Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Junji Kurata
- Written by Masaru Igami, Isao Matsumoto, Ichiro Otsu
- Produced by Keiichi Hashimoto
- Music by Masao Yagi
- Cinematography by Sakuji Shiomi
- Edited by Isamu Ichida
- Production design by Yoshimitsu Amamori
- Special effects by Fuminori Ohashi
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Tsunehiko Watase as Setsu Serizawa
- Shotaro Hayashi as Akira Taniki
- Nobiko Sawa as Akiko Osano
- Satoko Kyoshima as Junko Sonoda
- Fuyukichi Maki as Masahira Muku
- Kinshi Nakamura as Hideyuki Sakai
- Hiroshi Nawa as Masahiko Miyawaki
- So Takizawa as Jiro Shimamoto
- Yusuke Tsukasa as Susume Hirano
- Go Nawata as Hiroshi Sugiyama
- Yukari Miyazen as Hiroko Takami
- Masahiro Arikawa as Seitaro Shintaku
- Tamikashi Karazawa as Uemura
- Sachio Miyashiro as Kobayashi
- Main article: Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds/Gallery.
- The "Legend of Dinosaurs" (United States)
- The Monsters of Prehistory (Les Monstres de la préhistoire; France)
- Earthquake 10° (Terremoto 10°; Italy)
- God of the Sea (Denizlerin tanrisi; Turkey)
- Giants of Prehistoric Times (Giganten der Vorzeit; West Germany)
- Legend of the Dinosaur (Легенда о динозавре; Soviet Union)
- The Monster Birds Against the Island of the Dinosaurs (Los pajaros monstruo contra la isla de los dinosauros; Mexico)
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was dubbed into English for international export by Tokyo-based Frontier Enterprises. Television producer and distributor Sandy Frank acquired U.S. television and home video rights to the film from Toei. In 1987, Frank sold the film, now titled The "Legend of Dinosaurs", in a television syndication package through King Features Entertainment with other Japanese productions he'd licensed; Celebrity Home Entertainment released the film to VHS the same year. Strangely, the cover art featured photos of two Futabasaurus props from the otherwise unrelated 1978-1979 series Dinosaur Corps Koseidon. On May 28, 1989, The "Legend of Dinosaurs" was featured as the final episode of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its original broadcast on the Minneapolis-area station KTMA.
A 2007 DVD release by Tokyo Shock included both the film's English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Soviet Union release
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was released theatrically in the USSR in 1979, with a Russian-language dub commissioned by the studio Mosfilm and a shortened 80 minute runtime. The first Japanese monster movie to be released in the Soviet Union, it recorded 48,700,000 admissions, the 17th-most for a foreign film at the time, and became something of a cult film. According to Gregory Pflugfelder, "For many Russian viewers, this was a rare glimpse into everyday life in a capitalist economy. People were not taking note of the dinosaurs and monster birds—it was the Polaroid cameras!"
Tokyo Shock DVD (December 18, 2007)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono)
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: Still gallery, two trailers for the movie, four trailers for other Tokyo Shock movies
- Notes: Out of print.
- Region: A
- Discs: 1
- Audio:: Japanese, English
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: Trailers
- Despite the film's title, neither of the titular creatures are actually dinosaurs or ancient birds, though both are animals that lived alongside them; Plesiosaurus is classified as a marine reptile, while Rhamphorhynchus is classified as a pterosaur.
- Other dinosaurs, including an Archaeopteryx, were present in the early planning stages for the production before being replaced by the aforementioned creatures.
- Italian movie posters for the film featured a gigantic Tyrannosaurus towering over a skyscraper in place of the film's Plesiosaurus.
- Additionally, Italian magazine advertisements for the film oddly included the giant octopus from It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) to the proceedings.
- Footage of the Plesiosaurus and Rhamphorhynchus were briefly used in the final few episodes of the 1985-1986 series MegaBeast Investigator Juspion as members of the villainous Megabeast Empire.
- The 2021 film Zillafoot makes a brief mention of the (otherwise unseen) Disco-Plesiosaur, a humorous homage to the main creature and the soundtrack of Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds. The Disco-Plesiosaur is described as a lake monster who lives near Mt. Fuji and can summon forth "funky beats" (music) to force humans into dancing before its presence.
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