Destroy All Monsters…Today If Possible.

Destroy All MonstersThe year was 1968. Madison Square Garden opened. Congress adopted the Gold Standard. Mattel’s Hot Wheels™ toy cars were introduced. NASA launched Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission. Boeing’s 747 made its debut. Night of the Living Dead, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes premiered. And hippies, like some unchecked pestilence, proliferated the pop culture landscape.

Destroy All Monsters

Yep, a lot of tumultuous societal action went down that year. But of all the culture shifts taking place, one milestone was overlooked: the release of Destroy All Monsters, the mother of all giant monster movies. OK, a slight overstatement. But it was pretty dang neat, what with the first monster movie to feature not only Godzilla in his ninth starring role, but nearly every known kaiju in Toho’s monster garage: Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minilla, Baragon, and Varan. (Don’t get your shorts in an origami knot if some of these names don’t sound familiar. You have to be total hardcore to even know how to pronounce their names correctly.)

Destroy All Monsters is being released for the first time on Blu-ray™ today (October 25, 2011). Wanna know what Baragon’s b-hole looks like in hi-def? Your prayers have been answered. And the disc package comes with a bunch of geek features, most of which mean nothing. All you need to know is that you need it.

Destroy All MonstersDestroy All Monsters takes place in the future: 1999. All of the rowdy giant monsters have been rounded up by customs agents and deported to Monster Island. (Signs posted on the beach warn the monsters that it’s illegal to leave the island. Good thing giant monsters can read.) Everything’s groovy until some alien chicks brainwash the monsters with science beams and cuts them loose on the world: Godzilla recycles New York…Rodan craps all over Moscow…Mothra re-landscapes Beijing… Gorosaurus sacks Paris…Manda squeezes the limeys out of London. And the three-headed King Ghidorah is called in to referee. In all, 85 minutes of enjoyable hell on Earth.

Destroy All Monsters

As mentioned prior, Destroy All Monsters featured almost every monster made in Japan at the time. (Gigan, Jet Jaguar and Megalon wouldn’t be drafted into the war until the early ’70s.) If you know your rubber suits, two were missing: Ebirah (giant lobster) and Maguma (giant walrus). Unfortunately, they were cut from the team before they could even suit up. Their families back home were crushed…literally.

Destroy All Monsters sells for $21.99 on Amazon.com, a bargain at ten times the price.

2 Responses to “Destroy All Monsters…Today If Possible.”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    if i make a godzilla movie i should make gorosaurus be cause he dont die in king kong scapes becous he apear in destroy all monsters was in the furure an i wanna put two mothras the larva form and the moth form and king kon like the villa because he is a toho villan becauce gorosaurus is a hero not a villan and king kong is the biggest enemy of godzilla

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