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The first film to follow Godzilla 2000--the feature film that repackaged the famed atomic monster for the twenty-first century--Godzilla vs. Magaguirus improves on its predecessor in a number of categories and, ultimately, delivers just what viewers are likely to be looking for. Thankfully, it does this in part by dropping all pretensions. The science fiction plot is at times absurd, and much of the dialogue is inane. Nonetheless, Godzilla vs. Magaguirus is fun and never difficult to follow. The film features an abundance of ideas, set-ups, and action sequences that are inventive for the series. In many ways, this entry owes much to the James Bond series of films. Director Masaaki Tezuka makes an effort to reinvigorate the franchise with various techno-thriller aspects, although the results vary from engaging to outrageous. The Magaguirus is pedestrian as far as daikaiju go, nowhere near as potentially entertaining as the Meganuras swarms that precede her. Fortunately, Godzilla is just as he should be: wily, fierce, unpredictable, and an accidental hero. The all-important visual effects are mixed at best, though, and quite often integral effect shots are laughably poor by modern standards. Easily the most impressive element is the stand-out score provided by composer Michiru Oshima. Columbia-Tri-Star's DVD release of the film offers a widescreen format and, in a move that will satisfy any aficionado, a Japanese language track in Dolby Digital 5.1 in addition to the English track. All in all, the film does find a balance; diehard Godzilla fans will probably not be disappointed, and newcomers will likely find themselves perpetually amused, at the very least. --Brian A. Dixon Revelation Magazine
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Godzilla v Megagurius was the 2nd film in the relaunch millenium series made in 2000. This is a better movie than it's predecessor Godzilla 2000 but isn't the best enty in the series. The movie's plot takes along time to get going and nothing much happens for a long time. The magalon swarm that preceedes Megaguruis is nicley done with some good CG work and the attack on Godzilla is well done and the best scene in the film. The big G uses his plasma breath taking down the flying creatures swarm after swarm! Megagurius himself is the big problem. You can clearly see the wires in a lot of his scenes and his movement is pretty basic..always a problem with Toho's non CG flying creatures over the years. With digital wire removal common these days this is pretty lazy to keep such a obvious thing in a movie..even a godzilla one ! Tohos fx again range from embarrassing to awesome ! Toho's model work really has taken a step back from earlier movies and the scenes of cars and vehicles etc look like toys for the most part. Also the G-Grasper plane when it takes off looks like sub Thunderbirds standards ! There is some nice stuff in this though..like the megalon swarm and some of the end battle between the 2 monsters.
This is not the worse Godzilla film by a long shot but it's not the best either. still worth checking out though.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A very fine Godzilla movie and a considerable improvement over "2000"7 Jan. 2006
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The 'Millenium' series, the third Godzilla film series, began in 1999 with "Godzilla 2000: Millenium". It was followed by this film - "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus". The premise involves a seemingly crazy idea: launch a black hole on to Godzilla, absorbing and containing him so he can't stomp on Japan anymore. The idea turns out to be not so crazy after all, and so a test firing is done. Unfortunately, while the test seems successful, it creates a wormhole, mutating a dragonfly and creating a horde of vicious, large dragonflies.
"Godzilla 2000", while fun, was not a spectacular movie. "Megaguirus" is a considerable improvement. Although it has its share of hokey moments (not the least of which is Godzilla leaping four-hundred feet into the air), it features an interesting storyline and a good script, not to mention a terrific score (by Michiru Oshima). The highlight of the film is the opening sequence, in which the story of the original 1954 Godzilla film is re-created using the new suit.
While "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" can't compare to some later entries in the 'Millennium' series - namely "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah" - it's a fine Godzilla movie that should please fans. Be sure to stick around after the credits ...
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Finally! Godzilla as it should be seen! And it's a good one!2 Feb. 2004
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REJOICE! TriStar is finally releasing Godzilla films in JAPANESE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES-the way they should be seen. (There's a dubbed version on this disc as well if you still want that childhood feeling of watching a monster movie on Saturday morning). Not only do we get the original Japanese, we also get 5.1 stereo and enhanced widescreen (which is VERY important with a subtitled film when you watch it on a widescreen TV). As for the film itself: well, chances are you haven't seen this entry in the series. This is the first time it's been available in the U.S. It immediately follows up "Godzilla 2000," although it isn't really a direct sequel (the history of Godzilla is played around with a bit.) It improves immensely on "Godzilla 2000," offering more Godzilla, more science-fiction gadgets and super-weapons, more wacky science, more monster fights, and pretty much all the rubber-suited butt-kicking you could ever want in a Godzilla film. This one has it all, and the effects are clever and fun. The music is also some of the best to thunder through a G-movie since the sixties. New Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka is a huge fan of the series, and it shows. This is a fast, fun, fan-pleasing film. And Godzilla is at his best here; a force of lethal destruction, an accidental hero, and someone you do not want to mess with! Godzilla shows more personality here than he has in the last couple of films. You'll root for him and cheer him on during his knock-down drag-out fantastic battle with the baddie monster: a giant insectoid creature called Megaguirus (a spawn from a black hole!). There are some problems: a few effects just don't work, Godzilla engages in a moment of incredibly silly behavior, and the logic behind much of the science is pretty darn ludicrous. But the action sequences make up for it, and there's so much enjoy here: The "James Bond" style action opening with foot-soldiers trying to take on Godzilla from city block to city block. The heroine actually hanging off of Godzilla's spines. The massive meganuron swarm attack. The flying super-weapon facing-off with Godzilla. And-It bears repeating-that final fight brings down the house! (And about twenty city blocks on the waterfront as well.) Godzilla fans: grab it now. Casual fans: you don't know what you've been missing, and I envy your first viewing of this exciting, big-lizard-city-smashing-laser-gun-toting-monster-insect-bazookas-blazing-smack-down! ROAR ON, GODZILLA! (And make sure you also buy the now-available: "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack," the next film in the series.)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
G-2000's Moment of Glory!!!!1 May 2005
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Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus 5 Stars
Over the past fifty years, Japan has suffered untold destruction at the hands of Godzilla, but now Japan may have the weapon to stop him: The Dimension Tide. Unfortunately, the Dimension Tide itself has created a new threat: the monstrous insect Megaguirus, a creature that even Godzilla may not be able to kill. While the fate of the world lies in the hands of a beautiful young military officer and a brash young scientist, the battle for survival begins between the Queen Bug and the King of the Monsters.
Have you ever noticed how divisive G-fans are? No two can ever agree about the same plot point or the same special effects shot. This is both good and bad. It's good to know that they all have their own viewpoints about Godzilla and are not afraid to say so. It's bad though that sometimes these G-fans just seem to hate a Godzilla movie just because it's different and refuse to acknowledge that even a Godzilla film they hate, might still be enjoyed by someone else.
I personally have enjoyed every Godzilla film I have seen to date and refuse to dismiss any of them out of hand.
Now back to the point: Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus rocks!
Yes the movie is silly and illogical, but that's because it ISN'T REALITY! Why anyone would go to see a Godzilla to see reality is beyond me. I take each Godzilla movie by their rules and leave it at that.
I've got to start talking about Godzilla because this review is beginning to sound self-righteous. . . .
The human characters and plots are interesting and logical, nothing that dominates or contributes to the screen over the monsters (as usual).
Now to what's important: the Monsters!!!!
Like many people, I didn't appreciate the G-2000 suit at first, it was just so different and alien compared to the Heisei Godzilla suit we'd lived with for the past decade. However, the suit grew on me, with it's pure bad@$$ look and it's now my favorite design. In this movie, you really see this suit go to town (as the saying goes). Godzilla here does everything you can ever see him do and more: destroying cities, fighting monsters, swimming in the ocean (probably the best we've ever seen), even appearing in Black and White! Others have said this and I'll repeat it for those who hate this design: this Godzilla looks almost alive with this design! None of the recent Godzilla faces have been terribly expressive, if at all, but with the minimum amount of expression, Godzilla shows impressive range: you see him angered, confused, determined, in pain and see him stare a hole straight through our female lead. Godzilla's ray is made very impressive as his crystalline plates glow, the air crackling with the intense heat and energy, even water boiling! Then it explodes with incredible force! This is also the only suit yet that has made Godzilla look good at being green (a new color for him you know) on screen. My ONLY complaint about this costume is the same one I've had for all the newer costumes: they lack mobility. I miss when Godzilla was slim and fast and practically moved like a boxer! Now he moves like a sumo wrestler! He also fights like one most of the time and it's simply not an impressive way to see giant creatures fight (no offense intended to the sport of sumo wrestling).
While at first Megaguirus looks like a rehashed Battra, the creature is definitely a new animal! Faster and more maneuverable than any flying monster before it, Megaguirus is a difficult creature to catch. At close range the monster isn't anything to sneeze at either: pincers, tooth-filled jaws(?) and a stinger make it dangerous in close-quarters. With Magnetic energy powers as well, Megaguirus is a worthy challenge, albeit a one shot one though, not a nemesis. While obviously the science behind the Megaguirus is ludicrous, the creature itself is a welcome addition to the family.
Mechanically, Megaguirus (in all it's forms) is another in an impressive line of insect marionettes. It moves and reacts in as lifelike a manner as possible, even showing some emotions in amusing ways! It's Magenura and Meganula forms are also very well done using marionettes and CGI (although the effects sometimes look poor by American standards). The only false notes are when the Megaguirus first appears at night and you can see the wires for pretty much the whole sequence. The only time this has ever happened in a Godzilla movie how could they not have noticed! In previous years they'd trick the camera into not seeing the wires or digitally remove the wires in post-production. How they managed to screw up this time I can't figure out, but it's useless to argue with something that's done and irreparable.
As a whole they're better than the cheap American direct-to-video all CGI monster movies around. In fact some digital shots, like Godzilla's ray, the shots of 'what's-her-name' clinging to Godzilla's plates are very impressive, especially because they're in a Godzilla movie! I don't know how they made Tokyo appear flooded in some of those shots, but the effect is incredible. A few effects look tacky, like the miniature trash cans that get knocked over as Godzilla walks past a miniature alley.
The Battle Sequences
The initial attack by the G-Grasper's on Godzilla is ridiculous from a logic standpoint, although rather exciting.
The initial attack on Godzilla by swarms of Meganula is one of those things you'll wonder why it's never been seen before: Godzilla being attacked by thousands of insects that he has to squash like bugs (in some ways this sequence is better than the similar one in Gamera Vs. Legion).
The battle between Godzilla and Megaguirus is one of the best fights throughout the set of recent G-movies. With several twists and turns, and massive destruction. Godzilla's strength and ray are useless so he'll have to outsmart the diabolical bug. It's good to see Godzilla fight in a unique and original way, the fights in other Godzilla movies have been rather bland, but here Godzilla proves how dangerous he is with just his cunning.
It's pretty much the same as any other Godzilla movie. Although I think the angle of the military officer's thirst for revenge against Godzilla is interesting, but nothing else here is very original.
Conclusion (SPOILER WARNING END)
Another great Godzilla movie, definitely one of the best of the Millennium series. My personal favorite Godzilla costume, great special effects, good opponent, fair human story, some great personality moments for Godzilla and a wonderful after credits ending!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus on DVD7 Feb. 2004
Tristan P. Leck
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (aka Godzilla x Megaguirus) is a spectacular film in its own right. As a homage to the classic showa (1954-1975) Godzilla films, "GxM", as its known in the kaiju fandom, excells in almost every respect. The action-packed plot and pacing coupled with great special effects (most of the time) and believable actors makes for a great godzilla film for the 20th century. As an obsessive Godzilla enthusiast, I enjoyed the film a great deal, and recommend it to all kaiju fans. Movie Rating: 9 out of 10 As for the DVD itself, the picture quality is astonishing. The widescreen video is sharp and clean. Perfect! The 5.1 dobly digital sound is astoundingly pounding and equally perfect. 28 chapter stops are included as well. But the addition of the original Japanese audio track is what really shines in this release. Unfortunately, the english subtitles for the track are not subtitles at all, but rather "dubtitles" taken almost directly from the dubbed english track of the film. This means that the subtitles are not always completely faithful to the original script. But this doesn't pose too much of a problem as the dub is faithful enough as it is. The only other extras on the DVD are trailers for other Sony DVD releases. DVD rating: 9 out of 10 (one point deducted for dubtitles)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best US-Released Godzilla DVDs23 Jan. 2004
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This review applies to both of the Columbia-Tristar releases of "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" and "Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack". I may not have a fancy 5.1 home theater or widescreen tv, but I'll review this to the best of my ability. The first thing you're obviously going to notice about the DVDs are the covers. The box art has a bit to be desired, and it appears they were fashioned from the poster art. The back covers even use the little 'logos' you find on most US-released Godzilla merchandise that correspond with each kaiju. The dvds themselves have basic, still menu screens; the main screens are mostly just the cover art, flipped over. The only extras offered are a few trailers for various Columbia-Tristar movies, including the 1998 'Godzilla'. There are 28 chapter selections for each dvd. Now for the good stuff: The films are in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, and though I do not have such a tv to take advantage of this feature, the picture still seemed excellent, despite a few areas with a bit of speckles on the film itself. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1, with both Japanese and English audio (the default seems to be Japanese). It sounds excellent, even if you don't have a 5.1 system. This also marks the first-ever stateside release of a Godzilla DVD with Japanese audio! These are the entire, uncut versions, unlike the Sci-Fi channel airings, although they do have the awful (in my opinion) superimposed titles at the first (it only really looks bad in GMK). The earlier releases were better when it came to the title screens; the movies' titles were captioned at the bottom of the screen. The end credits are in English but are all there, unlike the previous Tristar releases, where pretty much the entire credit sequence was replaced by a bit of copyright info. Subtitles are both English and French. The English subtitles tend to say exactly what is being said in the dub, but have differences in some areas. I'll just assume they ARE mostly based on the original Japanese, though. Also worthy of noting are the silver "50th Anniversary Of Godzilla" stickers on the dvd wrappers, and the backs of the Scene Selection inserts advertise all of their Godzilla dvd releases, past and present. Overall, I give these dvds a big thumbs up, despite the lack of any real extras. They were worth the wait. Our local Blockbuster Video will be recieving the movies for rental, lets hope the semi-snazzy box art will warrant lots of rentals from curious customers. 'Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla', which is being released to DVD in March, boasts the same specs as these discs, so hopefully it will be of the same quality, or possibly even better. I've seen the cover though, and it looks much better. A great beginning to the American celebration of Godzilla's 50th anniversary!