This is the Hollywood remake of Godzilla and not the original Japanese version.
I found this movie entertaining despite the fact that i felt Matthew Broderick and Maria Pitillo were miscast. I wasn't keen on the radiation aspect of the plot which uses French nuclear testing to explain Godzilla's size. I wish they had rewrote the script before making the movie.
The original plot was to have featured Godzilla as an ancient creature that protects the Earth and only awakens when the planet is threatened. That film would have had Godzilla fighting some huge monsters in the same way the Japanese sequels and it's unfortunate they abandoned the idea because of cost issues. I would have personally loved the original idea.
This film is still enjoyable but i dislike the plot that explains Godzilla and i dislike the ending.
Sony/Columbia Pictures have a good reputation with back catalog titles on the Blu Ray format and i am happy to report this film comes with a very good transfer to high definition.
I think this transfer is excellent and represents the look of the original film well. Any issues are more related to the actual CGI effects or camera lenses and photography and not because of any transfer problems. Of course CGI has improved since this film was originally made.
The movie has a lot of night scenes with heavy rainfall and the encoding of these scenes was spot on, for the first time on a home format i felt Godzilla looked cinematic and film like. There was no edge enhancement or compression issues which stood out and that always makes me happy. I have added Godzilla to The Reference List which you can view by clicking here.
The disc is not region coded and will play on any Blu Ray player in the world.
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