Review: Titans of Toho: An Unauthorized Guide to the Godzilla Series and the Rest of Toho’s Giant Monster Film Library

Titans of Toho: An Unauthorized Guide to the Godzilla Series and the Rest of Toho's Giant Monster Film Library
Titans of Toho: An Unauthorized Guide to the Godzilla Series and the Rest of Toho’s Giant Monster Film Library by Brian Matthew Clutter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad overview of Toho’s Godzilla series of films, along with most of the studio’s kaiju eiga movies. I don’t agree with a lot of the recommendations and ratings the author gave many of the films, though at least he realized Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla really sucked. I liked that the author included some of the (formerly) hard-to-see films, like Dogora and Atragon.

The book could use a bit of proofing and formatting, and a couple of fact checks here and there; I got kinda scared about the rest of the book after seeing Willis O’Brien’s work on the original King Kong referred to as “Claymation”, but the author has most everything else down correctly.

I would’ve liked to have seen this one include more information on the Japanese versions of the films, since they are often quite different from the US prints and are now fairly easy to locate and watch (most of the recent Toho Godzilla DVDs have both versions of the films in the sets).

If you need a guide for Godzilla flicks, this is a fairly inexpensive alternative to some of the kaiju-centric hardcovers out there.

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