Varan the Unbelievable
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- Restored Television Broadcast Version
- Theatrical Trailers
- Lecture from Keizo Murase (Creature Sculptor)
- Audio Commentary from Keizo Murase
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 10, 2005
- Originally Released: 1961
- Label: Tokyo Shock
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This release features two versions of this film: the original, uncut version and the cut, made-for-television version.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Japanese, English
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Trailers
- Audio Commentary: Production Designer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Myron Healey & Koreya Senda|
|Featured:||Tsuruko Kobayashi & Jerry Baerwitz|
|Directed by||Ishirô Honda & Jerry A. Baerwitz|
Description by OLDIES.com:
During an excursion to research an unusual butterfly in the mountains of northeastern Japan, two explorers are mysteriously killed. The natives of the island blame the deaths on their God 'Varan' who becomes enraged at the sight of humans. A second group of researchers, not heeding the natives' warning, rouse the gigantic angry beast and evoke the destruction of the native village. The Self-Defense Force launches a counterattack; battleships, tanks, and high-powered explosives, deployed to halt the spiney-backed, flying creature as it heads for the ultimate stomping ground - Tokyo.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 92 ratings.
Poor Varan is an also-ran in Toho Studio's stable of monsters. Since his debut he hasn't made more than cameos in other films. Varan the Unbelievable is a competent giant monster movie, featuring a genuinely suspenseful opening and an excellent reveal of the creature. Varan himself is an interesting-looking triphibian who lives in an isolated lake but is capable of flying as well as walking (and stomping anyone who gets in his way). Once he heads for the big city, however, the (well-staged) battle scenes get a bit repetitious until the heroes figure out a way to defeat him. Worth a look. Critics who complain that Varan doesn't display as much personality as Toho's other critters forget that it took three films for Godzilla to really hit his (massive) stride.
this was a big treat and shock to see the DVD i had got the vhs version a long time back. that was dubbed in english. this was not the same movie at all, thank god, varan was the same but there was a lot of him cut out and there was a usa actor as the lead.this movie was done 100% better.