DVD Title
 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
International Title
 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Movie Length: 88 minutes Original Length: 88 minutes
Company: Tristar Release: 2004
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound: Order
Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (5.1 Surround)
Subtitles:
English, French
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (28)
· Trailers: Returner (US), The Medallion, Tokyo Godfathers (US), Tube (US), Vampire Effect (US)
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

After an exceptionally well done Returner DVD, Tristar returns to their usual release standards for Toho films with their release of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla on DVD. The disc does boast exceptional video and audio quality, however, its lacking severally in the extra department.


 Video: Star Rating

The video quality found on this DVD is, in most regards, pretty great. The colors are very vibrant, showing off well what can be done with the DVD format, while the brightness and contrast are set at just the right level. The film appears very sharp on this DVD, but there are signs of edge enhancement at play. The print used in the transfer is in good condition, only containing a few scratches which likely won't be noticeable to the casual viewer although there is a lot of grain present, which has likely been made more noticeable thanks to the firm's previously mentioned edge enhancement to the source. The grain is especially noticeable on several of the day time scenes on the blue sky, as well as against the clouds in the footage from The War of the Gargantuas (1966).

Like Tristar's previous two Godzilla DVDs in 2004, the print used is of the international version of the film; what this means is that all Japanese text will have been removed, including the credits, in favor of English text. The real blemish with the international version, however, is that the title screen is tampered with, placing plain white English text over the elaborate CGI created title sequence for the film. Overall though, the video presentation is handled very well here.

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.


 Audio:

The disc features both the original Japanese audio track as well as the international English dub track which Toho routinely commissioned for their more popular productions. Both audio tracks are presented in a 5.1 channel surround pretty faithfully, with good speaker distinction on the numerous sound effects while the rousing score also comes through great.

The audio is complimented by removable subtitles, both in English and French. It should be noted that the subtitles present correspond with the Japanese audio track, not the English dub track like the two previous Godzilla releases from Tristar. Fans should be very thankful for this as the international dub track here is noticeably off in depicting a particular scene numerous times. The most notable offenders in the dub track being when the Prime Minister states that Mothra was killed by the Atomic Heat Ray and when the council questions why Akane Yashiro missed Godzilla with the Maser Cannon, despite the fact that Yashiro hit him numerous times, instead of asking why she didn't avoid the Type 73 vehicle.


 Extras:

The extras found on this disc return to the usual stock fare that people have come to associate with Tristar's Godzilla releases. The film features two of the same trailers found on their previous two Godzilla DVDs, the US trailer for Returner and a slew of others. This collection of five trailers, unfortunately, makes up the only extra to be found on the disc. What's worse, though, is that the DVD automatically plays the Tube and Vampire Effect trailers upon inserting DVD before going to the menu. The trailers can be skipped, but its still a nuisance to have to sift through these every time one wants to watch the film.


 Overview:

Bottom line, the disc at the time was Tristar's best to date for the Godzilla films, and probably the best region 1 Godzilla DVD upon release. Thanks to modern efforts, that title has long since been past on to others, but this is still a good release for those who don't mind the lack of extras while the proper subtitling is a very thankful correction on the company's part.

This disc is also featured in the DVD box set: 50th Anniversary Godzilla Collection.