Thursday, November 1, 2012

Back to the future - Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah(1991)

I have admittedly watched few Godzilla movies on DVD in recent years. Part of that is due to my busy schedule. I've also spent more time watching action and horror movies. Two things have, however happened recently to get my love for Godzilla movies going again. First, Legendary Pictures recently announced a tentative theatrical release date for their planned Godzilla movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards. This movie is scheduled to begin production in the spring of 2013 with an official theatrical release in May, 2014. The second thing to happen is that Godzilla Vs Biollante(1989) will soon be released on Blu Ray(in December, 2012). It is my hope that other Godzilla movies will get Blu Ray releases(Region A that is) to accompany the theatrical debut of the Legendary Pictures' Godzilla film.

In the meantime I have taken it upon myself, as I do from time to time, to re-watch various Godzilla movies. One I watched a couple of days ago on Region 3 DVD(w/English subtitles) is GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH, which originally opened in theaters in Japan back in December, 1991 and is directed by Kazuki Ohmori. The movie's theme revolves around time travel and I'll be the first one to say that, save for a couple of movies I've seen, I do not like time travel films in general. What I do like about Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah(1991) is the marvelous special effects and what I consider to be one of the best renderings of Godzilla ever in film: the legendary monster is bigger and badder than ever in this 1991 movie, his height ramped up to 100 meters(330 feet)...and he has to be because his opponent is an old enemy from his movie past, the three headed space dragon King Ghidorah, also enlarged in this movie to a colossal 120 meters(396 feet).

In this movie a group of time travelers from Earth's future come back to present day Japan under the guise of wanting to rid Japan of Godzilla and all the accompanying misery and destruction the monster has brought the country. Unfortunately the leaders of the time travelers, aka "The Futurians", have an ulterior motive: replace Godzilla with a creature of their own which will, like the dinosaur at Lagos Island in 1954 which mutated into Godzilla after radiation fallout from atomic bomb testing, itself become irradiated and mutate into a leviathan monster. In this case the Futurian's creature is actually a trio of small, cute "Dorats" who look like tiny bats. Left behind on 1954 Lagos Island by the Futurians after they summarily remove the "Godzillasarus" dinosaur, the trio of creatures mutate and reappear in an altered present day of Japan as a three headed dragon called King Ghidorah. Turns out the nefarious leader of the Futurians doesn't care for the fact that Japan has become the dominant country in Earth's future so new monster King Ghidorah will lay waste to Japan and destroy the country in order to prevent Japan from its rise to prominence in the future. Japan's only hope now, in the face of annihilation by this new monster, is an old enemy seemingly vanquished by the Futurians and erased from the history books...but is Godzilla REALLY gone? (no other spoilers)

This movie is available on official DVD, paired with 1992's Godzilla Vs Mothra, both movies in English dubbed language and cropped to a 1:33.1 "full frame" aspect ratio. Click on the above image to see this DVD for sale at Amazon. To see the Region 3 DVD release of this film click on the below image:

As I always prefer to watch movies in their original aspect ratios I invested in two multi region DVD players many years ago so I could watch Region 2 and Region 3 DVDs. Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah(1991) is also available on Region 2 DVD(the pricey Toho release) and the more affordable Region 3 DVD(which I own). Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah(1991) is available on Blu Ray as Toho has released this film onto region free Blu Ray. The Toho Blu Ray of this movie can be purchased at CDJapan or YesAsia.

Here's an HD trailer for the film: