Movie Review: Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was directed by Michael Dougherty from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, story by Max Borenstein, Dougherty and Shields, based on the characters “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” owned and created by Toho Co., Ltd. The film’s cast includes Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown in her feature film debut. Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang also star. The music is by Bear McCreary.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

There’s a sinister plot to awaken and unleash the ancient Titans around the world. The main focus on King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra as Monarch stands as the one and only line of defense against these legendary creatures. Godzilla hasn’t been seen in five years but once these ancient Titans are set free it doesn’t take long for him to show up and it’s round one between Godzilla and King Ghidorah. Rodan is also causing all kinds of destruction where Monarch is on the spot to witness the fiery awakening and the crew narrowly escapes. Mothra is also awakened but it takes her a while to fully develop into the winged warrior but there’s something different from her than the rest of the giant monsters. Something special.

Getting back to Godzilla, he kind of gets his ass handed to him in the first meeting with Ghidorah so he retreats to his hidden lair, a place we’ve never seen before in a Godzilla movie. This is the place where Godzilla goes to rest and reenergize. What happens is, Godzilla gets a mich needed nuclear-sized vitamin from a human ally that supercharges him and it’s on to the second round with Ghidorah. This time Godzilla is much more of a match with the 3-headed beast and he’s recharged enough that he can use his Atomic Breath against his enemy. He also gets some much needed assistance from Mothra that has a special connection to the big lizard. In the end, Godzilla is able to defeat King Ghidorah and proves that he truly is King of the Monsters.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Godzilla: King of the Monsters ended up being a fantastic followup to the 2014 blockbuster that not only expands on Godzilla’s origins but introduces the other iconic Titans – Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. I thought the story about how these ancient Titans are awakened was really interesting because there’s a sinister plot behind it all. It’s also interesting how Godzilla has to help Monarch and the humans fight back against this destructive threat so they can survive. The cast did a good job with their characters but lets face it, the real stars are the monsters and it’s exciting as hell to watch these old giants go to war with each other. Michael Dougherty has always been one of my favorite storytellers whether he’s writing the story or bringing it to life as a director. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters he delivers a fast-paced monster mash that’s maxed out with non-stop action from beginning to end and to me it’s the best Godzilla movie ever. Yes, I’ve seen them all and this is now my personal favorite! Dougherty’s work is complimented nicely by director of photography Lawrence Sher because the movie truly is a visual spectacle and production designer Scott Chambliss who created a fascinating world for these Titans to play in. Last but not least, there’s the special effects because it all looked amazing and the creature designs were so incredibly detailed. Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Toho Co. Ltd. and Huahua Media have joined forces to deliver a monster-sized hit that is a must watch and I can’t wait until Godzilla battles it out with Kong! Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on August 27th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertaianment

Run Time: 132 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, twelve featurettes that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, two deleted scenes, four theatrical trailers and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Commentary by Director
  • Monsters 101
  1. Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian (00:59)
  2. Mothra: Queen of the Monsters (02:01)
  3. King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine (01:30)
  4. Rodan: Airborne God of Fire (01:13)

Evolution of the Titans

  1. Godzilla 2.0 (08:38)
  2. Making Morthra (07:00)
  3. Creating Ghidorah (06:23)
  4. Reimagining Rodan (05:21)

Monarch in Action

  1. The Yunnan Temple (06:58)
  2. Castle Bravo (06:18)
  3. The Antarctic Base (06:24)
  4. The Isla de Mara Volcano (05:55)
  5. The Undersea Lair (07:18)
  • Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature (04:07)
  • Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight (08:34)
  • Monsters Are Real (14:18)
  • Welcome to the Monsterverse (03:42)
  • Deleted Scenes (05:01)
  • Theatrical Trailers (12:08)
  • Digital Copy

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