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Godzilla Vs. Biollante Blu-ray Review

Godzilla Vs. Biollante Blu-ray

“Godzilla Vs. Biollante” is a solid entry in the long-running giant monster movie series.

The plot: After Godzilla’s cells are discovered, a Doctor (Shiragami) hopes to create an anti-nuclear bacteria with the cells in order to defeat Godzilla. Unfortunately, his experiments wind up creating a giant plant creature known as Biollante instead. Meanwhile, Godzilla, who has emerged from a volcanic eruption, is heading towards Tokyo to naturally fight this new beastie.

If you’ve ever seen a Godzilla film before, you know what to expect with “Godzilla Vs. Biollante.” There’s the usual human drama, humans trying to combat the monster (or monsters), and lots of monster vs. monster action Naturally, the intense battles between Godzilla and Biollante are the real showstoppers here as that is what makes these movies such a fun romp. Still, the human drama elements actually have some merit here as well. The film explores some interesting ideas about mankind’s own destruction, the dangers of science, and intriguing science experiments amidst the chaos. It may not be high art, but it’s nice to get some depth to a monster movie.

On the downside, the script has its issues. The pacing is noticeably all over the place and the story includes some rather bizarre subplots like a hired killer and a psychic girl. Neither of these stories are really necessary to the plot and they bog the story down.


Aside from “Gojira,” the 1998 movie that is disowned by most fans, and the now out of print “Destroy All Monsters,” there sadly hasn’t been many “Godzilla” Blu-rays released in the U.S. yet. Thankfully, “Godzilla” fans have reason to celebrate now thanks to the efforts of Echo Bridge. Presented in 1.85:1 1080p, the ‘Biollante’ print looks extremely impressive and is a massive upgrade from the VHS copy that fans have clinged onto for so many years. Everything from Godzilla and Biollante facing off in the water Godzilla being attacked by ships in the daytime looks sharp and colorful here. Some of the night scenes may appear fuzzy, but really, it’s a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things. Note: “Godzilla Vs. Biollante” is also available on DVD for the first time in the U.S. as well.

Viewers have the option of choosing from 3 tracks- an English 1.0 Dolby Digital or Japanese 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD audio tracks. Obviously, the 5.1 track is the way to go here as everything from the iconic music cues to Godzilla’s roar sounds fantastic here. With that said though, some fans love the dubs and can’t see any other way of playing it. In that case, the 1.0 track, while not exactly brimming with life, will do the job.

* “Behind The Design”- A featurette about the design models of Biollante.
* “Making Of Godzilla Vs. Biollante” contains crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of sequences, discussions of the film’s conception and Biollante, special f/x shots, and much more.

Summary: “Godzilla Vs. Biollante” will please fans of the big G. Hopefully, we will see more Godzilla flicks in hi-def soon!

December 11, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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