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Godzilla (Monster Edition) (1998)

Matthew Broderick , Jean Reno , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (812 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (812 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,780 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

Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno. Godzilla came roaring back into theaters in the year 1998 as the world was introduced to a whole new version of everybody's favorite giant lizard. With an all-star cast and mind-blowing special effects, this Godzilla is more roller-coaster thrill-ride than monster movie. Either way, it's a heck of a lot of fun. 1998/color/139 min/PG-13.

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97 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to make the Big Guy proud June 16, 2005
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
2.0 out of 5 stars GODZILLA: Better Off Dead! August 19, 2003
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Video Quality, Fantastic Surround Sound April 10, 2012
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
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars What a Rip-Off
Americans should only hope that they do not do more torture to the great Japanese Godzilla again when it comes out with the 2014 version in a few weeks. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Thomas M. Kensil
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh- my kid loved it.
This is not the Godzilla you grew up with. This CGI version is disappointing. It's hard to accept Matthew Broderick as any kind of action hero. The story is all over the place. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bad Bart
3.0 out of 5 stars “Godzilla Mastered In 4K” – A Review Of The 4K BLU RAY Version…
The problem with special-effects films like "Godzilla" is 'age' - and in 2014 ("Mastered In 4K" or not) - 1998 seems like a very long time ago. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mark Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have left it up to Toho...
Weak American adaptation of a cult classic. Chickenzilla was better off at the bottom of the Pacific. Don't waste your time.
Published 11 days ago by Antonio Redding
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great
Bought this to go in my incoming Zavvi Steelbook, only to find the Zavvi one is also mastered in 4K, no probs will just flog it when it arrives. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Steve. R .Young
1.0 out of 5 stars Second Worst Godzilla movie in the series. Spoilers
I got this movie for a buck at a usedbookstore thinking it might not be as bad as I remember it. The movie comes close to being worse than Godzilla's Revenge which says something. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cagneyfan67
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD came as advertised
My 2 boys absolutely love this movie and cannot wait for the remake to come out this year. DVD came on time, new as advertised.
Published 18 days ago by Mitch R
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Honestly I do not see why this movie keeps getting bad reviews. I watched it when I was little in theaters and still do now. Really good movie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jonathon Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite
It's a movie, you like it or you don't. It arrived on time and undamaged, still in all its wrapping and seals.
Published 24 days ago by bethanie schweigart
4.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Mastered in 4 K
I bought Godzilla when first released on DVD and didn't mind it , A good entertaining show with lots of action stunts , special affects by Patrick Tatopoulos who created Aliens &... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lou Scrobogna
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