DVD Review: Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla (1994) (Godzilla Week 2014 Day 4)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Thursday, May 22, 2014 0 comments

Space, the final frontier. Day four of "Godzilla Week 2014" is here and we are officially on the final half of this monster sized special. Well let' not waste any more time as it is now time for a review of the fourth movie from the "Heisei Series" of Godzilla films, "Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla".

This film opens up with a huge crystal asteroid flying through space that ends up being a giant monster named Spacegodzilla. We then cut back to Earth where G-Force (an elite group of soldiers trained to battle Godzilla head on) is creating a giant robot to combat Spacegodzilla before he reaches Earth. Meanwhile on an island off the coast of Japan we see another group of G-Force soldiers planting bombs on the island to trap Godzilla as he lives on that island. The whole plan is to trap Godzilla so they can plant a new kind of weapon that allows them to control Godzilla. While they are working they end up attracting a very cute looking Son of Godzilla who takes a liking to the group. Son of Godzilla ends up walking into the traps and ultimately ends up attracting Godzilla. G-Force start attacking Godzilla and their plan nearly works if it weren't for Spacegodzilla interrupting the battle. Spacegodzilla doesn't mess around as he absolutely kicks the crap out of Godzilla. Now Spacegodzilla is out to take over the world and his first target is Japan and the G-Force must put a stop to Spacegodzilla's evil plan for world domination through superior fire power (yes I did just use a "Cradle of Filth" reference). (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

"Brother will kill brother, spreading blood across the land..." - Megadeth (Holy Wars... Punishment Due)
The story in this one was a lot better than what I though it was going to be. The main plot of this film was very interesting and I did like how it was about everyone else trying to attack Godzilla before Godzilla strikes first. The structure of this film was pretty smooth for the most part but there was this one scene that was badly edited. That one scene was when Spacegodzilla was attacking Japan in the middle of the night to suddenly cut to a shot where he is attacking in broad daylight and then they cut back to Spacegodzilla attacking at night.  Speaking of action I found it to be really good in this one with nice exciting monster battles that will leave you guessing on what's going to happen next.

Characters in this film were quite good with entertaining and interesting personalities. The monsters were also really great in this one with Spacegodzilla stealing the show with his giant crystal body and his pure strength. Son of Godzilla was also great to see in this one and boy was he cute with his stumpy looking body and big goo-goo eyes and thanks to this film I now want one as a pet. Poor Godzilla though as he doesn't have much luck in this one with him being severely underpowered in this film and well... I've already said too much.

"Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun" - Ashley J. Williams (Evil Dead Series)

The special effects were a bit rough in this film to where most of them looked a bit weak with obvious and very awkward looking green screen in some of the backgrounds during the human scenes and at one point you can see the shadow of one of the cameramen in the background. Not all of the special effects were awkward and/or bad in this film as there were also some great looking ones like how the monsters were attacking each other and one really good use of computer animation from when they had projections of Mothra and the Twin Fairies. All of the costumes looked really good and very charming to where they must've made a ton (by ton I mean a lot more than usual) off merchandising. The costumes are also some of my personal favorite from the entire Godzilla franchise.

The English dub on this film was good with voices that worked well with the characters. Some voices were a bit weird and annoying but you only hear those on one to two scenes and funny enough they were all random comedic relief scenes. I liked the soundtrack in this film and I really dug the song playing during right before the credits as it was very relaxing and satisfying.

"I fell in love with the man in the mirror..." - Michael Jackson (Man In The Mirror)

If you've read the prior "Godzilla Week 2014" articles then you should have a very good idea at what special features lurk on this disc. You get a whole bunch of trailers including all the teaser, theatrical, and television trailers. The trailers were actually pretty decent for this film but they do tend to use footage that did not make the film itself like an awesome part where Godzilla was blasting at groups of people with his atomic breath. You also get a load of promotional photos that are pretty good as there are some awesome ones in some really good quality. Finally you get some awesome, awesome looking posters with kick-ass artwork that have a menacing vibe to it.

Overall this was a very enjoyable watch and is the second best film in the "Heisei Series" as of this post... That may not be the case as we still have one more film to go. With all that aside this film is worth a watch. Well that does it for day number four of "Godzilla Week 2014" and on tomorrows edition I'll be reviewing the final film of the "Heisei Series" (but not the final film in "Godzilla Week 2014) and that film is none other than "Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah".

Title: Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla
Director: Kensho Yamashita
Starring: Godzilla, Spacegodzilla, Son of Godzilla, Moguera, Mothra
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Running Time: 108 minutes
Distributor: Madman Entertainment/ Eastern Eye (www.madman.com.au)
Rating: PG (Mild science fiction violence, infrequent mild coarse language)
Price: $39.95 (as part of the "Godzilla - Heisei Series" box set)
Recommended: Yes


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