In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
The last time American audiences had an incarnation of Godzilla it was 1998 and Roland Emmerich brought us his much-reviled interpretation. Still, those of us who crave seeing the giant monster destroy entire cities are a little more forgiving. Okay a lot more forgiving.
What Gareth Evans does most effectively is builds tension and scope. The tension is built by starting the story focusing on the human level. The opening act with Bryan Cranston and his wife played by Juliette Binoche is utterly heartbreaking, never mind that we have just met these characters, the investment is automatically there. As the story unfolds we are slowly introduced to Godzilla, hitting the mythology first and then, ever so slowly, the unveiling of the King. There is a lot riding on the audience’s expectation, what will he look like, what will his roar sound like, is his face in keeping with the Ishirô Honda classic? There is both homage and new creative ventures in the beast, and altogether complete Godzilla.
The set pieces and action scenes show the scope of Godzilla and his enemies in a powerful and terrifying way. From the literal tsunami of his approach to his stomping around the various cities, we are struck with how large he truly Is and his impact on the earth. The H.A.L.O jump scene is striking and will go down as one of the best action scenes of the decade.
Building Godzilla’s mythos, showing the human element in an engaging way and having satisfying monster fights and carnage is a tightrope that many Godzilla entries fail to deliver. Fortunately, Evans and company bring the heat for a compelling and breathtaking vision that will go down as one of the best incarnations in the ongoing franchise.
4 out of 5
Godzilla will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Godzilla in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on March 23rd.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc of Godzilla will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.
Godzilla Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special feature:
- MONARCH: Decalssified – 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
- Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.’s
Running Time: 123 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence