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Godzilla [Blu-ray] (1998)

Matthew Broderick , Jean Reno , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (906 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (906 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00164EAC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passingwestward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla(r) then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?

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119 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to make the Big Guy proud June 16, 2005
Format:DVD
Okay, I know this is going to be a highly disputed opinion, but I think this movie is very, very good. Great, I'd even daresay. And I am a Godzilla fan. I love the Big Guy from his early masterworks to his campy mid-period to his new thrilling outings.

Admittedly, this is not the same Godzilla. But Godzilla himself is a product of the 50s fascination with giant monsters, and this movie is really just an homage to all those old, great monster movies. Anyway, I don't see why the universe isn't big enough for two Godzillas.

A lot of fans hated this just for the idea. But Tristar had to make a new version. The old version would've flopped in America. In fact, Godzilla 2000 came out about a year later, and it did terrible. So where were those so-called fans when he really needed them? I submit that there really aren't that many Godzilla fans. There's plenty of people who claim to be, but do they really like him or these types of films? Doesn't seem like it.

Onto the movie. First there's Godzilla. He's a terrific special effect. Some people say he doesn't look real. He looks pretty darn impressive to me. Realism is a rather silly complaint when you're talking about a giant lizard running through New York.

The story is deceptively simple. You could boil it down to Army vs. Monster, but there's a creativity here that gets overlooked. The characters (all of whom are well-developed especially considering none are the real star) are all likable. Their motivations are believable. And their story arcs are solidly connected to the central conflict in a way that doesn't seem forced.

The action sequences are wonderful. I like to think of them as monstrous versions of great kung fu showdowns.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight That Deserves More Respect July 14, 2013
Format:DVD
My relationship with this film is odd, and as mutated as the lizard himself. When I first saw it, I didn't care for it. Simply, it wasn't a Godzilla film, and this very well done creature was not Godzilla/Gojira. Godzilla is a kaiju. In the Toho Films tradition, that's a critter of immense size and inexplicable abilities whose life is all about breaking stuff. Lots of stuff. But this Godzilla is an innocent. He causes damage only when looking for food or seeking a place to make his (?) nest. That's not a kaiju. As Mathew Broderick says in the film, "he's just an animal."

About a year after I saw it, I happened upon the DVD playing in a Sam's Club, and, to my surprise, found myself smiling. I bought the DVD, and the more I watch it, the more I love it. It's a delightful film, rich with terrific performances by a lovable cast. Jean Reno is classic as Philippe Roche, an "insurance agent" who is really much more. Hank Azaria is worth the ticket price all by himself as news photographer "Animal." Maria Pitillo is funny and enchanting. We also have the brilliant Michael Lerner as "Mayor Ebert" (get it?) and the ever reliable Kevin Dunn as the colonel in charge of operations. Everyone does a great job, and Broderick himself plays Nick Tatopoulos (the last name is taken from the visual effects director) as moody and difficult to approach, a sort of ultra geek AKA "the worm guy," for his work with earthworms in nuclear environments. Usually he's warm and cuddly; not until "The Producers" remake did we see an edgy side to him. He's a riot.

Visually, despite some opinions to the contrary by no less a film luminary than Roger Ebert, the effects are magnificent. Ebert's problem with rain allegedly hiding flaws is dead wrong. Of course, Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Kaiju - But Not "The" Godzilla June 19, 2003
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If you enjoy the somewhat generic giant monster movies from the 1950s, you might find something here to like. There is very little character development. It's more like the people exist, but we have no reason to really care about what happens to them. Because of this, the action scenes don't have the tension they could. There are some decent humorous moments. All of the Emmerich/Devlin productions are like this - somewhat empty but looks nice on the big screen. (Yes, I'm knocking Independence Day too.)
I was truly annoyed the first time I saw this in the theater. Not because of the changes. Images of this version of Godzilla had been leaked and appeared in G-Fan magazine. The producers said the image was not the Godzilla from the movie. When the movie was finally released, only the coloring was different. Some fans felt they were lied to even though technically we weren't because of the coloring differences. That got to me some. I was a little more objective on my second viewing.
TriStar changes the Godzilla legend. The original Godzilla was a metaphor for the Americans' bombing of Japan - an unstoppable force. The producers of the original got the idea after seeing all of the victims of the blast. Here, Godzilla gets mutated from a different scource - not American nuclear testing which was also established in other Godzilla movies such as Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). However, the newer Japanese films at least acknowledge this one. In Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All Out Attack!! (2001), it does make reference to a monster appearing in New York, but the Japanese military doesn't think it was a Godzilla. TriStar's Godzilla is also defeated too easily - despite it's wonderful agility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie and fast shipping
Published 16 hours ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars poor remastering for 4K.
Very disappointed in the 4K Mastering. Bad picture quality even tweaking and using OPPO BDP105 processing.
Published 1 day ago by customer 456
2.0 out of 5 stars That was Godzilla?
I am a major Godzilla fan and this was a big disappointment. The big boy didn't even look like his old self let alone the horrible new sound that he makes. Not worth it.
Published 2 days ago by L. Gaggini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Way way better than the new one! Me and my teenagers love this version!
Published 8 days ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars great to have this on blu-ray
my son loves Godzilla. great to have this on blu-ray.
Published 8 days ago by Theodore Mander
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best remake of the old black and white Godzilla film
This film is not like the old black and white Godzilla film starring Raymond Burr. If you want a film more like the old black and white version this is not the one you want to buy. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Louis E. Zappo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a fun movie.
Published 13 days ago by Robert O Montgomery
2.0 out of 5 stars like watching an old children's cartoon
This Godzilla movie suffered from very poor writing. I think the main problem for me was it was like watching an old children's cartoon. Read more
Published 14 days ago by D. Molnar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Movie not filmed in 4K pretty much looks like a slightly clearer blueray. Not too impressive.
Published 17 days ago by Haloring
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a very good movie. had to have for my collection. cant wait to add the new one..
Published 21 days ago by louise jobe
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