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Godzilla 2000
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03.01.2002 By: Dr. Drew
Godzilla 2000 order
Director:
Takao Okawara

Actors:
Takehiro Murata
Naomi Nishida
Mayu Suzuki

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A team of scientists discover a mysterious meteor at the bottom of the ocean, hoping to study and discover its origin. Unbeknownst to them, the rock is actually a space alien which has been in hibernation for some 60 million years only to suddenly awaken from its peaceful slumber. As fate may have it, the creature has a beef with Godzilla, who’s busy destroying parts of Tokyo. The two monsters eventually collide in an unpredictable "fight to the death" royal rumble.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In my humble opinion, the whole appeal of the original movies was the fact that Godzilla was just a guy in a rubber suit who went around destroying miniature city sets. Granted, it was unbelievably cheesy but it WORKED. The American version was just some big computer generated pseudo reptile waltzing around New York City, completely ruining the low budget vibe. In this one, however, they manage to recapture the "magic" (and I use that term loosely) of the older movies. What truly surprised me though were the special effects which were actually half decent and in all fairness, quite convincing. Some of them were practically on par with some of the CGI work that Hollywood’s been producing as of late.

I was also impressed with the excellent dubbing of the movie into the English language. It refrained, for the most part, from using old slang terms that haven’t been heard in 20 years, which was a nice touch. My only problem with the story was that the movie shifted its attention away from Godzilla for quite some time in order to focus on the space alien subplot. I often found myself twiddling my thumbs in eager anticipation of more rampant destruction from the big lizard himself. Thankfully, it redeemed itself with a final confrontation which was filled with entertaining mano a mano action between the two combatants. A solid effort from start to finish and kudos to Toho Studios for resurrecting the series while providing some fun action and still maintaining a campy, low budget feel.
THE EXTRAS
The DVD includes a brief behind the scenes look at the making of some of the special effects. It clocks in at about 2 minutes and basically features crew members blasting firecrackers off a guy in the Godzilla suit with the director yelling incoherently in the background. Strangely entertaining, it’s probably the shortest behind the scenes featurette I’ve ever had the privilege of taking in. They also managed to include 2 trailers, one for this film and another for the 1998 American remake. The disc also features some very cool menus which feature scenes from the movie and the terrified screams of people running from Godzilla’s terrible wrath.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A decent transfer, solid movie, good commentary and little in the way of bonus features makes for a somewhat shaky release. Fans of the series will obviously want to add this DVD to their collection but the casual viewer should be forewarned. Be prepared for some serious helpings of good ol’ fashioned cinematic cheesiness and lots of campy action. I’ll cautiously recommend this one as a borderline rental.
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