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Godzilla 2000 Blu-ray Review

Godzilla 2000 Blu-ray

“Godzilla 2000” is a good old fashioned kaiju flick.

The plot: As Godzilla returns to Japan to wreak havoc, the citizens of Japan face an even greater problem after the Crisis Control Intelligence (led by Mitsuo Katagiri) group comes across a UFO. Taking an interest in Godzilla (more specifically his regenerative abilities), the UFO begins to gather intel on Godzilla by hacking into Japan’s computer systems. To make matters worse for the human population, it is revealed that the UFO alien being is hoping to invade Earth. With Earth’s defense forces unable to stop the UFO, it’s up to Godzilla to once again save mankind from ruin.

With 2014’s Legendary “Godzilla” film a mere weeks away from a home video release (hallelujah!), Sony has finally released the 3 remaining Godzilla catalogue titles including 1999’s “Godzilla 2000.” While the film might not be the most beloved entry in the franchise, it was certainly a breath of fresh air after the disaster that was “Godzilla” ’98. Sure, the goofy slapstick comedy, the “Independence Day” rip-off scenes, and the clichéd villainous human character Mitsuo Katagiri take up too much screentime, but don’t let that dissuade you from taking this movie in as there’s plenty to admire here.

First of all, much of the human characters are much better than usual. As many fans know, the human characters tend to be a nuisance that take time away from the Kaiju action in Godzilla films, but that’s not the case with the father/daughter Godzilla Prediction Network characters Yuji and Io and the tag-along reporter Yuki. They aren’t iconic characters by any means, but you don’t mind embarking on this journey with them. Secondly, the movie certainly delivers in the action department. In addition to some exciting scenes where mankind is throwing everything they have at Godzilla, you get a thrilling climactic battle between Godzilla and the UFO (and later Godzilla vs. Orga). Orga may not be the household name that a Mothra or Rodan is, but he’s an underrated foe who puts up a good fight with Godzilla. Last, but not least, there’s the use of the original Godzilla theme. It may not mean much to some people, but to longtime fans, it adds so much to the movie.

Note: This disc includes both the English 2000 theatrical cut and the 8 minute longer Japanese cut from 1999. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time the Japanese cut has ever been released in the U.S.


Presentation: The Japanese version is presented in 2.35:1 while the English version is in 2.40:1. How do they look? Both versions are a bit grainy and not as crisp as one would like, but they are certainly upgrades from the DVD release.

Audio Tracks: Japanese DTS-HD Stereo and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The English dub is cheesy to the max, but some fans like it that way. Despite not being a 5.1 track, the original Japanese track is superior in every way.

* Digital HD copy.
* Original trailer for “Godzilla 2000.”
* A brief 2 minute behind the scenes look at the making of a few scenes.
* Commentary for the English version by Mike Schelsinger (the English writer), Mike Mahoney (editor), and Darren Pascal (sound editor). The trio mainly chats about the work they did for the English version. It’s a solid track.

Overall Thoughts: “Godzilla 2000” is well worth adding to your home video collection.

September 3, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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