First of all take everything I write with a heavy dose of IMHO. I have never liked the original Godzilla and the multitude of sequels. When I have watched them, I feel like I'm slumming and looking for a laugh and the filmmaker's expense. I have just watch my criterion of the original Godzilla. This is probably the first time I've seen the original and I still don't get the appeal. I find it to be a lesser film when compared to The Beast in just about every way. Acting, directing, special effects. The Beast is a much more convincing creature than the man in a rubber lizard suit. G is not convincing at all. The miniatures in G are obviously just that. The acting is hammy and the romantic duo couldn't melt an ice cube with a hot plate. The story just seems to jerk along. OK, now I understand the theme of nuclear warfare has a special meaning to the Japanese as the only nation ever to be attacked with a nuclear weapon. I get it that the movie rings that bell, but it was an easy bell to ring. I wonder if there would have been so many sequels if not for the special meaning to the Japanese? What would have happened if Beast from 20K had been set in Japan? Would it have been their Godzilla, it think it would. I release a lot of this is personal taste, but hard as I try, I can't find much to recommend about G. Except the the cover. It has got to be one of the best covers on any of my blu-rays. What am I missing?