, 2005, 08:03 PM
whats cut out of the Sandy Frank version.
February 24th, 2005, 09:52 AM
The title credit sequence is of Ashizawa driving to Lake Sai from Tokyo (to the same music) and not the awesome poster art like the Sandy Frank version. Nudity is in the film briefly when the power goes out in the showing woman's home and you see Akiko pull the remaining thrown up part of her friend into the frame. Quite effective. You can by a nice widescreen english subtitled copy by going to WTF -films.com or something.
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