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Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

September 14, 2014 by  



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“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” are two awesome, action-packed Godzilla films that are worth owning! Better storylines, better visual effects and all that you expect from a kaiju film! Recommended!

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TITLE: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

TELEFILM RELEASE: 2001/2002

DURATION: 105 Minutes (Japanese version), 88 Minutes (English Version)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio), Japanese and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English, English SDH

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG (For Monster Violence and Mild Language)

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Directed by Shusuke Kaneko

Written by Kei’ichi Hasegawa, Shusuke Kaneko, Masahiro Yokotani

Executive Producer: Shogo Tomiyama

Producer: Hideyuki Honma

Music by Ko Ohtani

Cinematography by Masahiro Kishimoto

Edited by Isao Tomita

Casting by Tadao Tanaka

Production Design by Toshio Miike

Art Direction by Toshio Miike, Isao Takahashi

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Directed by Masaaki Tezuka

Screenplay by Wataru Mimura

Executive Producer: Takahide Morichi, Shogo Tomomiya

Music by Michiru Oshima

Cinematography by Masahiro Kishimoto

Edited by Shinichi Fushima, Shinichi Natori

Casting by Tadao Tanaka

Production Design by Toshio Miike

Art Direction by Yukiharu Seshita

Set Decoration by Chuichi Yanagihori

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Starring:

Chiharu Niiyama as Yuri Tachibana (BS Digital Q Reporter)

Ryudo Uzaki as SDF Adm. Taizo Tachibana

Masahiro Kobayashi as Teruaki Takeda (Science Writer)

Shiro Sano as Haruki Kadokura (Yuri’s Boss)

Takashi Nishina as AD Aki Maruo

Kaho Minami as SDF Intelligence Capt. Kumi Emori

Shin’ya Ohwada as SDF Lt. Gen. Katsumasa Mikumo

Kumio Murai as SDF HQ Secretary Masato Hinogaki

Hiroyuki Watanabe as Yutaka Hirose

Shingo Katsurayama as SDF Intelligence Maj. Tokihiko Kobayakawa

Toshikazu Fukawa as Adjutant Miyashita

Masahiko Tsugawa as Chief Cabinet Secretary

Hideyo Amamoto as Prof. Hirotoshi Isayama the Prophet

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Yumiko Shaku as Akane Yashiro

Shin Takuma as Tokumitsu Yuhara

Kana Onodera as Sara Yuhara (Tokumitsu’s daughter)

Ko Takasugi as JSDF Lt. Togashi

Yusuke Tomoi as JSDF 2nd Liutenant Hayama

Jun’ichi Mizuno as JSDF 1st Liutenant Sekine

Akira Nakao as 2003 Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi

Kumi Mizuno as 1999 Prime Minister Machiko Tsuge

Takeo Nakahara as JSDF Chief Hitoyanagi

Yoshikazu Kanou as Hishinuma

Koichi Ueda as General Dobashi

Akira Shirai as Shinji Akamatsu

Midori Hagio as Kaoru Yamada

Get ready to crumble! The king of all monsters is back and bigger than ever! The action heats up when a UFO reveals itself as a massive alien monster with awesome destructive powers. The alien monster heads straight for the behemoth GODZILLA(r) who’s just crushed the entire city for the battle of theillennium. But GODZILLA(r)’s furious heat beam may not be enough to destroy the death-dealing alien, and the future of humankind is in jeopardy. Now, it’s a bang-up, threeway, no-holds-barred brawl as GODZILLA(r), the alien monster and the courageous citizens of Japan fight an unprecedented battle for survival in this earth-shattering new sci-fi action adventure that will blow you away.

With the release of “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”, we have two films from the Millennium Arc of the Godzilla series and the 25th and 26th films that will make its appearance on Blu-ray as part of the Toho Godzilla Collection.

Two different styles of films, the first film “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” is possibly one of the few Godzilla films to actual show mass casualties and the terror on the faces of people getting killed and the threat of monsters which would lead to the destruction of Japan by Godzilla is the primary storyline.

The film revolves around the Japan Self-Defenses Force (JSDF) preparing for the return of Godzilla and cadets being briefed on what had happened back in 1954 (of what took place in the original “Godzilla” film).

A nuclear submarine is missing and Godzilla is feared to be responsible.

Meanwhile, major earthquakes are taking place near Mt. Myoko and one brave reporter, Yuri Tachibana (daughter of the JSDF admiral) believes the culprit is a monster.  Wanting to go to investigate further, she is denied from doing the research for her docudrama.  But her friend Teruaki Takeda believes that the cause of the mysterious earthquakes may be by the guardian monsters.

As a biker gang is killed, one survivor sees the monster Baragon.  In Lake Ikeda, unruly teens are attacked by Mothra and chaos ensus.

As Yuri goes to interview Hirotoshi Isayama, an elderly man who has foretold the return of Godzilla, once Baragon, Mothra and King Ghidorah are awakened, he goes to tell her that Godzilla would destroy Japan as he is not happy about today’s Japan having forgotten the lost souls of World War II, which are embedded in Godzilla.  So, now he wants to destroy Japan.

With the reawakening of the monsters and Godzilla to take them all on before he destroys Japan, can humanity stop Godzilla before it’s too late?

In the film “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”, the film is set before the sequel “Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.” (which was released several months ago on Blu-ray).  For this film, during Godzilla’s first attack in 1999, Lt. Akane Yashiro (portrayed by Yumiko Shaku) is a mazer-cannon technician who is unable to kill a new member of Godzilla’s species and because of many have died in the battle, she is made the scapegoat for the military loss.

Fastforward several years later and to combat Godzilla, scientists have created Kiryu, the cyborg mechagodzilla and to pilot it, human pilots from the JSDF known as the Kiryu Squadron are selected.  A squadron in which Lt. Akane Yashiro is part of but her squadron mate, 2nd Lt. Susumu Hayama harbors nothing but anger towards her for the death of his brother.

As Godzilla returns, the JSDF unleashes Kiryu to fight against it but during their battle, because Kiryu was created from the original Godzilla’s skeleton, Godzilla’s roar awakens the memories of the original Godzilla (1954) and Kiryu goes on a rampage by itself to destroy the city.

Meanwhile, the scientist Shin Takuma and his young daughter Sara believe that Kiryu is more than a mechanical creation but a being with life that should befriend Godzilla than be used to fight it.

What happens when Kiryu confronts Godzilla a second time?

VIDEO:

“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” is presented in 1080p High definition. When compared to the original DVD, one will noticed much better detail and colors with slightly less softness than its DVD counterpart.  Remastered in HD, the films looks very good, considering they are also two of the more recent “Godzilla” Toho films to be released on Blu-ray, fans of the series should be pleased with the film and how it incorporates film grain and features better detail.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” is presented in Japanese and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Both soundtracks have no major difference when compared to each other.  Because they are recent films, there is good use of the surround channels during the action sequences, good use of LFE and crystal clear dialogue and musical soundtrack.

Subtitles are in English and English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” comes with only the theatrical trailers for both films.

EXTRAS:

“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” comes with an Ultraviolet code which allows viewing the film in HD on PC’s, tablets and cell phones.

With the release of “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”, I felt these two films are the better recent films in the Millennium Arc.

There is no doubt that there have been experimentation with Godzilla but I enjoyed these two films, which are both very different from each other, but are action-packed and have a fascinating storyline to accompany its action.

With “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack”, it’s one of the few Godzilla films where you get to see so many people being killed by the various monsters.  The theme is of course Godzilla wanting to destroy Japan but the reason for him wanting to destroy the Japan is no doubt one of the more political feelings that are held by Japanese about how today’s Japan wanting to leave the past as past, but its importance of remembering the past than dismissing it.

Of course, the fact that Baragon, Mothra and King Ghidorah are battling against Godzilla is very awesome but because of its tone especially the death of many civilians and a surprising ending, it was one of the better Godzilla films that I have seen.

As for “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”, it’s important that those who purchase the Toho films on Blu-ray watch this film before its sequel “Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.” (which was released first on Blu-ray).  Part of the excitement of this film is that Mechagodzilla is possessed by the soul of the original Godzilla monster and takes on the current Godzilla, so it’s interesting to see how that plays out.  Also, you have a strong, independent female action character which was good to see.

If anything, both films are indicators of the sign of the times.  One with a message to never forget, while the other is a film showing progress and that female protagonists can also kick butt!

Both films look great on Blu-ray compared to their DVD counterparts and picture quality along with its lossless soundtrack are major pluses.  Although, I wish there were special features aside from just the theatrical trailers being included.

Overall, “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” are two awesome, action-packed Godzilla films that are worth owning!  Better storylines, better visual effects and all that you expect from a kaiju film!

Recommended!

 






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