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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVIL!!!!!
I've seen the region 3 disc of this film and I must tell you all. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST GODZILLA MOVIES EVER MADE! The opening credit sequence sets the tone nicely giving close up shots of the monster's skin as if displaying their battle armor. The first battle between Godzilla and Baragon is a great kaiju battle! Godzilla literally knocks through a hillside to battle...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual entry with superb effects -- and superb DVD quality.
REJOICE! TriStar is finally releasing Godzilla films in JAPANESE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES-the way they should be seen. (There's a dubbed version on this disc as well if you still want that childhood feeling of watching a monster movie on Saturday morning). Not only do we get the original Japanese, we also get 5.1 stereo and enhanced widescreen (which is VERY important with...
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVIL!!!!!, December 31, 2003
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This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
I've seen the region 3 disc of this film and I must tell you all. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST GODZILLA MOVIES EVER MADE! The opening credit sequence sets the tone nicely giving close up shots of the monster's skin as if displaying their battle armor. The first battle between Godzilla and Baragon is a great kaiju battle! Godzilla literally knocks through a hillside to battle Baragon killing the people below! Run and hide because he means business! Its just very well filmed and choreographed and the musical score does the film justice. Amazing stuff!

Godzilla has more of a dinosaur-like look to him but I have never seen Godzilla be more evil since the dark and gloomy original. If you like Godzilla then this film is an absolute must have.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaneko Runs This Show, November 15, 2003
This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
Shusuke Kaneko is the man behind the recent trilogy of Gamera films that turned the giant turtle from film camp to excellent cinema. He changed the creature's origin to that of myth and gave the movies a great script, close human involvement, amazing special effects (the last entry rivalling standard effects,) and leaving a breath of wonderful imagination over the series. But Kaneko wasn't done. He wanted to make a Godzilla movie.
With "Godzilla-Mothra-King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack," he has brought everything from that Gamera series to Godzilla. The human drama is interesting, the pain of the Japanese people is realistic, the monsters look great... This very well may be one of the best Godzilla movies yet made.
This is one of the movies that ignores all others except the first. Godzilla appeared in 1954, was defeated, and has not been seen since. However, there are those who believe that the monster will reappear, such as the current Japanese Admiral. A submarine has been destroyed off of Japan, and a submersival has discovered it, as well as catching a glimpse of something's spines beneath the water.
The Admiral's daughter, Yuri, is a reporter for a local tabloid TV station. She believes she may have caught on to something real, but her boss won't let her pursue it. Soon, reports of monsters appearing spread over Japan. An old man tells Yuri that they are the Sacred Beasts, guardian monsters who will defend Japan when Godzilla returns... and boy, does he ever return. No longer the spawn of the atomic bomb, Godzilla is now composed of the souls of those who died in the wars of the Pacific, exacting their revenge for being forgotten.
The story is involving and it's nice to care so much about the humans (for a change in these movies.) But that's not all. Because of the mythic background Kaneko has given the Godzilla monsters, they end up having human souls... and human actions. The monsters no longer act like intelligent animals. Baragon (not in the title, but he's here) plans before attacking Godzilla. Mothra does the same, as well as showing compassion for her fellow beasts. And Ghidorah goes from terror to noble warrior. Godzilla is the best of them. His personality is one of malice and vengeance. He doesn't just wander around tearing things apart. He looks to a crowd of people, his back lights up, and... well, you know what happens. This is the most villainous Godzilla has ever been, even topping the original film in that sense.
As for the monsters' looks, they're hit and miss. Godzilla initially looks somewhat fat and awkward, but as he continues, begins to look powerful and even scary. His eyes have lost their pupils and his mouth is adorned with fangs. Baragon looks great and I love how his ears flare out when he roars. It's a shame he's missing his heat ray, but when crawling on all fours he looks better than when he tackled Frankenstein. Mothra is incredible and is the only one of the monsters to remain looking good completely. Alternating between suit and CGI, Mothra flies realistically and is awesome to behold. Ghidorah is on and off, like the first two. At some points, he is very detailed and looks menacing. At others, he looks fake. I was impressed at his wingspan at first, but then it diminished in suit-form and looked fake. You'll have to judge for yourself.
As for sound, everything is clear and the dialogue is funny and touching at times (I use subtitles though.) The sounds of artillary and destruction are great. The monster roars remain as signature, but with some alterations that help exert their new format. Most pleasantly, Ghidorah regains his original chirp (for the most part) after losing it in his last film with Godzilla.
The only problem with the movie is... well, monster time. By getting so wrapped up in what the humans were doing, I didn't notice time going by. The non-Godzilla monsters are slightly unrepresented, and those uninitiated into the series by other films may be confused about them, even though they shouldn't considering that this is a stand-alone project.
In spite of that qualm, this movie is highly entertaining and involving. It tops all the other recent efforts and certainly shows off the magic that Kaneko has brought to the series. It also managed to save the series, considering that the success of this movie in Japan was the deciding factor in whether or not more Godzilla movies would be made for a while. In light of this fact, I hope Toho gives Kaneko the reins of the Godzilla franchise at least once more. He's certainly proven he knows how to make a great movie out of it.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grey and mean!, March 22, 2004
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H. N. Dohe (My Sanctum Sanctorium) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
This is an interesting episode in the Godzilla saga. Once again TOHO has re-written Godzilla's past. In this story, Big G has not been seen since 1954, but everyone has a funky feeling he'll return one day. And he does. But this time, there are three Guardian Monsters- Baragon, Ghidorah, and Mothra- to stop him.
This is a very mystical film that may be hard to fathom by American audiences. For example, Godzilla is powered by the souls of those who lost their lives in the Pacific War. So he is now a force of vengence, and not a "force of nature" as stressed in previous movies. Bad guy Ghidorah is now a good guy. Baragon is a lame monster. TOHO won't learn- 4 legged monsters just don't work (it's obvious the man inside is walking around on all fours).
One thing that really sets this apart is that Godzilla is seen killing people. Folks get trampled, burned, and buried under rubble and earth by Big G. This Zilla has a bad attitude.
Japanese, with English subtitles. A nice addition to your Big G collection. Now if only they would re-make King Kong vs. Godzilla.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Godzilla movie in 40 years., January 25, 2004
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Wow! What a refreshing new direction to take the Godzilla series in. Godzilla is back and meaner than ever. This can quite possibly be the best Godzilla movie since 1964's Godzilla vs. The Thing. One of the most surprising elements of this film is that is has the look of one of the earlier Godzilla films. I'll explain. The shots of the Japanese countryside with the Fall colors is reminisant of "Ghidrah- The Three Headed Monster". Also, alot of shots during the monster battle scenes are taken from quite a distance away which was another trait of early Toho productions.
The special effects are the best the series has offered with dazzling explosions and colors.
This Godzilla film really sets itself apart from the entire series by being quite different from all the rest. Instead of science fiction it plays its hand at fantasy and it works.
To all serious Godzilla fans this film should always be considered a milestone and a stong contender for one of the best in the series.
If I was to introduce someone to the Godzilla series, I would begin with this.
This is the Sgt. Peppers of Godzilla Movies!!
Enjoy!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kaiju movie, ever!, April 2, 2004
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trashcanman (Hanford, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
This one just blew me away when I saw it. Just freakin' awesome! The only films that even compare, technically, are the 3 Gamera films by the same director. I love Gamera and all, but Godzilla stomps all over him! In this film, Godzilla returns to Japan to avenge those who died in the Pacific War and he has never been meaner. His eyes are pure white, giving him a demonic look about him and his fire breath unleashes all of the power of an atomic blast, mushroom cloud and all. Every time the combined might of the military and the 3 opposing guardian beasts threaten to stop his relentless destruction, the big guy pulls another trick out of his sleeve and just devastates. You will truly cheer for the villain in this film. The lead Japanese actress is adorable and does a great job with her character, and the supporting cast is good as well. I think what impressed me most about this film was Mothra. No longer can you practically see the wire holding her up as her wings slowly flap and propel her at a leisurely pace across miniature sets. This Mothra dodges and swoops between buildings at breakneck speed and even fires stingers from her abdomen. Pretty awesome stuff! The shots of Baragon travelling through the forest are beautifully done as well. Ghidora is the least impressive, but most powerful, of the trio of guardian beasts. Still, the part where he bites Godzilla and shocks him is pretty darn cool. I disliked the ending, but due to the content of the rest of the film, I'm willing to accept it and bestow the highest honor I can give a film of any genre: a five star, absolute must-see rating.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting addition to the Godzilla series, June 19, 2004
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Mark Meloon (Santa Barbara, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Spanning five decades, it's not too surprising that many Godzilla films are rehashes of earlier ones. "GMK - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" is a welcome addition to the series largely because of its original take on the series (as well as some suprisingly impressive special effects). In this movie, Godzilla is the embodiment of the souls of Japanese soldiers who died during WWII and have become sickened by the Japan they fought so hard to save. The Japan of today is decadent and without decency or honor, according to these spirits. Godzilla rises from the ocean to exact revenge.
The undertones of hatred of society are unusually strong in this film but serve to make the film stand out from the rest of the series. A gang of mischevious youth attempt to drown a dog out of sheer boredom only to be entombed by Mothra. Teenagers giggle at how "cute" Godzilla was (whom they have only seen in history books) only to be slaughtered by said lizard in the middle of their joking. The arrival of Godzilla in the 21st century poses a problem for the Japanese military who have re-written history to claim that they successfully destroyed Godzilla in the 50s in order to justify their existance. A housewife scoffs at the idea of interrupting her shopping trip simply because of Godzilla only to be blasted to bits by the monster. A 30-something couple ignores warnings to evacuate in an attempt to take a photo of the approaching Baragon (which they will presembably brag to their friends about) -- a mistake which results in their death at the hands of Godzilla. One cannot help but feel that many of the people who die at the hands of the monsters almost deserve it. Perhaps the souls of the WWII soldiers are on to something...
Japan's protection comes in the form of three mythical monsters -- Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidora -- as well as the Japanese military. Each monster is unique. Baragon features no fancy weapons but is all heart. Clearly outmatched, he fights to the death against Godzilla and you cannot help but be impressed. His bravery stands in stark contrast to the fleeing Japanese populace. Mothra deftly plans her attacks to take advantage of her aerial capability. Ghidora is content to duke it out with Godzilla on his own terms. And the Japanese air force, navy, and army attempt to regain some honor by destroying an enemy they have already claimed victory against.
The SPFX are unusually good for a Godzilla film and the soundtrack features some of the best music of the series since Akira Ifukube. The leading characters, however, are another matter entirely as none of them are particularly likeable. This is a chronic problem in Godzilla films (including the American film) and serves to detract from the potential impact. The final battle against Ghidora drags on way too long (how many times can this creature come back from the dead?). And Toho still doesn't seem to understand that an aerial creature like Mothra would be significantly more effective if it flew faster than Godzilla's ability to blast it with his heat ray. The film's really shinning moment is in Godzilla's rampage through the city, before he engages any monsters, including an inspired choice of a "Godzilla-cam" point-of-view that lets the viewer see the fleeing Japanese populace as Godzilla sees them -- as an infestation of scurrying cockroaches that should be exterminated. As in the earlier film "Godzilla vs. Biollante", the monster battles seem poor compared to the drama of Godzilla vs. humanity.
All that having been said, this film is a refreshing look at the legend of Godzilla. While other films feature Godzilla as a unfair, cruel menace to humanity or as a goofy superhero savior, this film features a vengeful monster who's motivation is not entirely without merit. The film does an interesting job of dancing between condemming humanity as worthy of extermination and praising our species as being compassionate towards others. The main character, Lili, embodies some of this as she takes her father -- a famous war hero -- for granted until she sees him risk his life for Japan. For those who have longed for a Godzilla movie that harkens back to the seriousness of the original, this is about as close to that ideal as Toho is likely to achieve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Rate Godzilla Epic, December 20, 2004
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J. Pinkerton Snoopington (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
"Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" (something simply must have gotten lost in the translation for that title) is arguably the best Godzilla movie of the new 'millennium' series. Godzilla, for the first time since the sixties, is presented as pure evil, and is more effective here than he has been in a long time (even if the rubber suit is a bit more lacklustre than usual). The monster battle scenes, featuring King Ghidorah, Mothra, and the long-forgotten Borodan, are up to the series' recent high standard, and there are some interesting new takes on the monsters' origins. Even if the human plot is decidedly uninteresting, this should still be a must for any Godzilla fan.
The DVD presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The picture is clean and sharp, with only minimal grain and print damage. Like all of Columbia Tristar's recent Godzilla releases, there is a choice between English dubbed/Japanese subtitled audio, which will keep purists happily. Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), there are no extra features other than some trailers for other Tristar Asian movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kaiju Masterpiece, March 22, 2006
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This movie, along with the original uncut Japanese version of Godzilla and the 3rd Heisei Gamera film, can be treated as not only a masterpeice of kaiju films but also of all cinema. This movie captures the soul and darkness of the original, and has the best special effects seen in the series. The monsters are spectacular. This is the most terrifying and powerful Godzilla teh series has seen in a long time. He is cruel, fast, extremely powerful and intelligent. Mothera and Baragon have gotten makeovers as well and look spectacular. King Ghidora looks a tad weak in the movie, and doesn't instill the ssame amount of awe and power he had in earlier movies. The acting from the main characters is great, and the human story is not just made as filler until the next kaiju battle. The script is much better than the quality of the script in the other movies in the Millenium series, and keeps the human story entertaining. I will be blunt: every single kaiju fan owes it to him or her self to see this movie, and even if you aren;t a fan of the genre you will find this movie to be exhilirating and powerful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible DVD, March 22, 2004
This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
I love "GMK." With proper subtitles, it's the best Godzilla movie since the original. A lot of fans complain about the plot because, frankly, it comes across as garbled and silly in the American version. But I think it's a great idea to make Godzilla a possessed creature; it's an effective way to tweak and modernize his character. But sadly, this American DVD cheapens the film's attempts at drama and depth by adding comedy dubbing that does not reflect the original script. Yes, the DVD has subtitles, but they're based on the dub - so they're not accurate either.
Just how bad is the translation? Here's just one example: on the Japanese DVD, one of the soldiers says: "We're not allowed to open fire on Mothra." On the American DVD, he says something on the order of: "Damn, that's a big, flying bug." Sorry, but that's a disgrace; can't we make a serious adaption of these films, or must we turn them into dumb, unfunny farces? Virtually every line has been changed to make the characters seem stupider and more melodramatic. If you like Godzilla because it's stupid, by all means, buy this; but if you like Godzilla because it's good science fiction, pass until a better translation comes out.
No wonder people don't give this movie enough credit - they haven't seen an accurate version! Nice print and all, but in all the areas that really count, this DVD stinks.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual entry with superb effects -- and superb DVD quality., February 2, 2004
This review is from: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (DVD)
REJOICE! TriStar is finally releasing Godzilla films in JAPANESE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES-the way they should be seen. (There's a dubbed version on this disc as well if you still want that childhood feeling of watching a monster movie on Saturday morning). Not only do we get the original Japanese, we also get 5.1 stereo and enhanced widescreen (which is VERY important with a subtitled film when you watch it on a widescreen TV).
As for the film itself: I'll admit I was a bit disappointed, considering that it is the first Godzilla film directed by Shusuke Kaneko, who had done so well with the Gamera series. Kaneko radically alters the science-fiction approach of the last decade of Godzilla films and aims for spiritual/fantasy backdrop. He also drastically re-invents Godzilla, turning him for the first time into pure evil (instead of a destructive force of nature or radiation gone wrong, as in the first movie). This will bother some Godzilla fans and seems a step in the wrong direction. It's just a bit too "out there," and not in keeping with the other films.
Kaneko tends to let the mystical angle of the plot get away from him, often making the story muddled and confusing, and the monster's appearances and reasons for existing just don't seem to mix together. The monster fights aren't as exciting as in the previous "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus," although the effects are tremendous and creative. It's just that the film never shoves itself over the top into the super-thrilling realm that it should. The drawn-out underwater finale also hurts the pacing, leaving us with the human characters for too long when Godzilla needs to be the focus. The electronic music score is also a miscalculation: it's different, but it isn't very exciting.
On the other hand, the film can certainly be furious, and whether you dislike this incarnation of Godzilla or not, he's still cool and incredibly dangerous. The new suit is meant to be a throwback to the 1954 suit, with a few demonic additions (like clear white eyes with no pupils-scary!). The effects are the best ever seen in a Godzilla film. Mothra flies in spectacular ways never before attempted. King Ghidorah looks a bit stunted (his necks should be longer), but he's still the best enemy Godzilla ever faced. And, strangely enough, lesser-known beast Baragon really comes across well. His fight with Godzilla at the film's mid-point is actually the best action scene in the film.
And I will admit: as a one-time re-take on the Godzilla myth, it can be pretty interesting. (The next film, "Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla," gets back to the science-fiction approach.) It's an experiment. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
But hey, it's still a Godzilla films, so fans: grab it now. Casual fans: you might want to see "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" and "Godzilla 2000" first, but I definitely recommend getting this as well. We need to encourage TriStar to give us more! ROAR ON, GODZILLA!
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