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  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (944 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla (Monster Edition)" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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?

Customer Reviews

So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
Jason
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
Yes, the film was a tad overlong, and the human characters may have spent more time onscreen than they should have.
Brian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

126 of 160 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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11 of 13 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 March 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Godzilla was the worst film of 1998 and is one of the worst in the past nine years. I could go on and on with the problems, the main ones being: This film really tried to copy the Jurassic Park films and it failed miserably. I have no idea how come so many critics predicted this movie would gross over 250 million dollars. Audiences have already gotten their fill with giant lizards in the past summers. Another problem was that the characters were too corny and they act stupid. Only Jean Reno seemed realistic as the French CIA agent. The "humor" in this movie is horrid. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich think people who mispronounce Tatopoulos is funny? There were a lot of illogical scenes in the movie. Sometimes Godzilla is huge, but then he also manages fit into a small tunnel. He can breathe fire somehow but rarely, rarely uses it and he had many opportunities to use it. Devlin and Emmerich have sorely failed in their sci-fi attempts. The only decent film they made was Stargate. The two of them should make more adventurous films like that with a mind-boggling puzzle. I've already read that they are going to make a sequel to Godzilla. I seriously doubt many people will want to see it, only fans of special effects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lethal G3cko on April 21, 2012
Format: DVD
I really hate this movie! As a huge Gojira fan, I felt VERY disappointed. Not only that, but as a film in general, it's almost completely, terrible...the script, the acting\dialogue, characters, creature design...the special effects (while not great) are probably the only good thing.

First off, Roland Emmerich\Dean Devlin (Independence Day) turned down the offer to direct the film a few times, simply because they had no interest\knowledge with the Godzilla franchise.

They wanted re-tell the story, with a re-designed beast (by "Face Off's" Patrick Tatopalous), which is basically, a giant iguanna (as shown in the opening credits) and not a terrifying, powerful-mutated dinosaur.

This "Godzilla In Name Only" (aka "GINO") barely resembles it's Japanese beast (besides the dorsal fins and re-sampled Godzilla roar). In fact, it runs away from the military and hides! And for some reason, it can't out-run a taxi cab! Not to mention, it uses "breath" for one sequence, but it's no radioactive. And...it's asexual and lays a bunch of eggs to which they hatch, giving way to a rip-off Velociraptor-like scene from Jurassic Park.

I mentioned the acting\dialogue was crappy, right? Mathew Broderick, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Maria Pitillo (cute, but annoying) and Jean Reno (yes, the "Professional" Jean Reno), to name a few, are all bad in their roles, but I blame the script\directing more, than the actors (but Maria and Mathew really hurt the film). Oh and there are two characters, based on Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, that were put into the film, as somekind of "payback" by Roland\Dean for the bad reviews of Independence Day (yet, the critics aren't killed by GINO).

The script\story is just awful. I can't believe Tristar greenlighted this.
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