Sunday, September 13, 2009

Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995)

I have no frame of reference for how most Godzilla fans received this final film in the Heisei series, but I can honestly say this was one of the most awesome films I have seen to date. Though the plot doesnt progress the series or stray from the standard Kaiju formula in any way, it takes all of the most successful elements and expands them into a huge blockbuster that is a worthy bookend to the second film era. After a nuclear explosion destroys Godzilla's island, he becomes over-powered with radiation levels that threaten a meltdown. While the Japanese G-Force works to stop the potential destruction of Tokyo, a new beast reveals itself in the form of Destroyer, who has been created from the radioactive fallout of the oxygen bomb that stopped Godzilla in 1954. This episode is more jammed-packed with action, violence, and even gore than most other entries in the series. It also serves as a direct tie-in to the original film, with ancestors of Dr. Yamane and the original Emiko present in the cast while the Oxygen Destroyer is rebuilt according to Dr. Serizawa's original designs. Destroyah brings forth an enormous, devastating, and spectacular new villain, with one of the greatest costume designs and an array of new powers. The direction and editing allow for the audience to suspend disbelief now more than ever, with much of the credit due to Toho's artistic genius of design in the costuming and stunning miniature work. The extended battle sequence that pits Godzilla Jr and Sn against this monstrous new foe ranks among the greatest monster showdowns to date. GvD represents some of Toho's finest work, and it is unfortunate that it is the last film for this particular incarnation of the king lizard.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
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4 comments:

  1. Hi, Carl. I enjoyed this one the first time I saw it, but found it to be just average the second and third viewing. That's not to say I didn't like it, it's just average to me. BIOLLANTE is probably my fave of the Heisei series.

    Kawakita's effects work is very lazy here even going so far as to use toys of the scorpion creatures for a few shots. The Destroyer costume looks like they took the Space Godzilla suit and repainted it and attached some additional horns on it. The final moments were just about perfect though. Ifukube did not disappoint on the score as usual.

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  2. I really wanna grab 1984 and Biollante, but Im not willing to pay for VHS, I can wait them out =D

    I had a lot of fun with this one, but I am looking forward to rewatching the entire series at a later date and seeing how my second impressions change each of these reviews!

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  3. Back when they first hit DVD, a friend of mine paid to have the scripts professionally translated and he subbed all the movies including the sci fi ones. Since at the time, there were no subbed editions on DVD for these movies, he sold them on his site till Toho sent over a cease and desist. I've seen my friends discs still at conventions over the years. He subbed everything up to FINAL WARS including all the other Toho well known horror and sci fi stuff.

    The original version of GODZILLA (1984) is well worth tracking down as is BIOLLANTE. The special features for that one is amazing including some aborted stop motion animated scenes for Biollante.

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  4. If I remember correctly, Anchor Bay held the rights for each for some time, dont know why they never came to fruition but Im hoping for a R1 release before I get too obsessive and shell out for R0 or R9 releases =D

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