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Product Details

  • 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: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Japanese
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (987 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767817443
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Godzilla is back an expertly designed theme park ride of a movie that packs nonstop thrills. One jaw-dropping scene after another, the film never loses momentum or its human scale.

Customer Reviews

So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
If a studio is going to make a film about a classic monster, due some research first and be respectful toward the character and his meaning and symbolism.
Justice For Humanity
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

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135 of 173 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on November 11, 2003
Format: DVD
Sometimes you can view a flick that is just so godawful that it suddenly becomes funny and entertaining. But this is not the case here. The writers - and man are they in need of some remedial script classes - attempt to take the whole stupid thing seriously but what can one say when the star of the movie walks like a drunk T-Rex and has no lines?
Hokiest science around - radiation caused something to happen to Godzilla. There's baby zillas lurking around the edges. Anyway, skip all the "scientific explanation" (LOL) and let's get to the attack on New York City. A befuddled Matthew Broderick is paired with other actors who look as embarrassed as the rest of us who have paid $7.50 to get insulted. Needless to say, he did not break a leg hyping this particular little flick and it appears he is trying to hide.
It is just so bad - the CGI fight scenes are pure boredom, the dialogue so bad it's good (I contradict myself there) and the conclusion so lame you wish once again that Godzilla had won and destroyed Gotham. THis is a catastrophe that will somehow make a lot of people a lot of money - Go figure.
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15 of 20 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is a disgrace to the Godzilla name. I was so stoked when I saw the first preview of it. but it turned out the preview was the best thing about the movie. Essentially, the filmmakers took all that was appealing about Godzilla in the first place (i.e. near-indestructibility, godlike-fearsomeness, radioactive breath) and chucked it out the window in favor of a more "modern" approach. Which may have looked great on paper, and even in film clips, but all the special effects in the world can't disguise the fact that the filmmakers TURNED GODZILLA INTO A GIANT CHICKEN!!!!!!! I mean, for crying out loud, he does nothing but run away for most of the time he's on camera. He is not threatening, he is not fearsome, and he certainly does not evoke the spirit of the Godzilla of old. I sure didn't give a damn about what happened to any of the characters in the film, as their reactions were more like riding a roller coaster that if a fearsome monster were about to devour them. The filmmakers had to attempt to inject a little more menace by introducing a ludicrous plot about the big-G being an egg-producing machine, I suppose to bring the horror to a more "personal" level, but all they ended up doing was ripping off Jurassic Park. And the ending was a travesty. C'mon, the Godzilla I know would have knocked those jet fighters right out of the sky and dared the millitary to send more! Sadly, this isn't the Godzilla I knew and loved, but a coporate lackey whom was altered in an attempt to please the majority of the movie-going public. This could have easily been the G-movie to end all G-movies. Sadly, Godzilla will have to work long and hard to erase those images of him running pell-mell through the city to escape the threat of helicopters a fraction of his size. A giant chicken indeed.
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