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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: Cary Woods, Dean Devlin, Kelly Van Horn
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 1998
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767817478
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,767 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Broderick/Reno/Pitillo ~ Godzilla


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. The widescreen Special Edition DVD includes a wealth of bonus materials--audio commentary by the film's special effects supervisors, a "making of" featurette, the Wallflowers' music video "Heroes," a photo gallery, and a variety of features related to this and all the classic Godzilla films from Japan. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmpg on July 11 2004
Format: DVD
Whether or not you perceive him as a hero or villain, there's no doubt that Godzilla has become a global name. The old Godzilla movies have always been known for their outlandish storylines, cheesy special effects, fake costumes and sets, and overall lack of realism. But in the end, they were still surprisingly entertaining. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich try to achieve that same notion with their own version of the monster. The 'campy but fun' formula worked well with the old Godzilla, but it fails miserably with this one. The old Godzilla movies may have been cheesy, but at least they aspired to be good, fun and charming. They weren't shallow and soulless and all were made with a technique that worked. You can tell the filmmakers tried. Too bad it's not the same case here.
It's difficult to watch this movie and not compare it to the original Toho creation. The Toho Godzilla movies featured gibberish plots and obviously fake laughable production, but at least they didn't insult your intelligence. This Godzilla film showcases absolutely no hint of logic, especially regarding the size of the creature. We can see Godzilla towering over New York's tallest skyscrapers yet it can fit in the subway tunnels and evenly distribute eggs inside Madison Square Garden. As usual, the military is always determined to destroy a monster in a monster movie, but here they are made to look like a bunch of bumbling idiots, always being outwitted and losing track of a creature that size in Manhattan. Godzilla has the ability to breathe fire, yet he doesn't even use it. The characters serve no purpose here except to witness Godzilla get assaulted and killed. It's one ridiculous action scene after another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25 2004
Format: DVD
The one important thing that the producers of GODZILLA failed to address in the film is that Godzilla is supposed to be a force of nature. The original and all the other japanese versions always addressed that fact and all involved in this American version completely missed the point. These were the makers of ID4 who went all out to destroy the world. Instead of destroying New York City, Godzilla is basically running loose like an unchained dog. The premise is set up well, if not predictably, with just a slight hint of anti-nuclear message. Also, all the characters are conventional from Matthew Broderick's scientist Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (many thought he was miscast), to Jean Reno as the French Gov Agent (who thinks he can pass as an American by chewing some gum). There is the lame sub-plot of news reporter Audrey Timmonds (Maria Pitillo), being the ex-girlfriend of Tatopoulos/Broderick for sake of a love story. The humor does not fit in with the subject matter (i.e. what's the idea of having characters who look and have the names of Siskel and Ebert doing in the film?). The CGI is seamless a'la JURASSIC PARK (as all the baby Godzilla's look and act like 'raptors')but the creature itself (Godzilla) has no personality whatsoever. Overall, a forgettable movie with high production values and a decent cast, but in its final execution, fails miserably. Somehow the original movies with the guys in the rubber suits don't seem as bad.
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Format: DVD
It's been almost six years since this film came out back in 1998. I can remember the very first TV Spot on television around New Years. As a HUGE Godzilla fan I was excited to say the least. And I must tell you, when it finally came out I wasn't dissapointed, and to this day I still feel the same way.
It's a darn shame that this film gets blasted like it does.
There are a couple of main issues critics and Godzilla fans have with the film. The story and the monster itself, 'Godzilla'.
If you look back at all of the original Japanese Godzilla flicks, you aren't going to find a great (not to mention BELIEVABLE) story or plot. I realize this, even being a fan of all things Godzilla. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's 'Godzilla' atleast, in my opinion, had the audience believing what was going on up on the screen. The story may not be 'The Godfather', but c'mon, this is a giant monster movie!
And what was wrong with the new Godzilla look? Nothing. If you get two action figures, one being a model of the original Godzilla from the Japanese series and a model of the new American Godzilla and put them side by side you will find differences but both are remarkably alike in alot of ways. They both have the spikes, gigantic size, and have that famous roar. The major differences being the skin color, face, and longer legs. I loath it when people bring up how they shouldn't have changed Godzilla's look. I mean, I love the old Godzilla look, it may be silly to some, but to me it's still cool. But it would NOT have worked for this film at ALL. If they had made the American version with a man in a suit and had him flying around on his tail kicking monsters, it would have ended up being viewed as something to laugh at here in the U.S.
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By BIG MATT on April 17 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Godzilla was born in the heart of a nuclear blast, a terror of mankinds own creation come back to unleash the fury of a nature plagued by the disease called humanity. Only one thing could destroy the monster, another terror of mankind's hands, the Oxygen Destroyer. As a terror greater than Godzilla himself comsumed the monster, it let out one more terrible screech and the flesh was melted from his bones.
Godzilla spawned 27, soon to be 28 sequels, and plenty of spin-offs. All of those sequels were great in there own respects. Older folks probably grew up watching "King Kong vs. Godzilla" and "Destroy all Monsters," and many of the "Showa" series starting in 1954 and ending in 1975.
However, in 1998, a remake of the original film was made in America. Godzilla 1998, commonly known among fans as GINO (Godzilla In Name Only) was absolutely horrible for a Godzilla film. The monster who is the main event doesn't look, act, or remind me in the slightest way of the Godzilla we all know and love. GINO has great SFX, sure, but the FX are nothing but a cheap way for getting us to "Oooh and "Aaah" our way into buying that the movie is actually good. This film doesn't deserve the title of Godzilla, and should not even be considered a Godzilla film. The ONLY reason I gave this movie two stars was because of the fact that it was a generally good monster movie, even though it was terrible compared to most Godzilla films (with some exceptions such as "Godzilla's Revenge" and "Godzilla vs. Megalon")
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