Toho Godzilla Collection Blu-ray review: Godzilla 2000, Rebirth of Mothra and Giveaway!

godzilla-2000-1999-movie-review-ending-face-offWe received a pretty nice little care package from our friends over at Sony, and thanks to them we’ve got the chance to check a few of the newly re-released and remastered classic Toho Godzilla movies. The re-release of this classic films all began earlier this year, and since then Sony Pictures has released a few more films as part of their Toho Godzilla Collection.

Godzilla 2000

Starting right off the bat we take a look at Godzilla 2000; a Toho film that has received a mixed reaction from fans, since the film ignores all canon from the previous films. Godzilla is more like a force of nature and Tokyo has devised a special unit called Godzilla Prediction Network to help predict the next Godzilla attack. A team of scientist find a sixty million year-old UFO submerged underwater deep in the ocean. When they attempt to retrieve the craft, the UFO quickly emerges from the ocean and arrives in Tokyo just as the Japanese Self Defense Forces are embroiled in a fight with Godzilla. The UFO subdues the King of the Monster, leaving Godzilla to turn to the depths of the sea, but not before the UFO is able to extract some of Godzilla’s DNA. It isn’t before long that the GPN begins to realize that it may not have just Godzilla to worry about.

I was never a really big fan of this film. I do like that they released the Blu-ray with both version (US and Japanese). Fans can see just how much was altered to the original movie. The American version had a far less serious tone than the original due to the dubbing. The English dialogue was much more campy and was somewhat of a homage to the original ’60s American dubs of Godzilla.

Movie Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

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When it comes to the remastering of the film you can also notice a difference between the Japanese version and the American one. The Japanese version is framed at 2.35.1 widescreen and the U.S. version at 2.40.1, so there are slight framing differences. For some reason the American version just has better and bolder colors compared to the Japanese version. Overall, the video quality is definitely an improvement from DVD but not near what we’ve come to expect from Blu-ray.

Video Rating: 2/5 Atoms

NR 2 Atoms - D

Audio

Audio for Godzilla 2000 is available in Japanese Stereo DTS-HD and English 5.1 DTS-HD. Subtitles are available in English and French. The sound is pretty clear throughout the film. There is hardly any hiss or distortion. It is not going to win any awards for the use of 5.1, but it certainly does the job when the action ramps up.

Audio Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

 

 

Extras

Extras are pretty slim pickens. Commentary with the cast and crew are available along with a behind-the-scenes featurette, but aside from a clip from the original trailer, there really isn’t much to talk about here. Plus, the featurette is the same behind-the-scenes from the old DVD.

Extras Rating: .5/5 Atoms

NR 0_5 Atoms - F-

Overall

It’s a fun movie, but not one of the best Godzilla films around. It’s a nice addition to any avid Godzilla fan’s collection.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

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Rebirth of Mothra I, II and III

Oddly Enough, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of the standalone Mothra films. I definitely knew there was one, but not three. There’s also a Rodan film, which I have also never seen. So I was pretty excited to check out the Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy for the first time. The first film follows the story of a logging company that is clearing out a forest in the remote mountains of Japan. During the group’s operation they stumble upon an ancient mysterious shrine. The foreman of the company removes the seal to the ancient ruins freeing Desghidorah.

As Desghidorah begins his assault on Japan, two twin fairies attempt to summon Mothra in order to stop Ghidora’s rampage. Unfortunately, she has just laid a new egg and is too exhausted to fight. Nevertheless, Mothra jumps into battle into in the hopes of stopping Ghidorah and returning him to his tomb.

I have to say that this is easily one of the cutest kaiju movies that Toho has put out. The movie just seems like it was geared towards kids and being a big fan of Godzilla’s Revenge, the film has a lot of that same feel. Godzilla is always so destructive and overpowering and Mothra is the polar opposite. From the music to the overall look of the film. Mothra is just a more upbeat monster movie. I watched the whole trilogy in one sitting and found that it was actually quite entertaining. I strongly recommend it if you’ve never seen them. The first film literally almost had me in tears.

Movie Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

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Video for the the film comes in at 1.85.1 widescreen in 1080p. The video is pretty clear and there isn’t really any noise or grain. Still nothing to boast about when it comes to HD transfers, but it is a big step up from the DVD quality

Video Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

 

 

Audio

Audio for the film is available in English and Japanese 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD. Subtitles are available in English and French. The mix for the three films are clean and solid. The sound is properly balanced and the dialogue is clear. Still, nothing to win awards here but good overall.

Audio Rating: 2.5 Atoms

NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

Extras

There is literally no extras aside from each film’s original theatrical trailer. Kind of disappointing after really enjoying the films. There are not even any commentary tracks.

Extras Rating: 0.5/5 Atoms

NR 0_5 Atoms - F-

Overall

The video quality is okay and the audio is decent. The movies are really enjoyable to watch and this is actually the first time that Rebirth of Mothra III has been released in the states. I really enjoyed this film and believe it is a must have for any Toho fan.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

Godzilla-Mothra-and-King-Ghidorah-Giant-Monsters-All-Out-AttackGiant Monster All-Out Attack and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

This probably they most highly recommended Blu-ray out of the three I receive. All-Out Attack and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla are two fan favorite Toho films. In All-Out Attack, Godzilla returns as the vengeful spirit of those lost in the war in the Pacific. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces are preparing for the impending return of Godzilla when they learn the legend of the guardian monsters; Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. With Godzilla’s impending arrival, the team must race to awake the three guardians in time to stop Godzilla.

All-Out Attack is a fun movie although not the best premise. It’s very political and socially driven. Godzilla’s wrath was a result of the soldier’s lost souls seeking revenge because Japan has forgotten their sacrifices in World War 2. This is also the first time that King Ghidorah is actually a good guy in the series. There are a lot of explosions, and the fights are epic. It is a MUST WATCH.

The next film is Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. A new Godzilla emerges from the sea and decimates Tokyo. Three year’s later, the JSDF has made a giant robot from the bones of an older deceased Godzilla skeleton. Unknown to the team, the soul of the dead Godzilla still lives within the bones of the Mechagodzilla, and soon the team finds out their greatest weapon may also be their worst enemy.

I’ve always loved this movie. This will be the fourth time that Godzilla has encountered his mechanized version of himself. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is action packed and has some of the best kauji mech fights of the series. Many believe that it was this film that inspired Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Movie Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Video

Both films come in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen in 1080p. Being that this film are the most recent of the 3 Blu-rays I reviewed, the quality is crystal clear. Blacks are dark and there is little to any noise or scratches on the screen. Colors are rich and bold. This is the kind of quality you’d want from a digitally remastered Godzilla Blu-ray.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Audio

Audio for the films come in 5.1 DTS-HD in English and Japanese. Subtitles are available in English and French. This has to best audio presentation of a Godzilla film aside from the 2014 movie. The films are masterfully mix. The bass is heavy and the soundtrack is strong, but does not overwhelm the dialogue.

Audio Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Extras

Once again, really empty handed in the Special Features. Only the original theatrical trailers are available.

Extras Rating: .5/5 Atoms

NR 0_5 Atoms - F-

 

 

Overall

This is a great Blu-ray and a MUST HAVE for any Godzilla fan. Even without a lot of special features, both films in their HD forms are more than worth the price of purchase.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

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