Varan the Unbelievable

Varan the Unbelievable


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Director Jerry A. Baerwitz created this uninspired, problematical monster story by using footage from a similar but different Japanese monster flic by Inoshira Honda (he who started off Godzilla and followed up with Rodan, Mothra, Monster Zero and more). Viewer opinion overwhelmingly sides with Honda's film. In this story, the Japanese and U.S. military are working together in the Pacific on a Japanese island with a salt water lake, trying out an experiment to desalinate the water. Their desalination technique wakes up a prehistoric monster, Baran, from the longest nap on record. Understandably piqued, the monster sets off to trample down Tokyo in revenge. Some audiences may feel that Baerwitz' treatment of the Japanese in this film should have set the monster against Hollywood.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827150229
Original Release: 1961
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 7,775

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tsuruko Kobayashi Anna
Clifford Kawada Capt. Kishi
Jerry A. Baerwitz Actor
Akihiko Hirata Actor
Kozo Nomura Actor
George Sasaki Actor
Koreya Senda Actor
Derick Shimatsu Matsu
Ayumi Sonoda Actor
Hideo Imamura Actor
Yoneo Iguchi Actor
Roy Ogata Actor
Myron Healey Cmdr. James Bradley
Katsumi Tezuka Varan (archival footage)

Technical Credits
Jerry A. Baerwitz Director,Producer
Ishiro Honda Director
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
Robert Cowan Makeup
Ralph Cushman Editor
Sid Harris Screenwriter
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
Robert O'Dell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Ruggiero Editor
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Peter Zinner Musical Direction/Supervision

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Antman63 More than 1 year ago
Good movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Varan, like his film, is a very underrated kaiju. The film featured on the DVD is not, in fact, the version released to American theaters in a badly-butchered form, but rather the original uncut Japanese version. The picture quality is great, and the sound is as well, featured in the original mono, and also 3.0 and 5.1. Several interesting extras are provided, including the original trailers, audio commentary, and a featurette on the creation of Varan. It's worth getting for any and all kaiju fans, but take note of the fact an English dub is not present, if you don't like reading subtitles.