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Godzilla Vs. Kong [4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital]
(Alexander SkarsgĂĄrd, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / PG-13 / 2021 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond.

But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe.

The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

Blu-ray Verdict: Warner Bros. is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the euphorically mesmerizing, and gloriously colorful Godzilla Vs. Kong in the expansive 4K Ultra HD video format this March 30th, 2021.

For my money, this Godzilla Vs. Kong: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital combo packs sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.

So, what we have is Godzila Vs. Kong presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265, Resolution: Native 4K (2160p), HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 and Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1.

Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHDs, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.

Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what is more is that it is enjoyably noticeable.

For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; such as the truly breathtaking, earth shattering rock em, sock em action sequences between the two foes as they stand (and fall) in the orange morning glow of the cityscape beneath them!

Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material - notably the fine detail to the face and body of Mecha Godzilla (especially when it is fighting the original, of course!).

As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1.

Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.

OK, well, as for the actual movie, well, this is the fourth film in Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse and the fourth Godzilla film produced in the west.

Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, and Alexander Skarsgard, it delivers exactly what it says on the poster - a pair of iconic monsters duking it out in the most epic way possible - and very little else.

Sometime after the events of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the giant ape Kong is being kept under surveillance inside a large simulated habitat, forming a bond with a deaf girl who communicates with him through sign language.

One day, Godzilla attacks a city in Florida for seemingly no reason and this sparks an international debate over whether or not these huge monsters are a threat to humanities future.

A team of experts soon deduce that Godzilla was actually tracking Kongs energy signal and decide to transport him somewhere secret in an effort to prevent the two of them from fighting each other and causing even more collateral damage!

When it comes to giant monster movies, you simply cannot go too wrong with the ones featuring the undisputed king of the monsters himself - Godzilla.

Since 1954, this giant reptilian has been stomping his way through cities battling various monsters of similar size with his brute strength and trademark atomic breath.

Every time I hear Godzillas signature roar, it gives me chills like the first time hearing a lightsaber turning on in Star Wars or the DeLorean from Back to the Future reaching 88 miles per hour.

Likewise, the enormous gorilla Kong has also had his fair share of time in the spotlight, debuting all the way back in 1933 in the classic film King Kong.

With this in mind, it seems fitting that these two iconic titans of east and west should face off against each other at some point, having previously done so in 1962s King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Now in 2021, we have a brand new reimagining of such a rivalry, complete with better special effects and destruction galore. There is something so mindlessly satisfying in seeing giant monsters beating the hell out of each other while leaving heavy destruction in their wake!

I guess it is all just part of the entertainment value we can take away knowing it is all in good fun and that we can be thankful such colossal creatures do not exist in real life.

However, if you are expecting to be treated to anything else beyond this, you will be greatly disappointed. Regardless, if fighting monsters and gratuitous demolition of skyscrapers is what you crave, then this movie certainly delivers.

In addition to this, the film also touches on the mythology of these strange beasts (known as Kaiju in Japanese), with particular focus placed on Kong and his origins.

I am no expert on Kaiju lore or anything like that but I did enjoy that we got to see how these towering figures are not evil beings with a lust for destroying everything, but rather neutral parties trying to establish their place at the top of the monster food chain.

Of course, the level of neutrality varies for each of the two, with Kong perhaps being True Neutral and Godzilla being Chaotic Neutral. For example, Kong is seen attempting to live peacefully on Skull Island under the pretense that he is in charge and nothing else can take that away from him.

Later on, when Godzilla arrives to challenge this notion, an all out brawl ensues, much like how predator animals like big cats would fight one another to establish dominance.

We are informed it has been like this for thousands of years and that human civilization has only popped up recently, just being on the brink of learning how to co-exist among all this ongoing conflict.

There is not much to say about the films human characters, as they are only there to help move the small remnants of the plot along. Most of them were either generic military personnel marked for death or scientific minds trying to make sense of all this madness!

I suppose Millie Bobby Brown was the only actor in the film with some dimension to her, as anyone who saw 2019s Godzilla: King of the Monsters will recall her character and her importance in that story.

I did also like the films scenes with the deaf girl talking to Kong via sign language, as this reminded me of the famous gorilla Koko who was taught how to communicate with her trainers through similar means.

In spite of all this, by the end of the movie, I could not recall a single name of anybody other than the titular monsters, remembering them by the actors real names instead of their characters.

At the same time though, it did not really matter because at the end of the day we do not pay to see a giant monster movie for the human characters for the same reason we do not go to McDonalds to order a filet mignon.

The Godzilla and Kong names are in the title and it should be obvious by now that they are the real stars here, not the humans.

As far as giant monster movies go, Godzilla vs. Kong does a serviceable job at entertaining us with frequent action and great special effects. It is mind numbingly simplistic, but I would not expect anything less.

At this stage, it is unknown if there will be any more films in this MonsterVerse but I do see potential in the franchise continuing for as long as the demand is there.

I mean, since there are still plenty of threatening monsters out there to be dealt with, I remain hopeful!

Taking a peak at a couple of the Special Features and the lead on is the magnificently explorative and highly informative Audio Commentary from Director Adam Wingard brings us a treasure trove wealth of really engaging behind-the-scenes tidbit nuggets here.

Not top heavy on production stories and/or deep technical stuff, he delves into what shot scenes did not work, what was cut and much more.

He further discusses, in-between action down time (which there is quite a lot of), the Kong introduction and using him as more of a main character, the role of Godzilla in the film, a even throws around some quite interesting budgetary limitations re: location scouting, CGI and practical effects, casting, plot exposition, continuity errors, editing and post-production work, and much more!

Another stand out highlight for me was Kong Discovers Hollow Earth (7:53) where we get a more focused look at Godzilla vs. Kong and the approach to Hollow Earth (including its use in other fantasy films and stories) and the creation of that locale (including its visual effects and how the concept of reverse gravity changed the films initial script).

This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Kong Discovers Hollow Earth
Kong Leaves Home
Behold Kongs Temple
The Evolution of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World
Godzilla Attacks
The Phenomenon of GOJIRA, King of the Monsters
Round One: Battle at Sea
Round Two: One Will Fall
Titan Tag Team: The God and the King
The Rise of MechaGodzilla
Commentary by Director Adam Wingard (only on 4K and Blu-ray)

On May 21st, 2021 Godzilla vs. Kong will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

On June 15th, 2021 Godzilla vs. Kong will be available on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. Godzilla vs. Kong will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Godzilla vs. Kong will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

It will also feature HDR10+TM, HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.

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