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Gorgeous! Great score. I,

Gorgeous!

Great score. I, too, hope to see more vinyl carried by HLJ.

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 3 March, 2009 - 16:01
It's worth your while to

It's worth your while to watch the movie if you're a classic Toho fan (isn't everyone?) but it's nothing to get too excited over.
FYI Manda later appeared in "Destroy All Monsters" and "Godzilla Final Wars".

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Posted by kidnicky on 3 March, 2009 - 17:46
Vinyl Gotengo!

That thing is AWESOME!

I agree that Atragon is a classic, but don't think you're getting monster mayhem. Manda gets a mere ten minutes, ala Mogera in "The Mysterians" (another classic)

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Posted by Materialist Zen on 3 March, 2009 - 19:04
Yup...Atragon's great, but

Yup...Atragon's great, but only really because of the first appearance of the super-ship, Atragon, which I'm rather partial to!

Overall, I'd say The Mysterians was a much better film. Lots more sfx shots and action, overall. Really fun...and Mogera (despite having little screen time) rocked.

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 4 March, 2009 - 09:34
Mysterians is a better movie

Mysterians is a better movie than most movies,IMO. You're right,MechaGonzo is pretty impressive despite limited screen time.
The only thing that really detracts from it is how the part with the Markalite tripod thingy lasts about 6 hours. It's like Jesus Christ,explode the aliens allready. That's how it was back then though,especially in Japan.

I love all these old Toho flicks so much though,it's like choosing your favorite child really.

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Posted by kidnicky on 5 March, 2009 - 21:12
"I love all these old Toho

"I love all these old Toho flicks so much though,it's like choosing your favorite child really."

Totally...though I don't have kids. Matango's another favorite. And I have a soft spot for Varan, the Unloved. ;)

And, hey, maybe they were trying to teach kids persistence with the Mysterian base! That stick-to-it-iveness is very valuable in corporate Japan!

But back to Manda, Atragon was a bit slow at times, but the whole idea of the underwater/underground/airborne super-ship is was does it for me! Manda, herself (I coulda sworn I read somewhere that Manda was female), is a VERY cool kaiju, of course...and I'm *really* glad M1 decided to lengthen her with some more body segments.

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 6 March, 2009 - 13:19
Which Films and Which Order?!

Enough!

I need to see these films, it's like an entire genre I don't know about! ha ha

So which films should I see and it what order. Please put both japanese and and English titles so I won't be double confused!

Anything from Japan in the 60's I love so I'm looking forward to seeing these films.

Cheers,
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 6 March, 2009 - 14:02
Boy, now there's a tall

Boy, now there's a tall order! ;)

Okay, well, first get familiar with Toho Kingdom; it's kinda the go-to place for info on Toho films. I guess the order in which you see these movies isn't all that important, though you may wanna see the Godzilla ones in order just for consistency. Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, Gojira 1954 through 1977's War in Space counts as Toho's Showa era. Though the quality on these movies are all over the map, they're all "classics" to me!

As for specifically Godzilla flicks, definitely look at Chris Koch's Godzilla site...though I don't always agree with his reviews of the movies, I find the site VERY helpful in keeping G flicks straight in my head.

Anyway, other than Godzilla Toho films, you'll want to check out Rodan, The Mysterians, Varan, H-Man, Battle in Outer Space, The Human Vapor (I actually haven't seen this one yet, but it looks interesting), Mothra, Gorath, Atragon, Matango, Dogora, Frankenstein Conquers the World, War of the Gargantuas, King Kong Escapes (one of my all-time favorites!), Latitude Zero, Yog: Space Amoeba, and War in Space.

After that, you've got the Heisei, and post-heisei/"millenium" eras of Godzilla flicks.

And because I know you're into other media, you have to check out Akira Ifukube's scores--some of the best film music in the history of the medium!

AND...once you're done with Toho...you'll have to get into the Daiei series like the Showa Gamera and Daimajin films, tv series like Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Zone Fighter, other movies like The X From Outer Space and Gappa, and, finally, western monster movies like Reptilicus, Gorgo, and many, many more!

Good luck, Leo!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 7 March, 2009 - 19:11
It looks like somebody

It looks like somebody forgot Ultra Seven. That's the best one!!!!!!!!

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Posted by kidnicky on 9 March, 2009 - 12:41
True, true...in fact, I left

True, true...in fact, I left out a ton of Ultra stuff simply because I'm not all that knowledgable about this stuff. I have the commercial Ultraman DVDs that came out a couple years ago...and I obviously collect Ultra kaiju toys (mainly from M1/Marmit/Marusan and some of the smaller producers...nothing Bandai except for the Bullmark reissues from Popy/B-Club).

I'd sure LOVE to see Ultra Q and Ultra Seven, though!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 9 March, 2009 - 15:51
Sometimes R1 Ultra Seven box

Sometimes R1 Ultra Seven box sets turn up on eBay,allthough obviously of a dubious legality.
There's at least one episode up on Youtube,and I know there's fansubs floating around For Ultraseven X,the sequel adult-aimed show from a year or two ago. I didn't like it as much as the original,but I only saw a couple episodes,and I watched them raw,so your mileage may vary.

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Posted by kidnicky on 10 March, 2009 - 23:08
I have a very similar

I have a very similar relationship with Gundam; seen a few of the Anime's but don't really know much about it yet I stil collect Gunpla's. same with Ultraman yet I don't own any memorabilia of it ^^;

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Posted by mrtrainfreak12 on 5 September, 2013 - 16:47
Atragon Filmography?

Sanjeev,

Sorry! I should have been more clear but I was referring to films that feature Atragon. No worried though, I didn't know about the Toho Fan website and I'm looking forward to checking that site out.

I'm an insane completest when it comes to filmographies, I'm about halfway through Akira Kurosawa and Ralph Balkshi by watching and buying all the films in order.

Cheers!
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 10 March, 2009 - 15:32
kidnicky, I'll be sure to

kidnicky, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for those dubious Ultra Seven sets! ;)

My priority, as far as Ultra stuff is concerned, however, is the original: Ultra Q!

Leo, just Atragon, huh? Hahaha...okay, gotcha! Very simple:

Atragon (1963)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

If you wanna be thorough, you may wanna check out War in Space (1977) (though, this film features the Goten, a sort of "future Gotengo")...and if you're really anal, you can first check out
Battle in Outer Space (1959), since War in Space was it's unofficial sequel!

Hope this helps!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 11 March, 2009 - 12:56
Atragon Filmography!

Thanks,

Yes, I'm crazy that way, I'll watch "Battle In Outer Space" first before War In Space.

It can get so confusing with all these Toho films. Look, the sequel to Battle in outer Space comes out 18 years later, and I'm sure Godzilla:Final Wars is a sequel as well to another Godzilla film! Kind of like how Dr Mabuse: The Gambler and M are unrelated film but The Testament of Dr Mabuse is a sequel to both. You can easily lose grasp of it all.

It's hard believe that Atragon was until recently only used in one film. What a great looking ship and it just seems it could have been used in so many adventures but just wasn't used. I'm looking forward to building the model kit CDX.

Thanks Sanjeev for taking your time out about the films!
Cheers!
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 11 March, 2009 - 14:16
Godzilla Final Wars isn't

Godzilla Final Wars isn't really a sequel to anything. I guess it's kind of a sequel to the original Godzilla,but it's more just a bunch of crazy s**t that happens.

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Posted by kidnicky on 11 March, 2009 - 21:12
I've only ever seen the

I've only ever seen the first episode of Ultra Q,but if the first episode is any indication,it's an all time classic series!

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Posted by kidnicky on 11 March, 2009 - 21:13
There's also an anime, Super

There's also an anime, Super Atragon, but I don't know if it has anything to do with the movie. It has a drill sub in it though...

EDIT: after watching that, I am scarred.

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Posted by JoshB on 11 March, 2009 - 21:53
Hehe...it's funny how this

Hehe...it's funny how this thread is turning into a filmography of Atragon/Gotengo, not Manda!

Oh, one big thing I forgot to mention was another interesting reference I came across when reading up on Josh's recent Robot King bootleg review: apparently, in Toho's Chousei Kantai Sazer-X sentai movie (a crossover with Justirisers and Gransazers), there's a character named, Commander Jinguji (yes, the same name as in Atragon), who built the Hontengo, a giant, flying sub with a drill on its prow!

Might need to check that out someday!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 12 March, 2009 - 10:42
It's so Asian!

I love the colors on that sea beast vinyl! I've never seen anything quite like it on a vinyl, it looks like it has chrome paint on it. The Art design of the beast looks like some thing you would see at a Chinese New Years parade.

Beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing the film,
LF

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Modcineaste on 4 March, 2009 - 17:06
 
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