Jeff, Bryan and Rachel sat down with me to record the newest commentary. Possibly our best yet, so fire up your DVD or BluRay of Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) and enjoy!
This episode we talk about the weird bumpy space chicken known as (not Gigan) Guilala – star of Shochiku’s 1967 kaiju film, The X From Outer Space (aka Uchu Daikaiju Guilala). What a bizarre but thoroughly entertaining entry into the showa era of Japanese kaiju history. I really hope that more information comes to light about this entry in the giant monster landscape because I would absolutely LOVE to know more about the history of Guilala!
We watched the subtitled version that lives in the land of Hulu Plus because the only release of this film that I have is the Japanese Region 2 DVD (the box set also came with an awesome Guilala figure and a model kit of the AAB Gamma!). It was recently released on DVD officially as part of a Criterion box called “When Horror Came To Shochiku” but I haven’t picked it up. I think this is the first DVD release since Godzilla vs. Megalon came out that I haven’t bought because I am kind of waiting for an HD version. Call me crazy… all the voices do.
The new section is a bit slim this episode, but if you want your fix, go check out SciFi Japan - there are all sorts of books coming out, festivals happening across the world – even contests.
1. Main Title by Akira Ifukube from War Of The Gargantuas (1966)
2. Godzilla’s Ressurrection by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
3. The X From Outer Space International Trailer Audio (1967)
4. The X From Outer Space by Damon Alexander and the Ten Cent Rentals from The 2 A.M. Tuesday Trailers (2006)
5. Godzilla! by Alexadre Desplat from Godzilla (2014)
Legends of Cthulhu Retro Action Figure Line
In July, we will be tackling the 1967 Daiei Gamera movie, Gamera vs. Gyaos aka Return of the Giant Monsters. In fact, I can tell you that we will definitely be watching the Shout! Factory’s DVD release of the film but it is available on BluRay thanks to the recent release by Mill Creek Entertainment. Please turn in your homework by July 25th to have your thoughts, questions and reviews as part of the next discussion episode!
Because our Godzilla (2014) coverage was so exhaustive, we never really got to cover a couple of important topics: the Big Wow Comic Fest held in San Jose last month and the official movie-related merchandise and releases to the new film. Bryan and Rachel joined my for this episode (#113) to tackle these important issues like the awesome kaiju fans they are.
Big Wow Comic Fest was held from May 17th and 18th in San Jose, California and above the standard Comic con-style events, featured the Famous Monsters of Filmland Pavilion. A special über-booth that not only sold the magazines, t-shirts and posters, but also housed both their guests from the land of the rising sun, Kenpachiro Satsuma (Godzilla suit-actor from 1984-1995), Bin Buruya (Ultraman suit actor in 1966), Daisuke Ban (Kikaida & Inazuman), US-based kaiju artist and painter extraordinaire Bob Eggleton and author & kaiju guru August Ragone. It was a fantastic weekend and I really hope that the convention decides to bring some Japanese guests again, because I was quite impressed with the show.
In addition to the Comic Fest, I specifically wanted to talk about some of the official merchandise from the new Godzilla movie, so we discuss in detail the film’s soundtrack by Alexadre Desplat, the mobile game Godzilla Smash, the prequel comic, Godzilla: Awakening and the “art of” book entitled Godzilla: The Art Of Destruction. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up any of these releases, perhaps we can sway you one way or the other.
1. Main Title by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993)
2. MUTO Hatch by Alexandre Desplat from Godzilla (2014)
3. Main Title by Akira Ifukube from King Kong Escapes (1967)
4. What Fun, The Moon World by Tak Izumi from The X From Outer Space (1967)
Legendary attempts to have lawsuit thrown out of court
Toho’s Godzilla mural unveiling with Akira Takarada & Gareth Edwards
Scifi JapanTV Episode 17 “Godz-Illustrator Yuji Kaida”
Godzilla The IDW Era Preview on Scifi Japan
Another unmade American Godzilla project: Godzilla Reborn
NECA 12″ tall Godzilla Figure
NECA 20″ tall Knifehead Figure
Sideshow Godzilla Contest
Mechagodzilla Bottle Opener from Diamond Select Toys
Titans of Toho: An Unauthorized Guide to the Godzilla Series & the Rest of Toho’s Giant Monster Films by Brian Clutter
The Art of Japanese Monsters by Sean Linkenback
6/28 – Godzilla Night III in San Leandro, CA [BAFE on Facebook] [Great Godzilla Raffle]
7/11 – 7/13 – G-Fest XXI in Chicago, IL
9/12 – 9/14 – Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA
9/20 – 9/21 – Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR
Don’t forget that our Daikaiju Discussion will focus on The X From Outer Space (1967). If you’d like to have your thoughts, questions & reviews included in the next discussion episode, send in your “homework” before Sunday, June 22nd!