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Godzilla --Superbit [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: Cary Woods, Dean Devlin, Kelly Van Horn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JNC6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,798 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Superbit Collection sets a new benchmark in high resolution DVD picture and sound, creating the ultimate in home entertainment. Superbit DVDs utilise a special high bit rate digital transfer process that optimises video quality and offers a choice of both DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.

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As "gigantic monster reptile attacks New York" movies go, you've got to admit that Godzilla delivers the goods, although its critical drubbing and box-office disappointment were arguably deserved. It's a shameless, uninspired crowd-pleaser that's content to serve up familiar action with the advantage of really fantastic special effects, and if you expect nothing more you'll be one among millions of satisfied customers. There's really no other way to approach it--you just have to accept the fact that Independence Day creators Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are unapologetic plagiarists, incapable of anything more than mindless spectacle that can play in any cinema in the world without dubbing or subtitles. The whole movie plays out like a series of highlights stolen from previous blockbusters of the 1990s; it's little more than a rehash of the Jurassic Park movies. The derivative script is so trivial that it's unworthy of comment, apart from a few choice laughs and the casting of Michael Lerner as New York's mayor, whose name is Ebert and who closely resembles a certain well-known movie critic. Perhaps that's a clever hint that this movie's essentially critic-proof. It's stupid but it's fun, and for most audiences that's a fitting definition of mainstream Hollywood entertainment. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. MCHARDY on 21 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I remember going to see this film in the cinema, twice. As a 14 year old kid who was interested in movies I have to say I was awestruck on my first viewing. I simply could not believe Comptuer Generated Imagery had come so far as to have a collosal dinosaur thing roam through the streets of Manhattan.

Now I'm older an wiser I realise the story is weak to say the least, dialogue has no real motivation and the character depth is shallow. The audience follow a simple plot from one Gozilla fiasco to another without having to think, but it must be said the visuals are fairly impressive. Being released a year after Men In Black this film really went all out on CGI to be the next big thing, as well as having the largest movie promotion budget at the time. It came at the stage where movies were changing, and relying more on the fantastic to reel in the sudiences. For this, it deserves my 3 star salute.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2013
Format: DVD
There's loads of fun to be had with this CGI monster fest. Sure, it gets a tad bogged down around the streets of New York but there's a big pay off inside Madison Square Garden and the final chase is really well done. Matthew Broderick is the charming geeky scientist brought in to examine the strange happenings and he's ably assisted by Maria Pitillo as an extremely perky journalist. The movie wastes five minutes of sub plot about French Nuclear testing which gives Jean Reno a reason to be around and to be fair his mysterious French military man is by far the best character. The CGI monster's are well rendered and chase around like mini T-Rex whilst the big fella looks good tearing up the town. Hank Azaria brings a bit of comic relief and not just because you spend a few minutes thinking "does he do voices from the Simpsons?" In the end, the geek finds love and the humans win....what's not to like!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
It felt like this take on Godzilla was advertised for 2 years in advance of its actual release, every time (it seemed) I went to the cinema I was awestruck by little teaser trailers, in fact the one of the old guy fishing and hooking Zilla is a personal favourite...SIZE DOES MATTER! Love it I do. Sadly as most of us now know, the film didn't meet fans and critics expectations at all, but was the film done down by the hype and an expectation of a masterpiece for the genre?

Well it didn't help that is for sure, but taking aside that problem, the film only glimpses at what might have been. It has many great points that seem to have been forgotten, so sadly we are all too aware of the film's failings on the makers behalf. The build up in the film is excellent, the makers mount the tension in steady strokes, doing what all classic monster movie makers do, they have you waiting with gripping expectation of the creature by a series of scenarios and inventive dialogue. The sound is incredible, making it an essential viewing for those who cherish home surround cinema, while some of the shots and destruction of New York are well worth the viewers time.

But then? Well they throw the good work away by turning the film's focus away from the big lizard to a story line that was only fitting for the cartoon version of Godzooki. Thus rendering the film as a poor man's Jurassic Park, which quite frankly doesn't sit well. Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Hank Azaria all deserved better scripting, hell we all did!

It's not the evil stinker some would have you believe, it does have its moments of both good and bad, it is, by definition, very much a film split down the middle. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
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It’s not a popular opinion on the internet (where even the original films are widely ridiculed), but the 1998 American version of Godzilla is, once it gets going, is a surprisingly enjoyable monster movie, albeit one that’s best thought of as a big budget throwback to the classic American rampaging creature features of the 50s that inspired Godzilla rather than a Godzilla film per se. As an origin story there are no monster mashes but plenty of “We’ve tried everything and nothing can stop it!” rampages and showdowns between the big feller and the military, be it submarine attacks or helicopter chases through the skyscrapers of New York, and if that’s all you’re expecting it’s a fun popcorn flick on an epic scale.

Not that it’s without some major problems. Yes, there’s some very bad bad dialogue (“That’s a LOT of fish!” “We’re going to need bigger guns”). Yes, Maria Pitillo’s heroine is annoying (as, sadly, are all the women in the film) and Harry Shearer’s comic relief too broad. But, after the first third, which doesn't really work as well as it should, once the monster appears it's quite enjoyable, and the last third with the Babyzillas in their nest in Madison Square Garden (and Jean Reno impersonating Elvis) is great fun, David Arnold’s superb score and camerawork pull off one of the most effectively executed false endings in a blockbuster and the then-surprisingly dark, rainy look for what was intended as a fun summer blockbuster now almost looks bright and sunny as designer gloom has become the default visual option for so many big budget fantasy franchises.
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