DVD Title
 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla/Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
International Title
 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla / Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Movie Length: 106/102 minutes Original Length: 108/103 minutes
Company: Tristar Release: 2000
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound: Order
English (2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles:
English, French, Spanish
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (28/28)
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

Tristar's second "double feature" Toho release features the last two Godzilla movies in the Heisei series: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Unfortunately, the quality of this release is sorely lacking in every regard, and has aged poorly compared to more contemporary DVDs featuring the character.


 Video: Star Rating

Two movies, two disappointing video tracks. Quality is not equal across the two offerings, though. The one found on Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is infinitely worse, featuring a ton of grain and obvious print damage on the scenes with layered effects, such as SpaceGodzilla's Corona Beam. The colors also look washed and over saturated, while it fails to give off a vibrant array at the same time. There are also signs of edge enhancement, probably why the level of grain is so noticeable, and artifacting in the form of lots of pixilation.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah fares better, avoiding some of the problems faced by the 1994 movie, but still has its own problems. Among those is once again a noticeable layer of grain, slightly washed colors, and signs of both artifacting and edge enhancement.

Now, this release turned heads upon its initial release for the fact that it featured widescreen for both films, a rare feature at this time outside of the Simitar releases. Not only that but they are presented in their original aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and are Anamorphic for widescreen TVs. The aspect ratio is mostly spot on too, but for whatever reason the opening title to Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is notably cropped, as the text sprawls off screen. The actual video after this is not cropped, though, as seen by comparing a scene from this release with a scene from the region 4 by Madman.


 Audio: Star Rating

There are two audio tracks found on the disc, one on each side corresponding to their respective movie. The audio available is Toho's, infamous, "international dubbing" in English. Audio quality wise, there is nothing wrong with either track, which are presented faithfully in two channel stereo. The real problem is simply the lack of a Japanese audio option, or failing that at least a better dubbing job than the one present.

The audio is available with removable English, French or Spanish subtitles.


 Extras:

No supplemental material to speak of for this release, not even unrelated trailers.


 Overview: Star Rating

Bottom line, there is hardly anything to praise about this DVD. Both films are in bad need of being re-released to the region 1 DVD format in superior transfers, although it seems highly unlikely that either will get it unless international ownership changes hands. On the plus side, those looking to just see the movies, regardless of quality, have a fairly inexpensive option for viewing both.