Godzilla: Final Wars

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Overview

Giant monsters are rampaging in cities across the globe, and as the Earth Defense Force struggles to find a way to defeat the malicious mutants, their only hope lies frozen in the Antarctic in Versus director Ryuhei Kitamura futuristic entry into the long-running kaiju series. In the near future, Earth is being decimated by monsters that have been mysteriously unleashed in every major city from New York to Sydney, and as the world population falls into a paralyzing state of panic, the Earth Defense Force must ...
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Overview

Giant monsters are rampaging in cities across the globe, and as the Earth Defense Force struggles to find a way to defeat the malicious mutants, their only hope lies frozen in the Antarctic in Versus director Ryuhei Kitamura futuristic entry into the long-running kaiju series. In the near future, Earth is being decimated by monsters that have been mysteriously unleashed in every major city from New York to Sydney, and as the world population falls into a paralyzing state of panic, the Earth Defense Force must stage a daring initiative to save the human race. After a giant unidentified flying object suddenly appears and vaporizes the beasts in a matter of seconds, the relieved citizens of Earth are comforted to hear that the newly arrived alien race is seeking to make a peace treaty with humankind. All is not as it seems, however, and as the nefarious aliens reveal their true nature, it's up to Godzilla to take back the planet -- or die trying.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The 28th and (they say) final installment in this 50-year series pulls out all the stops and presents Godzilla fans with a two-hour smackdown resembling nothing so much as a mega-monster edition of Wrestlemania. With Godzilla frozen in ice beneath the South Pole, his old nemeses reappear -- under the control of an alien race known as the Xilians -- and lay waste to the world's greatest cities. When humanity's efforts to stop the monster-and-alien onslaught prove ineffectual, Godzilla is brought forth to shift the balance of power. Although Final Wars boasts exceptional production values for a Toho production, it maintains the essence of the series' appeal: guys in rubber monster suits trampling miniature cities underfoot and blowing up toy tanks with blasts of radioactive breath. There's some CGI work, but not much, and that's deliberate. Those managing the Godzilla franchise know full well that the character's nostalgic appeal has nothing to do with the special effects. The "human" aspect of the story is, as usual, superfluous: The real treat is seeing such old favorites as Mothra, Ghidra, Rodan, and Gigantis back in action. And when Our Hero finally wades off into the Pacific, having once again leveled Tokyo, it's with an almost palpable sense of regret.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • UPC: 043396128187
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: UMD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rei Kikukawa
Don Frye
Akira Takarada
Masahiro Matsuoka
Technical Credits
Ryuhei Kitamura Director, Screenwriter
Eiichi Asada Special Effects
Keith Emerson Score Composer
Takumi Furuya Cinematographer
Isao Kiriyama Screenwriter
Wataru Mimura Original Story, Screenwriter
Shogo Tomiyama Original Story, Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Godzilla: Return of the King!

    I really enjoy this movie a lot! For one thing; the action is clearly unforgettable, the suspense is dramatic, and the actual plot and storyline is awesome! I would have to agree with all the other Godzilla fans out there about one major issue though; there is not enough of Godzilla. The makers of this movie must have wanted it to focus more on the human characters; when they should have focused on the monsters instead. It's kind of like Transformers. Only; there's monsters! But I will say it is worth watching and worth waiting to see Godzilla in action. If this is really the last movie; then this must have been the very best for last; because I loved it!!! I hope that Toho will make another movie soon! LONG LIVE GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!!
    PS: I love Captain Gordon and I loved seeing "Zilla" get the crap beaten out of the real Godzilla!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1st the challenger in the blue corner the CGI crazy US creation... and now the reigning champion of the world THE KING of all monsters God-ZILLA!!!! That¿s right people they fight! (Don¿t get too exited because it was not that long. Big G had allot of other monsters to fight) this movie was the first of the new 2000 series movies I've seen and was in AW compared to what I was used to as a kid. I actually liked the story with the humans, some parts dragged on but for the most part. And the main villain guy was REALLY good! Id likes to see him in more movies he was evil and cool.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best of the recent G-films

    You might get warned away from this film, because it's too campy. While this film is done fairly broadly, it has to be. The central plot contains the destruction of civilization as we know it. Trying to play it straight would be kind of hard with a guy in a giant lizard suit. <BR/><BR/>This movie shines as a showcase for the various kaiju that have been featured in Godzilla movies over the past fifty years. Some of these monsters haven't been seen since the sixties. Also Gigan get's killed. Twice!<BR/><BR/>Best of all for folks with short attention spans, the monster fight sequences are not broken-up by the usual "guy in a lab coat searches for a solution" sub-plot. Instead we get a silly but entertaining kung-fu fighting, laser blasting, sword-swinging Earth Defense Force. Not a dull moment to be had.<BR/><BR/>Of course, the acting is abysmal. Not the point at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ever wonder if the US godzilla (looked like a dino) fought the Japan version?

    i was surprised to see all the monsters that where in this one. i was a HUGE fan of godzilla when i was younger. and im used to seeing the more silly faced godzilla this one looks so COOL! anyway could have had more of the monster fights but its good. and the main villian human guy is actually a good actor. the best one of the whole cast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Godzilla is Back with a vengeance

    Godzilla is back and updated with more action than has been seen in a Godzilla flick for a long time. Godzilla: Final Wars is basically a remake of Destroy All Monsters. The film includes a large selections of older monster revamped for modern times. The plot isn't very strong, but the fight scenes between the monsters are really cool. There is also a first time humans versus monster fight (normally in a Godzilla flick it's ships, mazers and tanks you see fighting the monsters, not people actually jumping on top of a monster and blasting away). Some of the action scenes with the humans is a blatant rip off of the Matrix but it still holds one's interest. If your a Godzilla fan than you'll want this in your DVD library, if your not a Godzilla fan than still take a look, its popcorn entertainment at its best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best ever hands down

    this is the final installment of a great movie franchise for at least 10 years. the story was top notch but what i liked that it breated new life in to a dead genre i was highly satisfied with the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what was this mess?!!

    with a new director, he wasn't interested in the Godzilla story at all!Be warned! There's only 15 minutes of Godzilla, and another 20 minutes of the other monsters, the battle scenes are rushed, leaving an hour and a half of the most boring and ridiculus story line(well there really isn't one!)stupid music in the wrong context of the film, overbaring the entire movie.I,m a huge Godzilla fan and loved the more recent ones, but this was garbage! I hated it. the fight scenes were stupid too with the monsters sliding like a car and making the same sounds, this was much like the bad, cheap Godzilla movies of the 1970's.Really disappointing installment in the series, bring back the director for the last few films , he like us are Godzilla fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We'll miss you, Godzilla!

    After 50 years, Godzilla's legacy will finally come to an end. To ensure that this movie will be the most awesome one yet, at least 15 monsters have been included, including two brand-new monsters named Monster X and Kaiser Ghidorah! Sayonara, Godzilla!

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