DVD Title
 Terror of Mechagodzilla
International Title
 Terror of Mechagodzilla
Movie Length: 79 minutes Original Length: 84 minutes
Company: Simitar Release: 1998
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1 Anamorphic: No
Region: 1 Discs: 1
Language/Sound: Order
English (2.0 Stereo), English (5.1 Surround)
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (8)
· Trailers: Godzilla King of the Monsters (Simitar), Godzilla Versus Mothra (Simitar), Godzilla Versus Monster Zero (Simitar), Godzilla's Revenge (Simitar), Terror of Mechagodzilla (Simitar)
· Artist Gallery (2 minutes)
· Trivia Game
Anthony Romero

Simitar's efforts in the late 1990's have not stood the test of time against the many DVDs that were to be released in the years to come. Not surprisngly, Terror of Mechagodzilla, generally regarded as the worst of these early discs from the firm, suffers the most. Simply put, its video presentation is horribly lacking, while a medicore audio presentation and a lackluster collection of extras do little to elevate the general worth of this particular DVD compared with more modern releases to the format.


Simitar turned a lot of heads back when they first released their discs in 1998 due to the inclusion of widescreen presentations for their Godzilla titles, marking the first time such a feature was made available, legally, to fans in the West. Unfortunately, their release of Terror of Mechagodzilla was not given the same treatment. Instead, people were reintroduced, once more, to the pan and scan 1.33:1 aspect ratio that many fans had grown up with. To add insult to injury, the movie was also the heavily edited version of the film that had been widely available on VHS in the United States, which completely removes the climax with Katsura among other sequences.

In regards to the quality of the transfer itself, it's, sadly, just as lacking. It sports noticeable print damage while there is also discoloration. Some sequences, such as the one of the flashback of King Ghidorah and others attacking, looking very washed out as well. Like the others in this line, this disc is also plagued by a lot of overt compression in the form of pixilation and other signs of artifacting as it's clear Simitar was not yet adapt at placing content onto the fledgling format at this point in its life.

To fully demonstrate the disparity in quality present on this DVD, all one has to do is compare the video track here to the 2008 release that Classic Media produced. For example, here is a comparison between the Simitar release and the Classic Media one.

 Audio: Star Rating

This DVD features two audio tracks in total, both of which are dubbed in English. One of them is a stereo presentation, to which does a fair job although warrants no particular praise. Given that it's not the original format of the feature, which is mono, it does more than a suitable stab at it though. Anyway, the second track is a 5.1 surround option. In regards to the surround presentation, it's a decent effort, but has its share of problems. In fact, it's a fairly archaic attempt to create an artificial surround presentation, as sound effects often overpower the rest of the audio in the movie in an attempt to give the audio some sense of directionality.

 Extras: Star Rating

If someone already has a Godzilla title from Simitar on DVD then they should be familiar with the extras on this release as it's the same stock selection. In total, there is a two minute "Artist Gallery" video that shows the creation of the art on the covers, while there is also a trivia game related to the movie that includes short movie clips for each "wrong" or "right" answer selected.


Bottom line, this title was hardly acceptable back in the day it was released. Today, with a plethora of Toho films on the DVD format around the world, the disc has, expectedly, aged very badly. Suffice to say, there is no reason to search this release out with Classic Media's second effort of placing the film on DVD now out, which features an uncut presentation in widescreen.

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