Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 6th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1968
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyôko Ai, Andrew Hughes, Chotaro Togin
DVD Released: January 15th, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 85 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Mono
DVD Release: Madmen Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 4 PAL
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: The year is 1999 and all of Earth’s monsters have been captured and are being detained at Ogasawara Island. All is well in the solar system until one day when a race of alien women known as the Kilaaks brainwash the monsters and release them to cause havoc around the world. After the monsters destroyed all the major cities the U.N. then decides to send in Captain Katsuo Yamabe and his crew aboard the SY-3 to Ogasawara Island to find out what went wrong. They quickly discover that an alien race known as the Kilaaks are responsible for releasing all the monsters. The fate of the planet rest on the shoulders of Captain Katsuo Yamabe and his crew aboard the SY-3 who must now go to the moon and end the Kilaaks rein of terror by destroying their moon base.
Have you ever felt while watching a film that the filmmakers threw everything they could into their film no matter how unnecessary? Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters is one of these films as just when you think you have got what is going on the plot verse out of control into a completely different direction. The films set and conclusion are the strongest part of this film with the middle act being mostly devoted to monsters doing what they do best destroying everything in their path. Even with all this chaos swirling around me I still enjoyed the hell out of this oddity.
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters like most Godzilla films was directed by the legendary Ishirô Honda who would only make two more Godzilla films after this one. The films special effects are some of the best in the series. The pacing and direction is nearly flawless. The films final showdown in a battle of the monsters verse Ghidrah is one of the best sequences ever to grace a Kaiju Eiga film. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters was originally intended to be the final Godzilla and it includes more monsters then any other film in the series. Ultimately Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters is a non stop action packed monster mash that requires very little if any thinking to enjoy its nuances.
Madman presents Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors look nicely saturated and details look sharp throughout. Black levels are solid with strong shadow detail. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement. Outside of some minor print damage the source used is in great shape.
This release comes with three audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital mono Japanese and Dolby Digital mono English. The Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 doesn’t sound as robust as the two mono mixes included with this release. The best sounding mix is the Japanese Dolby Digital mono. The English Dolby Digital mono mix has some noticeable hiss that appears through out. Dialog is crisp and easy to understand on all three mixes. Music and effects sound evenly balanced on all the mixes. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and understand have been included.
Extras for this release include the original Japanese trailer, a poster gallery with five images, a trivia gallery and trailers for other titles released by Madmen including other Godzilla titles. This release comes with a reversible cover that has alternative cover art on the inside cover and Japanese text written on it.
Madmen Entertainment gives Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters first rate DVD release that comes with a solid audio/video presentation and best of all it is available at a more then affordable price.