Oops, I did not notice this topic until after I posted my own. Well, here is what I put in that one:
I got all 3 Godzilla Blu-Rays that Toho released last Thursday, and now that I have finished watching all 3, here are my quick reviews on them:
Video 4/5: Not perfect by any means, but wow, just simply wow. This is the first B&W movie I have watched on Blu-Ray, and it was a sight to be held. THe details are so rich in tone, the blacks are very dark, and I've never realized that Serizawa had scars below his patch before. Not just that, but most of the scratch marks are gone and the only thing I can take away points for is that it seems like the movie feels like it is flashing every now and then. Still, there will never be a better print than this.
Audio 5/5: Very clear and clean, with no distortions that I could hear. There really isn't much to say about it, as it is not supposed to be booming like the later movies.
Extras 3/5: All are the same as the Region 2 DVD, with interviews, art work, and so forth, so nothing too spectacular, but for a movie this old, it is nice to see some good stuff nonetheless.
Godzilla vs Biollante:
Video 4/5: The video looked spectacular, especially during the rainy scenes, and the details in Godzilla's skin was incomprehensible. Unfortunately, this is the first time I have watched the movie on a HDTV, as I have never watched my region 2 DVD since getting one, so I cannot comment on how it compares, as I just do not remember. Nevertheless, it was the look of perfect. Oh, and the scenes with Biollante were also superb. The only reason I lowered the score is because of the enriched grain and that it does not stand out as well as 54 did (which again, could be because I haven't watched this movie in years) in terms of the remastering job, but nevertheless, it is nearly flawless and I doubt we will see anything better.
Audio 4/5: To be honest, I am a little disappointed. The audio is fine and clear, but I was really expecting to actually hear audio coming out of my rear speakers without being three inches away from them. Other than that, no complaints.
As for the extras, I haven't watched them yet as I am too lazy to put the machine in the PS3 right now since the disc menu is frozen on my Samsung player for some reason, but I'm quite certain they are the same that are on the DVDs. If I get the chance to check them out later, I'll let you guys know.
Godzilla Final Wars:
Video 5/5: Now this movie is just down right gorgeous. Grain aside (won't go into that argument), the picture is just one part of a masterpiece. In fact, this is definitely a Blu-Ray you will want to use to show off Blu-Ray to your friends, especially if they have seen The Dark Knight or Casino Royale a million times. Oh, and Monster X's transformation into Kaiser Ghidorah is just eye dropping.
Audio 5/5: Now this is more like it!! Rear speakers are a spectacle to hear. I even have to say that the audio in this movie matches up to that of Akira's Japanese track, as it is full of non-stop rumbles. I'm actually surprised the neighbors did not come over to ask me to turn it down, as I haven't had this much fun listening to a movie since the DTS audio in The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions. If you are an audiophile, this is a must get.
Extras: Again, right now I am too lazy to put them in the PS3 to see what there is, but hopefully they are the same extras that are on the other two discs from the DVD set.
So with that said, all three of these movies are a must buy if you are any bit of a Godzilla fan. Due to there being no region codes on these things, there are no longer any excuses you can use other than the lack of subtitles, but if you are a fan, you most likely have already seen these movies either dubbed or subbed several times by now, so even that is not a completely valid excuse. Sure, I'll buy Final Wars again on Blu-Ray if it is released in the US, but I doubt the quality is going to match up to Toho's releases, as even the DVDs were not as good whether it was the audio or the video that made it feel like it was lacking. Disc menu issues aside, buy these discs right now before you find yourself so far behind that you need to take out a mortgage just to afford them.
I look forward to the next batch of movies in Nov, especially GMK, as that is my favorite, and one I tend to watch at least 3 times a year.
The format wars are over Primal, you lose - Megatron from Beast Machines (partially)
So long HD-DVD, I will miss you no matter how much I complained about Combo Discs.