Saturday, July 19, 2014

Now Showing: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Every year I have great intentions to stay up for the G-FEST movies at the Pickwick Theater, and every year, reality gets in the way. There's nothing like seeing a Godzilla movie with other like-minded fans, but knowing that you can pop in a movie at home does soften the blow considerably (and makes your Crowne Plaza bed look awfully inviting).

That is especially true now that the Blu-ray wave is cresting. So when we got home this week from Chicago, we watched "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" on Blu-ray for the first time. Sometimes, Blu-ray transfers leave me a little bit underwhelmed, but not this time. "G vs. KG" looks gloriously crisp on this Sony Blu-ray release. It's as if filming just wrapped up this year, not in the 90's.

"G vs. KG" sports a notoriously convoluted plot (which has led to many a speculative article in G-FAN magazine) but it is, in my opinion, a great Godzilla movie, which has far more to say about Japan's place in the world in the 90s  than you might expect. On top of that, the cast is great, with a number of recognizable genre stars; the special effects range from good to amazing; and the pounding Ifukube score propels the action forward. Many elements from this years' G-FEST coalesce in this movie, which made it the perfect choice to keep our memories alive.

I'm not really a 'specs' guy; all I can tell you is that the Sony Blu-ray release gives "G vs. KG" a new vibrant look, which is what I'm after with the format. I hope you get to see it this way too.

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