Plot: What’s it about?
Humankind is in severe danger, once again under the attack of a monster. But this time, it’ll take a monster to stop a monster, so once we again we get a cool battle scene or two to make us happy. This time the humans accidentally released a terrible three headed monster, Desighidorah, who is dead set on ruining the Earth’s greenery. By the time he’s finished, there might little or nothing left, aside from a scorched planet, that is. Who will stop this creature from thrashing the world? Mothra, that’s who! And how in the name of Toho will Mothra be summoned? Those wacky, lovable twins, Moll and Lora will take care of that piece of business. With Earth’s fate hanging in the balance, can Mothra overwhelm Desighidorah?
Oh yeah, Mothra on DVD baby! I like Godzilla movies, but Mothra movies are almost as cool. Mothra flicks are usually weird as heck, and this one is no exception. Some freaky special effects can be found here as well, as you would, I hope, expect. This little kid always seems to be floating around for one reason or another, which makes for some humorous moments. The effects call for a ton of superimposing, which can create some humor all of it’s own brand, but it usually looks at least decent. If you enjoy the cheese found in Godzilla flicks, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check this one out as well.
Rebirth of Mothra II is just as rockin’ as the first, here’s the low down. The Earth is again (what a shocker) under attack from a mean old mythical creature, this one a horrific garbage eating monster called Dagahra. Now, one might assume a creature that consumes trash is a good thing, but that’s not always the case. Earth’s natural resources are in constant jeopardy with old garbage mouth wandering around, contaminating everything in sight, so he must be stopped. Toss in a secret underwater community, Mothra, and a kick ass monster fight, and that’s what this flick is all about! Rebirth of Mothra II is fun, but not as cool as the first movie. But hey, you get it included on the disc, so no sweat, right? It’s like this, if you like the first one, you’ll dig this one, it’s just not as amusing. The bad dubbing, cheesy effects, and all the other good stuff, so it’s not a huge difference, it’s just lacking the laughs of the first one. Not much else to say, really.
Video: How does it look?
Columbia has issued these Mothra treasures in gorgeous 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, what a great deal! The movies have a cartoonish/comic book visual style, so the colors are juiced a few notches for effect. Although the colors stream right off the screen, they never roam into oversaturation or bleeding. Black levels are correct, with high grade shadow layering as well as deep detail levels. I didn’t spot anything in terms of compression errors other than some slight shimmering.
Audio: How does it sound?
These aren’t the movies to show your system off with. The audio is presented in stereo, and it’s more than enough for these films. Even though the audio is limited to the front channels, it sounds very good. Effects come through well, as does the music. Dialogue is clear at all times, never left behind the music or effects.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Not even a trailer. I am about to cry here, Columbia…