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King Kong vs. Godzilla – (1963) Film Review

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The movie is crossover movie with both the King Kong franchise and the Godzilla franchise it was  produced by Toho Studios and released overseas by Universal Studios and was the only cross-over movie with a monster that was created outside of Toho studios.

The movie has a mixture of Japanese footage and American educational footage that is inserted into movie for the overseas releases. The genre has the staple concepts of a kaiju movies but has interesting elements of fantasy and adventure also the inserted footage does have an impact on the flow of the movie. The colour palette is bright and vibrant and the atmospheric score by Akira Ifukube.


The portrayal of King Kong was new in the sense that it wasn’t stop-motion animated but a full suit (much like godzilla) and puppetry this gave the giant more mobility and speed – although this is was visual a different take on King Kong it is certainly a welcome difference.


This is the first movie in which there are significant changes with character he becomes more “humanised” which would be an evolving concept in the later sequels and movies from “villain” (which he is in this movie) to “hero”. Also there are different different design aspects to the  head.


For 1963 the movies special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD from the American Blu-ray Release (1080p) the bold colour palette has a soft quality it is a widescreen presentation the audio mix of the movie was excellent no doubt because of the HD mastering.


King Kong vs. Godzilla is a fun movie which should appeal to many a monster movie kaiju fans the only hindrance is the insertion of the the overseas footage. The story has a good build up towards the final confrontation.

Paul Isaacs 2015


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

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