UltramanGoji wrote:Zarm brings up some great points, especially regarding the universe the film has built and the practical effects. I'm still not a fan of most of the cast (they're fine actors, but their roles just aren't that memorable) and the film moves aggressively slow for me.
I think one of (not the sole one) the reasons Biollante is rated so highly is the same reason DAM used to be so highly rated back in the late nineties: rarity. Biollante was, for the longest time, one of two Godzilla films never released on DVD in America, so fans built it up in their minds and continue to think that way. That's not to say anyone is wrong for liking it or having it meet their expectations, just that "nostalgia" for the film's rarity might be clouding some of their judgement.
I remember the shift from "meh" to "above average/great" for Biollante in the early 2000s when I was first getting involved with the digital fandom. And it was still available on video at that point. I bought a new copy of the VHS from Sam Goody or Suncoast in late 2002 after my old copy was eaten by an unfriendly VCR. I know it seems like it was unavailable for a long time, and I think that was in large part due to the number of Godzilla flix that made it to DVD before it, but it wasn't off the market for all that long. Like I said, I bought a second copy in 2002 and the DVD/Blu-Ray came out almost ten years later.