Streaming live and FREE on July 18 is one monster movie of epic proportions that only Godzilla will approve of, and quite literally star in! Shout Factory TV has partnered with Famous Monsters to present a Kaiju movie marathon and for the remainder of today, August Ragone is hosting films from the Showa era (1954-75). This series of films is what helped catapult the monster to cult star status, and they are amongst the best films of what Eiji Tsuburaya, special effects wizard, has produced in his years at Toho.
Live tweeting is encouraged and users can use the hashtag of #godzilla to sound off about the king of all monsters.
The films that are being presented at ShoutFactoryLive.com are:
GODZILLA: The Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955)
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (1954/56)
A 400-foot dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.
MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (1964)
A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.
GHIDORAH: THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964)
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.
MONSTER ZERO (1965)
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.
GODZILLA’S REVENGE (1969)
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla’s son, who is also having bully troubles.
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975)
Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth’s cities.
ULTRA Q – 8 fan favourite episodes
“For the next 30 minutes, your eyes will leave your body and arrive in this strange moment in time…” In the world of ULTRA Q, the very fabric of nature is warped into a state of unbalance, and all manner of strange phenomenon, and unearthly creatures, threaten the very future of mankind! On the scene are a world-renown scientist and his young friends — a girl photojournalist, an aviator, and his co-pilot — who investigate these supernatural menaces. When sheer military might is futile, the intrepid trio comes to the rescue, armed solely with their ingenuity, and scientific prowess, to quell these malevolent forces and restore the balance of nature.
The precursor to Ultraman, ULTRA Q is a seminal science-fantasy television series in the monstrous mold of THE OUTER LIMITS and THE X-FILES, which is deeply ingrained in the psyche of Japanese pop culture as THE TWILIGHT ZONE is to America. Eiji Tsuburaya, the visual effects wizard behind Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, creates a spectacular cavalcade of bizarre beasts and mass mayhem in each and every episode of this wildly popular series. Never before broadcast in the North America, ULTRA Q stars Kenji Sahara (RODAN), Hiroko Sakurai (ULTRAMAN), Yasuhiko Saijo (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS), and is now available on Shout! Factory TV.
ULTRA SEVEN- 8 fan favourite episodes
The Earth is in danger! Even now, fiendish hands are stretching out from the distant stars to seize the world… From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji, the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, equipped with a squadron of Ultra Hawks, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line to combat the myriad of alien aggressors, who threaten the very existence of our planet. But, unbeknownst to his fellow teammates, Dan Moroboshi, is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity — considered the “7th member” of the Ultra Guard — better known as “Ultra Seven!”
Produced by the creative team behind ULTRAMAN, ULTRA SEVEN is the third entry in the “Ultra Series,” and is arguably the best of the long-running franchise, with its emphasis on science fiction and themes touching on subjects ranging from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of STAR TREK and THE OUTER LIMITS. Plus, ULTRA SEVEN features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects viewers expect from the men who brought Godzilla to life!