With the cinematic monster smackdown of the century just over a week away, it’s time to do some homework, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is here to make sure you’re prepared.
Before “Godzilla vs. Kong” hits theaters and HBO Max on March 31, the studio is throwing it back to where this most recent monster mash all began by releasing 2014’s “Godzilla” on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.
If you’re like me, you’ve been brushing up on your MonsterVerse history the past few weeks. Knowing this 4K release would be hitting my mailbox soon, I got things started with “Kong: Skull Island” on HBO Max, and now I’ll head back to the streamer to wrap up my homework with “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” There’s nothing worse than showing up to a monster brawl unprepared, so let’s dive in to all things “Godzilla.”
Directed by Gareth Edwards, the 2014 reboot brought the King of the Monsters back to the big screen in truly epic fashion, alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.
On the human front, this star-studded cast provides plenty of emotion and drama to have viewers fully invested, as Ford Brody (Taylor-Johnson) tries to save his father (Cranston) and make his way back to his wife (Olsen) and son. But… does anyone really watch “Godzilla” for the humans?
While there aren’t nearly as many monsters here as there are in the sequel, “Godzilla” more than delivers on action-packed creature clashes. When two MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) begin terrorizing Earth, it’s up to Godzilla to restore order and put them in their place. And boy, does he do just that.
The 4K upgrade provides some truly stellar visuals as the MUTOs and ‘Zilla go at it across the globe, but one scene in particular that stands out is the iconic H.A.L.O. jump into San Francisco. The striking colors of red streaking across the dark, stormy sky look incredible, and only add to the intensity the scene already provides.
Beyond the film itself, there isn’t anything else new coming home on the 4K release, but there are still plenty of previously released bonus features to enjoy.
Let’s take a look.
Special Features on 4K UHD + Blu-ray Disc
- MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
- Operation: Lucky Dragon
- MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
- The Godzilla Revelation
- The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
- Godzilla: Force of Nature
- A Whole New Level Of Destruction
- Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
- Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s
The Nuts and Bolts
4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR , a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) cable are required.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Charlotte, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.