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Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Dr Kain » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:08 pm

Sorry, I couldn't find a topic already on this.

The DVD I got has two discs, why is the US version longer than the Japanese one? Is that a typo on the back or legit?
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:21 pm

That's just the way the movie was made. It was shot with the entire cast speaking English and the version released in the U.S. is 105 minutes long. The Japanese version is dubbed in Japanese and trimmed down to 89 minutes, a more typical runtime for one of Ishiro Honda's tokusatsu movies.

Media Blasters gave each version its own disc.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:22 am

So which version is the original language? Which version should I watch?
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:40 am

Dr Kain wrote:So which version is the original language? Which version should I watch?

why not watch both and decide which version you like best?

You don't HAVE to like the version better just because it's the original version.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:16 pm

Dr Kain wrote:So which version is the original language? Which version should I watch?


It was shot with the entire cast speaking their lines in English. It was originally released in Japan with a Japanese dub.

And I just now noticed this..... Absolute Latitude Zero???
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby klen7 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:53 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:So which version is the original language? Which version should I watch?

why not watch both and decide which version you like best?

You don't HAVE to like the version better just because it's the original version.
Check out the good Doctor's review of G2K.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:03 am

klen7 wrote:
jellydonut25 wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:So which version is the original language? Which version should I watch?

why not watch both and decide which version you like best?

You don't HAVE to like the version better just because it's the original version.
Check out the good Doctor's review of G2K.

I need to check out the whole review series...

it's on the list...

...but I still don't know what "Kaiju no Kami" means.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:40 am

jellydonut25 wrote:...but I still don't know what "Kaiju no Kami" means.
it's like the "The god of " or "The spirit of" kaiju.

but since it's Jelly-D that's asking.... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=no+kami+meaning
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:20 am

klen7 wrote:
jellydonut25 wrote:...but I still don't know what "Kaiju no Kami" means.
it's like the "The god of " or "The spirit of" kaiju.

but since it's Jelly-D that's asking.... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=no+kami+meaning

And I still would have wondered what the "no" part meant. So all that smarminess for nothing. :wink:
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby DannyBeane » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:33 am

jellydonut25 wrote:
klen7 wrote:
jellydonut25 wrote:...but I still don't know what "Kaiju no Kami" means.
it's like the "The god of " or "The spirit of" kaiju.

but since it's Jelly-D that's asking.... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=no+kami+meaning

And I still would have wondered what the "no" part meant. So all that smarminess for nothing. :wink:

No is a connector. So if I were to say Jelly's donut it would be Jelly no donut. Or donut of Jelly more specifically.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby klen7 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:43 am

jellydonut25 wrote:And I still would have wondered what the "no" part meant. So all that smarminess for nothing. :wink:
^ What DannyBeane said. although I would never say the smarminess was for nothing, i have a certain reputation for horribleness to maintain.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:06 am

Yeah, the no is the Japanese version for of. So Kaiju no Kami means God of Monsters or The Monster God. Yami no Ou would be either King of Darkness or The Dark King.

BTW, yes, for some reason I keep calling this movie Absolute Latitude Zero instead of Latitude Zero. I have no idea why.

As for my reviews, I just released Final Wars. It ended up being a whopping 28 minutes long even with me editing it down a bit. There was a lot of movie to cover and a lot to talk about.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby tbeasley » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:16 pm

I didn't see a thread for the movie by its own, so I hope it's alright to throw this here -

Next to King Kong Escapes, this is easily Honda's most outlandish genre film. I'd have quite a hard time trying to explain it to anyone who wasn't already familiar with Toho's output in this corner of cinema. It's such a bizarre movie... I wouldn't say it's for beginners in any way. Again, I think you have to be familiar with Godzilla and co. to really appreciate the weirdness of it all.

Just two things I'd like to point out -
1) From what I've read in Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, a US producer pulled out at the last second, which shrunk the budget to a certain degree. What I mean by that is Tsuburaya really excelled at prehistoric reptilian kaiju, but when it came to mammals he never quite nailed it. All the creatures in Latitude Zero are really odd and ratty (the Bat People are still kind of freaky though). And then those Kong suits..

2) What's up with that ending? I still can't wrap my head around it. I know the movie's a fantasy, but it always feels like I'm missing something that isn't there. Even when I re-watch the movie with that in mind it's always so jarring with the rest of the story.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby Legion » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:42 pm

I've always felt that Latitude Zero is one of those films where you'd have to be a HUGE fan of Toho's entire classic-era sci-fi/fantasy output to really enjoy. If you've seen everything else there was to see and enjoyed them, then Latitude Zero would be a blast. But if your only interest in this genre is Godzilla films, or movies featuring rubber suit on rubber suit action, you'd probably hate it.
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Re: Question about the Absolute Latitude Zero DVD from MB.

Postby H-Man » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:47 pm

The "U.S. version" on Media Blasters' DVD would be more accurately described as the "international version." The actual U.S. version, released by National General Pictures in 1970, is an edited version of the 105 minute English cut (the "international version").
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