Released simultaneously as Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla II, Tristar's release of Jun
Fukuda's Ebirah, Horror of the Deep ranks
as one of the company's best efforts, and a real contender
for the greatest region 1 Godzilla DVD. The video presentation
here is nothing short of amazing, while the audio presentation
is great, given the source material. Unfortunately,
the extras here are nearly nonexistent, which is disappointing,
but to be expected from Tristar.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster sports an outstanding
video presentation for the film, one of the best for
a Godzilla DVD. The colors on this release are flawless,
with both a vibrant array present and no discoloring,
whiuch was a problem with their Son
of Godzilla disc. The brightness level on this
DVD is also handled well. Granted, some scenes do look
a little dark, but more often then not the brightness
level appears to be done well. In regards to digital
inconsistencies, they are nearly unnoticeable. Overall,
the movie looks very sharp, with hardly any signs of
artifacting and no visible shimmering.
As for the print used in the transfer, one can't call
it anything but a new version done for this release.
The Toho logo has been replaced by the new English one
from the Millennium series, while the title has been
changed to "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster."
The opening credits have also been redone, placed in
English against the same background that the Japanese
credits would be shown. In regards to the quality of
the print used, it's in great shape. There are some
scratches present, but this is generally unnoticeable
with one sole exception that happens around the 83 minute
mark, it can be seen here.
The amount of grain found on the print, as with their
of Godzilla release, appears to have been greatly
reduced, and is hardly noticeable for a good portion
of the movie. The DVD also presents the film in its
original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, or widescreen/Toho
Scope, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster comes with two audio
tracks, one is the film's original Japanese presentation
while the other is Toho's International English dubbed
presentation. Both tracks are presented in mono, keeping
true to the movie's original audio format, and sound
great given the limitations of the mono format. No pops,
crackles, or any other audio distortion is heard on
the disc. However, the English dubbed track is, to be
blunt, horrible. One of the worst to come out of Toho.
The inclusion of the Japanese audio track does make
this easy to overlook, though, and the addition of the
dubbed track is welcome, even if most may choose to
The Japanese audio track is also complimented here
by English subtitles. Sadly, and this is nothing new
for a Tristar discs, the translations are loose. To
put it more precisely, the subtitles are often derived
straight for the disc's dubbed track, although this
isn't always the case as it was with Godzilla:
Tokyo S.O.S.. Thankfully, the International
dubbed track is fairly close to the actual dialogue
in the film anyway, so this shouldn't pose as much of
a problem as it has with discs in the past.
If one owns any of the past five Tristar Godzilla releases,
then there is nothing worth mentioning here. Just the
same old collection of trailers, save for the inclusion
of the UK film Mirror Mask. The same Japanese
teaser trailer for Godzilla:
Tokyo SOS is present. It wasn't much to write
home about in the first place, but the fact that it
appears on five Godzilla DVDs makes its inclusion here
feel almost tiresome. Unfortunately, the "Godzilla
Compilation Trailer", Steamboy and Anacondas:
The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
trailers play automatically when the disc is inserted
into a player, so they will have to be skipped in order
to access the main menu.
Bottom line, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster is
an excellent release from Tristar. Granted, there are
no extras for the DVD to boast about, but the presentation
of the film itself is done so well it's hard to not
suggest this title to fans of the King of the Monsters.