DVD Title
 Godzilla vs. Mothra: Battle for Earth
International Title
 Godzilla vs. Mothra
Movie Length: 98 minutes Original Length: 102 minutes
Company: Madman Release: 2006
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 4 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound:
Japanese (2.0 Stereo), Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (2.0 Mono)
Subtitles:
English
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (28)
· Trailers: Godzilla vs. Mothra (4 total, 1 TV spot), Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
· Stills Gallery
· Poster Gallery
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

Issued in 2006, this DVD contains the fourth entry in the Heisei series: Godzilla vs. Mothra, given an added subtitle of "Battle for Earth" which is similar to the title Tristar gave it upon its release in the US. As a whole, this release is decent but with its problems. The video track is simply okay on this release, having about as many positives as it does drawbacks, although on the plus side this DVD is another stellar one from the audio side while the disc features a worthy attempt to stock the title with some extra content for fans of the franchise to busy themselves with.


 Video:

The video presentation here has its pluses and its minuses. On the positive side, and unlike the earlier release of the film on region 1 DVD: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, the film here is in its correct aspect ratio and not full screen. Sadly, the downfall of this release is that the image is notably soft and even shows overt signs of pixilation and artifacting. The colors, while certainly distinct, lack the deeper and more rich tones they could have been. For example, one only has to compare a screen from this release with one of the same scene from the Tristar release to notice the night and day difference between the two in terms of color. On the plus side, at least the print used for the transfer appears to be in good shape, without any overt scratches or other print damage.

Godzilla vs. Mothra is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.

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


 Audio:

Like the other Heisei series discs from Madman, the audio presentation found on this DVD is very strong. In total, the release has three audio tracks. Two are in Japanese audio, available in 5.1 surround and also 2.0 stereo. Both tracks have their merits, although the surround stands out for its great use of speaker distinction for the film's numerous special effects scenes. Sadly, for whatever reason, the vocal hymn during the closing track sounds a little off in the 5.1 presentation, but otherwise this track is the best offering on the DVD. The last track is for the International English dub of the film. Unfortunately, there is only a two channel mono track for the film in English. Thankfully, the quality is still good, although it would have been nice to have a track with a bit more of a robust speaker presentation.

The audio is complimented by removable English subtitles that are available for the Japanese audio.


 Extras:

Light on extras, the DVD still manages to make a decent showing to give the overall release a bit more worth. The primary attraction here is the collection of advertisements for the film. This is showcased in the form of three different teasers, combining footage primarily from Mothra (1961) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), along with a regular trailer and a TV spot. The disc includes three additional trailers for other films, which include Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) and Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), the last of which uses a reissue advert as it contains the title: " War of the Monsters: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla" as was used for its re-release. Like all Madman DVDs, the trailers here are fully subtitled too, which is great to be able to read the various tag lines used. The translations were obviously handled by a fan as well, as the Xilien are called the Xian here as was their common name among fans before Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

Closing up the DVD's extras are also two galleries. The first is for production stills and contains 10 in total, but sadly these are fairly small as seen here. The second gallery is one that features three posters for the film. Unlike the Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah release, these are full shots of the posters that convey the entire image easily for the viewer.


 Overview:

Bottom line, the disc has features which set it above the region 1 release of the title, but it's a tougher sell compared to the firm's superior Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah DVD. Those wishing to view the film in Japanese, with English subtitles, and its original widescreen aspect ratio are still presented with a good and relatively inexpensive option from this disc if they have a setup that can view PAL movies.

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