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Godzilla, Mothra, And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack/Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Blu-ray Review

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla-Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah- Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Blu-ray

The “Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” and “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” Blu-ray set is the best Godzilla double feature release.

Along with “Godzilla 2000,” the other recent Sony Godzilla Blu-ray release is a double feature of “Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” (or GMK for short) and “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.” While every fan has their own personal favorites, these two feature films are some of the best in the entire franchise.

While many “Godzilla” films are a bit on the campy side, GMK has a refreshingly darker edge to it. Godzilla and his foes actually feel menacing again in this entry as we see the carnage these kaiju create. Whether a helicopter is blown up mid-air or a hospitalized person is presumably crushed amidst a building collapse, GMK goes out of its way to show how terrifying it would be if these monsters actually existed.

As far as the story goes, GMK doesn’t have the best of plots. Not only are there series continuity issues with Mothra, King Ghidorah and Baragon being ‘Guardians’ who protect mankind from Godzilla, but the central characters of Yuri and her father Admiral Tachibana don’t make much of an impression. With that said, the movie makes up for the shortcomings with the thrilling kaiju battle sequences in which Godzilla faces off against all 3 Guardians.

While maybe not talked about as much as some Godzilla films, “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” is actually one of my favorites of the entire series. To me, this feels like a real sequel as it connects to the original 1954 “Godzilla” film with the plot device about a Mechagodzilla (Kiryu) being built from the skeletal remains of the 1954 Godzilla. On top of that, you get to see Godzilla throw down with Mechagodzilla who begins to malfunction at certain times. I won’t spoil why the Japan Self-Defense Forces lose control of Mechagodzilla, but suffice to say, it adds an interesting layer to the story and the mythology.

The primary reason that “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” stands out, however, is due to the likable characters. I know it’s old hat to say that characters usually don’t mater in a  Godzilla film, but I think many viewers will find themselves digging Lt. Yashiro, scientist Tokumitsu, and his daughter Sara. Their interactions only strengthen an already stellar Godzilla film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How do the films look? GMK is far and away one of the best looking Godzilla films in hi-def. Mechagodzilla has some minor print flaws, but generally looks solid.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The English dubs for both films are so-so. Some people prefer to watch the films with dubs while others wouldn’t be caught dead playing them. For most folks, the original language Japanese tracks are clearly the best option here. Regardless of what track you pick, however, you can expect to hear superb mixes (especially during the Kaiju battles).

The only extras are Digital HD copies and trailers for both films.

Overall Thoughts: If you love Godzilla, this is the best set to get. It doesn’t hurt that it’s an absolute bargain for the price too.

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September 18, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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