If you've failed to keep up this iconic Japanese series since it was all but destroyed 30 years ago, this movie will bring you back. It's impossible not to be entertained somewhat, whether you're looking for camp value or serious giant monster action. This one has everything that is required of the genre, and this mish-mash of styles becomes one awesome flick. (**** out of *****)
This transfer is one of the best of the Millennium series releases by Sony. The print is the only real annoyance, showing some extreme damage for a film barely a year old at the time of the DVD release. It's something you would expect from an older film, but not here. Compression is kept under control, grain is non-existent, and clarity is gorgeous. It may even been too clean, showing wires suspending Megaguirus in a few shots, which were likely invisible on a theater screen. (****)
A brief scene involving Godzilla fending off hundreds of baby Meganuron is the best moment in the film for audio fans. It uses everything. The bass is powerful, and you'll truly feel when the monsters collapse to the ground. Separation in the front speakers rival that of films budgeted at twice this one. This is arguably the best sounding Godzilla released in the US, assuming you stick with the Japanese 5.1. The English mix loses some of the punch. (*****)
The disc is barren aside from a few trailers. The subtitles are not accurate, but are captions from the dubbed version. There's plenty of extra material out there on the Japanese disc that, obviously, isn't included here. (No stars)
The soundtrack for this film is notable for a few reasons (including how outstanding it is). It's done by Michiru Oshima, the first female to compose in the series. She was deemed suitable enough to follow up with the back-to-back Godzilla X Mechagodzilla entries. She'll also be the orchestrator for Nintendo's upcoming blockbuster video game, Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess.