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Dogora – The Space Monster (1964) Film Review

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Dogora The Space Monster Poster 1964OVERVIEW

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.

DOGORA

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.


Dogora Attacks 1965SPECIAL EFFECTS 

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.

CONCLUSION

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

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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