The Return of Godzilla (1984) Blu-ray
About The Return of Godzilla (1984) Blu-ray
With a higher budget and more advanced special effects than any previous film in the series, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® returns Japan's greatest monster to his intended role as an epic force of destruction and the film's spectacular success re-launched the Godzilla® franchise after nearly a decade in suspended animation.
Unfortunately for North American audiences, this direct sequel to the original 1954 feature film has previously only been available in a highly edited version that cut over twenty minutes of original footage and effects, changed key plot points and altered the dark dramatic tone and narrative by inserting additional scenes and humor in an attempt to "Americanize" the film. But now, at long last, the acclaimed kaiju masterpiece finally hits American shores in all its uncut original glory!
Get ready for the biggest Godzilla® epic that you've never seen as Kraken Releasing proudly presents the complete and unedited THE RETURN OF GODZILLA®!
Special Features: Scene Select, Theatrical Promo.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: KRAKEN RELEASING
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 103
- Release Date: 9/13/2016
- Dimensional Weight: 0.18
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Godzilla Triumphs Once Again!!!
For years we've had to deal with with cut down sub-par American version called Godzilla 1985 with it's near unbearable edits that not even the charm of the late Raymond Burr could save, and now here we have the version we should have gotten, now I see why this one is a fan favorite. It is one of the quintessential Godzilla films as well as a revival of the franchise that at the time needed to be brought back and what a way in this rollercoaster of a film. Godzilla 1984 is not meant for everyone but is entertaining none the less and has a charm to it that has lasted the decades as have most of the original Godzilla films. This is a worthy entry in the series and it's about time that it was released in a format that everyone can enjoy.
by JONATHAN -
It's not with out its flaws, the pacing stumbles from time to time, but some are an endearing part of the series. It's not the best the franchise has to offer but it is a solid entry nonetheless, that and it's nice to be able to have a complete set of the Heisei era of films.
Godzilla Triumphs Again!!!
For years we've had to deal with the sub-par American version called Godzilla 1985 with it's near unbearable edits that not even the charm of the late Raymond Burr could save, and now here we have the version we should have gotten. I can see why this one is a fan favorite, it is one of the quintessential Godzilla films as well as a revival of the franchise that at the time needed to be brought back, and what way in this rollercoaster of a film. Godzilla 1984 is not meant for everyone , but is entertaining none the less and has a charm to it that has lasted the decades as have most of the original Godzilla films. This is a worthy entry in the series and it's about time it was released in a format that everyone can enjoy.
Not The VHS Cut I Expected
by Jared -
I originally saw this movie when VHS was still a thing and loved the movie to death. However, I assumed that this uncut Blu-Ray version was the same. Sadly, it's not. There are many scenes that were cut out (mostly dialogue, but they were good) and the dubbing is not very good. I especially miss the monologue at the end of the movie talking about Godzilla being more or less a response to humanity. Anyway, having these scenes gone made the movie's pacing feel very choppy which killed my enjoyment. I can't really suggest this movie I'm sad to say.
The Return of Godzilla (The Original Toho Version)
by goldfishgarden -
I picked this up since I already have most of the movies in the Heisei series, I thought I might as well complete the set. Strange that this is the only blu ray of the continuity that is not a double feature, (not including Godzilla vs. Biollante and the original 1954 Godzilla). My favorite Godzilla movie is the 2016 Shin Godzilla, and this movie reminded me of it. This movie is the un-Americanized version, there is english dub, but apparently when this movie first made it to the states, they turned it into a comedy. The english dub is similar to old kung fu movies, and I'm sorry to say that the japanese dub was for me.. forgettable, and I'm not a fan of the 1984 godzilla design with the cartoon eyes. Not a highly recommended movie from me, but its worth watching if your curious about what happened to the dinosaur from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.
Godzilla Returns - not 1985
by StephenL -
This release has the original film that was beaten into the form we received in the US, Godzilla 1985.
Gone is Raymond Burr and a sloppy attempt at yet again American-izing something that just didn't need to be American-ized.
If you've ever wanted to see the original, un-cut version, you had to rely on 10th generation VHS copies, up until bootleg DVDs became a thing. And even some of those came from multigenerational VHS. This, however, is the real deal, with the best video quality we are likely to see from something of this vintage.
Thanks to Kraken Releasing (Aesir Holdings... Sentai Filmworks... ex-ADV... whatever you want to call them), we've gotten Godzilla Returns in fine form.
I know some would like to see 1985 released for posterity, and I wish them luck with that. For now, this will have to do and you'll have to make due with multigenerational VHS copies.