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VARAN: THE UNBELIEVABLE (1962)
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Directed By:
Ishirô Honda

Not Rated
Genre: Giant Monster Science Fiction
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Violence
SUBTITLED ONLY

Also Known As:
The Monster Varan

THE PLOT:

Reporters search for a rare butterfly that should not exist in Japan. But when two investigators are killed, more arrive to investigate the deaths.

They discover a small village worshiping a God that turns out to be a little known form of dinosaur called the Varan. When they decide to kill Varan, it escapes and makes a beeline to Tokyo.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

There's two forms of this movie, the orignal Japanese version (which is the one I'm reviewing) then there's the version where they did a GODZILLA and reshot more then half of the movie with American actors. I advice this version, even if it's only subtitled, it's still better. I give this version of VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE...8 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd that this version is much better then the damaged version. I do wish they had a dubbed version, I prefer dubbed to subtitled as you may already know. Anyway, I give this version 7 STARS

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (- HITS):

+ VARAN (Varan or Baran as the case may be, was pretty damn cool)
+ EFFECTS (Considering the time, it was better then even KING KONG VS. GODZILLA was came out the year after this.)
+ STORY (The story works)
+ CAST (The human cast were for the most part likable)
+ JAPANESE VERSON ON DVD (I liked seeing the version Japan made before American mucked around with it)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- NO DUBBED VERSION (We both would have liked to seen a dubbed version of the orignal version)

AND FINALLY....

- NOT FOR EVERYONE (If you aren't big on giant monster movies, then this isn't for you.

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