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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla and Mothra- The Battle For Earth Double Feature Blu-ray

“Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” is a fun sci-fi romp.

“Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth” will appeal to Mothra fans.

In the last of Sony’s newly released Godzilla Blu-ray discs there is the double feature of “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” and “Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle For Earth.”  “Godzilla vs King Ghidorah” (which is far and away the best of the two) involves humans from the future visiting Tokyo to warn the people of Godzilla’s return. In an effort to stop Godzilla, a group of modern day humans travel back to 1944 (when Godzilla was created) alongside future human (Emmy) and an android (M-11) to destroy Godzilla. Can Godzilla be stopped once and for all? Do these future humans have ulterior motives? How does the 3 headed King Ghidorah play into the story? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

“Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” is certainly not a perfect movie. The film messes with the continuity and mythology of King Ghidorah and Godzilla, the controversial depiction of Americans is sometimes off-putting, “The Terminator” homage is cheesy, and the plot definitely stumbles a bit in the last 15 minutes or so. With all of that said, ‘Ghidorah’ is still one of the most involving Godzilla films to date mostly due in part to the refreshing time travel story. This sci-fi story angle is truly a nice change of pace from the average Godzilla film as it not only provided mystery and intrigue, but it also helped audiences invest in the characters. Moreover, I appreciated the fact that ‘Ghidorah’ really feels like an adventurous sci-fi film instead of a mere monster film. Seeing multiple genres mashed together always makes things more interesting in a Gzilla flick.

As for 1992’s “Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth” (AKA “Godzilla vs. Mothra”), Tokyo finds itself under attack from not one, but three monsters in Battra, Godzilla, and Mothra (who still does major damage even as a “hero”). Obviously, there’s a bit more to the story than that, but I’m not one to spoil all of the details.

‘Mothra’ starts out promising enough as it plays more like an Indiana Jones film with the explorer character Takuya venturing to Infant Island with his ex-wife (Masako) and a company secretary (Ando). Unfortunately, once the characters leave the island, the film becomes a monotonous bore as the story becomes padded with sluggish and overdone action sequences (especially the ones involving the Mothra larva). Speaking of Mothra, I firmly believe your opinion of Mothra will play into how you feel about this movie. Personally, I’ve never been overly fond of the character and I tend to find the movies featuring Mothra to be some of the weakest entries in the series. This one is no exception. Granted, the climactic battle and the introduction of Battra are two major pluses here, but those two things alone can’t save this movie for me.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p for both films. How do they look? Despite some fuzzy picture quality and night scene issues, the ‘Ghidorah’ print is fairly solid. It’s not the best looking hi-def Godzilla, but it’s not the worst either. The ‘Mothra’ print contains some dirt specs and lines here and there, but this hi-def remaster is noticeably sharper all around.

Audio Tracks: English Mono and Japanese Stereo DTS-HD MA tracks for both films. How do they sound? The ‘Ghidorah’ Japanese track is surprisingly sharp even without a 5.1 track while the ‘Mothra’ Japanese track is even livelier as this particular film is very action heavy. As for the English dubs, make of them as you will.

Extras include Digital HD copies of both films, 3 teasers and a theatrical trailer for “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah,” and 4 teasers and a theatrical trailer for “Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth.”

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May 14, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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