DVD Title
 Triple Feature: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah
International Title
 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah / Godzilla vs. Mothra / Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Movie Length: 103/102/105 minutes Original Length: 104/103/105 minutes
Company: Sony Release: 2014
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1/1.33:1/2.35:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1 Discs: 2
  
Language/Sound: Order
English (2.0 Stereo)/Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (5.1 Surround)
Subtitles:
None/English, French
Extras
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (28/28/28)
· Trailers: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla vs. Mothra, GODZILLA, Returner (US), Alien Hunter, The Medallion, So Close
· Digital Ultraviolet Copy
Captures
Review
Anthony Romero

This title was given a stealth release to capitalize on the success of Godzilla (2014). The set seems to focus on Toho's three most popular characters: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah. Full details on it are a bit of a mystery. I would like to thank site contributor Robert Storch for hunting down a copy and providing the material for this review. At present, it looks like it might be a in-store Walmart exclusive, or at least that's the best way to track it down as it has yet to show up online. It retails for $9.96, so less than $4 per film inside.

On the plus side, the contents haven't been horribly compressed and crammed all on a single DVD. On the downside, the contents are the exact same ones that Sony released under their Tristar label in 1998 and 2004: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. This means the same problems on both of those earlier releases, notably a cropped aspect ratio for the two Heisei series flicks and dubtitles for GMK.


 Video:

Given the fact that this set is reissuing the two previous DVD titles, reading those will give more details on the video and audio quality. However, let's do a quick summary for those considering this release. First off, the difference between the two discs is night and day. The two Heisei series films are given about two star treatment here. The prints both contain thick layers of grain. The films could look sharper too, although on the plus side edge enhancement isn't obvious on this release.

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra are presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, or "full screen". They are cropped from their original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The cropped nature is the biggest detractor for this release, and seems very archaic in an era when widescreen TVs are the dominant viewing medium for DVDs.

The quality on GMK is much better, given the four star treatment here. Colors are fantastic on this release, with a vibrant and distinct array. For the DVD format, the movie also looks sharp. Both of these are achieved through saturating the colors and edge enhancement, although moderation is applied to the point where the end result is better for it. Sadly, the film does have minor print damage in the form of scratches here and there, but is overall in solid condition and makes for a good presentation of the 2001 film.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs. All films contain their original US versions. This means the credits are removed from the 1991 and 1992 films. It also means the title for GMK is laid on top of the stellar Japanese title sequence, which is a little unfortunate.


 Audio:

The first disc contains a single audio track for each of the Heisei series films. These are two channel tracks dubbed into English, featuring the international dubs that have circulated on VHS and DVD since the films' US release. The quality on both are okay, although feature little directionality in the audio tracks. Thankfully there are no overt discrepancies in the tracks present either. The first two films do not contain any subtitles.

The second disc contains two audio presentations for GMK: one a 5.1 surround for the Japanese audio track, and the other a 5.1 surround track for the English audio. The quality on both is solid, featuring good speaker distinction on the effects. Things like Baragon's roar in the distance, for example, make good use of the multi-channel presentation. Sadly, the film contains "dubtitles", meaning the English subtitles correspond to the international, English dub. This is unfortunate as there are several scenes that the dub butchers the meaning for, in particular they have the SDF cheering instead of swearing when they accidentally hit King Ghidorah instead of Godzilla.


 Extras:

The two discs have a collection of trailers. For Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra, their original Japanese trailers are present. The two trailers are in their original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and host English subtitles. The subtitles are loose, with a poor job at translating the dialogue. However, it is better than no subtitles. Meanwhile, the GMK disc has a host of trailers, only the first two of which are related to Toho: GODZILLA (1998), US trailer for Returner (2002), Alien Hunter, The Medallion and So Close.

The set also contains standard definition, ultraviolet copies for the three films. If digital ultraviolet is your bag, this is currently the only way to get GMK at present.

In terms of the package design, it's actually not all that bad considering they are sandwiching three titles on it. The back gives a quick blurb for each, and actually uses the art poster for GMK to represent it; something that Sony hasn't used before as they have mostly avoided the art posters. Oddly enough, the copyright icons are mostly correct, although they list Mecha-King Ghidorah and Battra as appearing in GMK. In terms of the discs, they are positioned with one on each side of the case. There is no disc flap inside. As previously mentioned, these are reissues, and the two Heisei movies are found on a double sided disc.


 Overview: Star Rating

Bottom line, this might be the cheapest way to get all three films... but why bother? While Amazon sells the two titles for a sum total of $23, they can be purchased from sellers for around $5-6 each. It's kind of sad to see the ancient and quite poor DVD release of the 1991 and 1992 Godzilla films still being used 16 years after its initial debut as well. Sony has really milked that one dry. All in all, the reasons to get this are if saving a few dollars is appealing or if the Ultraviolet copies are useful to you.