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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Two solid Kaiju flicks for the price of one!

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    Splatterpunk
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    GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH Director Takao Okawara’s film is the last of the Heisei series, wrapping up storylines began in the mid ‘80s. Though it’s not my favorite of the plethora of Kaiju flicks my son and I have watched so far, I found it to be enjoyable and well made. When it’s discovered that Godzilla is destined to explode in a nuclear fireball that could destroy the planet, the government scrambles scientists and the military to devise a way to freeze the King of the Monsters, preventing an atomic holocaust. Meanwhile, the unintended consequences of the Oxygen Destroyer Bomb from the original GODZILLA from 1954 include mutating hibernating prehistoric organisms from the blast site into horrifying new monsters. They begin as roughly human-sized beasts but continue to grow, while also gaining the ability to coalesce into a single giant beast, the titular Destoroyah. With this new menace rampaging along the coast of Japan, seemingly on a collision course with Godzilla (and Godzilla’s less aggressive offspring, natch), will humanity prevail? Along with the solid man-in-suit action, this film also utilizes some stop motion, early light CGI, and animatronics. There’s less of an emphasis on city stomping in this entry, which isn’t necessarily bad as it provides a slightly different approach. I enjoyed seeing the smaller Destoroyahs being engaged by the comparably sized human characters as this is another element that helps set the film apart. The futuristic heavily armed Super-X III vehicle is cool and realistically rendered. Really, all of the effects work is nicely done, relative to the budget. This entry’s Godzilla, with his glowing radioactive rashes, is another distinctive element that stands out from other films in the franchise. The Burning Godzilla, as he’s known, is my son’s favorite look. Despite all the unique elements of the film, which are much appreciated, the structure is overall pretty standard fare for the series. Also, the human characters are nothing special. Now, I haven’t seen all the Heisei films, so it’s possible that I’m missing some of the implications for the characters. That also leads me to say that this particular film wouldn’t be a great starting point for an uninitiated viewer. I would probably put Takao Okawara’s GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH in the middle of the pack of the films we’ve watched in our recent binge. Featuring some unique elements but not quite enough to overcome a handful of minor flaws, it was nevertheless a fine matinee for a cold Saturday. GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS After watching so many Godzilla films over the last month, I figured Masaaki Tezuka’s GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS: THE G EXTERMINATION STRATEGY from 2000 would probably be a fine film but nothing extraordinary. However, I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and while I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, it’s near the top of the list of the films my son and I have binged. As it is a part of the Millennium series, this is mostly a standalone film that doesn’t have much connection to any previous Godzilla films outside of the original from 1954. Even that connection is tenuous, though, as it lightly retcons some of the events. Explicitly taking place in an alternate timeline, there’s a montage that briefly explains the impact a handful of Godzilla’s attacks have had on Japanese society and especially their technology. When the King of the Monsters attacks again, the Japanese deploy a high tech battle jet and a satellite based black hole gun. On the gun’s first usage, it is mostly ineffective, but it results in the arrival of a prehistoric dragonfly through a wormhole. Soon, the newly mutated dragonfly lays eggs that are the basis for an army of the giant aggressive insects. Following the massive flooding of parts of Tokyo, the huge dragonfly queen, the titular Megaguirus, lays even more waste to the city and confronts Godzilla. Will the black hole gun be able to rid the world of the rampaging beasts? So the basic plot is pretty familiar if you’ve seen more than a few Godzilla flicks. That being said, the flourishes are what make the film stand out. The black hole gun is a cool weapon. The alternate history angle, though somewhat subtle, is also interesting. Godzilla’s look is fierce, and possibly the toothiest outside of the “realistic” rendering of Shin Godzilla. Budget appropriate CGI and animatronics impress and are utilized effectively. I really appreciated the image manipulation in the POV scenes with what looks like low frame rate photography. The submerged Tokyo sequences are also visually engaging and a nice wrinkle. The battle scenes call back to the Showa era feel, with an almost big time wrestling approach. The tone never dips into camp, however, as it’s more evocative of comic books. The human characters and storylines, often a weak point in these films, aren’t bad. I actually had a lot of fun with Masaaki Tezuka’s GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS: THE G EXTERMINATION STRATEGY. Though formulaic, it more than gets by on some efficient sci fi creativity. Being mostly standalone, it lends itself to a broad audience and while it wouldn’t be the first Godzilla movie I’d recommend, it earns my general recommendation.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good PQ and an excellent monster film.

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    I haven't scene many of the 28 Godzilla films since the 1954 Godzilla film that brought the King of All Monsters to life. This 2 pack has what is considered the best Godzilla film since that 1954 film in Destoroyah paired with what some consider to be the weakest of the film series presented by the Toho company. I was very pleased with Destoroyah film, it is well deserved of the hype surrounding this film. I the PQ is very good and has the original Japanese audio track with the english dub as the other audio track. I am just glad that these films have been given the blu ray treatment in the US. A great watch for monster film fans.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Godzilla Legends Continue

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    MediaFan
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    Being a life-long Godzilla movie fan, I've enjoyed all the films since I was a child. If you're a young or old fan of "Kaiju" movies from Japan, you should buy these Blu-ray discs! Another double feature set of some of the last of the 2nd Era of Godzilla movies, with the 3rd era starting from "Godzilla 2000". Fun! One of the most successful & enduring film series in history, dozens of Godzilla films have been made for over 60 years!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    King Of The Monsters! Nuff said

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    Mikey289
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    Godzilla king of the monsters face he's greatest adversary yet. In what has long been a favorite of mine in all of the Godzilla films. Big G faces Destroyah a monster with close ties to the Oxygen Destroyer, a weapon that was used to defeat the orginal Godzilla back in 1954. Love the way that the Heisei series capped of the ending to Big G's series, and tied it to original Godzilla community. Surprisingly, and emotional film, for hardcore Godzilla fans, and casual viewers alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Sequel

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    JPx9
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    Godzilla vs Destroyah is an interesting entry among the 20+ Godzilla movies made throughout the years, in that it serves as a direct sequel to the very first Godzilla movie, with numerous references to that 1955 film. The second feature included in this Blu-Ray set, Godzilla vs Megaguirus, is one of the weaker of the films in the series, but for Godzilal vs Destroyah alone this set is well worth the price. And the digital remaster is clear and crisp.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    He does pick on someone his own size

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    What can be more fun than watching two behemoths wrestling in a major Japanese city with all of its citizens glued to the action... and the Godzilla movies aren't that bad, either. Because, you know, they have the whole Sumo wrestling thing over there... LOL?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movies

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    Royale123
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    These double feature Godzilla movies are the best hopefuly they come out with more so I can upgrade my original versions to bluray I love these old movies when I saw them at BestBuy I was so excited I bought everyone they had .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Early 2000's Remakes

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    ablox
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    These remakes tend to be more about the characters story lines and less about Godzilla stomping the bejeebus out of Japan and blasting away with its nuclear death-breath. Still, it's part of the Godzilla line-up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good deal for Godzilla fans

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    Jeff
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    My son was delighted to get the 2 movies in one package, and on Blu-ray to boot. He especially liked the multiple language options. Would recommend if you're a Godzilla fan; if you're not, not so much.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Includes one of the best Godzilla films ever made.

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    Elliot
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    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is one of the most emotional entries in the Godzilla franchise. The second film is also a great look at the Millennium era that succeeded it.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love it

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    Lester
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    My 3 kids and husband r in love with Godzilla and king kong so I got this movie. They just love it. Had it for a week and they have watched it 4 times

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic godzilla

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    Mark
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    these godzilla movies are absolute classics and i would highly reccomend

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bundle

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    spur31
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    two good godzilla movies for the price of one. a must have bluray to add to your godzilla collection

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    like older movies on blu ray

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    spud1945
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    to get two of the older Godzilla movies for the price of one was great. love the older movie re releases in blu ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Godzilla films on Blu Ray

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    MrConfetti
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    This Blu Ray of Godzilla not only looks great but are also on 2 discs leaving room for each movie to look great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT MOVIE

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    SIXTY
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    GREAT OLD SCHOOL MOVIE BROUGHT BACK MEMORY'S WHEN I WAS A KID AND SAW FOR FIRST TIME

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Godzilla

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    Predator32
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    I have always been a godzilla fan ever since a saw it, because you hadn't lived until you seen godzilla.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Godzilla Blu-ray

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    Bernie
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    Great Godzilla Blu-ray. Very well made movies with both Japanese and English soundtracks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Expected

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    skorpi0
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    Picture and sound are much better than expected. Looks and sounds awesome in my home theater setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The classics!

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    Novato
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    If you Love Godzilla and the classic Japanese monster Movies .... you'll enjoy these.

    I would recommend this to a friend