Hey, remember our old friend Mothra (モスラ)? If you’re a Godzilla (ゴジラ) fan, you likely remember Mothra from this epic battle with super metal flame-wings Battra (バトラ). If you’re anything like me, you’re a huge fan of Mothra. I mean… she sprinkles friendship glitter on her foes and barrages them with lightning attacks to bend them towards her furry, loving will. It doesn’t get much better than that. Well! On September 9th, 2014 they released the Blu-ray version of “Rebirth of Mothra I/II/III” which has been remastered! Of course I got it and just viewed it today with my friends!
After the events in Godzilla vs. Mothra (ゴジラvsモスラ) it’s understandable that Mothra needed to take a nice long rest. I mean, it takes a lot of energy to save the world and protect mankind, especially when it’s against Godzilla AND Battra. Mothra enjoys some well deserved rest after laying her egg. Meanwhile Mr. Goto, one of our obligatory human characters, is running his construction company while destroying the earth and its’ ecosystem. In order to highlight this, one of the first scenes you see is a construction vehicle running over a nest of bird eggs!!! This theme of humans vs. nature is present in many of the Toho movies, and especially pertains to Mothra as she is a guardian of the earth. Well, as Mr. Goto is going about his business, he finds what looks to be a medallion in the mountainside and does what anyone would do…. he removes it from the stone and gives it to his daughter as a necklace. Of course! Well, little did he know that removing this medallion would break the seal holding Desghidora (Death-Ghidora デスギドラ) in his earthly prison! Clearly, this is a job for Mothra to once again save humanity from itself.
The original movie was released in 1996, but has since been remastered for this Blu-ray release, and it is beautiful. I am a sucker for practical effects, and you can see that this film threw in a little bit of CGI, but mostly used puppetry and tactile Kaiju, so it looks amazing. This is the first time I am watching this movie, and honestly it was better than I thought it would be! The overall pacing of the story moved along at a fast clip. We had some human story, but not too much. The twins were awesome, as always, and in this film we’re introduced to a mysterious new member of the same race, Belvera.
The Blu-ray itself doesn’t come with anything in the way of features as it just has the original trailer. This is to be expected for some of the older releases anyhow. The main attraction of this set is the great remastered quality. There are both English and Japanese audio and subtitles. I recommend using the ‘English 2’ subtitle track as the first track had a black text background and moved around a bunch. The second track was the much more standard subtitle track. So overall, if you’re a Mothra fan this Blu-ray is worth the buy, you can get it here: Rebirth of Mothra / Rebirth of Mothra II / Rebirth of Mothra III – Vol [Blu-ray]
P.S. If you came here as a Mothra fan then you REALLY need to check out Team Kultzow where I got this super awesome Mothra Necklace!