DVD Title
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
International Title
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Movie Length: 99 minutes Original Length: 103 minutes
Company: Madman Release: 2006
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 4 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound:
Japanese (2.0 Mono), Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (2.0 Mono)
Subtitles:
English
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (28)
· Trailers: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (5 total, 2 TV spot), Invasion of Astro-Monster, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
· Stills Gallery
· Concept Art Gallery
· Concept Model Gallery
· Trivia Section
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

Issued in the Australia market in 2006, this is the last entry in the Heisei Godzilla series, although not the last title from Madman from this era. Sadly, the disc features some of the normal problems from the company for their discs from this year, including heavy video compression with over saturation, although its saved a little from a worthwhile audio presentation and a few extras to mill over as well.


 Video:

Madman isn't known for stellar video presentation, and this disc continues the trend. The video track here is very compressed, causing for a very soft image without a lot of detail found in the frame. The brightness level in combination with the saturation level are also set way too high. This causes details to be lost, as seen on the top of the monitor here. The colors at least look nice and are spot on, but as mentioned this is achieved through the saturation levels being cranked up. On the plus side, at least the print used for the transfer is in solid condition without any scratches or heavy grain levels.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs. Unlike the Tristar/Sony releases, this one isn't cropped at all either. For example, compare this scene from the Madman release to the same one from the Tristar release. Looking at the buildings, its easy to see that almost 5% of the image was cropped out on all four sides.

As a side note, this is a PAL release and the speed up is the reason for the discrepancy in running times. This accounts for the standard 4% difference, although no actual footage has been lost.


 Audio:

The DVD features three audio tracks in total. Two are Japanese, a combination of 5.1 surround and 2.0 mono, and one for the International English dub. The 5.1 Japanese track is well done, with no inconsistencies and decent speaker distinction. The two channel mono Japanese track is a bit of a dissapointment, especially as a stereo track should have been easy to secure. At least it sounds okay, but really no excuse for not seeking out a proper stereo version to match the film's original audio presentation. In terms of the English track, like others from Madman, it's also sadly a mono presentation. Despite the lack of directionality and the flat presentation, the actual quality is good without any inconsistencies.

The audio is also complimented by removable English subtitles. Unlike some other Madman releases, these subtitles correspond to the Japanese audio track.


 Extras:

Not a ton of extra contents on this, but more than most releases outside of Japan. The winning supplement is the wealth of trailers included. For the film there are a total of seven adverts. This is broken up into four teaser trailers, one main trailer and two TV spots. These trailers all contains removable English subtitles which is an added treat as well. As is customary with Madman releases, the disc also includes a few random Godzilla trailers. These include Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003).

Outside of this, the disc also contains a large array of galleries. Some of these are promotional stills, others of the concept models and finally a ton of concept art as well. In terms of quantity, there is a huge amount, although sadly the quality is really lacking. They are very washed out and very small, making details hard to make out as seen here. Regardless, they are some nice extras to have and clearly someone at Madman liked the film as its more than the other entries in the franchise got for added content.


 Overview:

Bottom line, before Sony released their Blu-ray containing the film, this release was worth considering as a replacement for the English dub only Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla/Godzilla vs. Destoroyah region 1. As is, its not a bad release, but its faults haven't aged very well and at this point only has some minor extras that can't be found outside of region 2 to tout as a reason to seek it out.

This disc is also featured in the DVD box set: Godzilla Heisei Series.