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Godzilla & Other Movie Monsters (DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Program: C+

 

 

Made around the time Sony Pictures was destroying Godzilla is one of the most unnecessary remakes of all time, Godzilla & Other Movie Monsters (1998) is a mixed bag of a documentary that sounds like it would be about giant movie monsters, but goes off into several directions that make it feel like it was thrown together to cash in on the big-budget mega-bomb that got it greenlighted to begin with.

 

Sometimes, we get some good poster art, film clips, trailers, and rare footage.However, this runs 100 minutes and manages to often drag on, though the narrator is not bad.This is usually accurate, but the editing and pace is not the best of these kinds of programs.Many giant monsters and franchises are oddly missing (Ultraman, Inframan, though giant people films get featured prominently), and the Godzilla vs. The Bionic Monster fiasco is skipped over.An unusual use of footage form the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, which Godzillaís home studio Toho helped to produce, surfaces here and there unidentified.

 

It also misses the awful Godzilla 2000 disaster thrown together after the big budget bomb, which is for the best, but shows the programs age.The animated Godzilla from the late 1970s, which pumped up interest again when the TohoScope feature films were ended, is also surprisingly ignored.We see some scattered memorabilia at one point, but the program, like the horrid remake that inspired it, misses the reasons the character lives.That is too bad.

 

The image quality is a bit soft throughout, showing its professional analog videotape origins, extending to the poster artís fine detail.The mix is of color and black and white footage, and various aspect ratios from various trailer materials.As usual, the letterboxed footage does not always reflect the actual ratios of the film, and some scope footage is here pan & scan.The Dolby Digital 2.0 is usually monophonic, with little remotely stereo, if at all.Extras include a very badly abbreviated Lost World reel, the always amusing Bambi vs. Godzilla short, and the extremely terrible Godzilla Rap that manages the extraordinary feat of being worse than that 1998 remake.The box credits the 10 minutes of Lost World here to be from 1948 and narrated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.Well, Doyle was dead by then!It is an actor narrating silent footage from the 1925 classic as if it were a flashback and is a curio at best.It is the kind of mistake that plagues the DVD throughout, but this is a cheap title, so fans will still want to see it and there are just enough interesting parts here to make it worth a look, with reservations.

 

For more, try these links:

 

Icons Of Sci-Fi Toho w/Mothra

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/8934/Icons+Of+Sci-Fi+Toho+Collection

 

Mothra Vs. Godzilla + Godzilla Raids Again

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/4613/Godzilla+Raids+Again+++Godzilla+Vs

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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