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Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster Blu-ray

“Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster” is an underrated entry in the long running franchise.

The plot: In order to find his missing brother Yata, Ryota hijacks a yacht unbeknownst to his fellow passengers (Ryota’s 2 pals Ichino and Nita and a wanted bank robber named Yoshimura). As the boat travels the high seas, a storm causes the ship to wind up on an island that is secretly home to a terrorist organization known as the Red Bamboo. Worse than that, however, is the fact that the island is surrounded by a giant crab monster known as Ebirah. As Royta and company explore the island, they discover that Red Bamboo is using the island’s inhabitants as slaves. The island natives are trying to awaken a slumbering Mothra to save them, but so far their attempts have yet to succeed. Ryota finds a new hope in stopping Red Bamboo AND Ebirah when he discovers a sleeping Godzilla. Can Godzilla save Ryota, his friends, and the island natives? Will Ryota find his brother? Can Ryota and his companions find a way off the island? That would be telling.

For some fans, seeing Godzilla in a good guy role is major a turn off. Granted, it’s a long way from the menacing persona that was introduced in “Gojira,” but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be room for a different interpretation. While I certainly prefer the more serious films like “Gojira” and “Godzilla vs. Destroyah,” “Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster” (AKA “Ebirah, Horror of the Deep or “Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Great Battle in the South Seas”) is still an all around fun time.

While Godzilla might not be on the screen much here, it doesn’t detract from the story which plays more like a James Bond film than a Godzilla. Sure, some purists may scoff at the deviation from the usual Godzilla formula, but the refreshing change of pace is what makes ‘Sea Monster’ such a unique entry in the series. The non Tokyo setting, the adventure story, the mysteries, the action, the SPECTRE like Red Bamboo organization, and, of course, the showdown between Ebirah and Godzilla are just flat out fun to watch. This isn’t a deep Ingmar Bergman film nor is it meant to be. It delivers what it sets out to do which is why I’d personally place it among the top 10 Godzilla films.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Having seen this film numerous times with some truly abysmal picture quality, I found this new hi-def print to be absolutely stunning print. Yes, there are some dirt specs, but the colors and clarity are eye popping to say the least.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese DTS-HD MA Mono tracks. The goofy English dub is what you’d expect to be it while the original language Japanese track is the clear choice for most fans. Both tracks are surprisingly lively for Mono tracks when it comes to the music, action, sound f/x and dialogue.

The only extra is a Japanese trailer for “Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster.”

May 4, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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