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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)
  • MPAA Rating: 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 (432 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767817478
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,063 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

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lance Ashley on April 28 2004
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 Amazon Customer on April 13 2004
Format: DVD
This version of the well known Godzilla story has one advantage over many of its predecessors; its special effects. Godzilla looks like a living creature as opposed to a puppet, and the look of the movie makes a lot of difference.
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.
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Format: DVD
When I watched Godzilla in the theater it was several weeks after the initial panning reviews came out. I felt then that a lot of the criticism was unwarranted. Watching the movie this time around on DVD, I concede that not all the criticism was off base and the movie is certainly a lot less fun. Some of that is the filmmakers' fault (it's too long, Godzilla's size and weight seem inconsistent, assorted plot holes), but some has to do with things that have happened since the movie was made. In a post-9/11 world, watching New York City come crashing down is a lot less enjoyable. And since Gene Siskel's passing, the parody of him and Ebert feels cheap and mean-spirited (granted, it was likely heartfelt at the time, but as a legacy piece it just grates me).
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.
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Format: DVD
When Godzilla was first created, Toho Studios just cancelled a major historical epic. They needed something fast. The legend of the Whale-Ape came up and Godzilla was born (Gojira to many). Not a lot of thought went into the creature. In this US version I think the problem was that too much thought went into the creature.
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.
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