07.12.2014: LIVE G-Fest Podcast – The SOUND OF MONSTERS!

Chris Oglio, Jim Figurski, John DeSentis and Erick Homenick join Kyle for a very special live podcast at G-Fest XXI.

Chris Oglio, Jim Figurski, John DeSentis and Erick Homenick join Kyle for a very special live podcast at G-Fest XXI.

G-Fest XXI is underway! And let me tell you, it has been an awesome convention so far. The show notes will be a bit brief today because I need to get this episode uploaded before the insanity of my Saturday really kicks in!

For our first real discussion about the composers behind these kaiju films, I was joined by Jim Figurski (contributor to GodzillaMonsterMusic.com), Erick Homenick (webmaster of AkiraIfukube.org), John DeSentis and Chris Oglio (from the Ifukube 100 concert happening tonight!). I found it a fascinating discussion and I hope that you all enjoy it as well.

On somewhat of a side-note, I have launched a kickstarter campaign and I need your help to fund an indie documentary in which I will fly to Tokyo and capture the Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition and hopefully interview some key cast and crew members from Godzilla’s sixty year history. The name of the documentary is HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION and really hope the you will believe in this as much as I do. There are some fantastic perks for donating and I have assembled a great team to help me bring this to life. It cannot happen without your support. Thank you all in advance for your help and continued support over the years.

Now, let’s break out the Day 2 Fest-ivities!

Check out our newest Commentary!

Godzilla vs Gigan Downloadable Commentary

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!

06.27.2014: The X From Outer Space Daikaiju Discussion

Kyle, Bryan and Rachel say "What fun, the Moon World" in this discussion of The X From Outer Space!

Kyle, Bryan and Rachel say “What fun, the Moon World” in this discussion of The X From Outer Space!

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.

MUSIC:
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)

SUGGESTED READING:
New Japanese Godzilla Game for PS3
Godzilla’s Chinese Opening
Pacific Rim Sequel/Prequel News

KICKSTARTER ALERT:
Legends of Cthulhu Retro Action Figure Line

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
June 28th – Godzilla Night III in San Leandro, CA
July 11-13 – G-FEST XXI in Chicago, IL

gameravsgyaosDAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
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!