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Kosugi Kane (Actor) | Izumiya Shigeru (Actor) | Kikukawa Rei (Actor) | Matsuoka Masahiro (Actor)
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Toho Studios celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the very first Godzilla film with the December 2004 release of the highly anticipated sequel, Godzilla: Final Wars, the 28th and supposedly last film in the long-running and much beloved monster series. This time around, Versus director Kitamura Ryuhei grabs hold of the directorial reins and applies his trademark visual style to the legendary Godzilla franchise. Essentially drawing material from two earlier movies in the series (Godzilla vs. Monster Zero and Destroy All Monsters to be exact), Godzilla Final Wars seeks to be the Godzilla movie to end all Godzilla movies, an intention made clear from its over-the-top premise, energetic performances, and wall-to-wall monster battles!

The film begins with Godzilla becoming trapped in ice after a battle in the Antarctic Circle. But while Godzilla hibernates for a while, things start to heat up when an alien race arrives on planet earth looking to enslave humankind. With things taking a turn for the worse, it's up to a group of paramilitary super-mutants to thwart the aliens' plans for global domination. But when the aliens start unleashing hordes of giant monsters on many of the world's most famous cities (including Shanghai, Sydney, and New York City, among others), it's up to the legendary King of the Monsters to enter the fray, taking on all challengers in a series of globe-trotting monster mashes, including one with his American counterpart from the 2000 Roland Emmerich/Dean Devlin film! Featuring contemporary CGI mixed with traditional special effects, Godzilla: Final Wars is a no-holds-barred kaiju fight fest, featuring loads of classic monsters that every die-hard Godzilla fan will be sure to recognize! Angilas, Mothra, Rodan, Gigan, King Ghidorah, and even Godzilla's son, Minilla, all make appearances, so your favorite is sure to be in Godzilla: Final Wars, a wild rollercoaster thrill ride that ends the Godzilla series with a bang!

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Product Title: GODZILLA FINAL WARS Special Edition (Japan Version) 哥斯拉 GODZILLA FINAL WARS Special Edition (日本版) 哥斯拉 GODZILLA FINAL WARS Special Edition (日本版) ゴジラ ファイナル ウォーズ スペシャル・エディション ファイナル ウォーズ スペシャル・エディション GODZILLA FINAL WARS Special Edition (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kosugi Kane (Actor) | Izumiya Shigeru (Actor) | Kikukawa Rei (Actor) | Matsuoka Masahiro (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Takarada Akira (Actor) | Funaki Masakatsu (Actor) | Kunimura Jun (Actor) | Mizuno Maki (Actor) | Mizuno Kumi (Actor) | Sahara Kenji (Actor) | Ibu Masato (Actor) 小杉健 (Actor) | Izumiya Shigeru (Actor) | 菊川怜 (Actor) | 松岡昌宏 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 寶田明 (Actor) | Funaki Masakatsu (Actor) | 國村準 (Actor) | 水野真紀 (Actor) | Mizuno Kumi (Actor) | Sahara Kenji (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) 小杉健 (Actor) | Izumiya Shigeru (Actor) | 菊川怜 (Actor) | 松冈昌宏 (Actor) | 北村一辉 (Actor) | 宝田明 (Actor) | Funaki Masakatsu (Actor) | 国村准 (Actor) | Mizuno Maki (Actor) | Mizuno Kumi (Actor) | Sahara Kenji (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) ケイン・コスギ (Actor) | 泉谷しげる (Actor) | 菊川 怜 (Actor) | 松岡昌宏 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 宝田明 (Actor) | 船木誠勝 (Actor) | 國村隼 (Actor) | 水野真紀 (Actor) | 水野久美 (Actor) | 佐原健二 (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) | ドン・フライ (Actor) | 桐山勲(脚本) | キース・エマーソン(音楽) | 富山省吾(製作) | 三村渉(脚本) | 浅田英一(特殊技術) Kosugi Kane (Actor) | Izumiya Shigeru (Actor) | Kikukawa Rei (Actor) | Matsuoka Masahiro (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Takarada Akira (Actor) | Funaki Masakatsu (Actor) | Kunimura Jun (Actor) | Mizuno Maki (Actor) | Mizuno Kumi (Actor) | Sahara Kenji (Actor) | Ibu Masato (Actor)
Director: Kitamura Ryuhei 北村龍平 北村龙平 北村龍平(監督) | 北村龍平 Kitamura Ryuhei
Release Date: 2005-07-29
Publisher Product Code: TDV-15204D
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Toho
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
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タイトル:ゴジラ ファイナル ウォーズ スペシャル・エディション



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Professional Review of "GODZILLA FINAL WARS Special Edition (Japan Version)"

August 18, 2005

This professional review refers to GODZILLA FINAL WARS Standard Edition (Japan Version)
The last five years have seen the Godzilla continuity re-imagined no less than four times. While this likely resulted in much hair pulling and teeth gnashing on the part of the more obsessive, "Trekkie"-ish Godzilla fans, it's also allowed filmmakers to lead the character in new directions, and in the process rejuvenate a series that had become the epitome of repetition and self-parody. Godzilla: Final Wars, the 28th movie in the series and the Big-G's 50th Anniversary, is yet another reinvention of the Godzilla universe, and though it's been obsessively hyped as the last Godzilla movie, its main selling point outside Japan is likely to be hotshot marquee director Ryuhei Kitamura. The prospect of the man behind Azumi and Versus at the helm of a Godzilla movie oozes potential, and if the final product isn't absolutely all that it could have been, it's certainly not for a lack of effort.

The fun starts at the South Pole sometime in the 1960s where, during a pitched battle against the flying super-sub Gotengo, Godzilla is lured into a glacial fissure and promptly trapped under an avalanche of ice, effectively burying him alive. Jump ahead a few decades to the near future, where atomic testing has given birth to a whole posse of "kaiju" (giant monsters) as well as a new strain of mutant humans that represent the next step forward in human evolution. To combat this new kaiju problem, the U.N. has formed the Earth Defense Force, and among the EDF's ranks is the elite M-Organization, a sort of highly trained anti-kaiju SWAT team made up entirely of mutants.

One such mutant is Shinichi Ozaki (Masahiro Matsuoka), who is assigned to escort hottie scientist Miyuki Nemu (actress/model Rei Kikukawa) to study the mummified remains of a giant creature unearthed in Hokkaido. Without warning, major cities around the world fall victim to simultaneous monster rampages. No sooner has the EDF jumped into action, then the monsters are teleported away by the X-seijin, an alien race that has arrived on Earth with news that a runaway planet is on a collision course with our fair planet, and offers their assistance in averting the coming apocalypse. The X-seijin are welcomed with open arms, but Ozaki, Nemu and nosey reporter (is there any other kind?) Anna Otonashi (Maki Mizuno) have their suspicions.

If the storyline of Godzilla: Final Wars sounds familiar, it's supposed to be. Final Wars re-jigs the plots from 1965's Godzilla VS. Monster Zero and 1968's Destroy All Monsters. I'm hardly a hardcore Godzilla fan, but I've seen a good number of the previous entries over the years and Final Wars proves to be a good time despite its share of missteps. The film features the largest cast of kaiju since Destroy All Monsters, and they all get their chance to go up against Godzilla thanks to X-seijin mind control.

Many of the monsters have been updated, either via refined suit designs or slick CGI that gives the creatures more life than a man in suit or puppet ever could. There's even an appearance by the American Godzilla, aka GINO (Godzilla In Name Only). Unfortunately, as proof of Godzilla's full ass-kicking quotient, the kaiju fights never last more than a couple of minutes, and the movie burns through its roster of villainous monsters way too quickly. Compounding this problem is that outside of the opening scene, Godzilla is MIA for much of the film's first half.

Of the human cast, a pair of terrific performances stand out. The X-seijin are an update of the visor-sporting Devo lookalikes from Godzilla VS. Monster Zero, now pimped out with leather trenchcoats and eyeliner in the person of Kazuki Kitamura as their leader. Kitamura is also the proud owner of the most diabolical and smug grin in cinema history, and struts about arrogantly, stopping long enough to fume whenever Godzilla defeats one of his monsters. The only other cast member that matches Kitamura's screen presence is former New Japan Wrestling Champ Don Frye as Captain Douglas Gordon, the disgraced former commander of the Gotengo, and the film's token Westerner.

What happens when Ryuhei Kitamura directs a Godzilla movie? You get a movie that feels totally unique to the series despite the presence of a derivative plot. The moody cinematography compliments Kitamura's trademark camerawork, lending a distinctly cartoonish vibe that suits the juvenile storyline and energizes the talking head scenes. The movie packs a lot of plot into its 2-hours plus running time, but things rarely slow down for too long before there's another action set piece. The film feels a bit like Scream in that the filmmakers are aware their audience has seen this kind of movie before, and uses that familiarity to tweak the conventions a bit. Like most of Ryuhei Kitamura's films, there's a lot to like and hate about Godzilla: Final Wars, but even if it isn't the best the series has to offer, it's still a fun ride.

Movie Grade: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.7 out of 10 (3)

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September 22, 2005

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GFW Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
50 Years ago, Godzilla stepped onto the big screen and became a giant grey star. He has made many changes over these years, from the dark Gojira, to the embaracing Godzilla vs Megalon, to the scientific Godzilla vs Biollante, to the radical Godzilla 2000. Godzilla is the longest lasting film series in the world and now, for his 50th Birthday, Toho decided to make a Party for the giant creature. They gathered up every single movie along with a few others outside of the series and dumpped them into the blender and pressed stir. The outcome was a shimmering mess. But a good mess. Godzilla Final Wars would be Godzilla's good bye for a few years. In this movie, the Xilians capture all the monsters of the world and hold them captive to gain the Earthling's trust. But, Captain Gordon and Ozaki are not too sure about the Xilians and end up proving that they're really here to take over our planet. The Xilians launch an all out invasion and leave the world in ruins. Gordon and Ozaki launch the Gotengo to go wake up Godzilla who will hopefully save the world. This movie is pretty good and pure enjoyment. Sure it's a bit off at times but that's okay. The DVD is very good. For a 3 disk set it usually costs $150 but you get this for a discount. The first disk is pretty much the mvoie. The second is loaded with trailers, behind the scene documentaries, shoto galleries and so much more. The third highlights the 50 years of the king with many documentaries and rare photo galleries. Overall this movie and disk are very good and worth every penny. Sure, it's a mess but that's what you get with a wild party.
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Jim Ballard
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August 6, 2005

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Poor movie, great DVD Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Although the film itself has been the cause of my debate and controversy, I think it's hard to deny that this set is perhaps one of the greater efforts Toho have made on the DVD front. The supplement discs are literally packed with featurettes, more so than any previous Godzilla release I can recall. The set also retails for far less than the "Godzilla 2000", "Godzilla x Megaguirus" and "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah" box sets too (almost 2,000 Yen less). The packaging for the set is very nice too. The discs are packaged in glossy Digipak, which has a nice portrait of all the monster and mecha's on the reverse side once unfolded. The inside also contains a slot which contains several leaflets and booklets. This is all housed in a nice hard, glossy cardboard case. Once again, yet hardly surprising, Toho don't offer any English subtitles with this release. Still, there is enough here for most non-Japanese speakers to enjoy. If you were considering picking up either the standard or special edition, I'd certainly recommend picking up the latter. Though more expensive, it simply offers far more for your money than the standard 1-disc edition.
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Billy Burckure
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August 5, 2005

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Why Godzilla is King Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Godzilla is the greatest movie monster of all time and the Godzilla movies are the greatest monster movies of all time and this is the greatest Godzilla movie ever it has every thing a fan could ask for in a movie the story the sound track and the spfx are all great if you are a fan or if you have never seen a Godzilla movie you will want to see this one its not the last (a new movie Godzilla 3D to the max)is in the works but its the best
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