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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2003)

Misato Tanaka , Sh˘suke Tanihara , Masaaki Tezuka  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Misato Tanaka, Sh˘suke Tanihara, Masat˘ Ibu, Yuriko Hoshi, Toshiyuki Nagashima
  • Directors: Masaaki Tezuka
  • Writers: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
  • Producers: Shogo Tomiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VAGXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" on IMDb

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Five years after Godzilla(r) terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan's monster nemesis. They have created the world's first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla(r) for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace : giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula . Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus , is also on a hunt for Godzilla(r), needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city'sunderground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus , Godzilla(r), and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction?

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This second film in the unofficial "Godzilla Millennium" series (which followed its return to features in Godzilla 2000) occasionally suffers from dodgy special effects, but the giant lizard puts on enough of a show to please his longtime fans. The premise involves a special anti-Godzilla team's efforts to rid Japan of the atomic menace by means of Dimension Tide, a satellite device that would create an artificial black hole in which to trap the monster. A failed attempt, however, mutates a common dragonfly into a horde of giant prehistoric bugs that evolve into the colossal Megaguirus; the pair naturally face off in a city-wrecking battle while the team works against the clock to repair Dimension Tide and hold Godzilla captive forever. Though his special effects team occasionally lets him down with some shoddy creations (especially the pre-Megaguirus dragonfly swarm), director Maasaki Tezuka (who has since helmed the majority of subsequent Godzilla films) delivers a fun and action-packed feature with an exciting final showdown that should please G-fans. Columbia-Tri-Star's DVD is widescreen and offers a welcome Japanese language track (with English subtitles) for those opposed to dubbing as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. A brace of trailers for other Sony-related sci-fi titles is also included. --Paul Gaita

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The 'Millenium' series, the third Godzilla film series, began in 1999 with "Godzilla 2000: Millenium". It was followed by this film - "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus". The premise involves a seemingly crazy idea: launch a black hole on to Godzilla, absorbing and containing him so he can't stomp on Japan anymore. The idea turns out to be not so crazy after all, and so a test firing is done. Unfortunately, while the test seems successful, it creates a wormhole, mutating a dragonfly and creating a horde of vicious, large dragonflies.

"Godzilla 2000", while fun, was not a spectacular movie. "Megaguirus" is a considerable improvement. Although it has its share of hokey moments (not the least of which is Godzilla leaping four-hundred feet into the air), it features an interesting storyline and a good script, not to mention a terrific score (by Michiru Oshima). The highlight of the film is the opening sequence, in which the story of the original 1954 Godzilla film is re-created using the new suit.

While "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" can't compare to some later entries in the 'Millennium' series - namely "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah" - it's a fine Godzilla movie that should please fans. Be sure to stick around after the credits ...
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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: well, chances are you haven't seen this entry in the series. This is the first time it's been available in the U.S. It immediately follows up "Godzilla 2000," although it isn't really a direct sequel (the history of Godzilla is played around with a bit.) It improves immensely on "Godzilla 2000," offering more Godzilla, more science-fiction gadgets and super-weapons, more wacky science, more monster fights, and pretty much all the rubber-suited butt-kicking you could ever want in a Godzilla film. This one has it all, and the effects are clever and fun. The music is also some of the best to thunder through a G-movie since the sixties.
New Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka is a huge fan of the series, and it shows. This is a fast, fun, fan-pleasing film. And Godzilla is at his best here; a force of lethal destruction, an accidental hero, and someone you do not want to mess with! Godzilla shows more personality here than he has in the last couple of films. You'll root for him and cheer him on during his knock-down drag-out fantastic battle with the baddie monster: a giant insectoid creature called Megaguirus (a spawn from a black hole!).
There are some problems: a few effects just don't work, Godzilla engages in a moment of incredibly silly behavior, and the logic behind much of the science is pretty darn ludicrous.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars G-2000's Moment of Glory!!!! May 1, 2005
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Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus 5 Stars

Over the past fifty years, Japan has suffered untold destruction at the hands of Godzilla, but now Japan may have the weapon to stop him: The Dimension Tide. Unfortunately, the Dimension Tide itself has created a new threat: the monstrous insect Megaguirus, a creature that even Godzilla may not be able to kill. While the fate of the world lies in the hands of a beautiful young military officer and a brash young scientist, the battle for survival begins between the Queen Bug and the King of the Monsters.

(WARNING: SPOILERS:)

Have you ever noticed how divisive G-fans are? No two can ever agree about the same plot point or the same special effects shot. This is both good and bad. It's good to know that they all have their own viewpoints about Godzilla and are not afraid to say so. It's bad though that sometimes these G-fans just seem to hate a Godzilla movie just because it's different and refuse to acknowledge that even a Godzilla film they hate, might still be enjoyed by someone else.

I personally have enjoyed every Godzilla film I have seen to date and refuse to dismiss any of them out of hand.

Now back to the point: Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus rocks!

Yes the movie is silly and illogical, but that's because it ISN'T REALITY! Why anyone would go to see a Godzilla to see reality is beyond me. I take each Godzilla movie by their rules and leave it at that.

I've got to start talking about Godzilla because this review is beginning to sound self-righteous. . . .

The human characters and plots are interesting and logical, nothing that dominates or contributes to the screen over the monsters (as usual).

Now to what's important: the Monsters!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla vs. Megaguirus on DVD February 7, 2004
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (aka Godzilla x Megaguirus) is a spectacular film in its own right. As a homage to the classic showa (1954-1975) Godzilla films, "GxM", as its known in the kaiju fandom, excells in almost every respect. The action-packed plot and pacing coupled with great special effects (most of the time) and believable actors makes for a great godzilla film for the 20th century. As an obsessive Godzilla enthusiast, I enjoyed the film a great deal, and recommend it to all kaiju fans.
Movie Rating: 9 out of 10
As for the DVD itself, the picture quality is astonishing. The widescreen video is sharp and clean. Perfect! The 5.1 dobly digital sound is astoundingly pounding and equally perfect. 28 chapter stops are included as well. But the addition of the original Japanese audio track is what really shines in this release. Unfortunately, the english subtitles for the track are not subtitles at all, but rather "dubtitles" taken almost directly from the dubbed english track of the film. This means that the subtitles are not always completely faithful to the original script. But this doesn't pose too much of a problem as the dub is faithful enough as it is. The only other extras on the DVD are trailers for other Sony DVD releases.
DVD rating: 9 out of 10 (one point deducted for dubtitles)
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My nephew was happy to have this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good godzilla story. giant energy/blood sucking mesquitos? bring it on!
Published 11 days ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla leaps into Action.
This dvd had a much more appealing plot, the action between Godzilla and Megaguiras is terrific. Plus we have a love affair as a side plot, and we have the heroine honoring a debt... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What my son epected
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Riggs
5.0 out of 5 stars which is awesome. You can tell its special effects though because ...
Godzilla wins, which is awesome. You can tell its special effects though because the real Godzilla would smash a monster like Megaguirus really quickly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by croreb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for insect buffs.
I would re-write this one Godzilla vs the Dragonfly Swarm. Pretty good action in this one.
Published 2 months ago by Aaron Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
my nephew like it a lot.
Published 3 months ago by Dan L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good opponent, bad actress
it's Godzilla, what's not to like? Any Godzilla fan will like this one too. The human element once again is just annoying but the monster fight makes up for it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell S
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Published 3 months ago by Havert minor
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler: The Beat Godzilla
I won't tell you how though! Godzilla fight a giant insect in this movie. The plot is actually pretty good for a monster movie. Read more
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