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The Return of Godzilla [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 31534911
  • Release Date: 09/13/2016
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 44)

    Synopsis


    The Return of Godzilla

    Cast & Crew


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      Takenori Emoto - Kitagawa
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      Shinpei Hayashiya - Kamijo, Cameraman
    • Koji Ishizaka
      Koji Ishizaka - Member of Power Plant
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      Nobuo Kaneko - Home Affairs Minister Isomura
    • Takeshi Kato
      Takeshi Kato - Internal Trade and Industry Minister Kasa



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Lost For a Generation ...

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      DWolfe47
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      After years of only being available as the heavily altered "Godzilla 1985", the original version of "The Return of Godzilla" is finally available for U.S. audiences to view. "The Return of Godzilla" is a true follow up to the original 1954 "Gojira" eschewing the light-hearted direction of the previous sequels and returning to a darker and more political toned environment that touches a bit more on the nature of the beast. Godzilla here is no protector of humanity but the original film's vision of an invincible bringer of doom created by mankind's own destructive conduct. Finally seeing their performances in a non-dubbed form I can say the cast do an excellent job making the film more believable especially the cast playing the cabinet members (some of whom you'll probably recognize if you are a fan of Kinji Fukasaku's Yakuza films). The music was great as usual with this series and the end credits song did induce some tears (I doubt there are many Godzilla fans who hadn't cried at least once at the end of this film, usually I can hold off until the Prime Minister starts crying then that sets off the waterworks). Of course it's time to get down to the technical front on this disc. Yes, indeed this does NOT include the American cut with Raymond Burr and Dr. Pepper product placement galore so you might want to continue holding onto your VHS copy if you have one. The English version used is a dubbing which I believe was done in Hong Kong and from the few scenes I did watch isn't quite as fluid as the dubbing done for the 1985 version although the dialogue in said scenes is much more faithful to the Japanese film than the American dub was. Both the English and Japanese audio are lossless DTS-HD 5.1 which means kudos to Kraken for giving fans the most optimal options (to note the film's default audio when pressing play is the English version and it cannot be changed during the film so if you want the Japanese audio remember to select it in the film's audio menu before you hit play). I watched the Japanese version as mentioned above and can attest the audio is very good and I didn't notice any sort of anomalies. As far as the picture quality goes it's a solid enough transfer that fits the tone of the film and doesn't appear to have encoding problems at least on my modest-sized TV. Not much in the way of special features outside of trailers for Kraken's other Godzilla releases and this film's trailer. Overall a wonderful disc. Overall, Godzilla 1985 was my favorite Godzilla film alongside the original and since this film is leaps and bounds above that one in my opinion due to the more complex political nature which was excised from '85 and steadier pace this one's taking the mantle alongside the original '54 classic. Thankfully (as of writing this) another Godzilla in the same apocalyptic vein is set to open in select theaters next month (Shin Godzilla or Godzilla: Resurgence as it was previously called) so luckily we won't be seeing the last of the true King of the Monsters stomping through his native land (no Dr. Pepper product placement reported as of yet). Overall this disc is highly recommended and an essential part of any Godzilla fans collection.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A lost classic

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      Dval
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      As any Godzilla fan knows, The Return of Godzilla is widely known as Godzilla 1985 to most of us. I've been looking for this to come out on something besides the ol' VHS for years and my prayers were finally answered! It's not quite the same, but it still enthralls nonetheless. As the name implies, this film is supposed to be the direct sequel to Godzilla, King of the Monsters, taking place 30 years after the supposed death of G'man by the oxygen destroyer. Apparently Godzilla survived and has been holed up in a volcano all this time, but a violent eruption has set him free. After 30 years in slumber, he's headed back to Japan to feast on some nuclear reactors and return to Tokyo! For anyone that's seen Godzilla 1985, the difference is immediate if you're watching it with the English audio. I was under the impression that the only real difference was going to be that there was no Raymond Burr, but nearly every single voice-over is different compared to 1985. It's been several years since I've whipped out the VHS tape, but I'm pretty sure that the only voices that stayed the same were the American and Russian ambassadors trying to get Japan to allow them to use nuclear weapons on Godzilla. The script is a bit different as well along with a few scenes that weren't in 1985. What stayed the same? Good ol' Super X getting crushed by that building! In terms of the story, as others have mentioned, this film certainly has a darker atmosphere. There's no kung-fu or humanity-saving Godzilla to be found. This behemoth takes it upon himself to track down individual humans in Tokyo! Pretty sure that this movie induced quite a few nightmares back when I was a kid in the 80's as I would dream that he was watching me through the windows no matter what room I ran to! Really want to rate this one 5 stars, but I just can't with the slightly disappointing English cast compared to 1985. The BD conversion actually holds up very well, though. While the film has that "older" look to it, the picture still comes in nice and crisp. Lastly, I didn't buy from BBY :/ It wasn't carried in stores and it was on backorder when I tried to buy it.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      An okay movie to watch if your a G-fan.

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      Ronjira
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      It has been out of our reach, for so many years, until now. For the first time in North America, American fans are able to get their copy of, "The Return of Godzilla", in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. For over a decade, we G-fans have to contend to the "Americanize" version with poor editing and cheesy lines that didn't reflect to its original views. But now, Americans can experience the Uncut and Uncensored masterpiece, the way that it was intended to be viewed. As for the fans who have experience the Godzilla 1985 version, which would be dismissed for a very long time. I say to others, it would be missed by many fans, that grew up watching the film. My thoughts over this film is that, it is a fairly okay movie to watch with fair video quality and fairly modified audio presentation

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is not the Godzilla 1985 seen in theaters!

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      Artman44
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      A previous review of this film on this site said it better than I can and I agree that it is a well done and presented version of the original. I want to emphasize again that this is NOT the Raymond Burr addition that was showed in U.S. theaters. For now, the American 1985 version is still mainly available on VHS or Laserdisc. If you have the choice, get the Laserdisc version as these were the early stages of dvds and have much better quality sounds and pictures versus VHS. Enjoy!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An exciting and amazing Godzilla film.

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      Pyramids
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      I think that "The Return of Godzilla" was one of the greatest classic Godzilla films of all time to celebrate the Godzilla film series 30th anniversary and was also one of my many favorite Godzilla films of all-time. I was very surprised and excited to find out that this film was going to finally be released on Blu-Ray. This film has a lot of entertaining and enjoyable action, mystery, horror and suspense including a really great and amazing cast, plot and storyline as well.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic

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      ABuyer
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      FINALLY! They finally found a way to get this film released. This is not only the first time that this version of the film has been released in the U.S., but is also the first time it has been dubbed in English. It is unfortunate that they couldn't include the American 1985 version along with the Japanese 1984 version, but just the fact that they finally found a way to get SOME version of this film released is a major victory.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Been waiting for this one

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      Chock
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      Fans of Godzilla, in America at least, have long been awaiting for a stateside release for this one. The Return of Godzilla has been one of my favorite Godzilla movies since I was a kid. I wish it would have had both the UD and Japanese cut, but I'm still not dissatisfied. Plus it was only $9.99

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Godzilla is back

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      moviemania101
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      After years sleeping godzilla return hungry for nuclear smoke. The Japanese are aghast at his presence but have a new almost indestructible flying machine to try against him. See the panic and hear the roar-its a scream a minute

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