Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!!

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Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!!

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:47 pm

GREAT HOLY MOLY!!! The awesome Alamo Drafthouse at Vintage Park in Houston, TX is having a FOUR (yes, FOUR!!!) film marathon of Kaiju movies on April 14 in a celebratory preparation for Pacific Rim!!! It starts out with a digital screening of the newest King Kong ('33) restoration and climaxes with a screening of a newly stuck 35mm print of the Japanese cut of Godzilla ('54) with two mystery films (one of which is also 35mm) and a bunch of other surprises sandwiched in between!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Tickets. Bought.

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Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:18 pm

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Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Whoops, how'd I miss it? Ah well. Maybe a mod (do we have those any more?) can merge them?

Still SUPER excited!!
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Postby jellydonut25 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:39 pm

I tried to PM you (humdingers) about meeting up...but I guess you didn't check you inbox????

Anywho, if you still would like to meetup, I'm gonna PM you right now, with some details about how to find me....
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:12 pm

What an awesome time.

When you walked in, they were just constantly playing Godzilla trailers, commercials, clips, music videos, etc on the screen. There was a little comic shop that had a small display set up and a cardboard city was set up in front of the screen.

Before everything started, Godzilla came out and attacked the city!
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Then he was soon joined by King Kong and they had a fight in the city. I have a video of the fight, but I haven't watched it yet, and it'll take me a while till I upload it.

Then they screened King Kong (more on that in recently watched movies).

Then we had a surprise Skype interview with Travis Beacham, one of the writers of Pacific Rim (more on that in the Pac Rim thread).

Then they screened Inframan (movies thread)

Then they gave us some background on the next movie, and told us more about Alamo Drafthouse upcoming events, including a "Video Nasties" series where they will be screening movies that have only ever been released on VHS. And they gave us a pitch on the Houston Film Critics' Society. Probably the 'wekeast' segment of the evening, but a worth bathroom break.

Then they screened a bootleg tape of Pulgasari, as a middle-finger to North Korea given recent events.

Then they did a giveaway. Some kid who had a custom Destroy All Drafthouses shirt got a game, another kid got a comic collection, and then there was a trivia question about the movie Merian C. Cooper produced before King Kong starring Fay Wray (The Most Dangerous Game).

Then they put up a killer graphic on the screen.
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And they had people look under their tables and if you had a thing that said "Tshirt" you won a shirt of that. I WON A SHIRT!

And if you have a thing that said "poster" you won a signed by GDT Pac Rim poster.

And they had tons of extra regular Pac Rim posters, so I got one of those too after everything was over and I just gently asked if they had any extras.

Then they screened Gojira.

Great time.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:30 pm

I won a t-shirt as well! And I actually could've had the signed poster too. The T-shirt tag was actually at the seat I was in. There was an empty seat next to my wife and she found a poster tag under it. But in the excitement she didn't realize it was for a signed copy (since they had non-signed copies too). We were still celebrating the t-shirt (since I was really hoping for it once I saw the image) and she showed me the poster tag asking if I wanted it too or wanted to give it to the people next to us who hadn't won anything. I told her to give it to them only realizing later that it was the signed poster I was giving away...

Oh well, I'm not really a die hard GDT fan anyway (though that may change with Pacific Rim...) and it would've been greedy to keep both prizes while someone else walked out empty handed. And when they announced prizes I was much more excited about the t-shirt than the poster so I'm glad that's what I walked out with.

And I've got to give major credit to my wife for attending the whole event with me, staying involved (she actually stayed awake through all the movies!), and, best of all, getting down to the front much faster than I could have to make sure I got the right size t-shirt. Apparently they only had about 20 made and therefore a very limited number of each size.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Yeah, I got my T-shirt first. Slunk out under the table and got right to the front.

And even though I woulda liked a signed poster, I definitely was more stoked about the T-shirt. The design is awesome and it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, while the poster is something i could probably buy on ebay if i wanted.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:48 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:I tried to PM you (humdingers) about meeting up...but I guess you didn't check you inbox????

Anywho, if you still would like to meetup, I'm gonna PM you right now, with some details about how to find me....


Sorry about that. I generally browse on my iPad which doesn't give me any heads about about pm's (and I never think to check them). I was outta town, driving over 3 hrs straight to the theater the morning of.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:52 pm

yeah, no big deal. they'll be doing tons of other stuff, i'll catch you another time.
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:56 pm

Detroit needs a Drafthouse :(
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby canofhumdingers » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:59 pm

It’s alive! It’s ALIIIIIIIIVE!!!

DESTROY ALL DRAFTHOUSES is coming back to Houston May 24, 2019! They’re showing the original Japanese cut of Godzilla along with a “mystery Godzilla sequel” that’s guaranteed to “deliver the kaiju carnage” at 9pm at LaCenterra.

I got my ticket already!

https://drafthouse.com/houston/show/gra ... rafthouses
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:53 pm

Got my ticket too. Definitely feel like the secret movie may be KOTM, but don't want to get my hopes TOO high since that's not what they're promising. As long as it's not Shin or 2014 (since I've already seen both of those in a theater) I don't really care much what it is...because seeing any of them the way Alamo Drafthouse presents things will be a treat.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:34 am

That sounds cool. I wish my Drafthouse was doing that.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:16 am

So in addition to the DADH show may 24, the very next morning on may 25 will be a Godzilla vs Megalon cereal party! I got tickets to take my kids! I've always wanted to take them to one and having their first Alamo Saturday morning cereal party be a Godzilla movie is even better!
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby emeGoji » Wed May 08, 2019 6:28 pm

Got tickets to the NOVA Alamo Drafthouse's double feature of Godzilla '54 and GMK. I've seen '54 in theaters before, but it'll be cool to finally see GMK on the big screen. Wish my Alamo was doing that Megalon cereal party, I'd be there in a flash.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri May 10, 2019 9:17 am

I'm also going to attempt to take my kids to see Godzilla vs. Megalon. My son is a little young, but when I asked my daughter if she wanted to go (she's 5, she can definitely behave for a 70 minute movie) he BEGGED me to also go, and we're gonna give it a shot.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby canofhumdingers » Sat May 11, 2019 9:09 am

jellydonut25 wrote:I'm also going to attempt to take my kids to see Godzilla vs. Megalon. My son is a little young, but when I asked my daughter if she wanted to go (she's 5, she can definitely behave for a 70 minute movie) he BEGGED me to also go, and we're gonna give it a shot.


Yeah my younger kid is 3, but we’ve taken him to a few movies already. He’ll start to get antsy and jump in his seat a bit sometimes, but he’s done pretty well. I figure the endless supply of cereal will be a good distraction anytime he starts to get a little bored.

Heck, they both sat through the (incredible) Apollo 11 50th anniversary documentary* with me in the theater a couple months ago so a Godzilla movie (especially one as wacky as Megalon) should be a piece of cake to get them through.




*not gonna lie, im pretty proud of that one. I’ve worked on getting my kids interested in aviation and space exploration since the day each was born. I’ve been playing rocket-launch videos, taking them to museums, airshows, and NASA facilities for their entire (short) lives. Most recently, earlier this year we took them to Disney World in Florida and took one day off to go see the Kennedy Space Center. They loved it! And then, just a few weeks later we were in the theater watching that amazing new documentary about Apollo 11. My five year old was absolutely riveted; glued to the screen for the whole film. Even my three year old was really into it and did very well (he got a little wiggly at times, but my wife never had to step out with him for any reason). They both really loved getting to see all the buildings and launch pads and rockets and things that we had just seen in real life up on the screen as part of history. It was a pretty special experience and a memory I am so incredibly happy we got to make together.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue May 14, 2019 11:48 pm

I'd love to see GMK on the big screen. Same with the Kiryu films.

Unfortunately, my Drafthouse is going to show the 54 movie one day this month and Shin a few days later.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby Joseph Goodman » Wed May 15, 2019 2:08 pm

Too bad the NoVa GMK screening will be from Blu-ray, as Sony doesn't have a DCP of it, and that theater never had film projectors.
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby canofhumdingers » Sat May 25, 2019 2:42 am

The second "secret" film turned out to be Destroy All Monsters! It was just the media blasters blu ray projected, but even for all it's typical "Toho bluray master" issues, it was still a lot of fun to see on such a big screen! I always notice new things in these films when seeing them on an actual movie screen for the first time. I will admit I was shocked at how good a bluray looks projected on a full movie screen. I mean, yeah it wasn't the sharpest image and the contrast left something to be desired, but those are issues inherent in the transfer. But I couldn't see any serious artifacting, noticeable edge enhancement, or any other issues that would be purely based on the fact it was a bluray and not a proper DCP. I've known for a long time that 1080p and theatrical 2k were only a hair's breadth apart but to see it with my own eyes was pretty cool.

The show was fun. They raffled off a couple books (a gorgo comic and a copy of "Godzilla on My Mind") and the manager who MC'd the event had some interesting stuff to say. The most interesting was that they were only able to show DAM thanks to the recent criterion/Janus deal. He mentioned that Toho was notoriously difficult to book screening me through but now criterion/Janus has theatrical rights to all the films they've acquired and it is much much easier. He mentioned wanting to do a monthly kaiju film and that this sold out show gave him the ammunition he needed to hopefully push that through!

He ALSO mentioned that criterion would be putting out a box set of all their Godzilla films this fall... no idea how accurate his info is, but my fingers are crossed!
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Re: Destroy all Drafthouses: Kaiju celebration in Houston!!!

Postby Joseph Goodman » Sat May 25, 2019 1:51 pm

canofhumdingers wrote: I will admit I was shocked at how good a bluray looks projected on a full movie screen. I mean, yeah it wasn't the sharpest image and the contrast left something to be desired, but those are issues inherent in the transfer. But I couldn't see any serious artifacting, noticeable edge enhancement, or any other issues that would be purely based on the fact it was a bluray and not a proper DCP. I've known for a long time that 1080p and theatrical 2k were only a hair's breadth apart but to see it with my own eyes was pretty cool.


I had the same reaction to my Alamo's screening of Godzilla Vs. King Ghidora from the Sony Blu-ray a while back... it was really shocking how well it held up on the big screen.
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