DVD Title
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
International Title
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Movie Length: 84 minutes Original Length: 84 minutes
Company: Tristar Release: 2004
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound: Order
Japanese (2.0 Mono), English (2.0 Mono)
Subtitles:
English, French
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (12)
· Trailers: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Teaser), Godzilla the Series - Monster Wars, Kaena: The Prophecy (US), Steamboy (US), The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Godzilla: Save the Earth
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

Tristar's release of Jun Fukuda's last, and arguably his best, Godzilla film: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Like with Tristar's other 2004 October releases, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is another quality disc from the company that ranks up there as one of the best region 1 Godzilla DVDs on the market. Overall, the disc has a great video and audio presentation, which tend to make up in part for the rather poor selection of extras.


 Video: Star Rating

The video presentation on this disc is easily the DVD's strongest aspect, as Tristar has done another superb job here. The most noticeable aspect of this are the colors. They are extremely vibrant, showing off a great range and with very deep hues that make the movie look truly specatuclar. Sadly, this was acheived through increasing the saturation level, which is obvious in things like white clouds which are now a little washed out. So it's up to personal preference, although I find the signs of saturation to be worth the very lively color scape it presents. In terms of digital inconstancies, like artifacting and shimmering, the disc is nearly devoid of them and looks incredibly sharp.

The print used in the transfer is the International version of the film, although the Toho logo was replaced by the new English one done for the Millennium series. In terms of the shape of the print used, the quality tends to be very good, with a nearly unnoticeable amount of scratches along with some grain on the print.

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


 Audio: Star Rating

There are two audio tracks to be found on this disc. The first is Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla's original Japanese audio track, while the second is the International English dubbed track for the movie. Both are presented in mono, the film's original audio format. In terms of quality, the two audio tracks, no complaints really. There are no pops or crackles to be heard in either, and, given the limitations of mono audio tracks, both sound nothing short of flawless.

The audio is complimented by removable subtitles, that can be toggled in either English or French. As to be expected from the other two 2004 October releases, the subtitles here aren't perfect. In general, though, they are pretty faithful to the source, although there is one glaring error that occurs when the doctor is talking about his special pipe, in which a word is subtitled as "a???" which would seem to imply that the subtitler didn't know what the word was and had intended to go back later and add it in. The fact that this wasn't caught before the disc was released is a little troubling though. It's worth noting, due to previous release habits, that the subtitles correspond with the Japanese track, rather than the international dubbing.


 Extras:

The extras found on this disc are the same unimpressive assortment of trailers that are found on Tristar's other October 2004 Godzilla releases. This means that the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. teaser is present, which would be dragged into the ground with how often it would be repeated on these DVDs, and a few other trailers but nothing too much of interest for those hoping for the original Japanese trailers of any of these features.


 Overview:

Bottom line is that this is probably the best done of the three October 2004 Godzilla releases, although all three are great DVDs in their own right minus the poor showing in terms of extras. So if one likes the film there really is no reason not to pick this one up, unless one already indulged on the region 2 release.

This disc is also featured in the DVD box set: Godzilla DVD Collection (3 pack), Godzilla DVD Collection (5 pack)