Jun 122021

Godzilla vs. Kong is a fun-filled entertaining action-monster schlock of a film. The effects work is well done and the story is good enough with the human elements thankfully taking a backseat to the two monsters.



Godzilla vs. Kong

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Action
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 113 min. – $42.99 | June 15, 2021

Date Published: 06/12/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Adam Wingard
Writer(s): Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields (story), Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein (screenplay)
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Hill, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir

Features: Commentary, Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio (4K/BD): English (Dolby Atmos), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Atmos), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 2.35
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Dynamic Range: HDR10, Dolby Vision
Subtitles: English SDH, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

Note: The screen captures in this review were taken from the included Blu-ray disc
and does not represent the quality of the 4K transfer.

THE MOVIE — 3½/5

Plot Synopsis: Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans — instigated by unseen forces — is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.

Quick Hit Review: Godzilla vs. Kong sees the big fight between two titans in this “MonsterVerse” established by Warner Bros. that began in 2014 with Godzilla, followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Personally, the Godzilla movies never did much for me, hindered mostly by the human characters who really didn’t add a whole lot to either the story, such as it is about monsters wreaking destruction, or some sort of an emotional core. Kong: Skull Island on the other hand was rather entertaining, mostly because it’s easier to identify with and have the main character, Kong, show some feeling, even motivation and the human element, albeit mostly there to be killed, had a little uniqueness.

So, now with the fourth installment in the “MonsterVerse”, Godzilla vs. Kong has the usual trappings of CGI characters going monstero-e-apeo and while the visuals are great, it does suffer from not having the weight despite each one being several stories tall. I guess if you’ve always wanted to see any city not named Chicago get obliterated with billions if not trillions in damages (not to mention tens of thousands dead), the final battle just might do it for you. However, in all seriousness, this one had plenty of entertaining and enjoyable moments with the human scenes taken down to a minimum with the focal point on the monsters themselves, and Kong in particular gets a much needed expansion.

There’s not much to the film. The monsters fight. Plenty of collateral damage. Some impressive visual effects. And lots of loud noises. It’s Transformers simplified and something like 20-30 minutes shorter.



This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

Audio Commentary — Director Adam Wingard. Kind of a rarity for new films, Wingard talks about the making of the film, providing behind-the-scenes stories, tid-bits and more. Not overly fascinating but still worth a listen.

The God:

  • Godzilla Attacks (6:25) — Featurette on Godzilla and his attacks on humanity. There’s also some brief profiles on the human characters.
  • The Phenomenon of Gojira, King of the Monsters (9:52) takes a historical and cultural look at Godzilla.

The King:

  • Kong Leaves Home (7:56) covers the journey King Kong takes off of “Skull Island” (well, a replicate of it). Also looks at how he has aged over the course of a few decades.
  • Kong Discovers Hollow Earth (7:53) is on this previously undiscovered part of the planet and original home of Kong.
  • Behold Kong’s Temple (5:52) looks at the Kong’s home world.
  • The Evolution of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World (8:25) — As with Godzilla, we get a historical look at King Kong.

The Rise of Mechagodzilla (7:06) is on the mechanical Godzilla and bringing to life for this version.

The Battles:

  • Round One: Battle at Sea (5:01)
  • Round Two: One Will Fall (5:58)
  • Titan Tag Team: The God and the King (7:59)

Each of the above breaks down the big battles of the film with more interviews with the cast and crew, plus behind-the-scenes footage.



Warner Bros. unleashes Godzilla vs. Kong onto 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray where it’s presented in its original 2.35 aspect ratio and a 2160p and 1080p high-definition transfer, respectively. Not a huge surprise, but the picture here, on both formats, looks amazing. Detail is incredibly sharp while colors, aided some by the HDR, is vibrant as director Adam Wingard and DP Ben Seresin (World War Z, Chaos Walking) utilize neon colors throughout, especially the finale in Hong Kong.

AUDIO – 5/5

Both discs come with a Dolby Atmos track which makes the most out of this action-disaster extravaganza to its fullest. Dialogue comes through with good clarity but where this Atmos track really comes to life is the numerous action sequences, particularly the two fight scenes between Kong and Godzilla, especially the finale with buildings falling down and as the two titans roar and gnarl at one another.



Godzilla vs. Kong is a fun-filled entertaining action-monster schlock of a film. The effects work is well done and the story is good enough with the human elements thankfully taking a backseat to the two monsters, however the finale can be overbearing watching CGI characters fighting one another and falling into CGI buildings. That said, still worth checking out.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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