Released in 2006, Godzilla vs. King
Ghidorah joined a rather large line of
DVDs that Madman distributed for the title
character. For fans in the United States,
this release presents an inexpensive option
to enjoy the 1991 movie in widescreen and
in Japanese with English subtitles. In terms
of the quality of the DVD itself, it's slightly
above what one would consider acceptable as
there are minor issues. The video and audio
tracks are both done well though and the extras,
while far from meaty, do contain enough to
give the title a little extra value.
The video track here is probably the strongest
of the five Heisei series movies that Madman
released on DVD. The image is slightly sharp,
in contrast to others which are noticeable
soft, while digital inconsistencies are also
kept minimal for a release from this firm
although compression is still noticeable in
some scenes. Print damage is also very low,
without any scratches to be seen and the grain
is never overpowering. The colors, though,
are the dividing feature of this track. In
many instances they present a lush and vivid
display, showing off the deep tones possible
on the format. The problem is that this was
achieved through over saturation, which becomes
apparent on sequences like this
where detail is lost. How much of a hinder
this is will be is up to personal taste. Personally,
I enjoy the deeper tones, and consider it
a fair trade off although the lost level of
detail is distracting during a few of the
sequences with King Ghidorah.
For a demonstration of the saturation, one
can compare a scene from this Madman
release with the earlier Tristar
release. The video track here, beyond
being the correct aspect ratio, looks better
but one can see that the gravity bolts King
Ghidorah is shooting loses the more intricate
details found in the earlier 1998 release.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
is presented in its original aspect ratio
of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen
As a side note, this is a PAL release, and
the speed up is the reason for the discrepancy
in running times which is the standard 4%
difference, although no actual footage has
The DVD features a total of three audio
tracks. Two are for the Japanese audio, and
one is for the International English dub.
The Japanese audio is available in both 5.1
surround and also 2.0 stereo. Both tracks
are incredible, especially the 5.1 track which
features a great use of speaker distinction
throughout the movie's duration. The English
dub, sadly, is a two channel mono track though.
The quality is decent, but it's disappointing
to not at least see a stereo track present.
The audio is complimented by removable English
subtitles that are available for the Japanese
While relatively light on extras, the
disc still manages to produce a fair showing.
The main draw here is the collection of trailers.
For the title feature, there are three teasers
and one main theatrical trailer. If one has
never seen the teasers before, they are fairly
interesting for their use of footage of King
Ghidorah from the Showa series mixed with
footage from Godzilla
vs. Biollante (1989) to sell the premise.
Next up are three other trailers for more
of the 1990's Godzilla films, which include
vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), and Godzilla
vs. Destoroyah (1995).
Finally, the disc also contains two galleries.
The first is one dedicated to production stills,
18 in total which are in nice quality as can
here. The second gallery is one that features
three posters for the film. Sadly, these posters
are divided into two images, a top and a bottom.
The ending result is awkward and kind of loses
the feel of that the whole poster would generate.
line, there are some problems to this release,
and things to praise the region 1 over it,
but in the end it trumps Tristar's effort
as a whole and serves as a good way for fans
to view the film in widescreen, and in Japanese
with English subtitles. Anyone with a region
free player and a setup that can watch PAL
movies should consider picking this up if
they really enjoy this entry in the franchise.
As a self absorbed side note, this disc also
mentions the site on the back of the cover
with the following praise for this film: ""an
all time favorite in the series " - Toho
Kingdom". A quote which we believe came
Imhoff's review at one stage before it
This disc is also featured in the DVD box