Godzilla

 (6,239)5.42 h 18 min1998X-RayPG-13
The enormous monster descends upon New York, and it's up to the Army and an odd team of investigators to unravel the mystery behind the incredible creature before it's too late.
Directors
Roland Emmerich
Starring
Gary HeckerMatthew BroderickFrank Welker
Genres
HorrorAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jean RenoMaria PitilloDoug SavantHank AzariaHarry Shearer
Producers
Dean Devlin
Studio
TriStar Pictures
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Roy BasiliskReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Controversial as Godzilla, but an entertaining monster movie nonetheless
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Oft maligned as a Godzilla movie specifically, this is still an entertaining and expensively produced general giant monster/disaster movie. It has issues such as the eternally infantile attack on Siskel and Ebert by the director (via the silly mayor character). As well as the obvious reliance on dark and rainy scenes to obscure cg imperfections.

But it all looks quite good on this most recent blu-ray version, rain and all. The included digital code lists a 2016 expiration date and was not recognized by Vudu. However, it went through via the Sony site to MoviesAnywhere. If not interested in that service, you should not ascribe value to the inclusion of the code here.
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Clapton FanReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Aw Come On It's Fun!
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Loved Godzilla loping thru rainy NYC and destroying Madison Square Garden. HATED Matthew Broderick's un-endearing character as well as many of the minor characters. Hank Azaria & his wife (in the film) are equally offensive, shrill and dumb. I have to give credit to Maria Pitillo who was too good as the ditzy girlfriend....she was totally believable. I've seen her on Law & Order where she played a druggy prostitute and she was brilliant. Unfortunately this movie probably ruined her career because I have not seen her since...a shame & waste
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J. WestReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
He Looks Mad!!!
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I think we need 4K in Blu Ray more often because we don't wanna buy another 4K TV and 4K player, way too expensive. But Godzilla was so cool in 4K only on Blu Ray. The sound was way better than DVD, and the picture was way better in DVD. It has no special features but that's okay with me. As long the movie was in it. I do like those 2 great songs of the soundtrack. The Wallflowers Heroes and Puff Daddy Come With Me, they are my favorite songs. I can watch those music videos on youtube anyway. Godzilla Rules.
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James C GirasaReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Godzilla vs. The Taxi Cab
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This review is for the 4K Ultra HD edition of Godzilla (1998) released in May, 2019 by Tri-Star.

TIMELINE: This is the first live action 'Godzilla' movie made by an American company. It is the 23rd of 31 live action 'Godzilla' movies overall. As of the time of this review in May 2019 ('Godzilla: King of the Monsters' is due out very shortly as of the time of this review). This movie was intended to be the first of a series but no sequel was ever made. It exists in it's own unique universe. However...

GODZILLA OR ZILLA OR EVEN GINO?: Toho purchased the rights to Tri-Star's Godzilla and re-named it Zilla. Zilla appears in 'Godzilla: Final Wars' and a reference is made to him/it in 'GMK: All Out Monster Attack'. This version of Godzilla has also been called 'GINO' by Godzilla fans. That is short for 'Godzilla In Name Only'.

THE 4K PICTURE: To get right down to it, I wasn't that impressed. The picture didn't really look any better than my Blu-Ray edition and I'm not sure if it's worth the upgrade. There was definitely some graininess in the picture in quite a few scenes. Bottom line is that I don't think this is a great transfer.

THE EXTRA'S:
-Visual Effects Commentary
-Behind the Scenes of Godzilla with Charles Caiman
-All Time Best of Godzilla Fight Scenes
-'Heroes' Music Video by The Wallflowers

*****WARNING - LOTS OF SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT*****

PLOT/SYNOPIS: During the credits we see an iguana nest irradiated by nuclear radiation. This will ultimately lead to Godzilla's birth. Godzilla destroys a fishing ship and there is one survivor who identifies him as 'Gojira'.

Nick Tatopoulos is a scientist who studies abnormal growth in irradiated zones. He is at Chernobyl studying enlarged worms when the military collects him and brings him to the site of Godzilla's foot prints. Nick deduces that Godzilla is probably an irradiated creature.

Godzilla heads to New York City and the military, along with Nick, follow. While in NYC, Nick's ex-girlfriend Audrey, who is a fledgling reporter, meets up with him. She takes advantage of him by stealing a video tape from Nick that belongs to the military. Her boss ends up taking credit and announces to the public that Godzilla is in the city. As a result, Nick is booted from the operation. Fortunately for him, A French secret service agent named Philippe recruits him to work with his team. Phillippe tells Nick that they feel responsible for Godzilla since they believe they tested the bomb that led to his birth. Nick deduces that Godzilla is in NYC to nest and they go searching for it. Audrey, along with her cameraman run into Nick at Madison Square Garden. It is here that they find Godzilla's eggs. They are just in time for the eggs to start hatching. They are now confronted by dozens of baby Godzilla's. They need to escape and alert the military to the impending danger. Unfortunately for them, Godzilla is waiting....

PRODUCTION: This movie was made in 1998 and released by TriStar Pictures.
-The director was disaster movie mogul, Roland Emmerich. He continued his landmark destroying ways by destroying The Flat Iron Building, The Chrysler Building, Met-Life Building, Madison Square Garden and even the statue of George Washington on Wall Street.
-Toho decided to end the 'Hesei' series of Godzilla films and hand the franchise over to the Americans. Of course, they 'dropped the ball' pretty badly with this film. The following year, Toho rebooted Godzilla with a new series of films which is now known as 'The Millenium Series' of films.
-Even though the movie was not considered successful, it did make money with a domestic gross of 136 million dollars and 379 million dollars overall.
-The reporters name was Charles Caiman. For those who don't know, a caiman is the smallest type of reptile in the Crocodile family.

COMMENTS:

IS THIS THE ONLY MOVIE MADE FOR THIS 'GODZILLA' UNIVERSE?: An argument can be made that the answer is "no". Zilla (Godzilla) makes an appearance in 'Godzilla: Final Wars'. Since Toho purchased the rights to Tri-Star's Godzilla, you can definitely make the case that 'Godzilla: Final Wars' is a sequel to 'Godzilla (1998)'. Remember, even though Zilla dies, a baby Zilla hatches in the final scene of the movie. Since Zilla, is no longer considered to be Godzilla, then they can certainly co-exist!

WHAT I DISLIKE:

GODZILLA'S RADIOACTIVE BREATH:
I never really got this. Is Godzilla breathing gas? The production team effectively did away with Godzilla's radioactive breath but decided to pay homage to it. When I first watched this, I didn't even realize what was going on. I just thought
there was an explosion and had no idea that Godzilla's breath was causing the fire. I don't recall this being explained in the movie. Perhaps it was, but I missed it. They could have at least given him some glowing scales. It's not as if there isn't bioluminescence in sea creatures throughout the world. Overall, they botched this badly. Godzilla's glowing scales and radioactive breath are what makes him Godzilla.

-The fish: Did we really need this? I seem to recall that iguana's and large lizards in general like lettuce and cabbage and other vegetables. I could be wrong on this but whatever.
-The love story: Do we ever need a love story in a Godzilla movie? My entire life, I have cringed during kissing scenes. When are Americans going to learn. Monster fans don't want 'love' in their stories. I realize I'm really speaking for myself, but I have never heard anybody say, "we need more relationship scenes" in a monster movie.
-I did not like Godzilla being an asexual creature. This just doesn't work for me.
-Evacuating New York City would not have been that simple. At the very least, the military could have come in and gone through the city till they found Godzilla. Since everybody was gone, what was the hurry?
-I get it, liberties have to be taken to move movies along. Even so, I thought the eggs hatching almost immediately after Godzilla lays the eggs is a lot of 'Suspension of Disbelief'.

WHAT I STRONGLY DISLIKE:

GODZILLA VS. THE TAXI CAB:
If the goal was to challenge Toho for campiness and idiotic plot points, Tri-Star was a smashing success! The movie's climax features Godzilla chasing around a group of humans riding in a taxi cab. He blames them for killing his (it's?) babies.

-I absolutely hated having the French involved. I mean, really, what do we need them for? When was the last time we needed assistance from the French. The War of 1812 perhaps?
-I did not like Godzilla being taken down by a few missiles. This is in fact more realistic, but it is not in the spirit of Godzilla films in which the military's efforts are always futile. Godzilla is in effect, a fantasy creature and not a science fiction creature.
-I thought that the idea of destroying Madison Square Garden was just ridiculous. It was just plain dumb on so many levels. First off, they could have given the humans more time to get out. They could have easily just gone in there with some soldiers and cleared the place out. Was it really necessary to do a Billion Dollars in damage?

IS THAT REALLY GODZILLA? WHAT DO I THINK OF THE DESIGN?: There is a part of me that likes the fact that they tried to give Godzilla a realistic look by basing the design on an iguana. I like the design better today than I did years ago. I guess the real reason I never liked the design was because of how inept this Godzilla was.

WAY OFF-COLOR (WARNING - If you are a female and/or easily offended, do not read this paragraph and skip to the next one): I just can't resist making this comment. I know my mind is sometimes in the gutter but did anyone else out there think themselves... How funny would it have been if when the baby Godzilla hatched, instead of sniffing at Matthew Broderick because it was looking for fish, it sniffed the female reporters crotch?

WAS THERE ANYTHING I ACTUALLY LIKED?:
Indeed there is.
-I did like a lot of the special effects. I thought Godzilla looked good stomping around New York City. I really enjoyed watching him move against the backdrop of the buildings.
-I liked the origin of Godzilla. I think using an irradiated iguana was a good idea.

CONCLUSIONS: After watching this movie for the first time in several years and for the third time in my life, my opinion actually went up. The movie isn't as bad as I remember. I guess I just hated it because of all of the ridiculous scenes. Of course, illogical scenes have always been par for the course in Godzilla movies.

I don't really know if the upgrade is worth it. If you are a die hard Godzilla fan, you are going to buy it anyway, just like me. Because you have to have everything!

RATINGS:
The Picture: 5/10 - I am disappointed in the picture as I point out above under 'THE PICTURE'.
The Plot: 3/10 - Very generic, been there, done that. The climax scene is unforgivable in my eyes.
The SFX: 9/10 - I'm rating this based on it's day. I remember being in the theater and being 'wowed' by the size of Godzilla while I watched this on a large screen. Obviously the CGI was more primitive but it even over 20 years later it still looks decent.
The Godzilla Suit: 5/10 - There is one in most Godzilla movie's but not this one. Since there is no suit, I have to rate this on the design and CGI. The CGI is good but the design isn't.
Overall: 6/10 or 3 stars

WHAT'S NEXT FOR GODZILLA?: There was a sequel planned for this movie. The ending certainly left room for a direct sequel. However, the fan reaction was overwhelmingly negative despite the movie being a financial success. Tri-Star would not renew the license and Toho took back the Godzilla franchise. Toho released the first of the 'Millenium' series of films, 'Godzilla 2000', the following year, 1999. This movie received a limited theatrical run in the United States but was not commercially successful. It confused audiences who were not familiar with the Godzilla franchise.
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Eric The RedReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun ride, great entertainment
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This 4K Blu-ray came in the mail earlier this week. I finally sat down to watch it, with no distractions. I had not watched my DVD in a while and there was a deal on this high definition version so I bought it. The first thing that I noticed was the very slick menu for navigating between the disc’s many features. There’s no tiny menus within menus , everything is a page. Pages turn in 4 directions and it’s both easy to understand and accurate in the outcome. This should be THE industry standard for Blu-ray menus.
At the start of the movie, we see black and white footage of nuclear ☢️ bombs exploding in the pacific, tropical islands, and of course the iguanas. The first few minutes are somewhat similar to the start of the 2014 Godzilla movie.
It was nice to see Jean Reno , action star from the 1990’s playing the heavy hitter from the spy agencies. He’s entertaining to watch in everything I’ve seen him in and this is no exception. Matthew Broderick is also fun and very much in character, playing his own version of the nerdy Scientist who might be the only man on earth who understands this Godzilla creature. The rest of the movie is a fun Hollywood ride from the folks who made Independence Day so fun and so memorable.

I know there are detractors for this one , and I would dare you to rewatch it objectively. You might accidentally be entertained.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Jil PenningtonReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
An enjoyable movie with unique motifs unseen in previous versions.
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I never cared for Godzilla, but this movie is a unique version of the genre. You have a young scientist studying mutations in earth worms in Chernobel who is called in by the military to explain the source of gigantic footprints and attacks. Modern special effects are exactly what the story of Godzilla has always needed and this movie delivers them. Instead of the oft repeated random attack on city and people THIS Godzilla behaves and reacts as a living animal would, which is an new motif unseen in any previous version of this genre. As an added bonus MANY tiny Godzillas wreck havoc all over the area. The one thing I didn't like about this movie was the former girlfriend in the form of an ambition-driven reporter trying to make a name for herself. The actress's portrayal is shallow and undefined and lacks the depth needed to sustain such a role. But between them Michael Broderick and Godzilla carry this movie to a satisfying end. And unlike other monster movies you don't get drenched in gore and guts. Which is a nice difference.
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Dana BReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
When they mispronounced "Gojira" in the film..
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that was an indication of the entire film. This creature wasn't Gojira or Godzilla or even a t-rex. It was some weird hybrid who didn't act like any one of them. They even got his breath wrong. He breathed fire once which is not anything that Godzilla or a t-rex does. The story was weak, the acting subpar (except for Jean Reno who could only work with what he was given) and at times it was a blatant Jurassic Park story rip off. I give it two stars for the attempts in the beginning to bring up the radiation issues and for the production value of 1998, it was strong. As a Godzilla fan, I wouldn't recommend this or watch it again.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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Ok.. I like Godzilla.. having 2 boys and now 3 grandsons.. who doesn't like the good guy?! I've seen lots of makes for Godzilla.. however.. this one is my favorite.. I like Matthew Broderick Jean Reno Hank Azaria Doug Savant Kevin Dunn Vicki Lewis and Maria Pitillo that might account for why I like it so much.. I say.. rent it.. buy it.. enjoy!!
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