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Godzilla vs. Destroyah and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Double Feature Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs. Destroyah and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Double Feature Blu-ray

Godzilla fans will roar with delight over the “Godzilla vs. Destroyah” Blu-ray disc, but not so much with the “Godzilla vs. Megaguirus” Blu-ray.

The “Godzilla vs. Destroyah” and “Godzilla vs. Megaguirus” double feature Blu-ray is likely to be the disc fans will desire the most simply for the fact that it has “Godzilla vs. Destroyah.” It’s not hard to see why this is one of the most beloved films of the franchise because the movie has everything a fan could want. There’s a darker tone that is more in line with “Gojira,” there’s an intriguing storyline about Godzilla essentially having a nuclear meltdown which could destroy the Earth, there’s a callback to the Oxygen Destroyer from “Gojira,” and, best of all, the movie contains one of the most memorable Godzilla foes in Destroyah (the evolving crab bat like organism). Add in some intense monster battles, some MAJOR story events with high stakes (namely the ending), and a good use of the generally awful Godzilla Jr. (or whatever you’d like to call him) and you’re in for a smashing good time. Really, the only downside to this entire film is that the irritating psychic Miki character returns.

The other film in this set (“Godzilla vs. Megaguirus”) certainly doesn’t compare to ‘Destroyah,’ but there are a few memorable moments here. For the most part, ‘Megaguirus’ is a middle-of-the-road Godzilla flick that suffers from one dimensional human characters, an utterly insulting and absurd black hole subplot, and a very formulaic “humans trying to destroy Godzilla, but screwing up” storyline.

On the plus side, ‘Megaguirus’ does offer up some very appealing visuals most notably the flooded sets, models, CGI (which is impressive for Godzilla), and the swarm of Meganulas attacking Godzilla. The lightning fast, villainous mutated Megaguirus also has a fairly unique visual design, but the character is sadly largely wasted and given very little screen time.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p (“Godzilla vs. Destroyah”) and 2.35:1 1080p (“Godzilla vs. Megaguirus”). How do they look? I can’t complain about the ‘Destroyah’ print as it appears colorful and crisp looking. As for ‘Megaguirus’ it shouldn’t be a surprise that this film has a stand-out print given that is one of the most recent films of these 8 Sony Godzilla Blu-rays. The level of clarity here is truly astonishing.

Audio Tracks: Japanese and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (‘Megaguirus) and Japanese and English DTS-HD Stereo (‘Destroyah’). How do they sound? While some fans may be disappointed to see a mere Stereo track for ‘Destroyah’ instead of a 5.1 track, I’m here to tell you that it’s still a very lively track that handles all of the acton quite well. The ‘Megaguirus’ track is top notch as it delivers the kind of 5.1 sound you would expect.

Extras include Digital HD copies of both films, 2 teasers and a theatrical trailer for “Godzilla vs. Destroyah,” for a teaser and theatrical trailer for “Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.”

Overall Thoughts: This Blu-ray set is worth picking up just for “Godzilla vs. Destroyah.”

 

May 5, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Megaguirus was only the 2nd film in the Millennium series so it is not the most recent. ^_-

    Comment by Arthur | May 6, 2014 | Reply

    • You are absolutely correct. I have no idea how this slipped my mind and I apologize. The error has been corrected.

      Comment by nicklyons1 | May 6, 2014 | Reply


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