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Product Details

  • Actors: Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Yosuke Natsuki, Keiju Kobayashi, Shin Takuma
  • Directors: R.J. Kizer, Koji Hashimoto
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese, Russian
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: September 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302722713
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Godzilla returns for the first time in many years to demolish Tokyo but in time some things have changed...the buildings are now taller than he is, and the humans have developed an attack jet called Super X.

Customer Reviews

This movie is just plain bad.
James Kennedy
Eventually, he is "sent home" once again.......but is he dead?
Skippy_4_life
One of the best Godzilla films ever was made in 1985.
Bradford Fritz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MADMAN3000 on October 28, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST GODZILLA MOVIES EVER MADE! WHY HAS THIS ONE BEEN LONG OVERLOOKED FOR DVD RELEASE? GET ON THE STICK AND GET THIS DONE!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank-E on October 29, 2010
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This was the second Godzilla movie that I ever watched (the first being the original, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) and to this day I still get a thrill from watching it. It started my facination with Godzilla and has kept it alive since I was a small child.

I've seen the original Japanese version and yes THAT version is, story wise at least, the better film. But there is just something about popping in the slashed up American dubed VHS that brings back so many fond memories that I cant help but find that the American version, and not the original one, is my favorite.

Don't get me wrong, the original film is amazing, and just because I call it better (story wise) that does not mean that I prefer it. Both versions are great, but G:1985 is just something else. It has a great list of characters who you can actually be attached to, it had decent dialouge, the special effects are 80's-tastic! But, by far, the best part of this movie is the Big-G himself!

Godzilla is reinvented in this film. He goes from the comic super-savior of the world, as he is in the 60's and 70's, and becomes and indestructible force of nature, killing people by the hundreds and burning Tokyo to the ground in a sea of atomic fire! His roar is changed from the high-pitched shreek from his comic-book hero days into a animalistic and primordial roar, but still holding on to the classic sound we all expect from Godzilla. The costume used is the best one ever used, up to that time. At times I find myself forgetting that I'm watching a movie and part of me begins to think that I'm watching actual footage of the destruction of Tokyo! The point I'm trying to make here is that the costume looks very real, and is sometimes even scary! This is how The King was always ment to be shown!
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Thirty years later and it's still about radiation and models.

"Godzilla 1985" is a slightly updated version of the classic Godzilla movie: it's still a guy in a big rubber suit stomping around detailed models, and he's still embroiled in a plot with heavy-handed doses of the Japanese skepticism of radiation. (Given their history, I don't blame them.)

Here Godzilla once again emerges from the sea, and poses a peril to mankind. The Soviets defy the wishes of the Japanese government and launch a nuclear weapon at Godzilla despite the fact that he happens to be in Tokyo at the time. Collateral damage, anyone? The US military fortunately dispatches the Soviet missile with a missile of their own, while consulting with Raymond Burr who is reprising his role as Steve Martin. Burr advises that firepower is not the answer, and that a deeper understanding of Godzilla's motives are key to defeating him. With that in mind they immediately plan to lure Godzilla into a volcano.

Along the way we get to see some special effect typical of the genre. My personal favorite is the "Super-X" secret levitating craft, although Godzilla's encounters with the model boats, helicopters, planes, and buildings are still fun to watch. The best laugh of the movie comes from the drunk guy running from Godzilla after mistaking him for a restaurant waiter repeatedly. (I'm not making that up.) There is another customary device in this movie, namely, everyone in Japan seems to know everybody else. True to form, plot contrivances abound here.

The movie ends with Godzilla in the volcano, although we aren't totally sure whether or not lava can destroy him, as there is always another sequel right around the corner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Fritz on July 26, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
One of the best Godzilla films ever was made in 1985. Ten years transpired after the last Godzila film, "Terror of Mechagodzilla", which pitted Godzilla quite unfairly against one of his most hated foes, Mechagodzilla, and a gigantic dinosaur creature, Titanosaurus, which joined forces with Mechagodzilla and his alien creators. I, myself, am a tremendous G-Fan, and when I saw this movie at the end I started to cry. Since no Blockbuster Video stores or Suncoast Video stores in my area had "Godzilla vs. Biollante" in stock (or even heard of it), I didn't know there was a whole new series after this film. I was a little kid, and had seen every Godzilla movie there was---from the original 1957 movie to the 1975 movie. I loved each and every one of them, and my family had also grown an interest in Godzilla and kaiju (Japanese giant monster). Well, Godzilla basically returns, because this film strangely takes place after the original, in which Godzilla is allegdly destroyed by Dr. Seragawa and his Oxygen Destroyer machine. However, he returns, and after killing sailors on a ship out at sea, the Japanese press and public at large find out about his existence and immediately evacuate and panic. Public chaos erupts, and the Japanese military force combined with the goverment and the United Nations joins together to create an aerial foe for Godzilla--a ship called Super-X. Godzilla comes ashore after destroying the Japanese Air Force's jets at sea, then destroying the bayside squad of the army.Read more ›
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