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Posted January 25, 2012
Not a Zillaphile
Until I picked up this set I had never seen an entire Godzilla flick. More interested in Japanese films than classic sci-fi I decided to give this a go. What a pleasent surprise.
The original Japanese Godzilla (Gojira) is well acted and directed. The special effects, while crude, are effective. I won't go into the plot other than to say it's a dark reaction to the H-bomb.
The American version (not a remake, but more of a remix) is a good example of how to dumb down a film. Raymond Burr is fine as reporter Steve Martin but he was honestly not given much to work with so is essentialy a narrator, and said narration is bland. Same footage of the creature.
The commentaries on both films are very good. (For the curious, it is nicely explained why Godzilla, not Gojira, is the appropriate translation.)
Picture quality is good considering the stock they had to work with. Audio in very good. I have not viewed the other supplements so can't comment.
If, like me, you're not a Zilla enthusiast I would recommend you check these discs out anyway. If you're already a fan I don't see how you can go wrong with a purchase of this product.
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Posted April 14, 2012
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