Daimajin – Triple Feature Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Daimajin – Triple Feature Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)
Where to get it: Mill Creek Entertainment

In 1966, the Daiei Motion Picture Company – the studio behind Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMON and the Gamera series – released a trilogy of films that combined elements of the popular daikaiju (giant monster) and jidaigeki (period drama) genres.  Set during Japan’s “Warring States” era, the Daimajin movies told the story of Majin, a giant statue of an angry god that would come to life in times of desperation to punish evildoers. But when Majin’s rage was unleashed, it could be directed at both the wicked and innocent, alike.Acclaimed for their serious tone and spectacular special effects, DAIMAJIN, RETURN OF DAIMAJIN and the rarely-seen DAIMAJIN STRIKES AGAIN present a unique take on a monster who is both savior and devil.

Daimajin (1966)
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

You’ll have to look over my lack of a plot detail for these three films. Basically it is the same plot of people being taken over by evil doers only for this giant monster to come in and clean house on the bad guys. Each film was made at the same time and release a year apart but here we have the original and it’s pretty cool for what it is. We have sword fighting and we have a giant monster that comes from stone. The end result is what you expect from monster movies from Japan. This isn’t Godzilla or even Gamera, but it isn’t bad for what it is. Sure its corny and we’d like more blood, but it’s still fun in all its cheesy glory.

The Movie: (7/10)
The Transfer: (8/10)

Return of Daimajin (1966)
Director: Kazuo Mori

What we have here is pretty much a wash and repeat of the plot before only with new people. In a few ways it tops the original. I think the action and plot flows better and comes across better. I still can’t say it’s better than the original since all it does is repeating the process before with new characters. Still it’s solid in its own right and like each film in this set it looks really good in HD. While overall on a level quality with the previous film, I do believe the film’s climax comes across much cooler this time around.

The Movie: (7/10)
The Transfer: (8/10)
    
Wraith of Daimajin (1966)
Director: Kenji Misumi

I must admit that as much as I did enjoy these films, seeing three in a row that have almost the same plot does get a bit tiresome. The films aren’t the longest in the world but the trilogy didn’t go out of its way to change things up that much. It is still a cool monster and a cool idea. The look of the third film is a little soft in the transfer, but overall it’s a cool flick as well. I just wouldn’t recommend watching all three in a row like I did. Overall, it’s a set that is a must own for any giant monster movie fan. And let us not forget that this third film while being the weakest is probably the rarest as well.

The Movie: (6.5/10)
The Transfer: (7.5/10)