DVD Title
Rebirth of Mothra/Rebirth of Mothra II
International Title
DVD Length
Original Length
103 & 97 Minutes
104 & 98 Minutes
Year of Manufacture
English, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1 (altered)
- Menus (English)
Chapters (28/28)

The third, and last, "Double Feature" Toho DVD from Tristar. This disc contains Rebirth of Mothra (1996) on side 1, and the film's sequel, Rebirth of Mothra II (1997), on side 2. Like other DVDs of this nature, the disc is primarily a budget item, costing a little less than $30 for a DVD containing both films. It should be noted, though, that this is "Tristar's version" of the two films; meaning that both feature the, horrendous, international dub track (people familiar with the dubbing for the Heisei era Godzilla films will notice a lot of similar voice work) along with Tristar's butchering of the credits, meaning their noticeably short, English, credit sequence replaces the Japanese one and cuts out the ending melody from each film. The disc does, on the one hand, present excellent video and audio transfers of the two films; however, the title is really devoid of extras and, at heart, is a bare bones release.

The video quality, excluding some minor nuisances, is otherwise superb. The colors are very vibrant and the brightness and contrast are set at just the right level. The picture quality is very sharp, with no noticeable traces of artifacting from either films. Scratches do appear during the course of both films, but are nearly unnoticeable. The problem, though, occurs in both films' aspect ratios. Much like the Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla/Godzilla vs. Destoroyah DVD, this disc is reportedly, according to the back of the case, presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, both of the films' "original aspect ratios." However, this is not the case, as in actuality the film has been cropped on the sides. This is not as apparent on the Rebirth of Mothra/Rebirth of Mothra II disc, but is painfully obvious during the title sequences in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla/Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, in which the titles travel off screen.

Audio quality, ignoring the lack of a Japanese audio track, is overall pretty flawless, with no pops or scratches to be heard. The audio is presented here in stereo, both films' original audio format. Furthermore, the DVD contains subtitle tracks for both films in English, Spanish, and French, what some might consider a "special feature," and the closest this DVD gets to having one.

Nope, not even some random trailers here. The DVD does have a still related to each film as a menu, and chapters, placing it above ADV's Destroy All Monsters, but nothing that would qualify as a real extra.

In the end, its a nice budget release of two films backed together as one item. If one can get past the lack of a Japanese audio track, and the lack of any "special features" for that matter, it's a rather good DVD.

-Anthony Romero