A year after the clash seen in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, the giant robot built around the bones of the original Godzilla is still being repaired. Mothra and her two fairy princesses appear to warn humanity to return the bones to the sea, but the authorities do not listen, and Godzilla, drawn to Mechagodzilla, returns to ravage Tokyo. A titanic battle ensues, with Mechagodzilla and Mothra struggling to save the city from the unstoppable lizard.
The case could certainly …e made that this is a little too much like the previous film all over again. This does not take away from the spectacular nature of the battles, however, and there are numerous scenes of heart-stopping visual excitement (a couple of missile attacks particularly stand out). As well, the two films together represent the most interesting re-interpretation of the Mechagodzilla character yet, transforming it into a melancholy, tragic figure. This is also the most beautiful incarnation yet of Mothra. Overall, a very strong entry in the series.
Verily, this is the thunder of the gods. The music is huge and impressive, with a very fine bass, and the explosions are roars of the monsters are exhilaratingly huge. The placement of the surround effects is excellent. You are right there in the midst of the destruction of Tokyo.
Once again, we are treated to a respectful, 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer of the kind Godzilla fans only dreamt of in years past. The colours are excellent, as are the blacks, and the contrasts are very strong too. The image is extremely sharp, and there is no visible edge enhancement. There is a slight graininess, making some of the effects less convincing than they were in the theatrical release, but this is a very minor quibble.
The new Godzilla releases have all been light on the extras, and this one, while no exception, marks a slight improvement. As well as the usual batch of Godzilla-related trailers (plus Anacondas) there is a 2w-minute behind-the-scenes featurette produced by Toho. There is no narration, but the images are largely self-explanatory. The menu is basic.
Another excellent transfer. And the fact that this hit DVD relatively little time after the film’s release (last Christmas in Japan) gives one home that Godzilla: Final Wars won’t be far behind.
Special Features List
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette