Godzilla: King of the Monsters 4K Blu-ray Review
By Chris Heinonen on
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Godzilla Movie Review
I came into Godzilla with no idea what to expect, having not even seen a trailer. I had recently watched the 1998 film for review, and exceeding that wouldn’t be hard. Basically, if you’re after a movie that’s about giant monsters attacking each other, and you really want those fights, you’re going to enjoy Godzilla. There is a plot here involving how humans have destroyed the earth, but you don’t need to concern yourself with that to enjoy the film. Most of the bad guys just vanish at the end of the film and I’m not sure what happened to them, but it doesn’t even matter. There are giant monsters, they fight, and it’s enjoyable to watch, so if that’s what you want, then Godzilla has you covered.
Godzilla Technical Review
Godzilla: King of the Monsters was shot on ARRI cameras at 6.5K and 3.4K resolution but looks to have been mastered at 2K resolution. The disc also features both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision versions, along with the HDR10 base version. It is on a 100GB, triple-layer disc so there is plenty of room for all those versions without having to sacrifice the bitrate of the image. Taking away the fact that the master is only 2K, there isn’t anything here for me to complain about. HDR is used continually and frequently throughout the film and looks just fantastic when it is. There are bright, vivid colors, dark shadows with great detail, and an image where I don’t see compression artifacts to complain about. I watched the Dolby Vision version and it did a wonderful job of showing the full dynamic range of the image at all times. I couldn’t view the HDR10+ version as I didn’t have a Samsung TV around to test it on.
The audio can only be described as a tour-de-force for your subwoofer. If you want to see if running for two hours straight will burn out the voice coil on your sub, this is the movie to use. Every monster battle pushes the limits of the lower octaves but also makes wonderful use of the surround and height channels. Since there are battles for almost the entire film, save a brief interlude around 2/3rds in, you should be prepared for a sonic assault the whole time. At a couple points, I felt like the bass was perhaps too strong compared to the other channels, but you could easily adjust the level of the subwoofer a bit to dial it back. The audio here is straight-up fantastic and makes for a title you will pull out to impress your friends or annoy your neighbors.
Godzilla Special Features
- Commentary by Director
- Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian
- Mothra: Queen of the Monsters
- King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine
- Rodan: Airborne God of Fire
- Godzilla 2.0
- Making Morthra
- Creating Ghidorah
- Reimagining Rodan
- The Yunnan Temple
- Castle Bravo
- The Antarctic Base
- The Isla de Mara Volcano
- The Undersea Lair
- Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature
- Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight
- Monsters Are Real
- Welcome to the Monsterverse
- Deleted Scenes
Godzilla Review System
Sony A8G OLED, Panasonic UB820 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver, Power Sound Audio Subwoofer.
Enjoyable monster romp with lots of monster on monster fighting action, reference-quality soundtrack with tremendous bass, nearly reference quality image.
No 4K digital intermediate, a few plot lapses, subwoofer might be too active.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is straight-up Monster on Monster fighting with a plot shoehorned in there but that you can easily leave behind. The action on-screen starts fast and almost never stops, which can also be said for the audio mix of the film. There isn't anything to complain about when it comes to audio or video quality here and it's a film that was good fun.
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