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Blu-ray Extras on Godzilla (2014) Bring Monsters to Life

Interview material provides brief but intriguing insights into the making of the movie.

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The 2014 version of Godzilla has stomped onto Blu-ray in North America and fans of the movie will be pleased to learn that this release comes with a decent set of special features.

Although, disappointingly, there is no comprehensive history of Godzilla on screen among these extras, members of the cast and crew from this year's Hollywood hit do at least reflect briefly on the iconic nature of the Japanese original in a feature called "Godzilla: Force of Nature." The majority of this 20-minute feature is taken up with an interesting overview of the making of the film.

GodzillaPortrait190.pngIn interviews and scenes of working on set, British director Gareth Edwards provides plenty of insight into his approach and attempts to honor the creature's history. Filling this out are contributions from, among others, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe. Inevitably there is also plenty of discussion about the movie's impressive visual effects with fascinating comparisons of pre-visualisation work, early designs, and the finished product.

Another feature, suitably titled "A Whole New Level of Destruction," focuses on the effort put into reproducing epic levels of property damage. Although this can partially be achieved using computer graphics, plenty of complex set dressing was required for some scenes in which the titular lizard and his foes break ground. This revealing extra is only around eight minutes long but it highlights one of the most under-appreciated challenges involved in making movies of this scale.

These two features alone are commendable inclusions on this Blu-ray release. Together with two additional featurettes and a few fun items, however, they provide a package of extras that is better than average where blockbuster Blu-ray releases are concerned.

Godzilla (2014) is distributed on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Home Video.

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