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3.9 out of 5 stars
Godzilla 2000 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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on 13 August 2010
Godzilla returns to Japan and in no time buildings are being destroyed and there's a UFO polluting the air with its poisonous fumes. Not only that, but aliens intend to take over the world with a monster created from Godzilla's self-regenerating body cells.

After the awful US version, any Godzilla film was going to look like a masterpiece by comparison. This is quite an enjoyable entry in the series. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is - a monster stomp-about - and Godzilla has a new design and looks meaner than ever. The film does suffer from some pacing problems. After a series of exciting early scenes, nothing much happens until later on when the, admittedly interesting, alien monster appears.

What really ruined my enjoyment of this film were the abominable english subtitles. They are so badly translated it's often impossible to take the dialogue seriously. There are such gems as "the weapon can punctual Godzilla's thick hide" and "a new empire will be borned". If you think they're bad, there's worse. Some of the subtitles make no sense at all. Added to that is a wobbly picture which makes the film look like it was recorded off some bootleg/pirate video cassette version. The film itself is a promising start to a new Godzilla era, but this DVD release leaves a lot to be desired.
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on 21 April 2017
Especially for Godzilla fans
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It's hard to believe there could be a worse Godzilla film than Godzilla 2000: Millennium, a reboot that heralded the beginning of the third series of films in 1999 with the big feller back on the bad guy team and returning to 2.35:1 widescreen after the second series was shot in 1.85. Sadly, that's about all the film gets right. It's almost as if there was no-one left at Toho who could remember how they were made. Godzilla gets a new look - not only is he toothier and thicker-necked but this is the first film where he is actually green (he's gray in the others) - but nothing as drastic as the gila monster makeover Hollywood gave him. He's still recognisably Godzilla, but without any of the old magic. A big part of the blame comes down to the man inside the suit, Tsutomu Kitagawa, whose movements are unconvincing - he just moves like a guy trying to walk normally in a big rubber suit - and who brings no personality whatsoever to Gojira.

At least he gets a great entrance, attacking a lighthouse in an homage to The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, the lighthouse keeper following a boat that appears at his window to reveal it's firmly clenched between the big feller's jaws a hundred feet or so in the air. There are some fairly good moments in the early scenes as he makes his presence felt in the neighborhood, but after the buildup he's quickly forgotten. No-one really seems that bothered by Godzilla's reappearance, not because he's gone on the rampage so many times it's no longer newsworthy (which might have been an interesting angle to pursue) but because the film can't summon up much energy about anything. Even the human story is only sketchily filled in, more one suspects out of disinterest than an attempt at subtlety. We know so little about the plot, characters or context that it's a bit like coming into a serial after missing the first two or three chapters and having to pick it up as you go.

As is all too often the case, Godzilla's little more than an aside for most of the film. Instead, everyone seems to be more concerned by a 60 million year old meteorite raised from the ocean surface that reveals a solar-powered spacecraft with an eye on polluting the atmosphere to make Earth a habitable colony. There are a few potentially interesting ideas: the ship is pretty much the Millennium Bug personified with rather cool electronic tendrils that can only be seen through special lenses, while the Godzilla Prediction Network - the monster version of storm chasers - are a neat spin on the usual Toho heroes that offer a poorly executed Scooby Gang element to the proceedings. But there's no weight to it, just tedium and half-developed ideas en route to the inevitable monster showdown with an alien creature partially created by Godzilla's self-healing body cells. That wouldn't be so bad if it had a sense of fun, but that's even more conspicuous by its absence.

While there's a brief moment when things look like they might rally when Akira Ifukube's classic Godzilla theme gets an airing and there's one impressive image of a mushroom cloud of smoke enveloping the top of a skyscraper after an explosion, the action scenes are static and completely uninvolving, shot in a matter-of-fact fashion that lends them neither credibility or excitement. Despite a few encouraging early shots, Takao Okawara's direction is resoundingly flat and lifeless, while the sporadic CGI is nothing to write home about (rest assured, most of the action is men in suits crushing toy tanks and balsa wood buildings). Of the cast only Hiroshi Abe's second male lead stands out, and for all the wrong reasons: standing still while doing an impersonation of a stern Gregory Peck no matter what the circumstances works for him, so he does it for the duration of the movie until making a brief, disastrous foray into changing his expression in his last scene. If he could summon up the enthusiasm, Clive Owen would be proud of the sheer dedicated monotony he brings to the screen.

It's no surprise that this was cut for export (the shorter dubbed US version has a bit more explanation of what's going on): the less than entirely successful but still much-maligned American movie was much better than this. Dispiriting stuff.

Sony's US Region 1 NTSC DVD is the shorter dubbed version (no Japanese soundtrack option) with audio commentary by the team behind the American re-edit, US trailer and behind the scenes footage. The only way to see the uncut version at present is to track down the Hong Kong DVD, which includes English subtitles - but only on the Cantonese soundtrack. Sony's 2014 US Blu-ray release includes both cuts of the film (the Japanese cut with Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles) with the extras carried over from their earlier DVD, but the release is Region A-locked.
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on 17 October 2016
Godzilla 2000 is the first film in the Millennium Series & came out a year or so after TriStar & Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla film. In Godzilla 2000, Toho seem to be showing the makers of the 1998 movie what the true Godzilla should look like. Indeed, Godzilla looks great in this - it is the classic Godzilla look but the spines are larger, the head more reptilian, the teeth more fearsome, & he has a green tint rather than the charcoal grey of previous films.

The plot itself is pretty derivative - an alien life form wanting to take over the world, resulting in a final dust-up with the big G. The story itself proceeds logically from Godzilla's first appearance, through the introduction of the mysterious alien to the final satisfying showdown. The characters, themselves, are reasonably fleshed out in order to move the story along & are quite engaging in their own right - I'm not one for long lengthy character development in this type of movie.

The special effects are somewhat hit & miss - some of the effects are great while others evoke the 60s blue-screen technique. Overall, however, the film is great fun to watch. This particular print is presented in a 1.85 : 1 aspect ratio. Whilst this may not be to everyone's liking, it does provide for some great close-ups of Godzilla, who is shot from a number of interesting angles. Visually, this is a great film & well worth the effort.

There has been a lot of comment about the poor subtitles in this version. In spite of the many goofs, the subtitles are actually still good enough for one to be able to follow the proceedings fairly easily - in fairness, the simple plot also helps in this respect. In fact, the poor subtitles aren't quite bad enough for me to downgrade this package.

All in all, I found this to be an extremely enjoyable Godzilla entry & a great comeback for the big guy.
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Once upon a time, Toho actually killed off the Big G to make way for a trio of Godzilla films to be made in America by TriStar. Fortunately, 1998’s Godzilla proved to be more than enough of this American kaiju nonsense, opening the door for Toho to bring the real Godzilla back well ahead of his 50th birthday in 2004. Thus was born Godzilla 2000, the first film in the Godzilla Millennium series. So, you basically have to forget everything that happened in the previous twenty-three Godzilla movies, apart from G’s appearance as a monster brought to life by tests of the atomic bomb. Godzilla 2000 actually serves as a darn good comeback for the champ, who had never looked better than the mean, green, fighting machine he is in this film. With redesigned scales and a more ferocious mouth, Godzilla actually looks like the monster he’s supposed to be. The special effects are good, too – featuring a nice blend of the crappy CGI and “guy in a rubber suit” shots that I frankly expect and want to see in a Godzilla film with a pretty impressive extended boss fight scene at the end.

Godzilla 2000’s only real weakness is the story. We’re barely introduced to the main characters before Godzilla shows up and starts stomping his way toward energy sources, including a nuclear plant. The writers apparently didn’t want anything, including character development, getting in the way of their good, old-fashioned, Tokyo-stomping fun. Snippets of backstory are added to a couple of characters but are never developed at all. A larger problem is, of course, the English dubbing. Tri-Star actually forked out a good deal of money to secure this film’s American theatrical release, shaving off about seven minutes of running time and adding far too many classic American expressions like “Great Caesar’s Ghost” and “Bite me.” I swear they even have one Japanese guy inexplicably yell “Gott in Himmel” when he sees Godzilla.

Godzilla’s opponent begins life as a rock. When a team of Japanese scientists try to recover a 600 million year old meteorite from the seafloor, the thing floats up on its own and soon takes off into the sky. In reality, it’s a UFO that draws power from sunlight. Godzilla isn’t buying the whole rock routine, though, immediately attacking the thing. After feeling each other out in that first round, both sides return to their respective corners, with the UFO hacking Japan’s computers and learning about Godzilla’s remarkable regenerative process while Godzilla bides his time waiting for the real confrontation. Weak storyline and characterization aside, the penultimate rumble in central Tokyo really delivers – and that’s what we care about the most, right? I just don’t consider Godzilla 2000 as forgettable as a lot of other fans seem to consider it. This Godzilla looks great, and he isn’t playing around, and that’s why I’m quite fond of this film.
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on 1 June 2014
Not the best Godzilla movie although he looked pretty cool in this one.
the ufo effects are pretty awful like it had been drawn on the screen, but the monster at the end was very good.
The costumes and effects have improved slightly. But im a classics fan of the 6os and 70s Godzilla movies.
The best ones for me would be Godzillas vs megalon , GZ VS Gigan, GZ Vs Mechagodzilla, Son of Godzilla is hilarious,
Destroy all monsters is pretty good. Godzilla vs Kingkong has such awful effects but this makes the film better as we can
all have a laugh at the effects and kingkongs monkey suit to take are minds off the awful acting and dubbing.Ebriah horror
of the deep has a very funny dance contest at the beginning not to be missed the rest of that movie is ok Godzilla fights the giant
crab/prawn guy and Mothra lives on that island too. As the later 2000s Godzilla movies go I really enjoyed Godzilla Final Wars it had pretty much all the monsters in it. Plenty of monster action some good effects and some superhuman mutants. Plenty of action
and some great comedy in that one. Especially Miller Godzilla's son looks hilarious.
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on 28 May 2008
Godzilla, my all time favourite monster has been redesigned for this millenium series. Personally I am one of those who didnt appreciate the horrible hollywood version, so for those who want to forget that movie, I recommend you watch this Godzilla movie, the original japanese Godzilla.

The special effects are superb and Godzilla looks very different since the showa and heisei series, but its still the same guy in the monster suit that destroys buildings and everything else quite frankly.

His opponent in this starts out to be a six hundred pound rock (alien species naturally) and then morphs into a Biollante sort monster. While some of the film drags, the monster scenes are fantastic and the climatic showdown near the end is unmissable.

If your a Godzilla fan like me, theres only three words GO FOR IT!!
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on 5 August 2016
If you want bad acting bad dubbing ,bad Special affects and a bad story this is the film.made just like the early Godzilla films this is brilliant
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on 7 April 2015
In my opinion it is not up to their usual standard, but enjoyable just the same.
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on 25 September 2015
arrived as usual one week.. great having these for godzilla'a collectors
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