When a freighter is attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts, including a biologist and two scientists, concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the big lizard is loose in Manhattan, destroying everything in sight.
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- Roland Emmerich
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentarys; behind-the-scenes featurette; music video; trailers; photo gallery; additional featurette; cast and crew information.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: DTS 5.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; additional featurette; music video; behind-the-scenes featurette; audio commentary; multi-player trivia game.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Godzilla is the bombastic 1998 Hollywood blockbuster update of the 1956 Japanese film. This time giant Godzilla -- a mutated lizard created as the result of a French nuclear test -- roams Manhattan looking to lay eggs, destroying buildings and crushing cars in its path. Four French soldiers are killed by little Godzillas spawned from the eggs giant Godzilla lays in a nest at Madison Square Garden. The combined U.S. military forces, aided by the French foreign intelligence agency, deploy powerful weapons to subdue Godzilla (including bombs, air strikes, and torpedoes in the Hudson River), and there are lots of suspenseful chase scenes that could be too much for younger viewers -- with angry Godzillas chasing panicked humanity throughout the streets of Manhattan. There area a few jump-out-at-you surprises and many tense moments, and some smoking, particularly by the Frenchmen. Everything and everyone is super loud, but main characters somehow find a way to escape the gaping, drooling maws of the CGI monsters.
- Sexual Content
- A male character makes a joke about a threesome.
- Much of Manhattan is destroyed by Godzilla, and the parts that aren't destroyed by Godzilla are destroyed by the U.S. military, with clandestine assistance from the French foreign intelligence agency. Cars are kicked, thrown, and crushed by Godzilla, the military sends air strikes, explodes bombs and shoots torpedoes from a submarine in the Hudson River. And the little Godzillas, spawned from the eggs laid in a nest at Madison Square Garden by giant Godzilla, kill four French soldiers. Lots of suspenseful chase scenes that could be too much for younger viewers -- with angry Godzillas chasing panicked humanity throughout the streets of Manhattan.
- One tirade using the words "sucks," "douchebag," "ass," and "crap."
- Social Behavior
- Be careful with nuclear testing -- you could create a monster.
- Met Life, UPS, Sprint, Madison Square Garden.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- With members of the French military in the story, you know there's going to be some smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it