Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ! / Ebirah: Horror of the Deep ! [Blu-ray]
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Kraken Releasing delivered the goods. The transfer on this disc is nice and clean. Nothing on this disc comes off as out of place, sloppy or unprofessional. The colors are bright and vibrant, which makes it pleasant on the eyes. A part of me however wishes that they would've used the original Japanese credit sequence instead of the international title sequence, but at the same time it's very trivial, for I feel it doesn't ruin how beautiful the transfer is.
The audio quality is very nice as well. Both the Japanese and English audio tracks are mastered into DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono. Despite sounding a bit boxy at certain points, both tracks come off very smooth, with no signs of damage. The volume on the English audio track is lower then the Japanese audio track, but not by much, and they're both pleasing to the ears. The Japanese language gives the option of subtitles.
The only extra on the Blu Ray is a Theatrical Trailer to the movie with subtitles. Nothing too special, but still a nice bonus that the Sony DVD didn't include.
It may be a budget buy considering that there isn't much in the way of special features, but I'd say that it's a good budget buy that's worth picking up if you don't have the Sony DVD, and can't afford it. Kraken Releasing also released this and their other two Godzilla movies on DVD as well, so incase you don't own a Blu Ray player, you have an alternative. I recommend it.
I'm not going to comment on the quality of "Ebirah: Horror Of The Deep" (better known in the US as "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster") too much, seeing as how others have done so more effectively than I ever could. Suffice to say it's a fun little Bond-inspired Godzilla flick from the 60s, a time when the franchise started taking itself less seriously but hadn't yet devolved into the total camp of the seventies. If you are a Godzilla fan and haven't seen this movie yet, you should.
The big question for those who HAVE seen this movie is this: should I buy this new DVD release from Kraken Publishing, especially if I already own the old 2004 Sony DVD? The answer to this is: yes, and sure, if a slight upgrade is worth the money to you. Let me explain. This is a perfectly adequate DVD presentation of this movie. In many ways it is the same DVD as the ten-year-old Sony disc (which was a good video and audio presentation of the movie). Both the Sony and the new Kraken versions use the exact same International print of "Ebirah", meaning that the title and credits are given in English instead of Japanese. The colors are exactly the same. The print damage that occasionally shows up is exactly the same. The picture on the Kraken DVD *is* slightly sharper, but that is the only visual difference. The audio - both the English and Japanese mono tracks - are exactly the same. Even the subtitles use the same translation (although they do look slightly different). The only big difference between this disc and the old Sony disc is the fact that the original Japanese trailer is included as an extra... also there aren't ads for other DVDs before the main menu (so kudos for that).Read more ›
THOUGHTS: A sentimental favorite out of all the G-films, as it was the very first one I ever saw.Read more ›
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Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster / Ebirah Creature of the Deep = a *4* star Movie!!!! Because Mothra makes a guest appearance.Published 9 days ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
I have 28 Godzilla films to date, and this one's shaping up to be one of my favorites.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Ham
Originally Godzilla VS the Sea Monster. Pretty good transfer, though the English dubbing is not the same if you saw this on TV years ago, or saw it on VHS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rain Spectre
While a lot of people may complain about the lack of Godzilla in this film, I find it to be one of the most well-rounded flicks that he's featured in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EpsilonX
Love this movie!!! Same one I watched growing up, but I think those were in black and white. Classic Godzilla.Published 1 month ago by Capt. Aloha
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