Godzilla [Blu-ray] [2014]

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Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3225 out of 3465)

Special Features


  • Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravles the massive cover-up to keep Gozilla's existence a secret in
  • Operation: Lucky Dragon
  • Monarch: The M.U.T.O. file
  • The Godzilla revelation
  • Plus, get the lowdown on this legendary monster in Gozilla: Force of Nature

Synopsis


Godzilla
The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it's his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He's right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He's just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a "MUTO" is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind's only hope for restoring the balance of nature. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Ford Brody
  • Elizabeth Olsen
    Elizabeth Olsen - Elle Brody
  • Bryan Cranston
    Bryan Cranston - Joe Brody
  • David Strathairn
    David Strathairn - Admiral William Stenz
  • Ken Watanabe
    Ken Watanabe - Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Let them fight!

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    Dval
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    Been a huge Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember. Have all of the originals on VHS and I've been buying all of them up as they come out on DVD/Blu-ray. Sadly, I no longer have the destructible New York City to go along with the figures that can shoot missiles. Needless to say, I love Godzilla. This version was a huge opportunity for the West/Hollywood to undo the atrocity that came out in 1998. And it does a hell of a job, too! The special effects take the cake in this one in terms of rendering an incredibly life-like experience that puts you right there in the mix of things. The camera angles are almost all done from a "realistic" angle of where a human would be rather than just going for that perfect shot to display everything going on in the battles. At first, I wasn't a huge fan of the new design for Godzilla, but it really works. The larger, whale/gorilla-like form goes well with his pace and movements. He's got a bit of a human touch as well. The only downside I can really think of is the lack of direct screen time for the big guy. I was slightly disappointed after seeing the movie on opening night because he wasn't in it more, but Edwards really did a great job with how he handled the action. He keeps building up the expecations throughout until the end when the action really takes off. You don't hear Godzilla roar near as much as in the older movies, but it has a huge impression each time that he does. I get the chills every time it happens! I highly recommend watching the extras if you have the time. The first set, you can skip, though. They just rehash scenes from the movie with actors monologuing in the background. Really doesn't add anything. The second set goes into the making of the movie from the designs, storyboards, set construction, and more. It's almost an hour for the 4 of them, but I really enjoyed watching them all. Fantastic movie for anyone in my opinion. Whether you like action movies, monster/kaiju films, or just enjoy a solid movie, check this one out. If anything, watch it for Godzilla's finishing move. Pretty epic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very good reboot of the 1954 original

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    MichaelO
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    I remember being taken by surprise in 2010 with a small Mexican made film called “Monsters.” I loved the movie and here is the same director (Gareth Edwards) making only his second feature film. A big difference is a much larger budget and a cast of A-list actors. Godzilla movies go back, of course, to the original 1954 Japanese film (“Gojira) which was followed by a series of bad sequels including the 1998 Roland Emmerich flop. With the exception of Aaron Taylor-Johnson who plays Ford, the son of nuclear scientists, none of the actors really do much but stand around in awe or in the case of Ford’s dad (Bryan Cranston), rant excitedly. Sandra (Juliette Binoche), doesn’t stick around long. Ford’s wife Elle is played by Elizabeth Olsen but she is relegated to fits of worry about her hubby. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are the scientists who originally discover there are sleeping giants under the sea. Essentially, the film is a modern day reboot of the original in most respects. Earthquakes destroy a nuclear facility in Japan, but the fallout is mysteriously contained for 15 years. Then giant creatures are unearthed called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). Heck, I identified them. Remember Mothra? There are 2, one a male, can fly. The other one is larger and a female and she has an incubator full of babies ready to burst. Godzilla, who appears to be an island in the Pacific (seriously), arises from a deep slumber and is hungry for a MUTO sandwich. Dr. Serizawa’s (Watanabe) take on this whole event is to allow Godzilla to go after the MUTOs unencumbered. He has concluded that they are natural enemies. As they move toward the U. S. and their nuclear arsenal (which the monsters love to eat), the American military devise a plan to blow them all to smithereens with an H-Bomb. While there is a satisfactory lead up the big gunfight at high noon, the movie really gets rolling when the big boys go at each other. To be clear, these are some big scary monsters. These guys aren’t King Kong big or T-Rex big, they are skyscraper big. The idea of creating such large creatures is genius. They aren’t necessarily even evil. They are just big darn animals and they knock down stuff in their way, including towering buildings and bridges. The special effects here are noteworthy, the direction is first rate. A sequel should be in the works soon.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The King of the Monsters Returns

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    DarkTemplar
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    I remember the teaser trailer of the bombing run where the marines are diving down into a terrorized metropolis. The darkness, the POV, and then came the size of the monstrosity in the distance responsible for the destruction. I thought "This is going to rock". I appreciate this film for the serious tone it took. This is the king of the monsters and should be treated with respect, not campy nonsense. Much like Man of Steel I didn't understand the criticism that many levelled at the movie. I don't mind when people disagree with my opinion but I do ask that they articulate beyond "That sucked." The opening to me is amazing. The montage of mythical sea creatures on old world maps and the skeletal bones of prehistoric terrors spliced in with footage of atomic age weapons testing was awesome. Further into the story, I liked that the nuclear weapons did NOT create Godzilla but was rather used as a deterrent to kill the beast. When I saw the film in theaters, the moment that Godzilla rises out of the water after causing a tsunami on an island, shots are fired into the air to illuminate the threat. Within the movie, a hush falls upon the film to a deafening silence and when the audience followed suit in anticipation for what was to come, I knew I was watching something special. It was an epic moment. I have to admit. I'm all about story and characters. However, when Godzilla fought one monster, I wanted to see more. At first I was left hoping for more because I wanted to see more of the beasts and more of the titular creature. However, I realize that a movie leaving me wanting more is a good thing. I'll be the first to admit that whereas I liked Brian Cranston, his Marine son and his nurse wife were barely characters with not much to do. I liked Ken Wantanabe as the scientist. His balance of paleontological curiosity and fear for the discovery of the goliath creature is a welcomed depth. The end movie battle between the creatures with humans caught in the middle at the mercy of these titans is great. Certain aspects are a bit clunky, but I do appreciate the serious tone and the fact that this was taken seriously. We get inundated with reboots, but this is the example of when we get talent and money behind it. I do hope the seqeul(s) tighten up the script and invest in your human characters.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fun Movie!

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    WhoDoc17
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    Saw Godzilla 2014 in the theaters back in May and couldn't wait to get my hands on the Blu Ray! Such amazing effects and widespread monster destruction on a massive scale, this is an awesome movie! The music makes it tense and the deliberate slow uptake to show what you think is Godzilla coming but oh no, it's the Muto hatching, keeps you on the edge of your seat. The monster sounds they make takes me back to the old days with an air of contentment! And when Godzilla is finally seen halfway through, it's a showstopper. The fights and the action are incredible. The Mutos are a great creation as is the explanation as to where they and Godzilla came from. It's a fun ride from start to finish. The opening credits featuring redacted government documentation and grainy film showing dorsal fins above the water moving like a gigantic shark to the point where all the fins explode out of the water in a blast of surf and then the a-bomb detonation is a moment where I fist pumped the air! The only drawback is you just don't see enough of Godzilla! When you do, it's awesome to watch. I hope he's seen a lot more in the sequel they are planning. My last quibble is with the inclusion of the obligatory "family scenes" with the crying and vacuous wife and the blank staring and irritating kid taking up time where there could have been, oh, MONSTERS FIGHTING! Not a fan of family time! Overall, a great movie, I can't watch it enough. Nice supporting roles from Ken Watanabe as Dr. Serizawa (going back to the original movie for that name), Sally Hawkins as Vivienne Graham, his assistant, and of course Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody who like the title character, is just not seen enough!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Popcorn Pleaser

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    ITJim
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    My over all impression of this film is that the director was trying to tell a human story with Godzilla and MUTOS as the backdrop. This is not a revenge story. There is a missed opportunity here to give the Human characters a visceral motivation to kill the MUTOS. However, I don't think that is what the story tellers wanted. They wanted to show nature at its most terrifying and how humans are no more than ants to her whims and fury. In this regard I think the movie works quite well. However, with that said, there are some key items I didn't like about this movie. The professor from Monarch seems to spend the movie in shock and only snaps out of his thoughts when another actor asks him a question. That bothered me. And the end of the movie "fighting against the clock" sequence didn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. But it's Hollywood so just go with it. Over all I think we was a fun movie to watch. Not as fun as Pacific Rim but fun for a Godzilla movie. At the very least we didn't get the World Wrestling Federation version of Godzilla which took over the Godzilla franchise. When one of these monsters goes through a building you can't help but wonder what the human cost in lives the collapsing of the building charged us. That's not something I ever expected to get out of a Godzilla movie. To that end I think the human story worked. Again, I don't necessarily agree with all of the Hollywood logic and tropes in this film. Suspend your disbelief for a little while and just enjoy it.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A great reboot

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    Godzilla was good, not great. I enjoyed the story line that came with this reboot, but it was too heavy on the "non-Godzilla" portion of the film. I could've taken a lot less "story" and a lot more Godzilla action. I would say by the end of the movie maybe 30 mins is dedicated to actual Godzilla fighting action. But it surprised me that I liked it as much as I did. Most of these movies take place in the dark and this is no exception, but I really did feel like I could actually see the action/monsters fighting, so I wasn't unhappy with it. I will say it is better on the big screen (in the theater) than it is at home on my flat screen TV. But the best defining moment is when Godzilla roars the loudest, longest, most deafening roar I've ever heard in monster movies (it's when he roars and you see the Chinese lanterns flying around from the vibration). When I saw it in the theater, the audience actually broke out in applause after that happened - die hard Godzilla fans, for sure. Check it out. It's worth the watch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Godzilla is back!

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    segeld
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    This movie was simply perfect. It follows the Godzilla format perfectly while telling a unique and original Godzilla story. Many staples from the Godzilla franchise are all over this movie and plenty of fan service for the old school crowd. The director really captured the heart and soul of the Godzilla franchise. I get the idea that a lot of the hate you hear for this movie is coming from people who aren't old school Godzilla fans. Whether you are a fan of the Shôwa series, Heisei series or Millennium Series there is definitely something in this movie for you. I cant say too much more without spoilers. On the other hand if you have never seen a classic Japanese Godzilla movie then this likely isn't for you. Like it's predecessors the story focuses on the human characters and the philosophical question of how much control does man have over nature. While there are some great monster on monster brawls if you strap yourself in for that reason alone you will be greatly disappointed. The best way to describe Godzilla is the love child of an art film and a disaster film. This movie was made for the existing fan base, not for the summer blockbuster crowd.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Godzilla is back!

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    Thaddeus
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    Most people know who Godzilla is even if they never seen the films. Truly a pop culture icon for a lot of people including myself. I've seen the original and a few of the many sequels. Like a lot of people I was disappointed with the last Hollywood version released back in the 90's. Thankfully this time they got it right! The movie had a good story and good acting especially from veteran Bryan Cranston who is excellent as always. This movie is geared a bit more towards fans of the original films rather than summer blockbuster fans. It focuses more on the human side of the story and Godzilla has a smaller amount of screen time. But when he does show up it is well worth the wait! Really good monster battles and special effects. Godzilla looks awesome and stays true to the look of the original yet still has an updated appeal. Don't go into the movie expecting a wall to wall action packed monster film. Its much more finely tuned and crafted and its truly more art and less mindless summer flick. The overall story and characters could have been a bit more fleshed out though but really thats my only complaint. A well worth while film especially for fans of the old Godzilla films. Looking forward to the sequels!

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