Godzilla is a movie property that Hollywood could not quite get right. The late '90s version starring Matthew Broderick was a monstrosity. But, with this past summer’s Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards, a triumphant monster movie was born and now the flick has arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
Edwards’ epic stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen (who reunite for Avengers: Age of Ultron), but the real star is the big atomically altered monster. As we stated in our Godzilla review, this film works on so many levels, and not the least of which is how Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein managed to create characters played by those aforementioned stars that we care about.
That is imperative so that when the action starts and the epic scale of the film becomes the focus, we are invested in what happens. And what is also astounding is that Godzilla himself is also given an emotional storyline that has the audience pulling for him as well.
As teased in the Godzilla trailer, an “earthquake” has made a Japanese nuclear power plant (where Cranston works) unstable. Cranston, in many ways the heart of this picture, doesn’t buy the explanation and his conspiracy theory ways enlighten his estranged son (Taylor Johnson) into action that helps him when his military man is called into service to fight this monster.
The big guy is not the only monster we have to fear. MUTOs have popped up and it becomes clear that our best hope at fighting them… is Godzilla.
The film is a thrill ride and we are beyond thrilled that we’re getting Godzilla 2 before too long. And until that point, we treasure the Godzilla DVD and Blu-Ray and with the bonus features being as brilliant as they are, they will more than keep us entertained until the big guy returns to the big screen.
The featurette that would make Cranston’s character sublimely happy makes us thrilled as well. MONARCH: Declassified explores new evidence that was not contained in the movie that shows the monumental effort that the government undertook to keep the existence of Godzilla a secret from the public. The presentation of the featurette is nothing short of brilliant and plays into the conspiracy element of the story that is just one reason that Edwards completely nailed it with his version.
In that vein, MONARCH: The MUTO File explores the twin towers of danger that are Godzilla (and our) foes in Godzilla. Where did they come from? What are their reasons for being? All is explained in a terrific short doc that carries the feel of the film throughout and entertains AND enlightens. Longtime fans of Godzilla will truly treasure this particular bonus feature.
The Godzilla Revelation is a five-part behind-the-scenes featurette that is about as detail oriented as Edwards’ film itself.
The Legendary Godzilla takes viewers behind the scenes and shows the monumental effort Edwards and his team undertook to bring a triumphant version of the Japanese classic to life for new audiences.
We also appreciated the focus on the main monster with Godzilla: Force of Nature. Given that his presence is huge in the feature, but not large in terms of time on screen, Force of Nature illustrates what it is about this monster that has enthralled audiences for generations.
One of the most thrilling scenes in the film is the HALO jump that features Taylor Johnson and his team diving from high above the Earth into the action. How that scene was achieved and the difficulty that was making it is explored in a way that takes us inside the movie magic in another fantastic bonus feature.
All told, the Godzilla DVD and Blu-Ray is a gift for Godzilla fans that keeps on giving. Watch Godzilla online and discover for yourself how brilliant the entire effort is.