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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
(Marketing-Film) (Region 2 PAL)
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Japanese Title: Gojira vs. Supesu Gojira (“Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla”)
Director: Kensho Yamashita
Original Release Year: 1994
Running Time: 102 minutes

DVD Released By: Marketing-Film (Germany)
Video: Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: English 2.0, German 5.1, German 2.0
Extras: Trailers, photo gallery, notes on the Godzilla series, alternate opening and end credits
Subtitles: German (non-removable)
Closed Captions: None
Region: 2
Format: PAL
Chapters: 10
Packaging: Keepcase (translucent blue)
MSRP: 9.99 EUR
UPC #: 4038637250044
Catalog #: 250004
Status: Out of print


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Reviewed by:
Jari Kovalainen
The Film: This time Godzilla faces a monster from outer space.  Space Godzilla, a deadly mutation of Godzilla spawned in deep space, comes to Earth to challenge Godzilla for dominance.  It goes after Little Godzilla first, imprisoning the young monster in a crystal chamber, which doesn’t make Godzilla happy.  Of course the people of Japan have something to say on this matter:  They have a new G-force robot, MOGERA (Mobile Operation Godzilla Expert Robot Aero-type).  Designed to defend against Godzilla, it is pressed into action against Space Godzilla.  The film climaxes with a three-way showdown between Godzilla, MOGERA, and Space Godzilla in downtown Fukuoka.

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla is not a masterpiece, but a quite entertaining piece of work nevertheless.  There are some very nice scenes, and although the fight scenes are quite basic, they are well-made.  Little Godzilla is cute.  Grade:  B

Video: This disc has a very similar transfer to the other Heisei Godzilla DVDs from Marketing-Film.  The film is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and it’s anamorphic.  The movie starts with the Tristar logo, and the credits are in English.  The transfer is very good.  There is some grain in some of the special effects scenes (people in the foreground, monsters in the background), but I believe that was the case with the original source also.  Some minor film artifacts can be seen in some scenes, but this is not a big problem.  Colors were also nice, so this one is a good transfer.  This print has player generated (English) credits, and only the film’s title is in its original Japanese.  The Japanese end song is there only briefly, and the end credits are cut.  The German subtitles are forced (at least on my stand-alone player), but the font is small and white, so it’s not that annoying.

I did have some problems with this disc (using a stand-alone DVD player), when I was using the chapter skip / search.  The same problems occurred with some of the extras.  The disc itself was clean, but when I was using the chapter skip, there was some digital break-up, which was quite annoying.  When I was watching the film straight through, there were no problems.  I tried it a few times with my PlayStation 2, and I didn’t see any problems.  So some players might not like this disc? 
Grade:  B-

Audio: There are 3 audio options.  There is English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, German Dolby Digital 5.1, and German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround.  The English track is quite good.  It sounds clear, with some nice surround activity.  The English dubbing isn’t that bad, but the original Japanese would’ve been a better choice.  The sound level was slightly low (compared to the menu music and the German tracks), so you might have to turn the sound up a bit.  Overall, it’s a very good 2.0 surround track.

The sound level is a little bit higher on the German tracks than on the English track.  German DD 5.1 and German DD 2.0 surround sounded pretty equal, but since the 5.1 is discrete, you should get a little better surround activity than with the 2.0 track.  The German dub seemed to be well made, but that isn’t saying much.  Only hardcore fans would watch this movie with the German dub on, even though the English track is also a dub track. 
Grade:  A-

Extras / Menus: There are 5 trailers for GvSG, which run 4 minutes all together.  The first 3 are teasers (about 30 seconds each), and last 2 are full trailers.  All are in Japanese.  There is also the Japanese trailer for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, and the U.S. trailer for Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.  Then there are the original Japanese opening credits and end credits.  U.S. opening credits are next (they are the same as this version of the film), and then we have an “alternate ending,” which is really just full end credits, this time in English.  Presumably, all these credits presented as extras are to make up for the fact that this version of the film (like the U.S. release) had its credit sequences truncated by Tristar.

There is a photo gallery in slide show format, consisting of 34 still images, which runs for 6 minutes.  It includes movie stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and poster art.  Then there is a “Die Geschichte Des Monsters Tell 2” text slide show (1 minute, in German), which seems to be some notes about the history of the Godzilla series.  Parts 1 and 3 are on Marketing-Film’s other German Godzilla DVDs.

The menus are very basic and static (4:3 format), with some music.  There is a Dolby Digital trailer when the disc starts, before the main menu screen appears.  All the menus are in German, but they are easy to navigate.  There is no booklet. 
Grade:  B

Final Analysis: Since there is a nice region 1 release already available, and this doesn’t offer the original Japanese soundtrack anyways, fans outside of Germany will probably buy this mostly for the extras.  Since this disc is fairly inexpensive, you might want to pick it up.  The cover art is also quite nice.  Final Grade:  B-
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