Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) (Double Feature)
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is probably the worst of the Godzilla movies made since Godzilla 1985. G-Force has a new plan to neutralize Godzilla. They're going to plant a transmitter in his brain, and control him telepathically. A good portion of the middle film has to do with the Yakuza trying to gain control of Godzilla. Meanwhile, a crystalline version of Godzilla, dubbed SpaceGodzilla, comes to Earth and threatens the world.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla seems to go wrong in nearly every way. The Yakuza plot seems tacked on, the new version of Little Godzilla is annoyingly cute, and the whole film is slowly paced. The final fight in particular goes on way too long, and it isn't often that you'll hear me complain about a Godzilla movie having too much Godzilla footage.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is a big improvement over the previous film. Godzilla is beginning to meltdown. As G-Force tries to find a way to keep Godzilla from overloading, a new threat presents itself in the form of Destoroyah, a monster spawned by the oxygen destroyer device that killed the original Godzilla back in 1954.
It was known well ahead of time that this movie would feature Godzilla's death, though the effect of this is somewhat blunted by the fact that Godzilla has died a couple of times before, and a replacement is obviously waiting in the wings. However, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah does a great job of being a capstone to this cycle of Godzilla movies. The special effects are often spectacular, and the plot is fairly coherent.
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Columbia Tri-Star Home Video does a great job transferring movies to disc, so it's not surprising that these are the best-looking Godzilla films we've ever had in any home video format.
Both films are letterboxed at 1.83:1, which looks a little tight at the top and bottom. But I checked the DVD versus my trusty bootleg tapes (presumably copied from Japanese laserdiscs), and the framing is equivalent. Both films are presented English dubbed, and both feature powerful stereo sound mixes.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla looks startlingly colorful. Look at the blues in the close-ups of SpaceGodzilla! The transfer may be a tad bit bright, because there is some minor artifacting in some scenes that involve a lot of smoke. Towards the very end of the film, I spotted some dirt on the print.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah looks just great. The minor imperfections on the other side of the disc are not in evidence here. My only quibble is that CTHV fades out on the end credits early, therefore losing the excellent end credit musical suite.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah runs about two minutes shorter than the original Japanese version. Those two minutes are probably made up of the missing end credits and one redundant scene that was cut right after the security guard finds the dead fish. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla also runs a bit shorter than the Japanese version, but I couldn't identify any cut footage. Part of the difference is probably the end credits, which CTHV cut from this film as well.
There are no extras. Still, for two movies, the price is right.
Scott Hamilton, 4/17/00