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King Kong vs. Godzilla [Blu-ray]

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The Terrifying Battle Between The Mightiest Monsters of All Time! The two biggest monsters of all time battle in the thrilling adventure classic, King Kong vs. Godzilla. When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film that was the first theatrical release to bring its larger-than-life contenders to the big screen in glorious color.

Product Details

  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I3C1T6G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Timothy D. Gallagher on April 14, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've seen this movie so many times I could practically spout all the dialogue verbatim. I loved this movie as a kid, and continue to enjoy it well into my old age; I'm just glad to see it finally in the crisp BluRay format.

I am addressing a complaint that I've seen in many other reviews, and one that I have myself: the lack of the Japanese (and, arguably, superior) version of this film. We've gotten spoiled by Sony and other distributors who've put both versions of the Godzilla films on their BluRay releases. The problem with doing that with this film, simply put, is a rights issue. Universal has the exclusive rights to the American version, Toho has exclusive rights to the Japanese version. As far as I understand it, this agreement is perpetual. The agreement also provides that neither studio can sell their version in the other studio's territory/market.

Therefore, fellow fans, the unfortunate truth is you will never see the Japanese version of "King Kong vs Godzilla" for sale in the USA (at least legitimately). You'll have to purchase the Japanese version directly from Japan, and then play it in an all region/region free BluRay player. That's a familiar situation for the longtime Godzilla fan, myself included, who haunted science fiction or comic conventions in order to purchase Japanese VHS tapes, and eventually DVDs, of Godzilla films long before they were ever made available through American companies. You'll have to decide for yourself if that's worth doing in this case.
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I have 3 copies of this movie on DVD, 3 on VHS, and this newest one on Blu Ray. I'm addicted to this movie; it might be silly, but sue me. I watch it a dozen or more times a year, and I let it run (audio only) in my car now and again. Funny. Thrilling. Goofy. I remember the first time I saw it on TV, I was a little kid in the safety of my home, at night, with my mom and dad, and so it's a kind of mental comfort food to me. Some people think it's a disgrace that Godzilla and King Kong are starring in what's essentially a comedic kid's movie, but I say so much the better. Everything about these movies makes me feel good, and this new print is the best it's ever looked. KKvG doesn't seem to have been as well maintained as some of the other movies Toho made, but I can't tell watching this newest one. The sound is markedly better---I watched the DVD, then quick put this new Blu Ray in, and there was a noticable improvement. I have tinnitus, so any difference in audio quality is usually lost on me.
The only thing I wish is for a similar quality version of the Japanese cut. I have one that's pretty good, quality wise, and I love it too, but I'd sure like another of Blu Ray caliber. Get this if you love a good time.
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This is one of the classic Godzilla movies. First Godzilla movie in color, King Kong's fist appearance since his original movie, and the kick off to the Godzilla movies of the 60s and 70s. The movie looks great; nice and clear. Beautiful transfer to Blu-ray.

The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because you're only getting the American version. Just like the original Godzilla King of the Monsters (Japanese version: Gojira) and Godzilla 1985 (Japanese version: The Return of Godzilla), King Kong vs. Godzilla has a lot of extra scenes filmed and added into the American version. So many that they usually delete some of the original Japanses scenes to make room for the American scenes. You watch Gojira and The Return of Godzilla and there's about 30 - 40 minutes of scenes you didn't get in the American version. I would have liked to have seen the Japanese version included in this Blu-ray.
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I will not review the film itself in this review but I will point out that I enjoy the original Japanese version of the film better. In the American version, a lot of the English dub is pure cheese and in some cases not in a good way and there are missing scenes from the Japanese version; and of course added American scenes. But onto the blu-ray. When I first popped in the blu-ray, I was disappointed that there was not a nice menu with scenes from the film playing. But as I got past that, I was stunned at the transfer. The video looks very, very good; much better than Media Blasters' transfer for "Destroy All Monsters". The audio is pretty good too. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and enjoyed watching the film in 1080p. I do recommend this blu-ray. If you must have the original Japanese version of "King Kong vs. Godzilla", it is being released by Toho on blu-ray in Japan in July; with supposedly a new digitally remastered transfer.
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I have mixed feelings about this film. Having seen it when it was first released theatrically in America (I was ten years old) it was a stunning sight to see. I had seen the original Godzilla on TV but this was my first experience seeing the Big G in a movie house in color and wide-screen.
However, entertaining as it undoubtedly is, this American version cheapens the Japanese version with its languidly portentous American-inserted scenes in a movie which was, by the way, intended as a comedy from the get-to, and as a result remains to this day the most-attended Godzilla film of them all.
Having said that, this version is in beautiful color (Hajime Koizumi was the Japanese cinematographer) and the effects are a something of a hit-and-miss affair. Simply put, Godzilla fans tend to love it but Kong fans, well...
Certainly director Ishiro Honda had mixed feelings about making the film and it shows in his direction, uncomfortably balancing between silly comedy and tragic drama.
Some special features would have been nice (documentary, commentary, etc.), but it's hard to pass up the first movie teaming the most famous fearsome monsters of all time (both making their cinematic debuts in color) and is a must-have for the collector.
- Peter H. Brothers, author of "Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: the Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda."
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