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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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,800 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

Good Acting and great special effects.
Rodney B.
So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
They turned Godzilla into a T-Rex from Jurassic Park.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

142 of 183 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: DVD
I had been looking forward to the release of this movie since July 1997, when I saw the first teaser trailer. I have been a Godzilla fan since I was a small tyke. I looked forward to this film very much. I was, ultimately, disappointed.
The script for this movie is so bad that I felt that my ears were going to bleed if I heard one word of the wretched dialogoue.
There....I said the bad part. now, let's move on to the good. Namely, the creature and the action surrounding it. LOVED IT!!! I watch the chase through the city over and over again. It's just that much fun! The MSG sequence was as good and thrilling as any movie-goer could ask for. The final chase by an angry Godzilla of the stars was a thrillride. Every minute that GODZILLA or Jean Reno is onscreen, the movie is GREAT. Too bad that wasn't the whole movie and we were stuck with the other characters (or should I say stick figures drawn to appear as characters).
See it...Enjoy it....Love it!! But go in with your ears ready to deal with some truly bad lines poorly spoken by miscast actors trying to make something of nothing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Panagopoulos on March 29, 2011
Format: DVD
*** This review may contain spoilers***

If only the creature had only been named something else and not promoted as the "Godzilla successor", the movie would have done much better.

I saw the movie in a theater almost as soon as it came out in 1998 and I own a VHS copy. It's been about thirteen (13) years since I've seen "Godzilla [1998]" (hereafter G98), but I generally have favorable memories of it. G98 is no masterpiece; it has its flaws, but it is far from being an abomination. The movie's major strength and flaw simultaneously is Pseudo-Godzilla himself (or is it herself - oh, the androgyny!). As a mythic force of nature, the creature falls short; it is vulnerable to heavier artillery, it is not mindlessly destructive, and it is willing to stoop to Tatopoulos's (Matthew Broderick's) level, like a man wishing to communicate with an ant. As a super-beast, Pseudo-Godzilla is more impressive; it is extremely powerful, fast, agile, clever, and tenacious in self-defence and of its raptor-like brood. Perhaps G98 was not quite the blockbuster audiences anticipated because Pseudo-Godzilla was cast as a plausible animal with plausible animal behaviors, instead of an unstoppable, supernatural legend. Nevertheless, when Pseudo-Godzilla is striding across New York, you feel a tingle of awe; he's so colossal all you see are his muscular legs trampling across the street.

However, this Pseudo-Godzilla seems to be agoraphobic; he prefers to burrow and live in subterranean passages (even though, as an irradiated iguana, it's not really built for digging). Instead of terrorizing the world, all this titan wants to do is eat fish (again, not part of a herbivorous iguana's diet) and raise its young.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on June 20, 2000
Format: DVD
Enormously hyped, with an advertising campaign that ran for over a year, this follow-up to 'Independence Day' had all the explosions and effects of that earlier film, but with none of the charm, or indeed anything else. At all. The absolute apotheosis of the 'big-budget effects movie', 'Godzilla' is quite literally an excuse for a set of CGI / model shots of a big monster tramping around New York. Handled well, this might have been enough, but it isn't handled well - it borrows liberally from elsewhere, and tries for a post-modern, self-mocking tone that fails through a lack of wit. It all seems as if it has been processed through a big mincer, with all the flavour or interest washed-out, just like the gloomy skies in the film. Despite the omnipresent rain and gloom, the effects are well-done - they have to be, as there is absolutely no other reason to watch this film. None at all. There must be a script there somewhere, as I can remember that the story made sense, but I can't remember anything anybody said. The acting is superfluous - I felt sorry for poor Matthew Broderick, as he is quite obviously not supposed to be the star of the film, and I felt doubly sorry for Jean Reno, who is so effortlessly cool that this just falls off him like water off the back of a duck. Of special note is Maria Pitillo as the love interest / spunky heroine - as a shrieking, whining harridan you'll be wishing for her to be eaten from the moment you see her.
The real star, Godzilla itself, is just a big blank slate - you neither feel sorry for the poor beast, nor hate him. Whereas the Japanese version of the monster was charming despite obviously being a man in a suit, here Godsie is just a big effect.
As for the rest of it, what can be said?
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