The Simitar two-sided dvd contains a fullscreen version
on one side, and a so-called "theatrical" "letterbox" version on the other.
WARNING: The "letterbox" version is misleading - it's not in true widescreen at all. The top and bottom of the picture was merely chopped off, a fact which becomes painfully obvious when comparing scenes of this version with the "fullscreen". But there are some decent extras on this dvd nonetheless, such as the documentary on movie monsters, and the Godzilla art gallery.
The Sony "Classic Media" dvd release contains the fullscreen version, and virtually no extras, when compared to the Simitar edition. But having found it in a bargain bin for $5, it was an okay deal, with the quality of the movie itself comparable and seemingly slightly better (such as it is, scratches and all) than the Simitar release. Skip the Dolby-Surround sound options on both releases - the Dolby mono is a bit clearer and less distorted.
This classic movie deserves far better treatment on dvd.
C'mon big shot video producers/sellers - if you put the original "Gojira" with English subtitles on dvd,
people will buy it. Maybe pair it up with the second
"Fire Lizard" feature.