Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
| Godzilla vs. Megalon
|Company: Alpha Video
|Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1
| || |
|English (1.0 Mono)
One of the earliest unlicensed region 1 releases
of a Toho film, this DVD from Alpha Video of Godzilla
vs. Megalon is easily one of the more infamous
titles to ever grace the site. "Boasting"
some of the worst video and audio quality around,
while featuring no real extras to speak of, this
disc pretty much establishes the bottom parameters
of the site's scoring system in every field.
One must commend Alpha Video here, as I imagine
they had to go through quite a bit of work to
acquire a source print for the film that was truly
as awful as this. One look at a screen capture,
and its crystal clear that they would have been
far better off just doing a VHS to DVD transfer
from one of the numerous unlicensed tape releases
that came before it. However, the screen captures
really don't do it justice, as seeing it in motion
brings to the fore the DVD's daunting number of
problems. Beyond the countless scratches and thick
layer of dirt over the source, the frame is also
incredibly unstable and shifts frequently during
the movie. The film has also been cropped, zooming
in even further on the source and losing even
more image than one is used to on previous pan
and scan releases; something that is painfully
obvious during the main title sequence. The colors
are also fairly washed out, while the entire film
is faded to a ugly brown hue. Compression is also
noticeable, causing for the movie to look very
soft while ghosting also looks to be a problem,
although how that would be introduced is hard
to say unless they used a PAL source.
This disc comes with a single audio track,
which is a mono presentation of the film dubbed
into English. Expectedly, the quality isn't too
hot, as the dialogue sounds very harsh and scratchy,
while sometimes muddled as well. Pops are also
occasionally heard in the track, while the disc
features no subtitle option.
Nothing quite like a generic main menu that
has a blue cloud background and a shot of the
DVD cover to get one excited about a release...
The menus aside, the only thing one could even
tout about this release is the lazily applied
four chapter breaks.
since discounted and incredibly awful in quality,
this disc is best left to obscurity, unless one
is smitten by the concept of $4 coasters with
Godzilla vs. Megalon printed on the front.
|This website is for noncommercial use only and is not
affiliated with, or authorized or endorsed by Toho Co. Ltd. Toho is the
owner of all copyrights and trademarks in its respective films and characters,
and all of its rights are expressly reserved. © 1943-2013 Toho Co.
Ltd. and its related entities. All rights reserved. Godzilla, Gojira, the character designs and King of the Monsters are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Any reproduction,
duplication or distribution of these materials is expressly prohibited.|