The movie is excellent and has quirky mix of genres (multi-genre). it has main aspect of being a monster movie but a large amount of this movie is a police/detective plot which is tight, well- directed and flows nicely. What I do like about Toho movies is the sense flow with multiple elements this is a fine example not only of experimental film making (optical effects, “live-action” effects and musical scores) but of movie pace and atmosphere.
The monster in this movie is a bold new direction in terms of not only the nature of monster itself which is a space alien but how the monster is portrayed. It isn’t a person in a suit but a clever use of optical effects, bluescreen and miniatures along with a wonderful score by Akira Ifukube giving Dogora an ethereal and dreamlike quality. You see the destruction it causes but you very seldomly see the monster itself (less is more). I like the fact that monster is different it relies more on characterisation, exposition from the mains and supporting characters building around the monster rather the monster itself.
For 1964 the movies special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD (standard definition DVD) Upscaled to full HD the bold colour palette and lush widescreen presentation really did ping out at me the monaural mix of the movie was to a good standard with minimal popping an hiss and had surprising amount of depth.
Dogora – The Space Monster is a different type of kaiju movie with a firm detective/ police plot and a different take on what the monster is and how it is portrayed this is a fine example of Toho trying something different within the genre and for me it delivers.
Paul Isaacs 2015