Time travellers from the 23rd century return to 1992 to warn Japan that Godzilla will cause a catastrophic nuclear incident in the 21st century and suggest a way to rid the world of him forever. They intend to go back to 1944, to Ragos Island, where a dinosaur was exposed to radiation from the Bikini H-Bomb test and became Godzilla. Upon completion of this task, King Ghidrah appears in 1992 and the visitors' true plan is discovered. They wish to destroy Japan so it will not become the dominant economic force. Luckily for the Japanese, Godzilla was still created and will now fight Ghidrah.Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
Columbia TriStar Home Video released Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra on home video on April 28, 1998. This was the first time either film had been officially released in the United States. TriStar used the Toho dubbed versions, but cut the end credits and created new titles and opening credits for both films which was the first time it had that decision from Sony which it still happened on the 90's Heisei Godzilla films being released on video in 1998-1999, this print was still used on online streaming (Crackle), and the 2014 Blu-ray release. See more »
The Captain Of The U.S. Naval Ship Has His Collar Buttoned, He Would Have Had It Undone Especially In The Heat Of The South Pacific. See more »
Ikehata, the mad old soldier:
A long time ago, in a far-off land, I saw a real live dinosaur. You don't know about this dinosaur. You don't know what it was like, but I certainly do. He's close by, and he watches over all of us. I'm not sure where he hides, but he can see us. And if we ever become helpless and desperate, the dinosaur will come back to us and save us from tragedy and disaster, just as it did before on that doomed World War II battlefield we once faced. You think that there is absolutely nothing to fear. Our ...
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In the Japanese and international English versions (but not the American version), the producer, special effects director, screenplay and director credits precede the main title. The cast is credited after the title. See more »
The US version cuts the majority of the ending credits, shortening the runtime from 103 minutes to 100 minutes. See more »
***** BUY THIS DVD **** A MUST-SEE *** WELL DONE ** HAS REDEEMING MERIT * PATHETIC TIME-WASTER 0 DOG TURD
As a time travel story, GODZILLA vs. KING GHIDORAH isn't very good.
As a knock-down drag out kaiju flick, it's a must-see.
Three years after his battle with Biollante, Godzilla still poses a threat to Japan(so what else is new?). At this point, visitors from the distant future appear out of nowhere and offer to get rid of Mr. G by erasing his existence. Unfortunately, they replace him with King Ghidorah and threaten to wipe out Japan unless the government caves into their demands to rebuild the country on their terms. To no one's surprise, one of the visitors happens to be a descendant of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.(just kidding folks!)
On the minus side, GxKG contains plot holes big enough to drive a truck through. One example being, if Godzilla was erased from history, why do people from the present time still acknowledge his existence?
On the plus side, there is enough monster mayhem to make up for any shortcomings. The battle scenes and city stomping are among the best seen in any movie of its kind. Along with that, there is the most inane Plan-nine-from-outer-space type dialog (this among the American "actors" on the battleship) ever seen in a Godzilla movie. It's bad enough to be entertaining!
Overall, GODZILLA vs. KING GHIDORAH is worth the time...and you can tell that to your son when he's born, Major Spielberg!
Rating: **** out of ***** (original Japanese version)
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