SONY has released a "Special Edition" of the Roland Emmerich entry into the "GODZILLA" films, "GODZILLA". While already made available on dvd from SONY, the previous release lacked 16:9 enhancement. While Director Emmerich clearly has a love for the "GODZILLA" films, this lacks the vision that Peter Jackson offered in his remake of "KING KONG". Matthew Broderick stars as the scientist trying to stop the monster's havoc in New York City. The script lacks the humor of many superior sci-fi films, as well as a decent narrative. However, there's a generally exciting atmosphere achieved, even whilst knowing the outcome to most scenes far in advance.
SONY has done well in providing 16:9 enhancement this time out. The 2.35:1 ratio is much sharper now, and colors are solid throughout. While there is some grain, the overall picture is noticeably improved upon and contrast is also superior to the previous version.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that appears to be a duplicate of the previous mix, absent the 2.0 offering. It's a great mix, offering non-stop surround/panning effects and terrific bass. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
All of the extras offered in the previous mix are included here, including the "ho-hum" technical commentary from the film's effects wizard. A music video and three episodes from the new cartoon series are also included.
The 16:9 enhancement alone, makes this worth getting for the dvd collection, even for those already owning the previous version.