- Actors: Misato Tanaka, Shôsuke Tanihara, Masatô Ibu, Yuriko Hoshi, Toshiyuki Nagashima
- Directors: Masaaki Tezuka
- Writers: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
- Producers: Shogo Tomiyama
- Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitles: English, French
- Dubbed: 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 : General Audience (G)
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Jan. 27 2004
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000VAGXK
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Five years after Godzilla(r) terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan's monster nemesis. They have created the world's first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla(r) for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace : giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula . Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus , is also on a hunt for Godzilla(r), needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city'sunderground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus , Godzilla(r), and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction?
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The "Story" if you can call it that is pretty ludaris even for a Godzilla Film... a lot of "stupid-ness" takes place: Example, the begining has some G-Graspers attacking Godzilla with bazooka's (pointless). If the whole idea of making a Black Hole gun to suck Godzilla in is not crazy enough - the point of the G-Graspers keeping it "Top Secret" doesn't make sence... neither is testing it near a residential area... Is Godzilla going to watch the news and find out?
If your a G-Fan like me then you'll probably get this just to add it to your collection.... but if you just want to see a really good Godzilla movie take a look at GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack(amazing directing) or Godzilla 2000.
The plot is very good, and it plays out very nicely at a pretty fast pace. This movie is part of the Millennium Series of Godzilla films. Each movie of this series rewrites Godzilla history, acting as though no other Godzilla movies ever happened except for the very first. You probably already know all about it, but I will go into a short summary. Godzilla attacked Japan in 1954 (in the first Godzilla movie), reappeared in 1966 when Japan built it's first nuclear power plant, then showed up in 1996 to attack the first plasma energy plant (which was supposed to not attract him). Then, in 2000 (the present, for this movie), a team called G-Graspers builds a cannon called Dimension Tide which can fire an artificial black hole (for sucking up Godzilla). While testing it on an abandoned building, a 6-foot dragonfly called a Meganula comes through to our dimension and lays an egg. Godzilla returns again, and the egg hatches a huge swarm of Meganula, which transfer their energy to their queen, the Godzilla-sized Megaguirus. A climactic battle ensues, and Dimension Tide is ready to go. Who will come out on top, Godzilla, Megaguirus, or the humans? I found this movie to be very entertaining. It kept my interest throughout the whole thing.
The acting is well done and the characters are likeable. The actors and actresses portrayed their characters effectively. And the too-often-ignored actors in the monster costumes did a good job, carrying out their choreography and displaying body language during the fight sequences. I still wonder why Toho felt it necessary to, yet again, have an annoying little boy as a character, but he thankfully doesn't stay long.
The dubbing is...well...it's different. The good news is that the translators didn't just read their lines but rather showed emotion in their voices. The bad news (there's always bad news with dubbing) is that there are only three or four translators. So many characters noticably had the same voices. And why does the JAPANESE couple that the Meganula kills speak with AUSTRALIAN accents?! And another thing, will these people PLEASE stop calling the Big G "Godziller." Come on. GODZILLA! GODZILLA! It's not hard to say!
The special effects are top-notch for a monster movie. The monster costumes are well-designed and look realistic. The miniature cities are real-looking and crumble believably. The Dimension Tide's firing of a black hole was particularly effective, looking amazingly cool through CGI (actually real-looking CGI, which is rare in Toho movies). The only problem with the effects is during the sequence where Megaguirus first appears and attacks the flooded city at night. About half the time during that sequence you can see all the wires that are holding the Megaguirus animatronic up. It's also puzzling because it's so easy and common for wires to be erased from the final print of the film, and I wonder if they just forgot to do this. Fortunately, the wires are NOT visible after that sequence. There's also some pretty weak CGI Meganula, missiles, trains, etc. But other than that, the effects are good, especially the CGI Godzilla swimming underwater.
The music and sound effects are terrific. The music includes both an excellent new theme for Godzilla, an exciting theme for Megaguirus, a slow theme for the Dimension Tide, and the classic Godzilla theme. The sound effects are equally nice. Godzilla's roars include both his 90's sound and the newer, deeper roar established in Godzilla 2000 (thankfully without the TriStar Godzilla's cry). Megaguirus' screech sounds very cool, as does her high frequency wing attack.
As for DVD features, it's actually not bad. The only bonus features are trailers, which are always nice. But it would have been better if there were more, a behind-the-scenes documentary would be particularly welcome. A very good DVD trait is the widescreen presentation, with the original 2.35:1 screen size available for view. But what really gives this DVD it's due credit is the option of both the original Japanese spoken language with English subtitles OR English dubbed spoken language, both on the same DVD.
Overall, this is a wonderful Godzilla movie. It's serious and action-packed. There's also a dash of camp to the fighting (as with Godzilla jumping straight up in the air and doing a body slam on Megaguirus which must be seen to be believed). Anyone can enjoy this movie. It's not just for die-hard Godzilla fans like myself. Anyone can get into it and be entertained by it. This is the kind of Godzilla movie that makes Godzilla look cool, the way he was meant to be.
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