Godzilla (Blu-ray)


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Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sally Hawkins star in this science fiction reimagining of the 1954 Japanese film about the destruction caused by a giant monster. When a devastating event is covered up as a natural disaster, nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston) realises something much more sinister is to blame. Scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Hawkins) reveal that in 1954 a powerful monster was awakened and though 'nuclear tests' were carried out in the Pacific Ocean to destroy it, the creature has now returned. With the US Armed Forces, including Joe's son Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody (Taylor-Johnson), called into action, humanity fights for its survival. The cast also includes Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

Product Details

Movies & TV
23 Sep 2014
Science Fiction
Region B
Warner Bros. Pictures
123 min
Age Restriction
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Supply Source
South Africa


Release Year
Running Time
123 min
Alternate Title
Godzilla: An IMAX Experience
Action/Adventure / Action / Military / Monsters / Science-Fiction / Soldiers
US Box Office
$200.7 million
Official Website
Rotten Tomatoes®
75% 66%
The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it's his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He's right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He's just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a "MUTO" is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind's only hope for restoring the balance of nature.
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Cast & Crew
Gareth Edwards
Bryan Cranston / Juliette Binoche / Aaron Johnson / Elizabeth Olsen / David Strathairn / Ken Watanabe
Primo Allon / Antonio Anagaran / Dalias Blake / Carson Bolde / Eric Breker / Garry Chalk / Terry Chen / Zachary Choe / Melody B. Choi / Chuck Church / Josh Cowdery / Jake Cunanan / Michael Denis / James Dever / Darren Dolynski / Lane Edwards / Amy Fox / Jason Furukawa / Eli Goree / George Allen Gumapac / Catherine Lough Haggquist / Lynne Halevi / Leif Havdale / Sally Hawkins / Marci T. House / Deejay Jackson / P. Lynn Johnson / Richard T. Jones / Hiro Kanagawa / Peter Kawasaki / Eric Keenleyside / Jared Keeso / Yuko Kiyama / Martin Kogan / Anthony Konechny / Jason Riki Kosuge / Lise Krivatsy / Serge M. Krivatsy / Zoe Krivatsy / Takeshi Kurokawa / Toby Levins / Justin Blayne Lowery / Brian Markinson / Zach Martin / Kasey Ryne Mazak / Gardiner Millar / Mas Morimoto / Yuki Morita / Steven M. Murdzia / Taylor Nichols / Kevin O'Grady / Kevan Ohtsji / Ty Olsson / Rich Paul / Aaron Pearl / James Pizzinato / Victor Rasuk / Dean Redman / Jesse Reid / Kyle Riefsnyder / Sandy Ritz / Luc Roderique / Kurt Max Runte / Patrick Sabongui / Al Sapienza / Todd Scott / Chris Shields / Peter Shinkoda / Warren T. Takeuchi / Jill Teed / Keo Woolford / Ken Yamamura / Derrick Yamanaka / James Yoshizawa
Max Borenstein
Alexandre Desplat
Director of Photography
Kim Marks / Seamus McGarvey / Roger Vernon
Dan Callahan
Assistant Director
Jim Brebner / Luc Etienne / Alex Gaynor
Erik Aadahl / Ethan VanderRyn
Sound Re-Recording
Rick Kline / Gregg Landaker / Tim LeBlanc
Stunt Coordinator
Jake Mervine / John Stoneham
Set Decorator
Elizabeth Wilcox
Post-Production Supervisor
James K. Jensen
Music Director
Dave Jordan
Visual Effects Designer
Double Negative Limited / Hammerhead Productions / Ross Johnson / Catherine McQuaid / MPC / Marlene Nehls / Nishaanth M.P. / Kiran Kumar P / Pixel Pirates / Pixel Playground / Holly Price / Cynthia Richards / Mahria Sangster / Scanline / Megh Anil Sharma / Cristina-Ioana Tanase / Lauren Walker
Production Manager/UPM
Dan Dixon / Luc Etienne / Jim Rowe / Leeann Stonebreaker / Patricia Whitcher
Fredrik Bengtsson / Serena Cacciato / Francesco Canonico / Luca Cantani / Thom Chang / Aaron Clement / David Coronas / Enrico Fioretti / Ben Goerlach / Sandy Heslop / Benjamin Kousholt / Lai Lok Chau / Christopher Lentz / Fredrik Lindbom / Andy McEvoy / Eugene Mishchenko / Mandy Mok / Max Puentes / Brett Purmal / Wayne Simmons / John Sung
Supervising Art Director
Grant VanDerSlagt
Animation Supervisor
Ferran Domenech / Steve Enticott
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"Godzilla himself is a marvel of state-of-the-art craftsmanship, looking bigger and bulkier than he ever has before and shaking the whole theater with his timeless, metallic bellow." -- Grade: B+
A.A. Dowd (13 May 2014, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]here’s some pretty impressive CGI monster destruction here, and the talented English director Gareth Edwards clearly respects the thought-provoking sci-fi roots of the original."
Richard Roeper (14 May 2014, )
Entertainment Weekly
"GODZILLA actually shows us its monsters without a scrim of rain and a cloak of darkness. And the thrill of the film is getting the chance to fetishize their sheer size and physicality as they rip through power lines and demolish buildings with their lashing tails."
Chris Nashawaty (14 May 2014, )
Film Comment
"Edwards is good at the extended tease."
Jonathan Romney (14 May 2014, )
Hollywood Reporter
"Superbly made....This new GODZILLA is smart, self-aware, eye-popping..."
Todd McCarthy (11 May 2014, )
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Like the 1954 original, it's a combination epic horror film and parable of nature in revolt, filled with odd ellipses and surprising but appropriate storytelling choices..."
Matt Zoller Seitz (15 May 2014, )
Rolling Stone
"The new Godzilla, best seen in 3D IMAX to revel in his textured scales, his heaving gills, his deafening digital roar, is a rock star, the effing real deal in FX monster cool."
Peter Travers (15 May 2014, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "When the beast is finally unleashed, the set-pieces are worth savouring."
Total Film Staff (10 May 2014, )
USA Today
"[The] titular leviathan is a majestic beast indeed....British director Gareth Edwards wisely builds dramatic tension by letting the story unfold at a stately pace..."
Claudia Puig (16 May 2014, )
"[T]he creature effects are terrific, using phosphorescent accents -- glowing gold for the MUTOs, blue fire for Godzilla -- to make the monsters look even more menacing after dark."
Peter Debruge (10 May 2014, )

Customer Reviews

Above Average Blu-ray

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Warner Brothers' Blu-ray release of Godzilla offers excellent video, all-time great reference audio, and a fair array of extras. Very highly recommended.

Breaking the big bad

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This new version of Godzilla is better than the 1998 one (which is not really as terrible as many make it out to be), but what's problematic in both films though, is that there's not enough Bryan Cranston.
The 1998 version has no Cranston at all, which certainly hurts it, but this new one squanders the Cranston it does have.
While the film's nominal leading man Aaron Taylor-Johnson can run fast and kick ass in a wetsuit, he's just doesn't hit the spot the way Cranston does.
Still, Godzilla, the alpha predator (or Kaiju, if we insist on being geeky purists) of this flick, is a magnificent specimen, and his final act fight scene is pretty cool.