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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?

Special Features

  • All new best of Godzilla fight scenes
  • 3 episodes from the "Godzilla" animated series
  • Production art gallery
  • Special effects supervisor commentary
  • "Heroes" music video by The Wallflowers
  • Promotional Featurette
  • Publicity stills gallery
  • Godzilla takes New York with before and after shots

Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: Cary Woods, Dean Devlin, Kelly Van Horn
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (988 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla (Monster Edition)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
Jason
If a studio is going to make a film about a classic monster, due some research first and be respectful toward the character and his meaning and symbolism.
Justice For Humanity
Instead of Godzilla we get a giant CGI iguana running around New York city, who's only purpose is to lay eggs and not destroy buildings.
Lisette Molina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

136 of 174 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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Goldberg on 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 By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: DVD
Frankly, we were all better off when Godzilla was clearly some guy in a rubber suit stomping miniture sets. While the original and its sequals may have been decidedly low-tech, they possessed a certain fun-ness which made them entertaining at worst-- something which all the millions poured into this film's special effects couldn't buy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grendel Harliquin on January 3, 2000
Format: DVD
There shall be no SEQUELS! The rights to godzilla have gone back to Japan and the TOHO company.This was not Godzilla!The two directors butchered him.There were a thosand things they could of done to raise Godzilla out of the pit that they put him in.Here are just a few:
1.Keep the original sound track.The rap songs were out of place.
2.Godzilla breathes fire!He didn't not in this movie.
3.The name Godzilla is not the director's toy to play with,nor is he the director's pet iguna,which upon this was the image done with.
4.Most important!Kept the original script!There was a much better one before and it had godzilla breath fire,defend the earth,go to Japan,and fought an another monster(a huge Gyphon).The script is on the web.
One more thing:Was I expecting Shakphere? No.just Godzilla,like the name implied.He wasn't in this moive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: DVD
I was prepared for a bad movie, and this one dissapointed me. It really is awful. The special effects are terrible, the plot is non-exsistant, the acting is miserable.
I was even in the mood for a smash em-up monster movie!
Bad, Bad, Bad.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By charles j. damron jr. on September 1, 2003
Format: DVD
Here it is, what every Godzilla fan wanted. Hollywood and a big budget, and this is all we got? First off, the French? The French saves the day? Please, my mother can beat the French. Second, a lame storyline, it is like Jurassic Park in NYC. Babyzilla's that look like raptors. The king of all movie mistakes, you have a product that fans all around the world know, and YOU CHANGE IT? Give me a man in a rubber suit that looks like a T-Rex than a CGI iguana on steroids? No radioactive fire-breath, no one running thru the streets of NYC screaming Godzilla! Thank God, Toho came out with Godzilla 2000 and basically said "Forgive us for letting Hollywood make that horrible movie! Here is what you wanted!"
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