Mothra (1961) (Steelbook) (Blu-ray Review)

Mothra (1961) (Steelbook) (Blu-ray Review)

Mothra (1961) (Steelbook) (Blu-ray Review)

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Mothra (1961) (Steelbook) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ishiro Honda
Starring: Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yûmi Itô
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

Following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called “Shobijin” who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. When Mothra arrives in Japan and finally transforms into the ultimate beast, impervious to modern weapons, the nation, and its people face their destruction.

The first Mothra movie from 1961 and made by Toho Studios comes to Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment and it comes in the form of a classic steelbook! This story tells the tale of two miniature women being taken from their island and the results are a ticked off Mothra hatching out of her egg and coming in for the rescue. Well, it’s a little more complex than that but that’s the easy summary of the plot. Like most giant monster movies made by Toho, it takes about fifty minutes of the hour and a half running time to even get Mothra in her worm form swimming across the ocean and being confronted by airstrikes. This is why I can’t see why people complained when the newest Godzilla movie had more giant monster battles than plot, we come for that and usually, it can sluggish getting to the good stuff. Waiting for Mothra here is a bit sluggish.

Of course, when Mothra is up in the air and doing its thing the movie is at its best like most giant monster movies and that almost makes up for what we have to wait around for getting to that point. Still, while the movie is honestly a bit in the middle, Mill Creek brought the goods with this release with a good transfer and some nice extras. One of those nice extras being the Japanese and English versions of the film on the same disc. I’ll also never complain about Mill Creek putting out a steelbook of something because this one looks amazing! If you like giant monster movies and really who doesn’t? You’ll want to see Mothra on Blu-ray from Mill Creek. You’ll just have to be a bit patient until the giant monster movie stuff starts.


– Audio commentary by authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
– Original trailers
– Photo gallery

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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