All Bets Are Off! Godzilla: The Heisei-Millennium Apocalypse

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I remember buying the VHS  of Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989) at the mall in 1995, but I had no idea they were still making Godzilla movies.

Early ’95 I had just quit working in the warehouse of a retail store called Service Merchandise, from that job I made some friends, but only one of them, Jamie Frenier, carried over to my life after that. He was a big Godzilla and Star Wars fan, and it was through him I learned Toho was still in the Kaiju making business. Jaime had a friend working at a record store at the mall who got bootlegs of these new Godzilla movies and would sell them. Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992) was the first film in this new series I saw. Jamie lent me his copy for a night to watch, and I was immediately taken by how well done the FX was for the rays Battra and Mothra used and for Godzilla’s atomic breath.

I believe he lent me Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991) after that and I was really blown away by this one. Not just the FX but also the storyline. This was the first film to actually show how this new Godzilla came to be.

It was a while later that he acquired the other films in the Heisei series, but for reasons I can’t recall I never asked to borrow them. I remember him telling me about them but I never watched any. I also remember hearing about Godzilla’s death when he finally got the final film, Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah (1995), and just couldn’t believe Toho actually killed the Big G off.

The first time I ever saw these movies in DVD form was in 1998, when Sony put out King Ghidorah and Mothra in a double feature. I remember discovering their pre-orders on DVD Planet’s website when I was on the computer at the library. A memorable moment because up till then I was pretty much computer illiterate and some how came to the understanding library’s allowed the public to use their computers, but I can’t recall what got me to thinking I needed to check DVD Planet’s website. I routinely ordered from them, but back then they used to include recent catalogs and updates in their sent packages.

One of the librarians took a few moments to show me how to navigate through the net and I remember picking up on how to do that rather quickly.

My elation at these pending DVDs was quickly destroyed, however, when I got them and saw Sony had not widescreened them. They ended  releasing the rest of the Heisei series and this time they did widescreen them, but I never watched King Ghidorah and Mothra again because of their full frame transfers.

Getting hard up for money some years later (summer 2000) I ended up trading in all those Godzilla movies for cash and have not seen them since.

The moment Hollywood broke news they were committed to making another Godzilla movie, I kept up hopes that whenever it finally reached theaters Sony would re-release those movies in better versions, which meant, perhaps, this time they’ll actually give King Ghidorah and Mothra proper widescreen transfers. Cut to today, which is April 25th, 2014, where we here in the US are only 4 weeks away from a second Hollywood remake of Godzilla and in the interim Sony, along with Universal, and a couple of smaller distributors, are indeed doing what I had hoped. They are cashing in on the remake and re-releasing their Godzilla flicks on blu-ray finally.

Between ’98 and now Toho actually revived Godzilla and created the Millennium series (1999-2004) of movies. Sony acquired those movies as well and released them on solo DVDs.

For their re-release plan this time around they’ve decided to make available 8 of the movies, the entire Heisei series and 3 from the Millennium series, in double feature blu-rays, which all arrived late morning today via FedEx.

Cover art is identical to what was used on their previous DVDs.

The Heisei films are better connected to one another starting with Godzilla VS. Biollante (1989). That movie starts right after Godzilla 1985 ends and the clairvoyant character, Miki Saegusa, who was introduced in Biollante is carried over to Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991). She even mentions where Godzilla has gone after his fight with Biollante in the last movie.

In his third Heisei movie we get an origin story and a re-invention of Godzilla as well as a new origin for King Ghidorah. During World War II, on an island where Japan’s forces were fighting off the Americans, a dinosaur was discovered who helped in defeating the Americans. It’s reasoned it was this dinosaur that was hit by the first atomic weapon years later that turned into Godzilla. Meanwhile, time travelers from 200 years in the future suddenly show up and tell Japan they can help by going back in time and removing that dinosaur from the island.

No dinosaur.

No Godzilla.

With the exception of one these time travelers are renegades with their own agenda, to rebuild Japan, but to do that they have to destroy it first, so they rid the world of Godzilla by teleporting that dying dinosaur into the ocean into modern times, but replacing him on the island with these genetically engineered bat-pets called, dorats. It’s these dorats that morph into King Ghidorah when the first atomic bomb is dropped.

With Ghidorah under their control they lay waste to Japan, but Godzilla isn’t out of the picture yet. The dinosaur under the ocean feeds on radioactive fallout, modern radioactive fallout, and ends up turning into a larger and more dangerous Godzilla.

He comes back with a vengeance seriously wounding Ghidorah, but now he’s back to destroying Japan and it’s now predicted by the time travelers that he wipes Japan out. Our lone heroine from the future travels back to the future, turns Ghidorah into a cyborg and brings it back to finally put Godzilla down… until the next movie that is.

In Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992, aka Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth US title) 12,000 years ago there was an advanced civilization on Earth with Mothra as the Earth’s Guardian, then scientists tried to control the weather and the Earth rebelled creating the Black Mothra, Battra. Battra destroyed the scientists and their weather manipulating machines before Mothra swooped in and put his evil counterpart down.

Cut to 1992 when a meteor crashes into the sea and wouldn’t you know it the rock touches down right in the very trench Godzilla was hibernating and wakes him up. But that’s not the least of Earth’s problems, mankind has been destroying the environment for decades and its now reached a point where Mothra’s egg on Infant Island has been unearthed and Battra’s deep sea slumbering has ended.

Miki Saegusa has a smaller part in this flick. The human characters this one centers on is an Indiana Jones-type, his ex-wife and a corporate lackey whose corporation is responsible for a lot of the environmental destruction going in Asia.

Like in the 1964 movie, Mothra Vs. Godzilla, Mothra’s egg is carted back to Japan along with the two minuscule, twin priestesses now known as the Cosmos. Mothra hatches and goes on a rampage; Battra comes to Japan looking to kill Mothra and the wild card in the middle is Godzilla.

Both moths put aside their innate hatred for each other to take on the bigger threat to the planet and this time out Toho gave Mothra antennae rays to shoot. Battra has eye beams, and the whole finale is a kaleidoscope of various colored rays and radioactive breath being shot everywhere.

In the end Godzilla is dumped back in the ocean….

I’ve never seen Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (1993, Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II US title). I remember when it was going to on the AMC channel back in 2001. This was the week after 9/11. AMC never aired it. No explanation given. I can only assume they didn’t want to because of the nature of the movie and all that destruction would simply remind people of what just happened. It was like a month or two later when AMC scheduled it again but when it aired it wasn’t the ’93 movie but another Godzilla movie. I think it might’ve been the ’74 Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla movie.

As the movie opens we learn the cybernetic parts of King Ghidorah, which were last seen lying at the bottom of the ocean, have now been salvaged and this future tech has been incorporated into a new creation, Mechagodzilla.

Meanwhile an expedition on an island discovers a giant egg and guarding it a pteranodon (aka Rodan). Incidentally, Rodan is referred to as Radon in the dubbed version here. If I can recall Radon is what Rodan was originally called when the creature was conceived but it’s name was changed to Rodan over here in the US. I don’t remember why they did that, but back when I was a kid we had a popular cleaning product called Radon here in the US.

Food for thought.

Godzilla randomly shows up and has a violent confrontation with Rodan. Later on we learn the egg belongs to Godzilla and a baby godzillasaurus hatches. Like Gorgo (1961) did in her movie, Godzilla comes looking for his baby.

The humans do battle with Godzilla with their Mechagodzilla creation and their first battle goes pretty much like they wanted, but soon Godzilla gets the upper hand and trashes his mechanized alter ego. A second battle goes differently when they learn Godzilla has a second brain near his spine, he’s crippled but Rodan comes to the rescue.

The clairvoyant character of Miki appears again in this movie and has a more integral part since she was the one who found his second brain and is needed in the Mechagodzilla when they go off to battle.

Toho gave Rodan a new power, a ray he shoots from his mouth. Not an improvement in my book. In fact Rodan didn’t need any kind of ray-like weapon, that’s not the kind of creature he was. And this is the only movie in the Heisei series that has Rodan in it.

In the end MechaGodzilla is vanquished, Rodan sacrifices his life so Godzilla can walk again and Godzilla and his offspring walk off into the ocean, just like Gorgo.

Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) isn’t one of my favorites from this era.

It’s theorized some of Godzilla’s cells got into space through his battle with either Biollante or Mothra and these cells, thanks to a combination of radiation and a trip through a black hole, has created this creature the people of Earth call, SpaceGodzilla.

Speaking of earthlings two from G-force are dispatched to this island where that godzillasaurus from the previous movie has grown a lot larger and cuter. These soldiers are there to set up this new project that will allow Miki to telepathically control Godzilla. While there they bump into another soldier, this one just wants to kill Godzilla with his blood coagulant bullet. Which fails miserably, but the device the other two shoot into the back of G’s head succeeds and actually helps in getting Miki to influence Godzilla’s movements.

To replace MechaGodzilla a new piece of mecha is created—Moguera. And as usual it gets off some good shots at the Big G and SpaceGodzilla, and they even team-up with Godzilla in fighting his alien counterpart but in the end it crashes and burns.

Of all the movies thus far his next one, Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah (1995), is the boldest. After 41 years Godzilla is finally facing the one foe we humans assumed he was immune to—death. Oh, and some monster called, Destoroyah (aka Destroyer).

Personally, I never thought Toho would ever make such a film since Godzilla is synonymous with their studio and most likely pulls in a lot of money for them.

Not counting this one most of the Heisei series has no connection to the Showa series (1954-1975). You might even call the Heisei era the remake era, but not direct remakes, more like re-inventions of their monsters. Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah is the sole Heisei film that acknowledges a movie from the previous era, but only when it comes to the “first” Godzilla (1954) as one of the characters casually mentions.

A Dr. Serizawa created a device called the “oxygen destroyer” that ended up pulling all the oxygen out of the water and killing the first Godzilla. In 1995 soil samples taken from the site the weapon was used reveals a prehistoric microorganism had been exposed to it and has been evolving and mutating all these decades.

In the opening Godzilla crashes an airport and goes on one of his usual rampages, but he looks different this time. He’s got this blotch-like rash all over his body, his eyes are red, his body is venting steam and his atomic breath is a reddish color and more explosive than usual.

What we learn is the island he and his offspring were on in the previous movie had a volcano that erupted and the unnaturally high radiation has triggered problems with his heart, since he’s physiologically been made to feed on nuclear radiation he’s now got too much and it’s initially postulated that he’s going to explode, and with that kind of unprecedented nuclear event happening right on earth he’s going to take all humanity with him. Later on they discover it’s not an explosion he’s going to die by but a meltdown, which is worse, but no less deadly for all us humans.

While they decide to not engage Godzilla, this new creature bred from Dr. Serizawa’s weapon starts growing and taking on many twisted forms until it gets bigger than Godzilla himself.

It’s then decided to pit the two monsters in battle presuming since the creature has “oxygen destroyer” powers that it might be the best way to kill Godzilla without having to endure a nuclear meltdown in the process.

To make that happen Baby Godzilla is used as bait.

But the eruption that altered Godzilla altered Baby Godzilla too, changing him into more of a beast like his father. Still he’s no match for Destroyer and his killed. Godzilla, seeking revenge as he approaches his death, avenges his offspring but also gives him newfound life after he literally melts down. All that radiation that was calculated to put an end to anything living in Japan has been absorbed into the offspring and the final scene is Godzilla resurrected Phoenix-like as the end credits start.

As any final film for a celluloid icon should have this film was a major step up from the previous ones in the series. It has a grimmer tone and generally better production value. It’s the one standout of the whole series in my opinion. And a very sad one, too. To see Godzilla die was a bit more emotional than I assumed it would be when I first saw it decades ago and even now that final moment still resonates. Miki even sheds tears. And the momentary demise of the offspring watered my eyes as well.

All the movies in the Heisei series are presented in their original 1.85:1 aspect ratio (1080p high definition), which is a welcome sight when it comes to Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla Vs. Mothra. These are the International Versions supplied by Toho themselves, which is obvious when you watch the end credits (Tri-star cut the end credits on them for their DVD release), but the truncated versions still exist on Mothra and King Ghidorah as well as the US title given to Mothra. I still say those two blu-ray versions are an upgrade for at least being released this time in their correct aspect ratio. So, keep that in mind when weighing the pros and cons of those particular two.

As for transfer quality, Toho is notorious for not allowing US distributors to remaster any of their Godzilla movies and because of that most of the movies have varying degrees of quality. Some scenes look pristine others look more DVD worthy than blu-ray. To me Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah looked the worst with Godzilla Vs. Mothra and Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah looking the best.

As for audio you get the Japanese track with English subtitles (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) and the dubbed English version (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), with English, English SDH and French subtitles.

As for extras all the Heisei series have various teasers and their respective theatrical trailers, but that’s all they have.

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There are six movies in the Millennium Series (Godzilla 2000, Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: All Out Monsters Attack, Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. and Godzilla: Final Wars). When I first saw them I was perplexed as to how they connected to one another, but then I learned the mandate for these movies was that each director make a sequel to the first Godzilla (1954) movie. Aside from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., which is a direct sequel to Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, all the other films are standalone features.

For now Sony has decided to only release three of these movies on blu-ray. I’ve been told if sales are good they’ll put the other three on blu, too.

In Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus (2000) we get a flashback to Big G’s 1954 rampage, not with archival footage from the actual movie, but with new re-enacted footage replacing the old ’54 Godzilla with the Millennium design, which I think is one of the best looks Toho ever gave Godzilla. He reappears in 1966 and then in 1996, with several key soldiers being killed. The female soldier who survived vows eternal revenge.

We cut to 2001 where an anti-Godzilla unit has been put together in case he ever appears again and they all know he will. A new weapon is being created to hopefully eradicate him from the planet forever. They call it the Dimension Tide and it’s a weapon that creates miniature black holes. Their aim is to suck Godzilla into one of these man-made holes, and the first test goes off without a hitch, except the black hole’s has a lasting residual effect that allows a prehistoric dragonfly to enter our reality, lay an egg and return to where ever the hell it came from.

This egg eventually hatches and the nymph being bigger than a human and innately aggressive feeds on a couple it randomly encounters before shedding its skin. And then like a plague one leads to another and another and another until modern day Japan is up against a swarm of supposedly extinct prehistoric insects.

Naturally when Godzilla appears on a remote island looking for radiation to ingest, the swarms are attracted to him. While this is happening the scientists are warming up the Dimension Tide satellite and actually manage to hit him square on with a shot.

Godzilla being who he is manages to avoid being sucked in. All the weapon did was bury him under a ton of rubble. The dragonflies, having sucked some of his radioactive energy, return to their nest and inject this immense larva with it.

Megaguirus is born!

As the reptile and the insect fight the humans are contending with a faulty Dimensional Tide satellite and have only one shot left they can get off before it burns up in the atomsphere. Godzilla ends Megaguirus’ life and is then hit with a black hole. This time he’s gone.

Or is he?

An after credits scene shows he’s still with us.

I momentarily found it odd that Sony would blu Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S (2003) without doing the same for Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002), but I’m convinced now that they didn’t even know it was directly linked.

Pretty much, though, you can watch S.O.S. without having seen MechaGodzilla and still understand what’s going on. To a degree events in that previous movie are covered.

The bones from the first Godzilla have been retrieved and incorporated into this new mechanical Godzilla’s design, and there are no pilots used within the mecha itself, instead the pilots control it remotely from a special jet. It’s a year after the events in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla and MechaGodzilla is still being repaired.

This movie connects directly to Mothra (1961) in that the character of Shin’ichi Chujo is used again and even played by the same actor, Hiroshi Koizumi. Chujo is one of those recognizable actors for he’s been in other Godzilla films as well: Godzilla Raids Again, Mothra Vs. Godzilla, Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla (’74), Godzilla 1985, as well as Dagora, The Space Monster, Atragon and a personal favorite of mine, Mutango (aka Attack Of The Mushroom People).

In S.O.S. him, his nephew, who works in the maintenance crew for MechaGodzilla, and his nephew are all visited one night by the fairy twins of Infant Island. They tell them if Godzilla’s bones aren’t returned to the sea Mothra will declare war on Japan. In the meantime Mothra comes to Japan’s aid when Godzilla strikes and helps try to defeat him.

Back on Infant Island the twins wake her offspring and they head off to give their mother help. She dies at the hands of Godzilla’s atomic breath, and the caterpillars renew their fight against the King Of The Monsters just as MechaGodzilla is finally brought in to try and level the playing field.

In the end, the caterpillars manage to encase Godzilla in silk and the soul of the first dead Godzilla takes control of his mechanized body and takes the new Godzilla off to the sea where they both fall deep into the briny depths.

The after credits scene shows that Godzilla’s DNA has been acquired and stored in a facility for biotech weaponry.

Do we humans ever learn?

I liked this movie and I think Mothra’s design is the best I’ve ever seen it since its ’61 debut and it’s subsequent ’64 Godzilla follow-up. Kudos for the brilliant casting with Koizumi and the linking to Mothra’s ‘61 movie.

Now we come to the final movie in the Millennium series, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and it clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 5 minutes; the longest running time for any of Toho’s Godzilla movies. This is another Godzilla movie I haven’t seen till now. I remember when it was about to hit DVD I had plans to buy it but the reviews I read were oddly lukewarm to negative. And now after having seen it I was wise to not have spent the money.

Of the Millennium movies there are two that stand out, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), GMK for short, for the simple fact that it was directed by Shusuke Kaneko, who successfully re-invented Gamera in a new trilogy that ran from 1995-1999, and Godzilla: Final Wars, which was directed by Ryûhei Kitamura, who rose to popularity for his Versus (2000) movie. Both are directors with unique styles and where Kaneko was largely successful in bringing a new look to his Godzilla movie, I was rather put off by Kitamura’s take. It was too hyper-kinetic for a Kaiju film of this ilk. It reminded me of what an American version of Godzilla would look like done in all the wrong ways (which incidentally happened in 1998). Big and bigger explosions for no reason, bigger action, and occasionally outlandish fight scenes where the monster fights are concerned.

In a prologue we see Godzilla in battle with an Atragon (1963)-type submarine. He loses and is entombed in ice at the South Pole. After that we learn a segment of the population has been discovered to be mutants; humans with superpower strength and agility. These mutants are recruited to fight the various monsters that routinely plague Japan. And I don’t mean in a vehicle or ship, they fight them with high-tech rifles and guns and leaping around. Seeing these tiny humans get the jump on a kaiju taxed my suspension of disbelief badly.

Final Wars is the Destroy All Monsters (1968) of the 21st Century, and that’s the only sensible way Toho could have ended their Millennium series. Aliens come to earth bent on world domination, kidnap all the monsters, and infiltrate high offices with their doppelgangers. A small group of “freedom fighters” fight back but even with their Atragon submarine they are still no match for these ETs. This is when the Captain gets the crazy idea to go back to the South Pole, free Godzilla and let him tangle with their visitors.

The aliens throw all their monsters in their control at him, and the monsters he fights are a who’s who of the Showa series (i.e. King Caesar, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Anguirus, Gigan, Kamacurus (Giant Mantis), Kumonga (Giant Spider), Ebirah and Hedorah). Hedorah has only a split second cameo, when I wish he had been more of a major player. Rodan has only looked his best in his debut movie. I never liked how they made him in all his subsequent Godzilla appearances, but in Final Wars he looks as cool as he did in his 1956 debut and I wish he had gotten more air time too. I dug the re-invention of Ghidorah, showing up as a weird looking humanoid creature, but metamorphosing into the three-headed dragon we all know, but tweaked in all the right places to make him look really quite cool. He too didn’t get much airtime, showing up in his final form at the tail end of the movie.

Even though Godzilla’s frame was trimmed down for this movie, I still didn’t like his new look. His battles with the monsters at times got a little bit too tongue in cheek and for a Godzilla movie I thought there was way too much CGI used. Some of the monsters even became CGI creations in brief shots.

As for their 1080p 2.35:1-2.40:1 anamorphic high definition transfers they were like the Heisei series, a moderate upgrade but nothing to write home about. The audio and subtitles are the same as the ones for the Heisei series: Japanese track with English subtitles (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio)/English dubbed version (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), with English, English SDH and French subtitles.

The featurettes that were on the Tokyo S.O.S. and Final Wars DVD have been ported over. There are also teasers and theatrical trailers included for all three Millennium films. Megaguirus did not have a featurette so none was ported over for that film.

In a nutshell, if you have the DVDs, and despite the modest upgrading Toho has put there movies through, these are all worth getting if you want to replace them on blu-ray.

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As predicted Sony eventually released (September 9th) those three Godzilla flicks they held back on this past summer.

Godzilla 2000 (2000): The movie that kicked off the Millennium Series. There’s no connection made to any other Godzilla flick either. When this one starts Godzilla is rampaging around and this guy and his daughter are following him. Kind of like tornado chasers, but in this movie the guy has created a network of Godzilla chasers. They track him by studying ground tremors and what not and can predict where he’s heading.

Remember when I said Toho loves pitting Godzilla against aliens? Well here we go again. This time the alien comes in the form of a comet discovered in the ocean and raised to the surface when it’s revealed it’s highly magnetic and that energy might be able to be turned into a new energy source for mankind. But it’s actually an alien life form and it targets Godzilla because of his regenerative powers in the hopes it can use it to become the new terror of earth and take over the planet.

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001): This entry initially started out as being my least favorite Godzilla movie due mostly to his design. I dug the white eyes but didn’t like the gut he had making him look out of shape. It’s now become one of my favorites though after several viewings over the years. It is a noteworthy entry because of who the director is, Shusuke Kaneko, the same guy who reinvented Gamera for his mid-90s trilogy and that that turned out to be a major success.

Here he re-invents Godzilla adding a spiritual connection in that he’s basically a vehicle for revenge by the soldiers who died in World War II because Japan has forgotten about them, or something like that. He’s definitely the bad guy of the movie, and the good guys are Mothra, Baragon and of all monsters, King Ghidorah. Kaneko originally wanted Anguirus and Varan to back up Baragon but was denied this because Mothra and Ghidorah were more bankable. So, their origins had to be reworked. Personally, I would have preferred to see Kaneko’s line-up; sometimes I have to admit I get sick of seeing the same monsters up against Godzilla in every movie.

Mothra, Ghidorah and Baragon are known as the Guardian Monsters in this flick and they start appearing once Godzilla makes his presence known.

This is the only Godzilla movie I have seen where the Big G is shown to be at his most destructive and unstoppable, the destruction he wreaks with his atomic breath in this one is catastrophic.

Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002): In 1999 Godzilla surfaces for the second time, or a Godzilla surfaces, for the first one in ’54 is acknowledged in the film has having met its fate at the hands of the Oxygen Destroyer, like we all saw in that black and white movie. A mazer operator is confronted by the creature and freezes up allowing more deaths to occur. She’s demoted to desk jockey. Meanwhile scientists reclaim the bones of the ’54 Godzilla and plan to make them the endoskeleton of their new MechaGodzilla.

Cut to 2003 and MG is complete and that mazer operator is given another chance. Godzilla surfaces and all goes as planned until he roars, activating or awakening the biological part of this cybernetic weapon and it goes on a rampage.

This is part one to Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.’s part two and both parts I like very much.

When it comes to the transfers of Godzilla 2000 (both cuts are included) according to the back of the case the US cut is in a 2.40:1 ratio while the Japanese is in a 2.35:1. The ratios for GMK and Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla are both 2.35:1, and of all of them, it’s MechaGodzilla that looks the best. I was really impressed by the 1080p transfer on that one. 2000’s transfer isn’t bad, colors are really good, and GMK’s is just all right. It still irks me at the inconsistencies of all of Toho’s transfers. Next time, if there ever is a next time, let Sony remaster them.

Audio on almost all of them are 5.1 DTS-HD MA for both the Japanese and English versions, with the exception of 2000’s Japanese track which is a 2.0 DTS-HD MA. Subs for 2000 (both cuts) are English, English SDH and French, while the subs for GMK and MechaGodzilla are English and English SDH only.

The extras on the GMK/MechaGodzilla double feature are theatrical trailers only, while on the 2000 blu-ray, which Godzilla 2000 gets all to itself, is as I previously mentioned both cuts with the Japanese version being eight minutes longer. The extras from the previous DVD (audio commentary/behind-the-scenes/theatrical trailer) have all been ported over.

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