Review: Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare: The Making of Godzilla

Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare: The Making of Godzilla
Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare: The Making of Godzilla by Peter Brothers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting, if a tad overblown, look at the making of the original Godzilla movie, covering both the original Japanese production and the US version with Raymond Burr. The detail the work goes into on the original film is amazing and welcome; I actually learned quite a bit that I hadn’t known about the genesis of the character.

As with the author’s other book on Japanese fantasy, the e-book has severe formatting issues; it’s readable, but many sections may give you a headache. The length of the e-book proper is only about 60% of the file, as there are numerous appendices, some useful (the shot list of both movies) and some pointless (complete credits for the file anyone could get off IMDB).

I can’t quite recommend the e-book, but I’m assuming the print book would be easier to read, so if you’re a kaiju or Japanese cinema fan, try that one.

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