|Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)|
-HEIGHT: 1 foot
-MASS: 28 ounces
-SPECIAL POWERS: Dorats are by no means fighting creatures; they are peaceful and fun-loving. They have the power of flight and can sense people's emotions through microwave impulses.
-BACKGROUND: Dorats are genetically engineered animals from 23rd century earth. In the future they are no more than great pets, but visitors from the future with bad intentions leave three of them on Godzilla's home island of Lagos to be hit with radiation from H-bomb tests instead of the King of the Monsters.
KING GHIDORAH (HEISEI)
-HEIGHT: 492 feet, 574 foot wingspan
-MASS: 77,000 tons
-SPECIAL POWERS: Same as in Showa series. Flight at Mach 3, hurricane winds from wings, and lightning gravity beams from mouths.
-BACKGROUND: If you read my review of "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster", you might remember that I said I would need to write an updated profile for King Ghidorah in the Heisei series. Well here it is! For the first time in the series, Ghidorah does not originate from space. Instead Ghidorah is created by malevolent westerners from the future who wish to destroy Japan so that it does not become the world's most powerful country in the 23rd century. The futurians replace Godzillasaurus with three Dorats, who are then mutated by H-bomb tests instead of Godzilla's former self. The resulting radiation mutates the Dorats and creates King Ghidorah, who is then free to destroy Japan in the 1990's under futurian control.
-BATTLE RECORD: 0-1
-HEIGHT: 492 feet, 574 foot wingspan
-MASS: 88,000 tons
-SPECIAL POWERS: As you can imagine, this version of Ghidorah is much improved with 23rd century technology. While two of its heads still shoot gravity beams, the center head (now robotic) shoots a powerful laser triple beam. It has an improved, anti-gravity flight speed of Mach 4 and is protected by metallic body armor. One final addition is capture cables and a mechanic claw that is used to immobilize Godzilla.
-BACKGROUND: After King Ghidorah is destroyed, good people from the future salvage its remains from the bottom of the ocean and revive it to now defend Japan from destruction by Godzilla. Mech-King Ghidorah is actually piloted by humans. It essentially fights Godzilla to a draw, but the two fall into the ocean, which will save Japan for a little while.
-BATTLE RECORD: 0-0-1
-HEIGHT: 39 feet
-MASS: 66 tons
-SPECIAL POWERS: Godzillasaurus has no special powers. He is simply a therapod dinosaur with physical weapons.
-BACKGROUND: Godzillasaurus was a surviving dinosaur that lived on Lagos Island. During World War II, he saved an overmatched Japanese garrison on the island from an American attack. After the war, it was H-bomb tests that mutated the dinosaur and made it into the original 1954 Godzilla. However, when the people from the future teleported him to the Bering Sea, he ironically was involved in a nuclear submarine accident which mutated him to twice the size of the original Godzilla.
This was the first Godzilla movie to not be released in the US at all until the advent of DVD. In fact, none of the subsequent Heisei films saw US releases until the 2000's. When I finally got to buy and watch this film though, it blew my mind! It's an absolute blast of a Godzilla film and one of my all-time favorites. The music is great by Ifukube yet again, the action and battle scenes are top-notch, the special effects are awesome (especially for the early 90's),and the plot is very interesting while not too hard to follow. I can understand on some level why it wasn't released in the US at first. Japan-US relations weren't all that great at the time and the scene where Godzillasaurus kills all the US troops could be a touchy subject. But in my opinion, you have to remember you're watching a Godzilla movie, so if you get offended you're a moron. Besides, millions more Japanese military and innocent people have theoretically died throughout the series so there's no reason to get butt-hurt.
My Ranking: #3
Up next, yet another one of Godzilla's most famous and popular foes returns with an update and a twist... "Godzilla vs Mothra: The Battle for Earth"