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Godzilla (Monster Edition)

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Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passingwestward 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?

Special Features

  • All new best of Godzilla fight scenes
  • 3 episodes from the "Godzilla" animated series
  • Production art gallery
  • Special effects supervisor commentary
  • "Heroes" music video by The Wallflowers
  • Promotional Featurette
  • Publicity stills gallery
  • Godzilla takes New York with before and after shots

Product Details

  • Actors: Maria Pitillo, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Producers: Dean Devlin
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,034 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KUK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Godzilla (Monster Edition)" on IMDb

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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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I understand all the moaning about how the makers of this film ripped "Alien" off for one part of this film but, come on, Godzilla never looked better than he does here, even in Japanese films made years after this one. He no longer plods along, obviously a man in a clunky suit. He looks like a real, very believable dinosaur in this. My favorite scenes are those in which the old boy is chased by helicopters through the streets of New York. He steps on buildings, jumps through them and makes for a very realistic monster reeking havoc in a real modern metropolis. Those scenes are great!

I also thought the destruction of the Chryslar Building was really well done.

It was fun to see two of the voice-over stars from "The Simpsons" as main characters as well.

I suggest you get over being so picky and view the film as an overall picture, and a very entertaining one with great special effects ta boot!
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I rate this cause I like the actor in this movie. Mathew Broderick did great in this film. I even like the little creatures and the effects. This film comes with features like the making of the film and some Godzilla classic fight scenes. Audio commentary. And a music video called Heroes by The Wallflowers. I may recommend this to friends and family.
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I received this movie in good time. But, I was very disappointed in this because there is NOTHING new in the 'Monster Edition'! Just another way to sell the same DVD. Just different package. Advertising for you. Thought maybe added footage or sound.
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This 1998 version of Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick, was a fun and exciting bit of adventure that kept me watching all the way to the end. I had never seen it before watching on Amazon Prime, so my expectations were not really high; and the movie certainly lived up to what expected. It's a great vehicle for Matthew Broderick's unique style of humor mixed in with action and often-silly intrigue.

[SPOILERS] The film does have its absurdities. The ineffectiveness of modern weapons against a living creature, even one the size of Godzilla, was not at all believable, but then, I expected that so it doesn't really detract from the movie. On the other hand, Godzilla knowing just when to dodge a submarine's torpedoes and then being able to lead the torpedoes to destroy the submarine was just too ridiculous not to throw me out of the story. So was the ending; having one egg survive under Madison Square Garden was completely predictable, but also absurd. Surely after their experience the U. S. Army would have been constantly alert, searching out just such instances and attempting to contain these dangerous creatures. The music played for the final credits was horrendous; must have been selected to clear the theater to make way for the next showing.

And speaking of silliness, I can still hear the Taco Bell chihuahua saying, "I think I'm going to need a beeger box!"
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By virtue of being a Godzilla movie this was an automatic, "Gotta check it out" film. By virtue of Jean Reno being in the movie, that's another "Gotta check it out" marker. Then there was Godzilla designer and supervisor Patrick Tatopoulos (Face Off series). With all this this should have been a grand slam

Matthew Broderick may not be one of the swiftest geese in the flock and adding Vicki Lewis (News Radio) to the mix didn't help matters much in making him look smarter. Kevin Dunn (Transformers) as the Colonel was one of the most unmilitary military characters ever. Michael Lerner (whose credits go back to '69) is one of the worst mayor characters in life. He would have fit in nicely in Animal House! In some ways this movie is just one joke after another and none were meant to be funny.

It seems nobody has a clue about the physics of flying either. Broderick's character is studying a specimen under a microscope in a storm inside a C-130. Now having NUMEROUS hours inside EP-3s and a lot of transit hours in 130s, I can assure you that specimen would not have stayed on the slide long enough to have looked at it much less look away and back to it again. Then let's take a gander at the fisherman who "catches" Godzilla in the b'day. That line would have snapped LONG before the pole was pulled from his hands.

Okay, back to the movie. Godzilla in New York? Why not! There's plenty to eat and loads of places to hide.
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