GODZILLA Blu-ray Review

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Gareth Edwards made a big leap from the small scale of 2010’s Monsters to the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla, and in doing so he showed that he has the skills for big budget movie-making (which may be why Lucasfilm scooped him up to direct a standalone Star Wars film).  Godzilla features a number of epic set pieces that show Edwards has a great skill and understanding of how to stage and build action.  But the film also has a huge weakness: none of the human characters are as interesting as the titular monster.  Perhaps that’s to be expected, but it’s why the film is impressive while also being a little boring.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson leads the film, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn.  My Godzilla Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

GODZILLA Screenwriter Max Borenstein Returning to Pen the Sequel

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It wasn’t a huge surprise when Legendary Pictures announced Godzilla 2 at Comic-Con.  Godzilla had a huge opening weekend, and it recently crossed $200 million domestic.  What was nice about the Comic-Con announcement was that it revealed three monsters that would be taking on Godzilla: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.  According to Deadline, Max Borenstein, who wrote the first movie, is being brought back for the sequel, so he’s probably got a good handle on how to wrangle these three classic monsters against Godzilla.

Also, as we reported a few days ago, Borenstein is handling the script on the King Kong reboot Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer).  I’m not going to hold up Godzilla as a masterwork of character and story, but it’s great as a Godzilla movie, and it’s good to know that Legendary is sticking with a guy who knows not only his genre, but also his franchises.  Godzilla 2 opens June 8, 2018.

Exclusive GODZILLA Blu-ray Clip Highlights the Importance of Practical Effects and Location Shooting

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When you’re dealing with a big budget iteration of a property involving a ginormous monster, you’re gonna have to utilize a significant amount of visual effects.  However, as seen in a new exclusive clip from the bonus features found on the Godzilla Blu-ray, director Gareth Edwards made sure that even though his titular character would be created in a computer, the film would be grounded in reality.  This clip sees Edwards discussing the importance of shooting on location in Hawaii and how they used a lot of real-world locations in concert with the VFX to create the illusion of the monster’s destruction.  I think they did a bang-up job and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other Godzilla goodness is in store for us in the sequel—after Edwards directs a little something called Star Wars first, that is.

Watch the Godzilla Blu-ray clip after the jump.  The film is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

New to Blu-ray: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GODZILLA, HANNIBAL Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a tear-jerking box office smash, the King of the Monsters, the second season of the most visually arresting show on television, and more.  Briefly:

Watch the Final Battle from GODZILLA and Add Some Monster Mayhem to Your Day

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Godzilla lived up to big expectations assuming you expected it to be a true Godzilla movie.  There wasn’t much in the way of interesting human characters or deep personal drama.  It was about giant monsters fighting, and director Gareth Edwards handled it wonderfully.  It will be four years until we get the sequel, but with the promise of Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, I’m hoping it will be worth the wait.  In the meantime, we can enjoy the excellent final battle from this year’s movie.  I won’t lie: It’s not quite as powerful when viewed on a computer monitor, but it’s still entertaining.  Atomic breath is always entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the final battle from Godzilla, and click here to pre-order the film on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, or DVD.  The film will be released for home entertainment on September 16th.

GODZILLA 2 Release Date Set for June 8, 2018

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Shortly after Gareth EdwardsGodzilla scored $93.2 million during its opening weekend run, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. revealed that a sequel was in development.  Two months later they made Godzilla 2 official at San Diego Comic-Con and now we’ve got a release date to go along with it – June 8, 2018.

At the moment, Godzilla 2 has that June 8, 2018 slot all to itself, but summer 2018 is a long way away, so it’ll probably get some company as we get closer.  Hit the jump for more on the Godzilla 2 release date.  The first film is actually still playing in a handful of theaters and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago.  The teaser was unannounced, but when we heard the King of the Monsters’ might roar, it brought the house down.  The film finally came out this summer, and it was a huge hit.  Soon after, a sequel was announced.  The question then became what other monsters we would see.  Godzilla has a tremendous rogues’ gallery, and none of them were featured in the first movie.  Now it was time to reward the fans with not just a “Thank you” but with a taste of what’s next.

Hit the jump for more about the Godzilla 2 monsters.

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

Weekend Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Wins Holiday Frame with $90.7 Million

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No surprise here, X-Men: Days of Future Past was the clear winner this weekend.  What is a bit more surprising is the number attached to that win, which was not as close to $100 million as projected.  The all-star mutant sequel took in an estimated $90.7 million from 3,996 locations through Sunday and is now expected to top $100 million after tomorrow’s Memorial Day holiday.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $90,700,000 $90.7
2.  Godzilla $31,425,000 $148.7
3.  Blended $14,245,000 $14.2
4.  Neighbors $13,946,000 $113,6
5.  Amazing Spider-Man $7,800,000 $184.9
6.  Million Dollar Arm $7,093,000 $20.6
7.  The Other Woman $3,675,000 $77.7
8.  Rio 2 $2,500,000 $121.5
9.  Chef $2,260,000 $3.5
10.  Heaven is for Real $1,950,000 $85.7

 

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Opens with $36 Million; Tracking $113 Million for Memorial Day Holiday

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Opening estimates are in for X-Men: Days of Future Past and it looks like the franchise is on its way to its best debut since 2006.  From 3,996 locations, Days of Future Past brought in an estimated $36 million on Friday, including $8.1 million from Thursday pm previews.  That’s the second-highest opening day this year, behind last Friday’s monster Godzilla launch.  The all-star X-Men sequel is expected to bring in close to $95 million through Sunday, which would put it just under 2014′s weekend title holder: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In terms of the four-day holiday, Days of Future Past is projected to earn about $113 million.  That would qualify as one of the top five Memorial Day debuts of all time, behind last year’s Fast & Furious 6 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

The weekend’s other major release, Blended, got off to a disappointing start.  The romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore earned an estimated $4.4 million from 3,555 locations, which suggests that $20 million for the four-day holiday is now out of reach.  We’ll have updates on the holiday box office later this weekend.

 Title Friday Total
1.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $36,000,000 $36
2.  Godzilla $8,840,000 $126.1
3.  Blended $4,405,000 $4.4
4.  Neighbors $4,200,000 $103.8
5.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $2,000,000 $179.1

Screenwriter Max Borenstein Talks GODZILLA, Criticisms About the Lack of Godzilla in the Film, SEVENTH SON, PALADIN, His Jimi Hendrix Script, More

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The world’s most revered monster has been reborn, in a huge way, with Godzilla taking in big money at the box office and already setting a sequel in motion.  Just before the film hit theaters in the U.S., Collider got on the phone with screenwriter Max Borenstein for this exclusive interview.

During the interview, he talked about what made him want to have a hand in reinventing such an iconic cinematic character, the challenge of making a film that’s fun and entertaining but also has real heart and humanity, why they wanted to create and anticipation for Godzilla instead of an over-saturation, what it was like to collaborate with director Gareth Edwards, how many variations of Godzilla’s origins and motivations they discussed, and finding the right ending for the film.  He also talked about his work on Seventh Son, the Jimi Hendrix script that he wrote for Legendary and whether that might ever get made, what having scripts on The Black List did for his career, what happened with the sci-fi space adventure Paladin that he wrote for Disney, and that he definitely wants to direct again soon.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

GODZILLA Sequel in Development Following Monster Box Office Weekend

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As I said on this week’s The Collision, I’m awful at predicting box office, and while I thought Godzilla would do well, I didn’t expect it to have the second-highest opening weekend this year with an estimated $93 million.  That’s particularly encouraging since the studio used a smart marketing campaign that didn’t spoil the movie, and audiences clearly went for a movie that didn’t give them a constant barrage of carnage.  It’s a good movie, and I’m glad it succeeded.

Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are moving forward with a sequel, according to Variety, although there are currently no details about the plot.  Personally, I’d be fine if they changed up the cast, or at least made way for a new protagonist while keeping supporting actors Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn around for a sense of continuity beyond Godzilla.  Now the question is what to do with the sequel, and I assume they’re going to start bringing in his famous fellow kaiju like Mothra and/or Ghidorah.  Hit the jump for what Legendary CEO Thomas Tull had to say to Steve about Godzilla 2.

THE COLLISION: Episode 89 – GODZILLA

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by Haleigh Foutch to talk about Godzilla.  During our conversation, we talked about why we like Gareth Edwards‘ film, how it bucks against the current trend of blockbusters, the franchise’s history, criticisms of the thin plot and characters, why this movie succeeded at the box office while Pacific Rim failed, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Neighbors“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Friday Box Office: GODZILLA Eyes “King of the Box Office” Title with Gargantuan $38 Million Debut

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The “King of the Monsters” Godzilla made a triumphant return to movie theaters this weekend, and it looks as though the monster is making his presence very known.  Director Gareth Edwards’ new film Godzilla scored a huge $38.5 million on Friday, which puts the film on track for an incredibly impressive $98 million debut.  That’s way above the pre-release predictions, and the film could topple the superhero debuts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) earlier this year.  Though some are inexplicably complaining that the film isn’t two hours of non-stop CG-overload, reviews for Godzilla are generally positive, and it appears that the excellent marking campaign brought in considerable interest.

Check out Friday’s full box office report after the jump.

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