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(aka "Kaijû sôshingeki" or "All Monsters Attack" or "Attack of the Marching Monsters" or "Gojira dengeki daisakusen" or "The March of the Monsters" or "Monster Attack March" pr "Monster Invasion" or "Operation Monsterland)

 

Directed by Ishirô Honda

Japan - 1968

 

The year is 1999, and all of Earth's monsters have been captured and detained at Ogasawara Island. All is well in the solar system until one day, a race of alien women brainwashes the monsters and releases them, causing havoc around the world. Godzilla attacks New York City, Rodan invades Moscow, Mothra lays waste to Beijing, Gorosaurus destroys Paris, and Manda attacks London!

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Theatrical Release: August 1st, 1968 - Japan

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Comparison:

A.D. Vision - Region 0 - NTSC vs. ADV Films (SE) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. ADV Films (SE) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

1) A.D. Vision - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) ADV Films - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Covers

 

Distribution

A.D. Vision

Region 0  - NTSC

ADV Films
Region 0 - NTSC
Tokyo Shock
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Tokyo Shock
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:03 1:29:03 1:28:54.494 1:28:50.199
Video

2.14:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.14:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.9 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,336,851,216 bytes

Feature: 21,404,737,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,310,001,496 bytes

Feature: 20,081,671,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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A.D. Vision

 

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ADV Films

 

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Blu-ray

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1563 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1563 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1250 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1250 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 1737 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1737 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 112 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 112 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1249 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1249 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 1738 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1738 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: A.D. Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 2.14:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 1

Release Information:
Studio: ADV Films

Aspect Ratio:

Widescreen - 2.14:1

Edition Details:

• Bonus CD of soundtrack music

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 1

Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

2.41:1 -
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,336,851,216 bytes

Feature: 21,404,737,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• English commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski

• Image Gallery

• Promo Reel (2:04)

• Production Art and Storyboards

• 16mm films (7:29)

• Credits

Blu-ray Release Date:
November 8th, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 10

Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

2.41:1 -
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,310,001,496 bytes

Feature: 20,081,671,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• None

Blu-ray Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 10

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (September 2014): This is a re-issue of the 2011 Blu-ray release (that is waaaay out-of-print) and it has some differences. Firstly, it is not region FREE - it is region 'A'-locked. Secondly, it does not have the Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski commentary of the original BD - or any of the extras - or any supplements at all. Lastly, it has the same video transfer (slightly more robust but same source) and same subtitles. The audio offers a Surround, standard Dolby, option for the Japanese track - and stereo, lossless, for both English and Japanese. A downgrade in some senses but pretty cheap for this Japanese monster 'classic'.

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ADDITION: Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray (November 11'): This is known as the mother of all Japanese Monster movies. Saturday afternoon paradise for any young adventure-seeking lad.

 

Tokyo Shock (Media Blasters) have easily bested the previous DVDs that were extremely poor (interlaced, only English DUB offered etc.) and we can also see the SDs were extremely cropped as well. This 2.41: aspect ratio Blu-ray is 1080P and housed on a single-layered disc with a decent bitrate. If I had to guess which colors were more accurate - I'd say the Blu-ray and that the DVDs were boosted and overly blue. But the HD transfer still seems flat and a bit dusty but in most respects this is surely far closer to the theatrical appearance of the film. This is probably a little faded but I thought it was 'alright' in-motion. Yellows and reds of the uniforms look acceptable but those monsters are always kicking up dust making those scenes appear more earthy brown.

 

A big bonus over the DVDs is the inclusion of the Japanese audio (although I still believe this is considered the 'US version') and Japanese title cards. It, and the oft-heard, English DUB are both available in lossless - and there are optional English subtitles (see sample).

 

We get a new (2011) commentary by Steve Ryfle (author of Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G") and Ed Godziszewski who talk up a storm about Destroy All Monsters , the 'Big G', Japanese monsters films and Ishirô Honda. Fans will definitely want to indulge - very interesting and entertaining. There is also an image gallery, production art and storyboards as well as a Promo Reel (2:04) and some 16mm footage (7:29.) Overall pretty good - nice to see some effort and the commentary is rewarding.

 

I have fond memories (as also related by Steve Ryfle in the commentary) of being swept up in my first viewing decades ago. It really is the most memorable of the Japanese monster genre and I was pleased to see it come to Blu-ray - especially as the DVDs were so pitiful. Fans - and you know who you are - there is little like watching Destroy All Monsters on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Much to appreciate about this Blu-ray and it is recommended!

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ON THE DVDs: One need only look at the bitrate graph... This is a great rip-off. This is the exact same DVD, repackaged with a terrible CD. "SE" they call it ?... lets see:  non-original audio (a poor dub), cropped image, hazy colors, interlaced, no menus, no subtitles and no chapter stops and no extras. By far the Worst DVD of the Year award winner! DO NOT BUY THIS and DO NOT SUPPORT THESE BANDITS !

 - Gary W. Tooze


Blu-ray (original) Menus (Neither DVD has any menus)
 

 

 

Blu-ray (re-issue) Menus

 


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1) Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) A.D. Vision - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) ADV Films - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) A.D. Vision - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) ADV Films - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) A.D. Vision - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) ADV Films - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Tokyo Shock (original release) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Tokyo Shock (re-issue) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Extras: Original Blu-ray
Box Covers

 

Distribution

A.D. Vision

Region 0  - NTSC

ADV Films
Region 0 - NTSC
Tokyo Shock
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Tokyo Shock
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
 



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