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Godzilla - Final Wars (2005)

Don Frye , Masakatsu Funaki  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Don Frye, Masakatsu Funaki, Masatô Ibu, Shigeru Izumiya, Rei Kikukawa
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BMY2L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla - Final Wars" on IMDb

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  • B-Roll of Special Effects Sequences
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Editorial Reviews

Godzilla's 50th Anniversary project and costliest adventure to date out of 28 films. Earth has been relatively peaceful since Godzilla was successfully buried deep in ice beneath the South Pole. Then - sometime a few years hence-several of his old nemeses return to wreak havoc on cities worldwide. A huge spaceship suddenly appears and neutralizes all the monsters in a blink. The visitors are "Xiliens," who take human form and announce they would like to negotiate a peace treaty that would replace the United Nations with a "United Universe". They are indeed too good to be true, however. It doesn't take long before their nefarious real purpose is exposed - conquering Earth. Greatly outmatched, Earth officials decide to de-freeze Godzilla as man's only hope to vanish the invaders, as well as the monsters they control. Only trouble is Godzilla is still mad at man for freezing him in the first place.

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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters, Monsters, and More Monsters February 14, 2006
Format:DVD
This remake of the classic Destroy All Monsters maintains the wonder of all those monsters but is darker in nature. Monsters are springing up all over the place attacking civilization. Then aliens arrive and eliminate the monsters. Are they our saviors or something much worse?

Eventually the truth about the aliens is learned and all out war ensues. The monsters return and it is up to a small group to go to Antarctica and release the imprisoned Godzilla. Hopefully Godzilla will handle the monsters while the people can handle the aliens. Monster mayhem ensues.

This movie is far better than Tokyo SOS. We see Manda in a more active role than previously as well as a number of other monsters from the early years of Godzilla. We even see the American Godzilla and an upgraded Gigan. There is a montage that shows Godzilla through the ages. The only thing I didn't like was seeing King Seesar as a villain. Seeing the alien leader have fits when things don't go right was almost priceless. All in all this is the Godzilla movie that really delivers what all the hype promised. Check it out.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as Hell March 6, 2006
Format:DVD
As you may have gathered from my title, this movie is awesome. I suppose I'll get my two complaints out of the way. First of all it's not got quite the proper ratio of monster violence to other stuff. There's a whole lotta monster mashing, yes, but at 2 hours and 5 minutes it could've stood to have a little more, or just have been a bit shorter. The monster's generally look great, and they are, as a whole mostly of the rubber-suit variety, though there is quite a bit of CGI too, particularly for Zilla and the flying monsters. Still, they usually tried to use conventional fx so long as they were feasible, and they generally allow for the best results. I dunno about you, but there's just something about watching two dudes in rubber suits have a fist fight that makes me very, very happy. The only notable absence with regard to the monsters is the lack of Megalon, but what ya gonna do. Ya got Rodan, the Seamonster, Anguirah, King Ghidorah, Gigan, Mothra, the G-Man himself and more. I also would've liked to see a bit more city smashin'. If there's anything that I like more than watching to rubber-suited men duke it out, it's seeing a besuited man smash a miniature city. Particularly the tanks, definitely needed more tank smashing. My other major complaint is the lack of classic Godzilla music. The modern stuff is okay, generally, but I love the classic Godzilla themes, so they shoulda had more of that stuff. Nevertheless, these complaints are lost in a sea of deliciously cheesy dialogue, costumes, sets and monster action. Seriously, how anyone could watch this movie and not have a helluva good time is beyond me. Yes, it's got a bit too much people, not quite enough monsters, but that's always been the way with Godzilla movies, from my experience. Read more ›
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89 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to celebrate 50 years of Godzilla! October 8, 2005
Format:DVD
I'll just get this out of the way right now: Ryuhei Kitamura is one of my favorite directors. He's the Japanese equivalent of our Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. He has an eye-catching visual style, the talent to write entertaining dialogue, and nobody in Japan does action better. He's also able to take pure cinematic cheese with elements of other genre films and meld them together in exciting ways that seldom fail to entertain, even if you occasionally roll your eyes. I'm also a lifelong kaiju fanatic who grew up watching Godzilla and Gamera on Saturday afternoons and saving up my shoddy allowance to buy the films on VHS. Ah, memories...
That said, my excitement level over this film was naturally huge. I consider the millenium series of Godzilla movies to be among the greatest, boasting decent special effects and serious storylines which past kaiju films were known for lacking. This movie takes all of the improvements in those areas and throws other aspects waaaaay back to the sixties and seventies, when the movies weren't afraid to not be taken seriously. The funny-dressing aliens we all remember are back with a vengeance, looking like cosplayers at a Matrix convention. Hilarious. Speaking of "The Matrix", Kitamura flaunts it's influence on his filmmaking shamelessly throughout this movie, creating a team of mutant humanoids that could have stepped right out of the film and have all of the over-the-top abilities we saw in that series. This makes for some very exciting non-kaiju fight scenes; a first in a Godzilla film. The characters are also among the first truly memorable heroes and villains in G-film history. After this, I might get into some minor spoilers, so if you want to see the movie without knowing anything about the plot, now's the time to leave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GODZILA - Final Wars. Big Monsters, Big Cast! October 29, 2011
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GODZILLA FINAL WARS may not please Godzilla purists but it delivers the goods for everybody else--at least those with some knowledge of Godzilla lore. I saw it with a packed house of G fans at Subway Cinema's annual New York Asian Film Festival and it was the perfect audience for a film as steeped in the kaiju mythos as this one. Every time a new monster appeared on screen the crowd applauded or, rather, they applauded once that monster became recognizable, since the director often teases us with quick cuts and blurry motion before giving us a good, steady full-body shot. There are 15 monsters in all, many friendly old faces and some obscure ones, but all recognizable to longtime Godzilla fans.

The other real pleasure for G fans is the star-studded cast. Three venerable stars of older kaiju films turn up, two in major roles. Akira Takarada (star of the original GODZILLA, 1954) plays the UN Secretary General and Kumi Mizuno (the gorgeous leading lady from MONSTER ZERO, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS and more) plays the Commander of the Earth Defense Force. In a smaller role, Kenji Sahara turns up in a lab coat assisting the attractive young female biologist (Rei Kikukawa) assigned to investigate the monster attacks. Also on hand are Jun Kunimura (Boss Tanaka in KILL BILL VOL. 1); Kane Kosugi, a martial arts star in his own right and son of "ninja" star Sho Kosugi; and one other gorgeous actress, Maki Mizuno, who plays the biologist's newscaster sister. Masahiro Matsuoka plays Ozaki, the lead mutant hero who uses MATRIX-style martial arts to fight the alien invaders. Don Frye (Public Enemies) plays the tough American captain who pilots the Gotengo (the flying, burrowing ship from ATRAGON) and stands up to the aliens in several memorable confrontations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla series
Got here within the specified time frame, quality good, couldn't fault the service. Looking to get the whole series eventually. Read more
Published 1 day ago by paul granger
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs more monster
An ok entrance in the Godzilla franchise. However this is more weird martial arts flick than monster movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Darth Ghranna
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years of monster mayhem!
A great way to celebrate the big guy for his 50 years of keeping his fans happy; makes you wonder what they have in mind for this year :)
Published 12 days ago by Daniel Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Movie arrived in great condition and in good timing. This is an awesome film by the way. If you are wondering what Godzilla film you should own, it should be this one.
Published 20 days ago by Shane Reman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome movie
This is one of the best Godzilla movies ever! It follows the traditional Godzilla story of aliens coming to take over the world and Godzilla (with human help) fights to send them... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Josiah McFeeters
1.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Worst!!!
Too long and too boring to even follow the story. Not enough Godzilla or any other monsters fighting. Read more
Published 29 days ago by JacksonzMom
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever
I really love it. I watch again many times. I like Godzilla so much. I like fighting men and Godzilla too.
Published 1 month ago by vanessa Rodriguez
2.0 out of 5 stars Bummer Way for Toho to have Godzilla Go Out
The story makes no sense and is very contradictory at every turn in the human story. If all you're looking for is Godzilla taking on a bunch of monsters and owning them all then... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RochPikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love this movie, I is one of the best Godzilla movie out there and I also love all of the fighting moves he does it's wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Chambers
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
This movie was a struggle to sit through for me. I love Godzilla, but this movie was just horrid, Mostly because Godzilla isn't even in it for, at the very least, half the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ForeignGoran32
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