Blu-ray: Rebirth of Mothra I II III (Sony)

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Rebirth of Mothra I II III


English Blu-ray Title (Region A)

Rebirth of Mothra I II III - The Toho Godzilla Collection

Sound:

Japanese (2.0 Stereo), English (2.0 Stereo)

Subtitles:
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Release:
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English, French
106/100/100 minutes
2014
Sony
2
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Movie:

Rebirth of Mothra / Rebirth of Mothra II / Rebirth of Mothra III

Blu-ray

Extras

  • Menus (English)
  • Chapters (16/16/16)
  • Trailers: Rebirth of Mothra (4 total), Rebirth of Mothra II (4 total), Rebirth of Mothra III (3 total)
  • Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy

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COMMENTS

By: Anthony Romero

The only triple feature from the 2014 Blu-rays from Sony on the Toho monsters. This set contains the first home video release of Rebirth of Mothra III in the US. It also contains the first time all three titles are hitting the Blu-ray format in any market, so two major firsts. Sadly, the three movies are crammed onto two Blu-ray discs. The 1996 film gets its own Blu-ray, while the sequels share the second disc. This means one of the films suffers a bit, but the overall video presentation is good and the audio acceptable. The set also contains some trailers to mill over as some added content.


 Video: Star Rating


Hitting this film by film, we will start with Rebirth of Mothra, which is given its own disc. The presentation is one of the stronger ones from a color perspective of the Sony Blu-rays. The colors have a gone range and feature sometimes vibrant tones for scenes like the final with the green hills. Still, the colors are nothing like Sony used to give us on their DVD releases of these films. Oddly enough, seeing as how many prior releases were too dark, this film is actually a shade too bright. That's preferable over their past transfers on the format, though. The details are good, without a lot of noise present either from grain.

The version of the film used has the same opening with the English title found below the Japanese that was present on the DVD version. It fully translates the ending credits into English as well, even down to the songs as seen here.

Rebirth of Mothra is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

Rebirth of Mothra II fares worse, sadly. It has better black levels, but is also a little too bright. Sadly the film lacks the nice color range that the 1996 film had, featuring a brown tint to everything. This is very noticeable in some scenes such as those with Mothra that look a little murky. The film does deserve some credit as even though they slammed two films on this disc, the movie still has okay detail without signs of over compression for the HD format. Grain is also kept minimal, while print damage is non-existant.

As expected, the version of the film used is the same as the earlier DVD, which contains the title below the Japanese in English. It also fully translates the ending credits as well.

Rebirth of Mothra II is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

Well the two films on one disc had to hurt somewhere, and it looks like the final film took the fall. Compared to the other movies, the third entry in the series has some signs of compression that are most obvious during the heavy mist scenes at the start of the film or really with any smoke at all. Details are also not as vivid either. Unlike the other two films, the movie is not too bright and has good black levels as well. Unfortunately, the colors suffer on this release a little. This is especially noted with Grand King Ghidorah, who should be a vibrant golden but is instead appearing more like a yellowish brown. The film also has an issue with grain level, as can be seen on the Elias faces.

The version of the film used is the International one, which sadly overlays "Rebirth of Mothra 3" on top of the Japanese title. The credits at the end are also fully translated into English.

Rebirth of Mothra III is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

 

 Audio: Star Rating


Each film contains two audio tracks, which are the original Japanese and the English dub. Both are presented in 2.0 channel stereo. Audio quality is without discrepancies and, for a stereo release, has okay directionality although nothing to write home about. It is worth noting that the audio volume between the two tracks is almost flawless on the first two films. You can seamlessly switch between them without having the music or sound effects suddenly get louder or quieter.

Each movie has three subtitle options: two English (one SDH for the hearing impaired which subtitles sound effects with a black background on text) and one French. Sadly, Rebirth of Mothra has a case of the dubtitles. The English subtitles here exactly match the dubbed dialogue.

 

 Extras: Star Rating


Although light on extras, the discs have a fair amount of trailers for the three films. All of them are subtitled into English as well, although often having mispellings present on the names. The first movie has a total of four trailers, which are lively and portray the concept in a better light than perhaps the final product. This includes the teaser version with the Fairy Mothras flying over Japan that played before Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). The next teaser presents the film as a rousing adventure, and plays it against the same trailer music used for Juvenlie (2000). The next two are similar in tone to the final product. Rebirth of Mothra II contains four trailers for the film, while the third has three. Rebirth of Mothra III starts off with a super generic one, back before King Ghidorah was even revealed to be in the movie. The second and third trailer are sadly in bad shape, showing notable print damage. The subtitles are also pretty awful on these last trailers as well, subtitling the "king of terror" as "Beezlebub".

For the menus, it presents the same one across both discs in terms of design which is similar to the cover. For the second disc, rather than asking you to choose the film before the menu, the same selection is used for both movies. So you can toggle between the chapter stops for both the 1997 and 1998 films for example.

 

 Overview: Star Rating


With three films, there is even more bang for the buck than usual and the quality is acceptable. While it would have been nice to see all the films in this line get better treatment, one can't argue with the price and its nice to have the Japanese versions available (even if its dubtitles) with trailers as well.