- 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:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Nov. 3 1998
- Run Time: 139 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 441 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0767817478
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,732 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passingwestward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla(r) then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?
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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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.
This 'monster' edition is in no way as monstrous as it suggests. There have been a few additions to the features, such as a few galleries, three episodes from the cartoon series, a montage of Godzilla's best fight scenes in the japanese movies, and that's about it. The trailers are gone (have to hunt down the first edition to get those), so this is a slight bummer.
Otherwise, I kinda like how bad this is, overall. If you like your monster movies dumb, then this one has it in aces.
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.
I had ordered 7 movies in total (with one on back order) on a Sunday and had them Tuesday morning at my door. Great service!
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