Godzilla [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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GODZILLA - Blu-Ray Movie
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. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, other than its digital Godzilla, this movie has little to recommend it. The characters are not especially likable; Nick Tatopolous (Matthew Broderick) is unrealistic as the scientist that saves the world; the love interest, Audrey, adds nothing to the movie. Other characters (the head of the army, the mayor of NYC, "Animal" the cameraman) are also badly cast, played, and/or written.
Perhaps the biggest failing of Godzilla, though, is its length. First Godzilla must be defeated; doing so takes at least an hour and a half. After which, Godzilla's hundreds of raptor like offspring must be blown up and lastly, the resurrected Godzilla must be destroyed once again. After each victory viewers are cheering for the end of the movie; twice they are let down before the movie finally, after over two and a half hours, comes to an unsatisfying close.
Filled with rain, explosions, lizards, and the destruction of NYC, Godzilla is a good flick for hard-core action fans who love the Great Green Reptile, aka Godzilla himself. But for the rest of us, its a poorly made take on an overused idea.
There are some decent extras on the DVD, though. The commentary by members of the F/X team is good, as is the video, "Heroes," by The Wallflowers. The movie trailers are well done, and took me back to the time when I anticipated great things from the film. The featurette is above-average, mainly because of Harry Shearer's narrative skills.
This isn't a great film (neither were the originals), but the effects are nice to look at. I've found it enjoyable to have playing in the background while I'm doing other things. I can watch a scene or two, then go do other things, and come back later for another few. Taken in one sitting, though, it's just too long and over time my interest wanes.
If you like effects-laden movies, this one has some scenes that are real doozies. How well it retains your attention - or whether or not it wears you out with the non-stop chase sequences - will, of course, vary from one viewer to the next. As a low-priced DVD it's not a bad purchase, even if you only watch it once in a great while.
Godzilla has sprung from a monitor lizard and French nuclear testing. The monster travels to New York City where it tries to nest and procreate.
The US Military and the French Secret Service are trying to stop it. One openly and one covertly. Nick Tatopoulos (Broderick) gets caught up in both attempts.
When I first saw this movie, I had just crushed both of my thumbs just an hour earlier. The movie was so gripping that I didn't notice the pain. But this movie is NOT Godzilla. Yes they call it that, but it isn't. It is, however, a wonderful giant monster film.
The film is loaded with wonderful details. A favorite is hearing Godzilla stomping in the distance and seeing a television in the corner with Barney jumping up and down. Another is a take-off of the three-barrels scene from Jaws. Other films also pop up either directly, like the clip of It Came From Beneath The Sea, or staged like a scene from Casablanca.
The makers of this film did a wonderful job of making a movie, but they did a lousy job with the concept of Godzilla.
The disc has some nice extras including some of the teaser trailers for the movie (but not the new years one), a music video, stills, production featurette, a mocumentary, and more.
Again, it would have been a huge success had the main character gone by a name other than Godzilla.
Most recent customer reviews
To bad NO SEQUEL,but none the less,fun to watch on a rainy evening.Published 2 months ago by emile caron
This is the best of all the Godzilla movies I've seen. Great cast and some of the one-liners are a hoot. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan D from BC
OK movie, modern vision of an old concept. This one won't become a classic, but still I like that kind of movie and it reminds me when I was young. Read morePublished 8 months ago by tornitons
it came quickly and in good repair, I like this rendition of the movie Godzilla the best. Thank youPublished 10 months ago by Beverley Gallagher
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