The Regional Mothra Mismatch Problem

8 04 2015

Rebirth of Mothra (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1996)

Recently I moved my PS3 back into my bedroom from its home of many years; the front room. I decided to do this because it’s hard to play on it standing up, and I hardly go online with it anymore other than to download the many updates for the machine/games as well as to post my trophy winnings on Facebook. By moving it back upstairs however, I am more able to get into the games I play plus I am now more able to watch my small collection of Blu-ray discs (I still prefer DVD’s). Why am I talking about this, well, the other day I discovered a problem.

PS3 Logo

Back in about 2011 I managed to purchase a copy of the first two Heisei Gamera films on Blu-ray. I already had Gamera 3 on DVD, but had not seen the first 2. The opportunity to watch the first 2 was a big one, but also a very risky one. For a number of years now, I have collected Region 1 Godzilla films. Why region 1 in particular? Well that answer is rather simple: DVD Region Codes. Basically, there are very few Godzilla films released in the United Kingdom (and probably most of Europe), at all. Thanks to the BFI though, I have a copy of the 1954 film on DVD. King Kong vs Godzilla  meanwhile was released in about 2006 to coincide with the home media release of the 2005 King Kong. And of course the 1998 and 2014 films have been released also. But apart from those cases, no other Godzilla films have been released. It was once the case that channels like Channel 4 used to air them, and as such is where most of my fandom of growing up with Godzilla came from. But for some unknown reason, not a single classic nor recent Japanese Godzilla film has really been shown (other than KKvG, 1998 and 2014) on UK television for some time now. It really does surprise me that these films are not shown on channels like Film4 or even more bizarrely; SyFy.

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

When a Japanese Godzilla DVD/Blu-ray does get released, or re-released, The UK (and probably most of Europe) is seemingly ignored from the release, and no plans for a Region 2 release are announced. It is possible to purchase the Region 1 films through places like Amazon UK, but in order to watch them; I need to have access to a machine that can play Region 1 films. The first time I tried I discovered my PC could; so no problem there; but the problem is just escalating. With the approaching dawn of more and more Blu-ray’s being produced, eventually it will become the standard format; much like DVD’s did for VHS. So in order to counter this issue I will need to locate a device to play Region 1 Blu-ray discs. But then; with the likelihood of Internet streaming taking over, I will need to find a way of accessing them from there, but as is the case; many internet sites prevent some countries, from looking at things from other countries (as is the case sometimes with YouTube), so it will either be the case of finding one website that allows the opportunity of watching such films in the UK, or, (more likely) not watch them at all.

YouTube

The only way around this problem really, is to have a UK/European release of these films (which could bring the possibility of a box set, maybe, but not likely at this rate) from companies who have produced Region 1 releases of the films, from Toho themselves or from a UK/Europe based home media company. One other option, is that Japan has the same region code as the UK (and possibly most of Europe) so a UK release or imported copies might not be too much of a problem, however, I don’t know if they will come with  either English Subtitles or an English Dub (or, I suppose I could learn Japanese).

Toho Logo

I am trying really hard not to turn this into a rant.

Biollante

Anyway back to the Mothra problem; my PS3 does act as a multi-regional Blu-ray player, and so I was able to watch that Gamera Heisei box set, plus the recent Godzilla vs Biollante release, as well as region 2 Blu-ray coded films. The other day however, I discovered a problem. Back in October time I managed to get the Rebirth of Mothra Blu-ray set. Finally an opportunity to watch the Rebirth of Mothra films and get to see Desghidorah in movie form. The other day I loaded it into the PS3, and I got a message saying there was a mix-match/miss-match problem involving the region coding. I went back to the PS3 menu. It recognised the disc as the film, but just would not play it. I reloaded the disc, same thing again. I loaded the second disc, same problem. I then decided to load my Blu-ray copy (region A) of Godzilla vs Biollante just to make sure it wasn’t the machine. It loaded fine. I then tried the Gamera disc, fine too. What it meant was that despite being the same region as the two other discs, I am unable to watch my copies of Rebirth of Mothra (at least for the time being). I have no idea what to do, so for now I am just letting it gather dust in the hope that one day I may get to watch it (unless the problem I stated above persists, in which case I may never get to see it).

Aqua Mothra

For now, I don’t know what to do. My hope is that someday, someone may finally release Region 2 copies of the Godzilla, Gamera, and the Mothra films (some Ultraman might be nice too) for people in the UK and Europe to watch in a Region 2 format. Until then it remains a constant struggle of hoping something will work on a machine, and coping when it doesn’t.

Desghidorah

GENEPOOL (This is pretty much the same reason why I am not all that much looking forward to the new Japanese Godzilla film in 2016, as I highly doubt it’s going to get released in the UK, either on DVD/Blu-ray, or in cinemas).

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MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – Apocalypse

26 12 2012

MCA Apocalypse

The time has finally arrived, over the last few months monsters have competed for this, to have a shot at and become the first MCA World Champion. Well, now it is time for them to work even harder against other well fought monsters to become the champion. Let’s remind ourselves who is fighting tonight and how they got here

  • Kiryu (Defeated Mothra)
  • Rodan (First KOTM Champion)
  • Desghidorah (Impressive Debut defeating Rodan)
  • Megaguirus (Defeated Zudomon in Debut match)
  • Titanosaurus (Defeated Buraki)
  • Godzilla (Defeated Battra)
  • Anguiras (Defeated Rhedosaurus in a Best of 3 Series)
  • The DeathSaurer (Won the first Hostile Takeover Match)

So we have the competitors, now we need the matches. This is how it will be done. Using a D8 the monsters will be paired up, they will then fight it out in a series of 5 fight matches, whoever wins will proceed onto the next round. So, let’s see who is fighting who:

Titanosaurus vs Rodan

Desghidorah vs The DeathSaurer

Megaguirus vs Kiryu

Godzilla vs Anguiras

We have the monsters, we have the matches, we have the battleground, enough talk let Chaos Begin.

WTTLU

Our first match is Titanosaurus vs Rodan – Rodan goes first.

Rodan

Titanosaurus

6

13

15

3

5

2

11

4

14

9

Rodan

Rodan Wins. Bit of a shaky start but Rodan drives home the win and goes through to the next round.

Next match of the evening is between Desghidorah and The DeathSaurer – Desghidorah goes first.

Desghidorah

DeathSaurer

20

9

8

12

9

16

16

11

11

12

DeathSaurer

DeathSaurer Wins. A pretty even fight throughout but The DeathSaurer delivers the final satisfying blow to win the round.

Our next match will be Megaguirus vs Kiryu – Kiryu goes first.

Kiryu

Megaguirus

13

15

10

3

5

13

17

13

8

13

Megaguirus

Megaguirus Wins. Another even fight but Megaguirus fights on to win the match.

The final match of round 1 will be Godzilla vs Anguiras. This is almost like a rematch of their fight in 1955, back then Godzilla won, question is who will win 57 years later  – Godzilla goes first.

Godzilla

Anguiras

10

13

6

1

19

1

16

15

12

3

Godzilla 1954 - Present

Godzilla Wins. Godzilla reigns triumphant again, it has been 57 years since their titanic battle and the result stays the same.

So we started with 8 and we are already down to 4:

  • Rodan 2
  • The DeathSaurer 19
  • Megaguiras 15
  • Godzilla 18

Now we need to pair these monsters together again and then make them fight all over again. This time however the matches will be 7 fights not 5 fights. To see who will be facing who it will be decided by a D20. The 2 monsters with the highest values will face each other and the 2 monster with the lowest values will face each other. After this round of fighting we will be 1 match away from crowning the first MCA World Champion. The second matches will be:

The DeathSaurer vs Godzilla

Megaguiras vs Rodan

So, let the next round of Chaos begin.

Godzilla vs DeathSaurer

The first round will be between The DeathSaurer vs Godzilla – The DeathSaurer goes first.

DeathSaurer

Godzilla

9

17

5

15

11

3

19

15

9

5

2

7

3

15

Godzilla 1954 - Present

Godzilla Wins. It was a truly climactic battle, Godzilla gets a great start but then The DeathSaurer comes back in only to be ripped up by Godzilla at the end. Godzilla goes through to the World Title Match.

Megaguiras vs Rodan

The next round will be Megaguiras vs Rodan – Rodan goes first.

Rodan

Megaguiras

4

9

20

8

18

5

13

3

3

2

7

9

1

2

Rodan

Rodan Wins. In another climactic battle, Megaguiras gets a great start but is then beaten to a pulp by the KOTM Champion and just manages to get some shots in at the end, but it was too little too late. Rodan goes through to the World Title Match.

Coming up next is the big one, the World Title Match, whoever wins this will become the first MCA World Champion. But first lets remind ourselves how the 2 monsters came to this point. Rodan earned his spot thanks to his King of the Monsters victory in July. In the first round he defeated Titanosaurus and then went on to give Megaguiras their first defeat to reach this match. Godzilla defeated Battra (the current number 1 contender) in October. He then went on to defeat Anguiras before defeating The DeathSaurer to reach this point. This final match will be a 9 fight match. Whoever wins this will become the MCA World Champion. Let Chaos Commence. In the black corner, with a 4 Wins and 1 Loss – The King Of The Monsters, GODZILLA. And in the white corner with 7 Wins and 1 Loss, The Fire Pterodactyl, The KOTM Champion, RODAN.

Godzilla vs Rodan

Rodan Goes First.

Rodan

Godzilla

2

15

13

12

13

14

7

13

3

6

3

18

3

15

13

7

5

14

The Winner and the First MCA World Champion is – GODZILLA.

Godzilla 1954 - Present

Godzilla must really want revenge on Rodan for being the KOTM Champion. However Rodan did not have the strength this time to defeat Godzilla who is now the MCA Champion. Congratulations Godzilla.

So, it is finally happened, within a year we have crowned our first World Champion. Now it is up to Godzilla to hold onto that title for as long as possible. And it may not be that long as next month he takes on the current Number 1 Contender Battra. Join us next month for many more Fantastic Monster Battles. Take Care and Watch Out.

Godzilla World Champion

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)





MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – September Cool Down

26 09 2012

Last month we had an amazing show. Part 1 of a 3 part series for a place in the world title tournament between Anguiras and Rhedosaurus.  An amazing debut by Desghidorah defeating The King Of The Monsters Champion Rodan. And of course the big showdown between Mothra and Kiryu with Kiryu securing a place in the World Title Series.

Before I continue and announce tonight’s matches I have an announcement to make. Firstly, even though Rodan lost last month’s match I have decided that he should have a place in the World Title series because he won the King Of The Monsters Tournament. While the World title could change hands several times, the KOTM Tournament only happens once a year and winning that tournament means you are one of the Best. So Rodan goes through. However he is not the only one. After impressing me so much on his debut last month I have decided to give the next place in the series to Desghidorah. This could mean that both Rodan and Desghidorah could meet again, who knows but after last month I have high hopes for Desghidorah. There is also a new rule being brought in, if during a fight there is a draw that fight will be re-rolled.

Anyway on to tonight. We have part 2 of Rhedosaurus vs Anguiras. We have Desghidorah in action tonight as he goes one on one with The Death Saurer. Gigan Returns (KOTM 3rd Place) to take on Titanosaurus. And we also have Battra fighting Buraki. But first up we have a World Title Tournament Qualifier vs 2 new monsters to the alliance (what a debut for one of these monsters) as Megaguirus takes on Zudomon.

This will be a 5 fight match – Zudomon goes first.

Zudomon

Megaguirus

5

                                   17

3

17

5

1

11

19

16

2

Megaguiras wins. An excellent debut from Megaguirus as she takes the 4th place in the World Title Series. Zudomon is one of the most impressive looking monsters to enter the series, but maybe looks are not everything.

Next up we have Gigan vs Titanosaurus in a 3 fight match – Titanosaurus goes first.

Titanosaurus

Gigan

19

3

3

2

9

17

Titanosaurus Wins. What is it with monsters from the KOTM series not being any good outside the Tournament, that is two monsters in a row. Gigan was one of the strongest monsters in the series with many high rolls but now he has just lost completely against Titanosaurus who went out in the First match for the KOTM Tournament. Oh well good return for Titanosaurus who is a very tough monster.

Next up we have Buraki vs Battra in another 3 fight match – Buraki goes first.

Buraki

Battra

14

17

12

7

7

12

Battra Wins. It may be a losing debut for Buraki but it was a short but hot contested match. While this may be a loss Buraki fought well but it was not enough to beat Battra.

Next up is Part 2 of the Three Part series. Last time Anguiras got the win, but who will win this time. This will be a 5 fight match – Anguiras goes first.

Anguiras

Rhedosaurus

2

19

1

3

17

9

12

14

18

13

Rhedosaurus Wins. Rhedosaurus really wants a shot at the title, he takes Part 2 with Part 3 next month. So it is now come to a dead heat, next month one of these 2 monsters will take a spot in the World Title Tournament.

Our final match of the night is a match between a Monster who made an impressive debut last month and who is in the World Title Tournament; Desghidorah fighting against one of the biggest Monsters in the MCA; The Death Saurer. This will be a 7 fight match – Desghidorah goes first.

Desghidorah

DeathSaurer

2

5

2

17

14

15

7

8

9

15

9

3

3

13

Death Saurer Wins. Maybe the celebration of getting a place in the World Title series has gone to the head of Desghidorah. If he wants to win the World Title this December he better get his head in the game. The Death Saurer has got his head in the Game, possibly hoping for a shot at the World Title.

Another interesting month for the MCA. We have seen debuts, possible champions and as always, Fantastic Matches. Please return next month to see who wins between Rhedosaurus and Anguiras. We also have the next qualifying match for the World Title series as Godzilla returns to fight Battra. Take Care and Watch Out.

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)





MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – Heated Debate

29 08 2012

After all the fun I had with the King of The Monsters Tournament I have decided to turn Monster Combat into a regular feature. So I officially start the Monster Combat Alliance. The Number 1 place for Monster Fights on the World Wide Web.

The Rules for our matches will follow the same rules structure as the King of the Monsters Tournament (A Match will contain several fights with Dice Rolls) but with one new rule. If a 1 is rolled in the first fight by any monster, it is re-rolled. I will publish a full rule set on the New Page for the MCA soon.

Enough of all this, let the games begin. Tonight we have some amazing matches to kick-start this new enterprise. Tonight we begin our search for the first MCA World Champion. A tournament will take place in December with 8 Monsters and tonight sees the first place taken in a heated debate. A few weeks ago Mothra was bragging around her victory status of defeating Godzilla the most times, The Mechagodzilla’s were not happy. They put down the point that they have all one way or another come close to killing Godzilla. This confrontation started to get out of hand with Mothra and Kiryu almost throwing punches (or wings in the case of Mothra). So it has been decided to sort this out once and for all. Kiryu will be representing the Mecha-Godzilla’s as he takes on Mothra in tonight’s main-event. The winner of the match will gain the first spot in the World Championship Tournament in December.

Tonight we also have a grudge match. During the KOTM Tournament Godzilla got frustrated after going out in round 1 and attacked The Kraken. The Kraken has healed and wants revenge, The Kraken vs Godzilla Tonight. We also have the first round in a three match series with a place in the World Title Tournament at stake as Anguiras takes on Rhedosaurus (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms). These matches plus more tonight, but our first match needs to be big one, and it is. The first KOTM Champion Rodan will be going one on one with Desghidorah in a 5 fight match, Rodan goes first. Let the destruction begin.

Rodan

Desghidorah

3

9

5

9

7

17

6

6

17

3

Check it out, Rodan must still be recovering from the tournament as it could not bring on enough strength to defeat the Death Ghidorah, Desghidorah Wins.

Our Next Match is another 5 Fight Match. This match is a fight between one of our Biggest Fighters and a human fighter as The DeathSaurer takes on Ultraman, Ultraman goes first.

Ultraman

DeathSaurer

17

2

17

3

2

14

7

1

20

16

Ultraman Wins, being in the tournament must count for something as one of the high scoring qualifiers wins this round against a monster I forget to include in the Tournament.

Now we move on to tonight’s Grudge Match, what a match this should be as two cinema icons face each other. Godzilla vs The Kraken, The Kraken goes first in a 7 fight Match.

The   Kraken

Godzilla

3

17

3

15

12

19

12

9

3

10

20

7

3

11

Godzilla 1954 - Present

All that anger against his attacker proved Nothing as Godzilla rampaged to victory, maybe The Kraken should have taken the beating like a loser and forget about the whole thing. Godzilla Wins.

Now we move onto the first match in our three match 5 fights series with a place in the World Title Tournament at stake. Rhedosaurus vs Anguiras, Rhedosaurus goes first.

Rhedosaurus

Anguiras

7

12

5

3

5

17

7

15

7

8

Anguiras wins the first match in the series. Not much of a hectic match but these fights count for nothing in the series, only in the matches themselves. This time Anguiras wins, join us again next month for match number 2, Will Anguiras have a clean sweep or will The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms bring it to a draw.

Now we move on the our final match with a big prize at stake. But this is more than just a shot at the title. This is to see which of these 2 are the best. Mothra started the Argument, will she finish it or will Kiryu almost kill her like he has done in the past to Godzilla. This will be a 9 fight match. Mothra vs Kiryu, Mothra goes first.

Mothra

Kiryu

15

9

15

3

9

15

2

12

9

15

1

16

17

15

2

12

20

8

Mecha-Godzilla 1974 - Present

Kiryu Wins, An evenly sided match but Kiryu walks away supreme. Not only is Kiryu now the better of the 2 he also cements the reputation of all Mecha-Godzilla’s previous to him as well as proving the power of robots vs moths. He goes through as the first entry into the World Title Tournament. Question is will Mothra Keep this down and will the other Mecha- Godzilla’s rebel at the prospect of Kiryu getting a title shot and not them. Who Knows? Congratulations Kiryu, see you soon.

Come Back Next Month for the next round in the three match series as well as many more matches including a match between two Death Monsters as Desghidorah takes on The DeathSaurer. Take care and watch out.

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)








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