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  • 4 monsters for the price of 1
    The movies are both a solid B but when you put them together on one DVD is a great buy. The scenes with the "android" guy are hilariously bad....more info
  • Run! It's Godzilla!
    This double sided DVD collects two 1990s Godzilla films, "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" and "Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth."
    "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" has been praised as one of the best of the unofficial 'Heisi' era of Godzilla movies. Watching it again, it's actually pretty bad. The space alien plot is goofy at best, the dialogue is ridiculous, and the characters are uninteresting. Still, there's plenty of rubber suited monster action in the last third to keep fans interested. (Some fans, by the way, are bothered by the scene where a Godzilla prototype attacks American troupes in the second world war).
    "Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth" is also a pretty stupid movie (with unineteresting characters, unrealistic sets, and goofy dialogue), but I found it to be the more fun of the two. There are some pretty good monster fights between Mothra, Godzilla, and 'Battra' near the end, and the Mothra lullaby song sung by the two 'cosmos' (from the original 1960s "Godzilla vs. Mothra") has still not come out of my head.
    The DVD is unfortunately, not in widescreen (unlike the companian double feature, "Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla"/"Godzilla vs. Destroyah"). The 1.33:1 image looks similar to a video tape (especially in the opening shots of "King Ghidorah"), but it's acceptable enough. The only audio is the english dub (apparently at the request of Toho studios), but it really doesn't matter in movies like these. Happily (and unlike most Japanese monster DVDs), the original Japanese theatrical trailers are included. I liked watching them, if only for the shameless toy ads that are tacked on the end. Some servicable liner notes round out the package....more info
  • Great Godzilla
    This are two of the best Godzilla movies ive seen. Much better than the Godzilla of old. Having grown up on 1950's and 60's sci-fi i have to say i wasnt impressed with Godzilla until this fairly recent make over. Excellant special effects and a great story lines. Battle for Earth was very well done but its King Ghidora that really got me going. The story line was excellent with time travel, a flying saucer and of course the King. If you havnt seen Godzilla for awhile, take a look at this great double feature....more info
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  • Cool special effects, but.....
    I just am not impressed with the 90's Godzilla movies. They look good of course, but with none of the charm or spirit of the 60's films. On this disc, GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH drastically changes the origin of the characters, and Godzilla just has no personality. The second film on the disc is a very inferior remake of GODZILLA VS THE THING(1964). There are a few very impressive scenes in these movies, but overall, I would suggest picking up GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO, and GODZILLA VS THE THING (GODZILLA VS MOTHRA) instead....more info
  • It's 1992. Now they need Godzilla to save Japan.
    This is the 18th film in the Godzilla film series.
    Is Ghidorah about to revisit Tokyo? A strange UFO has been seen flying across the sky. Through satellite pictures they can confirm it is a UFO. They also can find Godzilla who has been kept alive by anti-nuclear bacteria. The UFO lands and five selected people are allowed to board the UFO. There are robots aboard that look like humans. They must defeat Godzilla. They time-warp to February 6, 1944. They see Godzilla (before first film in 1954) and he is wounded. While teleporting Godzilla to 1992, little ghidorahs were released on Mt. Fugi. When they came back to 1992, Godzilla is gone (for now), but the three-headed monster, Ghidorah returns to Japan. The little ghidorahs had merged together by the radiation of the UFO leaving. Now they need Godzilla to save japan.
    The next film in the series: Godzilla and Mothra: Battle For Earth(1992).

    Godzilla and Mothra: Battle For Earth (1992)
    Good start for a film.
    Now that Godzilla has survived the attack of King Ghidorah and is back underwater to rest, a meteorite hits the ocean and re-energizes Godzilla. Meanwhile, a Japanese man has found a gold idol in the temple, then the curse is upon him. The temple starts to collapse with him in it. He does escape without the idol.
    To aviod a jail sentence he is offered to lead an excursion to a cave. There they find drawings on the wall of young Mothra. The weather is changing because of the meteorite. As they exit the other side of the cave, they meet the Cosmos fairies and see the egg of Mothra. Mothra returns who we have not seen since 1964.
    Mothra is bad as a larve, but once it becomes a moth, it is an insect of peace.
    The next film inh the series: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (II) [1993]....more info
  • The Coolest Godzilla Movies!
    These movies are packed with action and adventure and have never ending turns and twists!
    Godzilla vs. Mothra,Battle For Earth is about three explorers travel to an island,near with a meator landed.They then discover a giant egg and two girls smaller then a flower!But the egg hatches and forms the worm Mothra,while the metor hatches into the worm Batra!But when then two worms turn into giant flying super insects,there is a fight for surival ...P>Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is about three time travelers from the 23rd century who come to warn that Godzilla will destroy Japan. The timetravelers take a writer and a team of scientists to the time of the dinosaur,Godzilla before it was exposed to nuecelar energy.But when the beast,King Ghidorah takes Godzilla`s place,the scientist`s only choice is to reive Godzilla!...more info
  • Double Baddie
    Hold onto your hats! In this double feature DVD, Godzilla is the bad guy in both movies. Being a huge Godzilla fan since birth, I've found Godzilla DVDs much more fun than videos. Since this is probably the only double DVD out there (time could change this) where Godzilla is the enemy both times, it only makes this one that much more entertaining. Let's be honest; everyone who is a true Godzilla fan knows the big guy is at his best when he's crushing Tokyo for no reason other than he can. So, G fans, what are you waiting for? Let the Stomp-a-thon begin!...more info
  • Great for Kids
    Great movie. The monsters were great. My 5 year old son enjoyed both these movies. He watches them over and over again....more info
  • G&M: Great Chapter in the Heisei Series. GVsKG: Not.
    GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORA: I remember loving this film, and thinking it was one of the best Godzilla movies I'd ever seen. So, I saw the VHS for ten bucks at Suncoast, and decided to pick it up and see if I still liked it as much. I didn't. Not by a long shot. Oh, where to begin . . . . . the battles: lackluster all the way. All Godzilla and King Ghidora do is stand in the same spot and shoot their energy beam fire breaths at eachother. This is a flaw that existed in all the Heisei series films following this one (i.e. the lack of actual physical fighting). Furthermore, the human story is pretty lame, too. I mainly mean the time travel part, which just doesn't make any sense. Okay, Godzilla was supposed to be erased from history, right? Well, everybody . . . . not just the people who went back in time, but EVERYBODY . . . . . talks about the Big G like he still existed the whole forty years that passed. It seems like no thought was put into it at all. Yeah, I know, this is a Kaiju-eiga, and the only real point (except for a select few) is seeing the giant monsters duke it out. Well, there are hardly any to be seen in this movie, and like I said, what is there is isn't very good at all. Heck, even the music by master Akira Ifukube was disappointing! And that says a lot, right there. In addition, I didn't like how they went back and saw Godzilla's origins. It was much, much better left unseen, as a mystery. Aside from the actual film, I just have to comment on the quality of the VHS. It was absolutely horrendous. I have VHS that're at least ten years old, and are of much better than this tape. Picture is blurry beyond belief, as is the sound. It resembles a taped-off-TV version. Maybe if I see it in a much better condition (like a remastered DVD edition or something), and in the original Japanese audio ('cause the dubbing sucks, by the way), I'd like it more. But not for now.

    GODZILLA & MOTHRA: THE BATTLE FOR EARTH: This is the Heisei series film I grew up with. The plot is great, creating a new backstory for Mothra, and even adding in another great monster to boot: Battra, a.k.a. the Black Mothra. The special effects are also great, as is the Ifukube music. The presence of Mothra and the Cosmos allows Ifukube to explore certain territories yet uncharted in Godzilla films. His haunting rendition of the Mothra song, as well as the music playing when Mothra both forms and breaks out of her cocoon, are perfect examples. And of course, I have to mention the battle scenes: awesome. Godzilla's first clash with the Mothra and Battra larvae, is both exciting and humorous. In short, this is a great Godzilla flick, and one of my personal favorites. If I have one complaint to make, it's about the dubbing (of course). Now, this is obviously a major viewing problem for all American releases of Godzilla movies, but this one is made all the worse by two things: 1) The dubbing for the Cosmos, which does not work at all, and 2) The dubbing of the little girl. I don't know why, but whenever they try to dub children in these movies it always comes out really weird, sounding as if it's just some adult straining his/her voice really hard. But that aside, GODZILLA & MOTHRA is definitely one to see.

    Obviously, I'm writing reviews for the VHS editions, and have not tried out this DVD. But I hear that it's not really a big improvement over the VHS. This is my great dream: that with the 50th Anniversary theatrical release of the original GODZILLA, uncut, undubbed & restored/remastered, they will continue to re-release all the Godzilla movies on DVD with the same clean-up jobs. Now, THAT would be heaven . . . . . . . . ....more info

  • Godzilla in the 1990s - 2 of the better movies
    Godzilla vs King Ghidorah is to me the best of the 1990s Godzilla movies. A bit confusing with the time traveling and trying to rewrite Godzilla. The Effects are great. Godzilla is bigger than ever. Ghidorah is nothing like the 1960s in terms of voice or flying style (you cant bring back the 1960s) The score is excellent an update from the 1960s. Excellent Godzilla movie. Mecha Ghidorah is cool. There are a lot of twists and turns and which monster is the bad guy in this. Aside from the time traveling stuff which was a little hard to follow, this was a great film. The sequel is Godzilla vs Queen Mothra battle for the Earth which has the return of Mothra and the debut of Battra. Great SPFX, Mothra has new powers. Both start as larva and become moth monsters. Battra is like a dark Mothra. I found this to be enjoyable. The DVDs are full frame, and English dubbed,but who cares its Godzilla :) at least there is an official release of these 2 movies....more info
  • The Best G movie with the WORST G movie
    One of my fav. Godzilla movies is Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah because I like those two monsters. It did have a confusing plot at one point like King Ghidorah destroys Japan, so the people need Godzilla to kill Ghidorah.So he saves Japan and kills Ghidorah, but then Godzilla attacks japan too, now they need King Ghidorah to save them, but he's dead. But wait he comes back as Robo Ghidorah and fights Godzilla but loses to Godzilla (actully it's a draw). But I still like this film

    Now Godzilla vs. Mothra was the WORST G film ever. I can't belive everyone thinks this the best G film, it makes no sense. It's plot was written in a bad way. What I hate about is Godzilla gets teamed up on by to moths that hate each other. Another part the I hate is when Mothra and Battra are fighting, Mothra doesn't use her laser beams when Battra was KICKING her ASS, but when Godzilla comes, he doesn't give a damn about Mothra, so he JUST fights Battra until Mothra comes up and uses her laser beams out of nowhere on Godzilla. God I really hate this film.
    I gave it this a 3 star because Ilike I said, I best G movie with the WORST G movie on one DVD....more info
  • Here's some clean, family fun that won't bore the kids!
    These newer Godzilla movies from TOHO are just what the doctor ordered for parents in these jaded times. They are fun, imaginative, and believe it or not, even the effects are pretty good in these newer ones. They have a very Spielberg-like slickness, the Japanese film industry has been catching up fast. My kids love these videos, they have excitement, monsters, action, all without the potty humor and racy jokes of the US "kids" films. Highly recommended!...more info
  • Widescreen
    I dont know why people like widescreen so good. OH BOY!!!!! I can see a glove on the table that I could not see before on a full screen version. Big deal, I myself find the black bars very annoying. Widescreen is only good for snoody people with giant TVs that has better support of it. I hate it when they only make widescreen DVDs for some movies. So I am glad this version of godzilla does not have widescreen. But for the people with bigger TVs let them have the widescreen version!...more info
  • One of the best
    I was young when I first saw Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, and to this day I still love it. This movie is basically a remake of the 1964 Godzilla vs Mothra, with a dramatically different plot. In this version, a divorced couple and a representitive from the sinister Marotomo company go to Infant Island to investigate a gigantic egg, which hatches into Mothra. In this film, you've got Mothra, who wants to save the earth and everyone in it. Then there's the new monster Battra, Mothra's evil twin, who wants to kill Mothra and rein destruction on the world. And then there's Godzilla who doesn't like anyone and is out to get both moths for no apparent reason. The result? Well, you'll have to watch to find out the details, but I will say that the sparks fly like their's no tomorrow.

    The movie albiet is somewhat slow in the middle, and the effects are a bit cheesy, and some may think the parts where Mothra's fairies sing is just silly, but the plot is fun, the voice dubbing is good for the most part (they kinda mess up one or two people) and it has a good, pro-enviromental message (though the characters are a little fanatical about it...). The point is if you like Godzilla or Mothra you will like if not love this movie. If you don't like it, the kids certainly will....more info
  • Great films, but hold out for better editions!
    Sony/TriStar needs to revist the two Godzilla films in this package and re-do them correctly. They are both worthwhile films in the long-running giant monster series, and they deserve better treatment than the shabby presentation they receive here.

    The company has just made available three of the recent Godzilla films in widescreen editions with 5.1 sound and a choice of English dub or Japanese with subtitles: "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus," "Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack," and "Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla." Unfortunately, everything right about those discs is wrong about this one. The films are pan-and-scan (ugh!), dubbed only (ick!), and in mono (ack!). And each one of these is done badly! The transfers are ugly, the dubbing is the usual poor job that Toho commissions on their own from Hong Kong (basically, whatever English-speakers they could nab, regardless of acting ability), and the mono wrecks the awesome Akria Ifukube score. On top of all this, the DVD producers also hack off the end credits, cutting off the brilliant end-title music before it gets going!

    Both films are pretty much wrecked by their DVD presentations, and considering Sony's sudden new approach to Godzilla DVDs, I would bet they are planning to eventually release "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" and "Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth" in single disc packages with Japanese language options, widescreen transfers, and stereo soundtracks. I recommend skipping this lesser package and waiting for Sony to get out better editions.

    Both films, when seen properly, are awesome examples of the 1990s "Heisei" Godzilla series (the name for the second series of G-films). "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" is one of the best, involving the Big-G in a scheme by evil time-travelers to destroy Japan. It's an interesting approach to a Godzilla film, mixing in elements of "The Terminator" and "Jurassic Park" (the scenes in WWII are a unique departure from the typical giant monster formula, with an "average sized dinosaur" monster instead). The titanic battle between Godzilla and the three-headed golden dragon (with robotic implements) King Ghidorah in downtown Japan for the finale is among the four or five best monster battles in history. The whole film is a heck of a ride.

    "Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth" is a gentler film meant to appeal to a wider audience (which it did; it was a huge hit in Japan). Godzilla ravages the country once again, while the appointed Guardians of Life and Earth, Mothra and his dark twin Battra, battle it out between each other. The story is simple and metaphysical, and Godzilla is really the supporting character here, but the film is still a lot of fun. The final fight is a tussle between Godzilla and the two flying foes in an amusement park in Yokohama, and it's another show-stopper.

    Good as the films are, I can't recommend this DVD set. Chances are, you'll soon have the opportunity to nab both in better packages....more info

  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla vs. Mothra - Double Pack
    VIDEO QUALITY:
    The release contains 2 films on one disc - on Side A 1991's "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah", and on Side B 1992's "Godzilla vs. Mothra" (stupidly re-titled "Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth"). Side A looks very good, with a very sharp image, nice vivid colours and not much print damage, and the same goes for Side B. In some of the darker scenes there can be a bit of grain, but it's generally very high quality, with no noticeable artifacting, rainbows or other transfer issues Of course you're probably thinking this is too good to be true - two films on one disc is superb condition, and of course you're right; the films were modified from widescreen to pan and scan, with is a real blow to the otherwise lovely print.

    AUDIO QUALITY:
    Both sides only have one option, and in both cases they are Toho's international English dubs presented in Dolby Surround 2.0. The actual quality is good, with no distortion or fuzzing (granted they're reasonably new tracks in any case), however they both sound quite weak, especially for those with home sound systems.

    EXTRA FEATURES:
    Side A and Side B both contain the same - theatrical trailers for the two feature films. They are presented in widescreen and are subtitled in English; it's pretty depressing when a trailer is in better condition than the film itself.

    OVERALL:
    Pretty much a barebones release overall. Sony claim to have modified the films ratios especially for the DVD release. Why they would purposely change existing widescreen prints into full screen is beyond me. It's truly a shame, because the actual image quality is better than Toho's very own domestic Region-2 releases of these films. The standard 2.0 audio only featuring Toho's poorly acted international dub doesn't help much either, and the only features on the disc are two (good condition) trailers. It's a good release if you simply "want them on DVD", but if you want more you should probably look elsewhere....more info