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Godzilla (Monster Edition) (1998)

Matthew Broderick , Jean Reno , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (926 customer reviews)


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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 (926 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,123 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?

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122 of 156 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight That Deserves More Respect July 14, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd worst Godzilla movie ever made. April 4, 1999
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WHAT?! That was Godzilla, the king of the monsters? HA! I'm a 11 year old Godzilla Expert. I've been waching Godzilla movies since I was in preschool,and I think I know what Godzilla is. One of the worst things about the film is that Godzilla didn't look like Godzilla at all! Emmerich made Godzilla look like the T-Rex from "Jurassic Park" (1993) with small mountains coming out of his back. He couldn't even shoot Godzilla's trademark blue death ray. And he was killed by JETS! The Japanese hit him with everything and still couldn't kill him! If Toho's Godzilla and Tristar's Godzilla fought, Toho's would kill Tristar's in 20 seconds! Only two Godzilla films are worse than this: "Godzilla's Revenge" (1969) and "Godzilla vs. Megalon" (1973). But there's an animated T.V series on FoxKids called "Godzilla: The Series" on Saturday Mornings which is way better than this. When Tristar makes the sequel, pray it's better than this. When you wanna watch the REAL GODZILLA just pop a Toho Godzilla movie into your VCR or D.V.D Player. If you wish to comment on my review E.Mail me at spankys@Earthlink.net.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Whether you view it as a re-make, an update or a film on its own with no connections to earlier movies, the 1998 Godzilla is a mess. Alright, let's face it, you don't associate monster films with complex plots, but this is just braindead material. The better of the Japanese Godzilla films always had some kind of a plot. This is no more than a rampage-through-city rehash of every done-to-death idea in the cliche book. It makes the 1997 Lost World look like it was written by Edger Rice Burroughs by comparison. The 'plot' is also full of holes - namely the impossibly small one the big Godzilla beast disappears into right in the middle of a city. And why would it lay its eggs in the middle of a city in the first place?
Characterisation is non-existent. The big fella is just a T-Rex with longer arms whilst the human characters seem to be men in rubber suits, maybe with the exception of the 'evil foreigner' who comes across as the only living being in the film. And those baby Godzillas! I think the Japanese one looked more convincing! After a lot of tedious wandering about our inspiring and charismatic heroes are attacked by pixelated Raptor lookalikes which have the power to walk on thin air just above the ground. No really.
So size doesn't matter, eh? Well, my little dinos, that's just as well seeing as you need an IQ of less than 12 to enjoy this film. At least the worst of the original Godzilla films were entertainingly bad. This is just bad period. And I hear a sequel is planned. Must we continue dragging the world of monster movies any lower?
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