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  • Actors: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yu Fujiki, Kenji Sahara
  • Directors: Ishiro Honda
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 21 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY64

Product Description

More visually splendid and imaginatively written than the other Godzilla sequels, this (the fourth in the series) starts when Mothra's gigantic egg washes ashore in Japan, having been dislodged from Mothra Island by a hurricane. Two tiny twin girls (sometimes singing like dual-diminutive Dorothy Lamours) from the island come to plead for the return of the egg by the greedy business guys who bought it for a tourist attraction, but to no avail. Radiation from nuclear testing revives Godzilla from the earth, who proceeds to threaten the egg and the cities, unless Mothra and his larvae hatched from the egg can stop him. The battle sequences between Mothra and Godzilla, and between Godzilla and the larvae, are spectacularly vivid and colorful. The DVD gives you a choice of cropped-frame or letterboxed in terrific Tohoscope, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or Mono, and some more extras. Oddly, the DVD contains no time code, so you never know how far into the movie you are at any given point. It is also available in a boxed set with four of the other best Godzilla flicks by director Inoshiro Honda. --Jim Gay

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 16 2009
Format: DVD
Godzilla films have always had a reputation as being cheap, campy nonsense and are often treated poorly when released on DVD. At least when Classic Media released their new series of Godzilla DVDs they made an effort to treat these films with the respect they deserve but never got.

To start off, Mothra vs. Godzilla is my favourite Godzilla movie, perhaps even better than the original. The special effects are pretty good (keep in mind the film was made in 1964), the story is a fine example of how Toho monster movies of the time set themselves apart from their American counterparts and Akira Ifukube's score is, in my opinion, one of the greatest film scores ever written (up there with the Themes for Star Wars or Star Trek)

The DVD, while much better than previous releases, has some strengths but also some flaws. It's greatest strength is the fact that it marks the first time the original, unedited, undubbed Japanese version was released in North America. The picture quality is pretty good and so is the audio. The subtitles could have been better: one scene the priest prays to the gods to protect the people from any "courses" (I'm sure they mean "curses") but that aside the Japanese version is very good.

Unfortunately if feels like the Japanese version is the only feature Classic Media seems to care about. The edited U.S. version (Godzilla vs. the Thing) is in bad shape, full of scratches, hairs, grain and is cropped to 1.78:1 aspect ratio. After watching the Japanese version in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, watching this version felt like I was watching my old pan and scan VHS copy.

The special features while decent, are somewhat slim. The audio commentary is pretty insightful into the making of the film and it's U.S.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 14 2006
Format: DVD
This film is the best of the sequels from the first Godzilla series. There are touches of humor interspersed in the action, but it is not a silly movie by any means (unlike some of those that followed it). I don't know what it is about Mothra, but he is just a great monster--it is hard to even call him a monster because he somehow manages to emote real emotions. I cannot help but root him on, even against Godzilla. To my eyes, the Mothra special effects are very well done, especially when he directly attacks Godzilla.. Knowing that he (or she?) was using up what little strength he had in order to fend off the big lizard and protect his own egg made me really respect and empathize with him. When his strength was all gone and he came down to earth with one massive wing protectively covering his giant egg, I was actually quite touched.

Of course, you have to love the twins from Mothra Island. They really help make this movie one of Godzilla's best. We don't know why they are so small, but we know their island has been all but decimated as a result of nuclear testing--the traditional anti-nuclear argument is made quite forcefully when our Japanese protagonists visit the island to ask for Mothra's help in defeating Godzilla. What I love most about the twins is their singing--I have no idea what they are saying, but their voices are beautiful. One of the great strengths of this film is the entire musical score, arguably the best of the series.

Sure, the Mothra larvae aren't that impressive to look at, but they get the job done. This movie is somewhat unusual because there really aren't that many scenes of monster battles or wholesale destruction.
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Format: VHS Tape
First the bad: The photographers and the director of this movie were sleeping and in their place they found a bunch of kids with ADD and gave them the cameras. Well that is my theory because of all the Godzilla films this movie has the worst fight scenes. They are analogous to a adult movie when the camera in the middle of the action goes and focuses in on the guy;s butt. Basically when Godzilla was fighting Mothra we saw one random part of Godzilla moving then another part moving then switch over to Mothra and see a part of Mothra moving. All in all it was what made this movie not get a good rating.
Now the Good: The movie was hilariously ironic. Let's say that the evil Happy Enterprises happened to return the egg to Mothra's Island, well then Japan would have been doomed. So maybe evil businesses are capable of good in the long run. Also Happy Enterprises is probably one of the greatest names for a business. All the dialouge was classic. Where did the twins come from; nobody knows.
Also the movie shows a strong anti-nuke message in a not so subtle way. For example the characters on the ravaged island say "this island is reason enough to stop nuclear testing." HINT HINT! The plot like all other Godzilla movies was full of holes and it is also obvious that the Japanease military never learns that tanks are worthless against Godzilla.
For all the Godzilla fans this is a must have, but for the casual viewer pick up a different video.
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I love this movie alot. Even though I get confused, at times, I love this movie. But the story is confusing. This is the key to understanding the story: Battra was created to protect earth. Mothra was created to protect earth`s people. The reason they were enimies is because people were endangering the earth. Why would they be enimies that way? I have no idea!!! But the plot is good, and the monsters look awesome. I really think it was cool on how Battra and Mothra took down Godzilla. Battra uses electric prism lasers. And Mothra uses a combination of poison and wing lightning. Goddzilla moans and falls over. Mothra and Battra pick up Godzilla and fly him out to sea. Must have been several miles. But Godzilla tears a hole in Battra`s neck. Mothra lets go and Godzilla and Battra fall into the sea. Their drop must have been several thousand feet. Then Mothra goes into space to destroy a Meteorite. I do enjoy this movie but I just wish that someone could just strangle those two annoying twin faries!!!
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