Movie Review: GODZILLA (2014) Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Combo Pack

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This 2014 version of GODZILLA was directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

I think we all grew up watching Godzilla movies when we were kids, or most of us did anyway. In the beginning of this latest incarnation we get a little history lesson from 1954. You know what you get when you’re working with nuclear power don’t you!  All of this is the main power source for the giant monsters that spawn from it. So, once we get this history lesson and the tease at what’s actually happening here, the movie fast forwards to present day and this is where all hell breaks loose.

There’s giant bones that are discovered as well as evidence that something has hatched and it quickly reveals itself. M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) is how this mysterious creature is identified and once it is unearthed, this thing begins all kinds of global chaos. The movie moves from the Philippines, to Japan, to Hawaii and finally to California and Las Vegas. Yes, there are many miles traveled here and lots of destruction! In all of these locations, this M.U.T.O. meets up with its mate that it has been searching for and guess what, it’s time to get busy and lay some freaking eggs and there’s only one solution to this problem and it is Godzilla.

The history of Godzilla is explained from the one scientist who knows this legendary monster’s mysterious origins (sort of) that goes way back to 1954 and the cover up, plus he knows how to get his attention. Once the giant lizard is summoned, it heads to where the M.U.T.O.’s are camping out and this is where things get good, things get destroyed and things get really awesome! Godzilla throws down on these out of control beasts and shows them who the real King of Monsters really is in one epic, cinematic showdown of monstrous proportions. Simply put, Godzilla saves the day!

Oh wow! First of all, I really enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ Monsters so I knew right away that he would be the right director to make this Godzilla remake and holy cow did he deliver! We get a brief history lesson of how these monsters came to be, the movie teases us for a while but once Godzilla encounters his prey, it’s a full on creature feature brawl for this new generation. Even though the M.U.T.O. are newly designed and futuristic looking, they have this small hint of some of the classic monsters from the old Godzilla movies. There’s movements from certain scenes where we watch one fly in between the city’s skyscrapers and another one where it dives into the ocean that reminded me of certain scenes from some of the classics…but these look so much better now. Yes, the special effects have come so far and it’s monsters like this that deserve this awesome CGI treatment. There’s no cheesy man in a suit here but let me tell you, this stuff looks insane and the detail and action looks so freaking amazing! The design for this new Godzilla is epic! They got Godzilla right here, atomic breath and all. The human cast was also really great here but lets be honest, they all play background filler for what we all really wanted to see. There’s a nice little subplot here that gives the movie a small human touch but seriously, Godzilla is the real star here!

This Combo Pack comes with a clip cover. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top. The back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. I know the movie was released in 3D but let me tell you, the picture and sound quality are crisp and clear. There’s nothing like hearing the big lizard roar for the first time and it sounds so cool with the volume cranked up! ROAR!

Bottom line is, Godzilla was a fantastic watch and it’s good to see the King of Monsters back on top where he belongs. Gareth Edwards and company covered everything here to get this fan favorite franchise roaring again. This movie is so good, that I bet Roland Emmerich wishes he could go back and unmake his train wreck Godzilla attempt from 1998. Honestly, let’s forget about that one and just breath easy that this new version now exists plus it is getting a sequel in 2018 so that’s just icing on this already delicious Godzilla cake. It’s a long wait but it’ll be worth it! Anyway, this fantastic Combo Pack releases on September 16th and is totally worth picking up and adding to your collection! Oh and be sure you crank up the volume when you watch it.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 123 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 (2.4:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

DVD Video: 16×9

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good stuff! These featurettes cover everything from the making of this awesome movie and its creatures to revealing more of the cover up plus everything in between.

  • MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
    – Operation: Lucky Dragon
    – MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
    – The Godzilla Revelation
  • The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
    – Godzilla: Force of Nature
    – A Whole New Level Of Destruction
    – Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump-o Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

 

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