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  • 2008
    • June
      • Coming Soon - Bringing Godzilla Down to Size
        06/12/08
        Well, now that the word is leaking out that this documentary film is going to be released, at least we can acknowledge its existence. Once Classic Media gives us the ok, we'll be able to discuss it in detail.

        This might be a good opportunity to talk about other documentaries and ext

    • April
      • Ifukube performed in Kalamazoo, MI
        04/03/08

        Reiko Yamada--pianist

        Last Friday (3/28/08), I had the rare chance to attend a performance of one of Akira Ifukube's classical works, Ritmica Ostinata, here in the US. While Ifukube's classical works have no doubt been performed stateside in the past, such chances are few

    • March
      • Book Review--Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters
        03/18/08


        It hasn't been often that Japanese sf and fantasy cinema has had publications written in English released in this country, and all but a handful have been written by individuals with either little knowledge or respect for the genre. At the end of November of 2007, Chronicle Books pu

      • Out of hibernation
        03/12/08
        Ok, well, at least it wasn't as long between blog entries as it was between Issues #8 and 9 of JG. Sorry for the long absence in posting, but I have been quite busy in various projects. Sometime this year, what that has been will become apparent and hopefully it will explain my lack of activity

  • 2007
    • July
      • Whew, it's been a long time...
        07/04/07
        Since this blog has rocked or rolled. This is the official poster for the Godzilla Unleashed game from Atari. Godzilla Unleashed will be released for the Wii later this year.

    • May
      • Gojira Heads to Saturn!!!
        05/14/07
        It seemed that the 2006 Awards season was over but word comes out today that Classic Media's Gojira DVD collected the Best DVD Classic Film Release at the 33rd annual Saturn Awards. The Saturn Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

    • April
      • Sakai Dioramas to Conclude
        04/07/07
        The final installment of Yuji Sakai Godzilla Set of 7 by Bandai is set for release at the end of the month. If you haven't picked the previous installments up, do so before they're all gone. The figures are highly detailed and depict a scene from each of Toho's Godzilla films. The

    • March
      • Mothra Heads University of Illinois Insect Fear Film Festival
        03/17/07
        This arrived in the JG mailbox earlier this month courtesy of John Hrehov...

        If you don't know about the University of Illinois Insect Fear Film Festival, see their website. This year's festival saw Mothra as the focus of the event. Your readers might be interested in the grea

      • And the Awards Keep Coming
        03/13/07
        The Digital Bits is the latest DVD website to recognize Classic Media's Gojira DVD in it's Best of 2006 list is The Digital Bits. The two disc set shows up on two of their three editor's Best of 2006 lists and is a runner up in their Best DVD - Psychtronic category.

      • Classic Media Gojira DVD wins Rondo Award
        03/13/07
        Thanks to all who voted for and gave the Classic Media Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters DVD the Best Classic DVD in the Fifth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards voting. In addition the commentary by Steve Ryfle and Ed finished second in the Best Commentary category.

        The Ro

      • AAB Gamma, AAB Gamma!!!
        03/10/07
        Got my X-Plus Guilala with AAB Gamma today from Hobby Link Japan. It is a very dynamic pose, possibly more so than anything in the movie. I have also seen it at Clawmark Toys, if you prefer domestic dealers.

    • February
      • More Godzilla: Unleashed at IGN, Including Video
        02/21/07
        IGN has a new article featuring a hands on look at the upcoming Godzilla:Unleashed video game for the Nintendo Wii. New Images and video are included. IGN says that while they still need to iron out the game a bit, Atari and Pipeworks have really juiced up the action to take full advantage of the

      • Classic Media at NY Comic Con Feb 23rd - 25th.
        02/19/07
        Classic Media will be at the upcoming New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York the weekend of February 23rd to the 25th. The Jacob Javits Center is located on 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets. In addition to Classic Media DVD discussion, Atari will promo Godzilla:Un

      • Ghidorah times two
        02/10/07
        Found this in my mailbox yesterday. I'm looking for solid confirmation but here are the unconfirmed specs.

        Coming from Classic Media June 5th.

        Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster
        Special features
        - English subtitles
        - Japanese version of film
    • January
      • Wii!!!!!!!!!
        01/31/07
        IGN has the first images for the upcoming Godzilla: Unleashed game for the Nintendo Wii. As of now, it is only known that Final Wars Gigan, Millennium Godzilla, Kiryu and Megalon will appear.

        Here is the first article about what is sure to be an exciting Wii adventure.

      • Jet Jaguar TAKE OFF!!!
        01/28/07
        Everyone's favorite smiling cyborg JET JAGUAR has landed stateside. Bandai has released a 6 inch version and your friends at Clawmark Toys have him in stock.

        Tell Tom and Diane your friends at Japanese Giants sent you.

      • The Monsters are Invading Miami!!!
        01/21/07
        Super Bears, Super Bowl

      • Konichiwa Sayonara Jupiter
        01/21/07
        DiscoTek Media brings Sayonara Jupiter to R1 DVD on January 30th. Directed by Koji Hashimoto (Godzilla 1985, Ghidrah, Latitude Zero) and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita (Gunhed, King Kong VS Godzilla), it is available through Amazon and other online retailers.

        Specs:
      • GRA and MvsG Retail Release Date Announced
        01/20/07
        Classic Media has announced the retail release date for Godzilla Raids Again and Mothra vs Godzilla will be April 3rd. Originally scheduled for retail release last year, it was decided to delay retail release to provide the DVDs a larger promotional push. To appease fans who pre-ordered them, CM m

      • Godzilla Final Wars creators on the DVD Front.
        01/18/07
        Two DVDs of interest to fans of Japanese Giants have been released recently or will be released in the coming months. The first is Yoshikazu Ishii's Cool Dimension - Innocent Assassin (Kūru dimenshon). Ishii San was the First Assistant Special Effects Director on Godzilla Final Wars. The tr

      • Thanks to Jeff Horne--JG website guru
        01/16/07
        As the JG blog era begins, what better opportunity to acknowloedge all the efforts of Jeff Horne in designing this website, initiating the blog, and in general keeping after me to get things done. I am sure that you will agree that the site looks terrific thanks to Jeff's hard work, and hopeful

      • The Giant Majin Collection is out
        01/15/07
        In case you missed it, Retromedia released the Giant Majin Collection last Tuesday, January 9th. It's available at most online retailers like Amazon and Deep Discount DVD but I haven't seen it in storefronts like Best Buy or Circuit City. It's readily available for under $20 with De

      • Monsters of the Midway
        01/14/07
        While not Japanese and only partly Giant, the Chicago Bears actually win a playoff game. It took overtime to do so but a win's a win. They play the Saints next weekend at Soldier Field for the NFC Title Game and the right to play in the Super Bowl.

        EDIT 1/16/07
        Well, unbekno

      • New Godzilla and Hedorah from Bandai
        01/13/07
        I received the latest figures in the Bandai Godzilla series today, the 1968 Godzilla and 1971's Hedorah. The Godzilla is the same mold as the 1968 G figure from 2004's Godzilla Memorial Box. The figure is black with gray highlights instead of Green with olive highlights like the 2004 fi

      • No Godzilla 2 after all
        01/11/07
        It shouldn't come as a surprise but it appears the rumor about Sony producing a sequel to 1998's Godzilla was just that, a rumor. I for one have no sadness whatsoever. I was so disappointed in the 1998 film that I would have a hard time getting my hopes up that a sequel would be any bett

      • Santa vs Gaira
        01/10/07


        Happy Holidays from Japanese Giants