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Godzilla (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

Matthew Broderick , Jean Reno , Roland Emmerich    DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie's biggest problem is its title. I can't imagine how much money it took for Toho to permit American filmmakers to completely reinvent Godzilla in such an appalling way. As a Godzilla purist, I have to say that the monster in this film is a CGI imposter who has little if nothing to do with the real thing. Godzilla does not have remarkably svelte, feminine legs and he most certainly does not lay eggs - even the son of Godzilla was adopted. I was willing to play along with Toho in 1985 and pretend that all of the Godzilla sequels up to that point never really existed, but I'm not going to accept this Americanized monster as Godzilla. It would have been much better (and probably much cheaper) just to call this thing Reptilosaurus or Freakin' Huge Monster or The Monster That Ate New York - anything but Godzilla.

All my Godzilla issues aside, this really isn't that bad of a movie. This was intended to be a "popcorn" movie, a summer action blockbuster that sought merely to entertain - and I did find it entertaining. Heck, I even liked the French guy, and that almost never happens. Of course, it was the French who got New York into this mess with their atomic tests, but here they actually recognize that a problem exists and do something to rectify the situation - that, even more than the CGI Godzilla's wake of destruction - is how you know this is pure fiction. Matthew Broderick carries the film pretty well as "the worm guy," and that Maria Pitillo is just cute as a button. Harry Shearer's rather needless role as the smarmy local news anchor is interesting only because of the Simpsons connection (apparently, his real voice is that of Principal Skinner).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jmpg
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the original but still good. March 29 2006
Format:DVD
If you are looking for the original Godzilla, this is not it. But if you want a fun, entertaining film than you will like this.
I have this on Dvd but not the special edition. Can anyone tell me if there is any extras on this that aren't on the older release?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just to go with my collection! June 28 2014
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I bought it just to go with my collection of Godzilla movies.
Just as nothing to do with the real Godzilla easy to know why the Japanese where unhappy, it is more a comedy than a monster movie, a very laughable ''zilla'' who almost eats fish like a killer whale, makes you smell is fish breath, digs like a gopher, lays eggs like a turtle(doesn't cover it with sand ,but there still protected buy the roof of the Madison Square Garden) babys that attack and kill like velociraptor, and a''zilla'' that looks like a mutated iguana, ''king of the monster??? '' don't even know if we could name him king of the plastic collections of dinosaur that some kids have in some ways guess it would be insulting for the plastic dinosaur.
It's somewhat okay to look at it, but feel sorry that they wasted so many millions to do it.
It shows that they have learn something cause the 2014 Godzilla is great, not perfect but great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the laugh. May 30 2014
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Entertaining movie, but not a Godzilla movie for sure. A goos MONSTER movie, entertaining and funny. Can watch it again and not get bored. Its just not Godzilla.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad May 12 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie is pretty decent for its time, but I hope the new Godzilla is a much better film to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect May 7 2014
By lilypea
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It was perfect, thanks! It was new, sealed and exactly what the person I gifted it to wanted. :) :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars yup... i remember this movie now. ...
yup...i remember this movie now...so so.
Published 4 days ago by C. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but they should not use Godzilla or Gojira
Just like the movie "Them!" that had an A-bomb in the desert create big ants, this one is the story of an A-bomb set off by the French creating a jumbo lizard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
this is the kind of film for a little bit suspense and like dinosaur. It's a great film with an excellent script. It's a great film and i'm very happy to have bought it. Thank you!
Published 9 months ago by Mme Carole D. Brideau
5.0 out of 5 stars A great flic, just a poor Godzilla flic
I really enjoyed the U.S. Godzilla movie, but I just can't get past it being Godzilla. Great special F/X... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bill F. Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars 4K Optimized, Baby!!!
the actual Blu-Ray isn`t 4k. 4k is 2 times the resolution at 1080p. it`s optimized to make it look better on 4k telvisions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!
I like every actor involved in this masterpiece!
This movie is about monster, but somehow you will be sad watching it hunted & finally destroyed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Catherine Kaminsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla (Special Edition)
We picked this movie because it was fun. It gave us all the elements: funny, suspence, romance, commarodery. The charatures were believable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B L Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Roland Emmerich and co. redeem themselves after independence day
i really enjoyed this movie.the filmmakers took an old premise and
added a new twist:Godzilla in Manhattan.in this movie,Godzilla looks
very realistic. Read more
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