The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE, is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.
I’ve been looking for a copy of this film for a while. It was playing one day on channel 2 out of San Francisco in the late 70’s and I was able to watch a little bit of it. The main ship really stuck with me, along with the action and colors. The movie probably isn’t all that great and my geek nostalgia goggles are really thick on this subject but I have enjoyed watching far worse films… just ask Mrs. Multiverse 😉
I don’t know why, but I am excited to see a new King Kong vs. Godzilla movie. Kong vs. humans, lame. Godzilla vs. humans, lame. You pit both against each other and you’ve got my attention. Let’s face the fact first, though. The original sucked. Well that may be a bit harsh, but it wasn’t that great. Can technology make this as epic as it was supposed to be? Yep. It will be epic. At least the battle will be, I can’t speak for any human drama that occurs.
I remember watching this in the late 70’s but that was the last time. Currently, I am attempting to get a copy to watch and pseudo-review. There are copies on Amazon, honestly they don’t seem like they are worth the price. I would rather rent or pay the price for a digital download.
Here is the breakdown of the story on Wikipedia…
This version of Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her “secret identity” of Diana Prince was not all that secret. The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of codebooks containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.
Meanwhile, on YouTube…
The best thing that happened on TV when I was nine. It was January, 1979, and there were two hour long shows. One aired per week on NBC. I was able to see the first and was SUPER excited to watch the second part. Well, because I don’t remember the details, I lost my TV privileges, and wasn’t able to watch the second part. My life was over! There wasn’t this widespread device called a VCR, at least not in my life. Once something was on TV as a “Special Event” that was it, game over if you missed it. It sucked to be me. Who knows, I could have become s much more than what I am today! DAMNITALL!
Fast forward to, roughly, 2004-ish, my internet was still dial-up, due to where I was living, and I had just discovered that both parts of this were being offered as something called a “torrent”. I had no clue what that was so I dug deeper and discovered that I couldn’t access it. Enter my best friend, since we were 12, I asked him to download the episodes and he agreed to. He was interested too so it was a win – win. Right? Well… no. He told me to not expect too much out of the show. Did I listen? Hell no! My inner nine year old was already to, FINALLY, complete the journey that he had set out on a quarter of a century earlier.
Before we had the awesome Jaime Reyes take up the mantle of the Blue Beetle, I had an idea for a Marvel / DC crossover. In my version I had envisioned that Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, instead of dying, would have been presumed dead after an apparent self-sacrifice to save New York. He believed that he was a dead man until he woke up in a new world, a new reality, the DC universe. He felt that he should lie low and give up the mask for a while.
After years of making a quiet life, working for Kord Industries, and becoming a fan of several of the heroes of his adopted dimension, something tragic happens. Ben sees the news about the death of Ted Kord and finds out that Ted was the Blue Beetle. Ben wanted to discover what had happened to his former boss and created a new outfit as an homage to Ted’s costume.
Ben Reilly became the Blue Spider.
In an era where things things that were once taken lightly are now treated with respect, and everything is done on an epic scale, this should be pretty good. I never played the game, although I wanted to, nor did I read the books. I did play some of the video games and enjoyed them immensely. I also happened to like the movie they put out. It was good for what it was on a cult film level.
Will this be a “Can’t Miss Flicker” or a “Meh, I’ll wait for it on NetFlix”? We shall see. After a few minutes of thought, the above image is what we may see with the current prevailing winds in Hollywood, at the moment. I am OK with that.