I think what makes this film so bad is that Peter Jackson was able to make a ďmonsterĒ movie with heart, soul and depth. Those three things are completely lacking in GODZILLA and thatís not even the filmís weak points. Somehow, Roland Emmerich manages to get career worst performances from such talented actors like Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Also, I had completely forgotten how horrible the lead actress (Maria Pitillo) was, but her performance was miserable and completely justified her lack of work since this.
One of the many things that make this film hard to watch is how seriously it takes itself. It could have been a fun, campy, popcorn movie, but instead you get the feeling the players involved didnít realize they were funny. I do think itís possible to make a decent film about a giant dinosaur attacking a city, but I guess no one told Mr. Emmerich it has already been done.
Commentary by Volker Engel and Karen Goulekas: Well, I didnít think very highly of the visual effects of Godzilla, so these two talking seriously about their work isnít my cup of tea. Also, they seem pretty uncomfortable talking in front of a camera and they just take themselves way too seriously.
Best of Godzilla fight scenes (10:10): This is a series of clips from various Godzilla movies. I was confused at first as to why in the world anyone would put any effort into something like this. Then I remembered that Tri-star Pictures just released all of these on DVD and this was made to sell those movies. This is very, very sad.
Godzilla Featurette (7:00): Harry Shearer takes us through a mockumentary type look at the movie. Itís completely worthless and has more clips from the movie than interviews with the cast or filmmakers.
Godzilla Takes New York: This is nothing but before and after photos of Godzilla plowing through New York City. I donít know why either.
There are also some Trailers, Publicity Stills, a Music video and Three episodes from the Godzilla cartoon.