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|Format||Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC, Widescreen See more|
|Contributor||Maria Pitillo, Dean Devlin, Big Fin Productions, Inc.; Centropolis Film Productions; Conquest Productions, Inc.; Slither Films,, Harry Shearer, Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick, Doug Savant, Roland Emmerich, Hank Azaria See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 19 minutes|
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Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing westward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla(r) then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?
As "gigantic monster reptile attacks New York" movies go, you've got to admit that Godzilla delivers the goods, although its critical drubbing and box-office disappointment were arguably deserved. It's a shameless, uninspired crowd pleaser that's content to serve up familiar action with the advantage of really fantastic special effects, and if you expect nothing more you'll be one among millions of satisfied customers. There's really no other way to approach it--you just have to accept the fact that Independence Day creators Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are unapologetic plagiarists, incapable of anything more than mindless spectacle that can play in any cinema in the world without dubbing or subtitles. The whole movie plays out like a series of highlights stolen from previous blockbusters of the 1990s; it's little more than a rehash of the Jurassic Park movies. The derivative script is so trivial that it's unworthy of comment, apart from a few choice laughs and the casting of Michael Lerner as New York's mayor, whose name is Ebert and who closely resembles a certain well-known movie critic. Perhaps that's a clever hint that this movie's essentially critic-proof. It's stupid but it's fun, and for most audiences that's a fitting definition of mainstream Hollywood entertainment. The widescreen Special Edition DVD includes a wealth of bonus materials--audio commentary by the film's special effects supervisors, a "making of" featurette, the Wallflowers' music video "Heroes," a photo gallery, and a variety of features related to this and all the classic Godzilla films from Japan. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : MFR043396231290#VG
- Director : Roland Emmerich
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 19 minutes
- Release date : November 3, 1998
- Actors : Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Doug Savant
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Dean Devlin
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : 0767817478
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
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In short, it is a terrible movie that did a bad job with the story and look of "Zilla".
But looks absolutely gorgeous on 4K.
Most hatdcore Godzilla fans were not jappy with this film but i like it.The quality is fantastic on the 4k
But it all looks quite good on this most recent blu-ray version, rain and all. The included digital code lists a 2016 expiration date and was not recognized by Vudu. However, it went through via the Sony site to MoviesAnywhere. If not interested in that service, you should not ascribe value to the inclusion of the code here.
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The film tells of how after a French nuclear test in the South Pacific an Iguana nest is exposed to the fallout.
Sometime later a Japanese fishing vessel is attacked by a mysterious and very large creature, the one survivor of the vessel will later call the creature Godzilla.
When the attack is reported and giant prints are found Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos (Mathew Brodrick), an NRC scientist, is approached whilst investigating worms at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is asked by U.S officials to investigate the incident.
Nick dismisses talk of a survivor from the Jurassic era but says samples he finds was of an unknown origin.
Soon after, the creature surfaces in New York and though showing little interest in humans causes death, destruction and chaos on a large scale, but what is it looking for?
With the military, police and officials in disarray, only the logic of Nick joined by his ex-girlfriend would-be reporter Audrey (Maria Pitillo) her colleague Victor (Hank Azaria) and French secret-service agent Philippe Roaché (Jean Reno) set about saving the city from the giant creature.
However, they'll find a nest with hundreds of ready to hatch eggs, stopping disaster begins to look more unlikely.
I did enjoy watching the film again in truth though I have to say some of the acting left much to be desired especially in my opinion that of the lead character.
The special effects were with the ongoing destruction of New York were pretty good for the time (1998)
However, the continuity of the 4k upgrade wasn't in my view consistent, sometimes impressive, often not. ....4k upgrade rating 7/10