Re-watched this movie tonight in glorious high definition and it remains one of my favorites. Sure I can see the complaints about it being slow moving including the fights but there is something magical about it. I love the otherworldy surreal cartoons, the nightclub scene, the songs, and depressing dark nature of it all.
Hedorah remains one of my favorite monsters. Anyone notice that the 70s was really an era that Godzilla films took a chance and gave us a bunch of glorious new monsters. Hedorah, Gigan, Megalon, MechaGodzilla, King Caesar, Titanosaurus....all of them pretty awesome in my book. I love the various stages of Hedorah and I still think a definitive set of the various stages with good detail is required.
I love some of the characters in this film. I like the kid in this film, I love him playing with Godzilla toys it's pretty cute. The professor father who gets injured early and is show walking around a little but is mostly confined to bed. I love how once he develops a way to destroy Hedorah he makes his wife make the phone calls AND even makes her pack up a bed in the back of their car just so he can stay in bed! LOL And the general up there has simply the most hilarious expression on his face the entire time. They finally get the wires back up and he's like "Idiot! It's too late now!" and it doesn't work and Godzilla seriously rolls his eyes. Hilarious stuff!
This is a great Saturday/Sunday afternoon popcorn flick and really is the start of the era I watched the G-man as a kid. I can't help but love it!