Destroy All Monsters : 3 of 5
I've always liked giant monster movies, and when saw Godzilla: Final Wars recently I thought it would be cool to start watching more of the classics! So when I saw that ADV Films had Destroy All Monsters for super-cheap during their Labor Day sale, I decided to order it. Granted, this is definitely a low-tech DVD - there are zero special features, no chapter stops, and not even a menu! This is pretty much a DVD pretending to be a VHS tape, but for five bucks, I'm not complaining. The movie itself is really fun - only the English dub is available on this DVD, but it's so funny that it's worth it (especially the terrible voice of an old British scientist), and that's part of the charm of these movies anyway! The story starts in the amazing future (year 1999!) when all of the earth's monsters have been rounded up on an island. Of course, that's convenient for the Kilaaks, an alien race (with good ol' flying saucers) who controls the monsters using transmitters so they attack all over the world! All of the best monsters are here (although Mothra is only a larva), plus a bunch of obscure ones that are from movies I haven't seen. Eventually the good guys get the monsters to switch sides and attack the alien base (set up near Mt. Fuji), so the aliens bring in King Ghidorah for a big battle, and they beat the snot out of him (it's actually kind of sad watching everyone gang up on poor Ghidorah and stomp on his body). Overall, it's a totally fun movie that I really enjoyed seeing again - I still want to rent more monster movies like this!