Godzilla 1998 PG-13 CC

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The enormous monster descends upon New York, and it's up to the Army and an odd team of investigators to unravel the mystery behind the incredible creature before it's too late.

Matthew Broderick, Gary Hecker
2 hours 19 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Action
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring Matthew Broderick, Gary Hecker
Supporting actors Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, Harry Shearer, Arabella Field, Vicki Lewis, Doug Savant, Malcolm Danare, Lorry Goldman, Christian Aubert, Philippe Bergeron, Frank Bruynbroek, François Giroday, Nicholas J. Giangiulio, Robert Lesser, Ralph Manza, Greg Callahan
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I watched this movie many times and I get sick every time after seeing what they did to him.
Darth Kosmos
So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
If you either don't like the original Godzilla or have never seen it, you might enjoy this movie.
Brian H. Ramsey

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97 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Jojo on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Jim on August 19, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A big-budget American version of Japan's most beloved import? How could it fail? Well, whatever could go wrong did. This mega-hyped disaster of a monster movie was a thinly-disguised rip-off of "Jurassic Park" that pretty much used the name "Godzilla" to hide the fact that it was so blatanly unoriginal.
The story follows Dr. Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) as he is called into investigate a mysterious shipwreck off the coast of some Asian territory. As it turns out, these problems are actually being caused by a radioactive iguana on a collision course with New York City. When the creature arrive, all hell breaks loose and the army is called in to take it out. After several failed attempts, the monster ends up under the city as Broderick and a team of French special operatives head to the ruins of what was once Madison Sqaure Garden to hunt down the nest. Chaos ensues again and they end up getting chased through the city by the monster for one big predictable finale.
The idea of making a Godzilla movie where Godzilla does not use his infamous radioactive breath is about as half-baked an idea as Sean Cunningham doing a Jason movie without using the hockey mask. Here in lies the biggest problem with major studios, these days. They are so consumed by the thought of making money that they never really stop and think about what the true fans of the movies want to see. I have always felt that if you are going to make a remake or a sequel or a big-budget movie based on a TV series, that it should at the very least offer some type of improvement or something new over the original. The "Godzilla" in this movie is esentially a giant one-dimenionsal lizard that seems more like the monster featured in "Varan The Unbelivable" than that of the classic Godzilla. Let's face it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cincinnati Dan on April 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Please accurately describe the audio and video quality of any Blu-Ray you review. Thanks to those who do this.

Aspect Ratio: 2.4:1
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Length: 2 hours 10 minutes (not counting the credits)

The video quality was very good. Not perfect, but very good to great. I saw no grain in the movie. I give it a 8.8 to 9.0 on a 10.0 scale.

The surround sound was excellent. So was the sub-woofer bass. There aren't many movies that have as much surround sound as this movie, and it all sounded excellent.

I don't usually review the actual movie, but there was so many fake parts of this movie (and I'm not talking about the Godzilla monster), I have to comment on it. The director or writer just didn't exercise common sense. You have a very large lizard leaving footprints 5 feet deep in the ground, and clawing through the thick steel side of a ship. You have people who are confronted with the danger of the approaching monster, and they just stand there, not reacting. You have the monster out-running jet powered helicopters, but not able to outrun a taxi cab. And the army firing so many weapons that all miss their target. You have fish that have been out of water for hours moving their tails. You have all the eggs hatching at the same time, when the monster couldn't have laid them at the same time. So many parts of the movie weren't realistic. But, the surround sound makes the movie worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I don't know quite why some people think Godzilla fans were annoyed about this film just because it didn't contain a man in a stupid-looking suit. The CGI Godzilla was a step in the right direction, especially after the awful effects in the Spacegodzilla and Destroyah (sic) films. I think what really upset Godzilla fans was the fact that the action is hardly visible through the grey skies and rain, the characters are no more than cut-outs, there are endless ideas ripped off from the Lost World film and it's all very boring and slow.
There are a few good scenes containing Godzilla, but after he disappears into an impossibly small hole there's nothing but wandering around and being chased by video-game Rapto...sorry, Godzilla's offspring. Tedious, and the plot is down there with the likes of 'Godzilla Vs Megalon'. You don't expect multilayered plots in these sort of films, but this is no more than one long chase scene.
'Size Doesn't Matter'. Hmm. That's just as well since you need an IQ of less than 5 to enjoy this.
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