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IMPROVEMENT OVER THE DVD'S
on May 11, 2014
As you would expect, the picture quality on bluray is an improvement over the DVD, as is the sound. Both films are presented in widescreen and have both Japanese and English audio tracks. While Mechagodzilla does not have the original Toho logo at the beginning (it utilizes the same Tri-Star Pictures opening that the DVD did), the film does have the complete end credits sequence with the credits themselves translated into English, much better than the abrupt fade-to-black the DVD had. Space Godzilla does likewise with its closing credits, and it keeps the Toho logo at the beginning. The subtitles on both movies are direct transcripts of the English language track, which means at times they stray from accurate translations of the Japanese dialogue (at least compared to the subtitles on the Universe region 3 DVD's). In a few instances this can be annoying, especially if you're used to the correct translations, but for the most part it can be forgiven; if you've never watched the region 3 disks, you probably wouldn't even notice. In the end, these make worthwhile replacements for the previous DVD releases, and are a real treat if this is your first time buying these films in any format.
For those who have never seen the movies and are looking for a content review: Mechagodzilla is simply the best of the Heisei series of movies, if not the best of any of the series. It's crammed with monster action, and it also presents some compelling human drama. The special effects are dazzling, and the battle scenes are fun to watch. If you only buy one of the new bluray sets, this is the one to choose. Space Godzilla also has dazzling effects, but the storyline can get a little muddled and confusing, the dialogue--even in Japanese--has a few silly lines to it, and the battle sequences, while enjoyable, could have used a little more pop. Ifukube's score is sorely missed here. Little Godzilla is cute, but he was obviously designed with the toyline in mind. This time Miki Saegusa is the female lead, and Megumi Odaka gets to showcase her acting chops and shine in the role.
Hope this answers all your questions and helps you make the decision to buy. You won't regret the purchase.