Godzilla 4K Steelbook review by Bobby Blakey
Coming off the success of both Independence Day and Stargate the filmmaking duo of writer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich teamed up to bring the most famous Kaiju to the big screen with the 1998 film Godzilla. The film starred Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, and Harry Shearer. Now Sony is bringing this version home once again with an all-new 4K Steelbook.
Godzilla follows an unknown creature is spotted passing through the Panama Canal following French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific. Scientist Niko Tatopoulos is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing in Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.
I know this film has been panned over the years for so many different reasons. I will be honest I have always thought this film was a blast, but never really a Godzilla film. Had they given it a different name then it would have worked fine, but the legacy of Godzilla was mostly ditched here in look and tone for a new take on the famed kaiju. If you watch it as either not a Godzilla film or just a new fresh take on the property then it is a pretty fun flick despite its issues.
I know its near impossible to get away from the Godzilla aspect since it is used throughout the film, but love the take some of the later Japanese Toho projects that have referenced it as Zilla and the Americans thinking that is who it was but not really. That all being said, the film is silly and goes in
goofy directions of course, but it still manages to entertain in the vein of the giant monster flick genre.
The effects were pretty cool at the time and the design of the creature is excellent. It’s just not Godzilla and that is the biggest issue of all. My love of all things kaiju lets me separate the ideals and my love of the original and just enjoy this flick for the destruction chaotic monster it is. I understand some that can’t let that happen, but I for one enjoyed diving back into the fun ridiculous nature of this take on the character.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including commentary, a music video, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Grab your copy of Godzilla 4K steelbook when it stomps into stores on October 24th from Sony Home Entertainment.