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Mothra vs. Godzilla [Import]

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: April 3 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY64
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 100 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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By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 18 2011
Format: DVD
Mothra VS.Godzilla(released April/64) was the fourth in the Godzilla series.Classic Media presents the original Japanese version along with the US version.I always have found the original Japanese versions in this series much more compelling than the US versions as they emphasize the origin/cause of the monsters much more(nuclear testing)and the plots are filled out much better.
This story involves the washing up of a giant egg onto the shores of Japan.An unscrupulous business man purchases the egg and sets about to exploit its upcoming hatching...of whatever it is going to be.However two diminutive representatives from Infant Island arrive;a place that has been devastated by the outside worlds testing of atomic weapons and their uncaring attitude in general.The local populace there worship the creature called Mothra and it seems these two short ladies are there to retrieve what is really in fact Mothra's egg.
Of course greed for a short time wins the day and the egg is put on display in a park for all to see.The girls messages fall on deaf ears and Godzilla,who was also washed up near the coast in the storm,emerges from the water and starts on a rampage.Mothra who comes looking for her egg also discovers her old nemesis and both begin a prolonged fight.Godzilla gets the upper hand and Mothra falls dead onto her egg.The egg,with the help of the two reps from Infant Island,hatches and out comes two of Mothra's offspring...caterpillars.Both immediately crawl into action and in their pitched battle with Godzilla they finally manage to cover him from head to toe in a thick webbed substance.This causes Godzilla to fall into the sea and flee.
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