Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Arrives on Home Video

(L to r) GODZILLA and KONG in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2024 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Godzilla and Kong are at it again in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and audiences can now watch it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. The film was previously released on digital.

What follows is my original review from the theatrical release:

Godzilla and King Kong are back in action in a new adventure as they take to the screen in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.

I’m gonna be honest. The release of this film comes way too soon following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. You and I both know how frequently buildings and infrastructure get destroyed during the course of these films. My screening came way too soon after hearing what happened in Baltimore. This isn’t to take anything away from the film itself but to serve as something of a warning during this sensitive time.

All that notwithstanding, I don’t ask for much out of these films other than to be entertaining. Suffice it to say, it did its job in that regard. While bringing over a few characters from Godzilla vs. Kong, the film also introduces Trapper (Dan Stevens), the dentist to the Titans. While the film does give viewers some background into Trapper’s character, I would love to see a spinoff about his dentistry work with Titans.

(L-r) REBECCA HALL as Dr. Ilene Andrews and DAN STEVENS as Trapper in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
(L-r) REBECCA HALL as Dr. Ilene Andrews and DAN STEVENS as Trapper in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo credit: Dan McFadden. © 2024 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The gist of the new Monsterverse offering is that our favorite Titans must come together to face off against a new threat from an undiscovered world beneath Hollow Earth: the Skar King. It’s a threat that will challenge Kong as he searches for family but really pisses off Godzilla in a way that changes his behavior. He starts destroying everything in his path without any regard for life or infrastructure. After getting a brief glimpse of Hollow Earth in the previous installment, this new film is about learning about not only its history but what threats it offers. Meanwhile, Kong becomes something of a father figure to Suko. It was bound to happen at some point that they would incorporate Son of Kong into the storytelling. Or something like it.

While Kong and Godzilla are dealing with these new threats, Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) is trying to figure out what is wrong with her daughter, Jia (Kaylee Hottle). The last of the Iwi tribe has never really fit in and she’s really been bothered of late. Whatever is bothering has to do with a signal coming from Hollow Earth. The Hollow Earth investigation is what brings podcaster conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) back into the fold.

I’m hopeful that Warner Bros. and Legendary will treat viewers to at least another film featuring the two Titans. As to what other threats may be out there, I’m not sure. What I can say for certain is that the Monsterverse is in capable hands with Adam Wingard at the helm. He’s already given us two films starring both Godzilla and Kong. I love how he balances the human element with the Titans. The destruction can be a bit much at times but it is what it is. There’s also the humor element from both Brian Tyree Henry and Dan Stevens. Maybe it’s because Stevens speaks with a British accent or his character is a dentist.

Adam Wingard knows what he’s doing with Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and it’s just entertaining enough. But seriously though, I want a Trapper spinoff and stat!

Bonus Features

  • GxK: Day of Reckoning
  • Evolution of the Titans: Godzilla Evolved
  • Evolution of the Titans: From Lonely God to King
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Visualizing Hollow Earth
  • Into the Hollow Earth: Monsters of Hollow Earth
  • The Battles Royale: A Titanic Fight Among the Pyramids
  • The Battles Royale: The Zero Gravity Battle
  • The Battles Royale: The Titans Trash Rio
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Big Kid
  • The Intrepid Director: Adam Wingard: Set Tour
  • The Imagination Department
  • The Monarch Island Base: Portal to Another World
  • The Evolution of Jia: From Orphan to Warrior
  • Bernie’s World: Behind the Triple Locked Door
  • Commentary by Director Adam Wingard, Visual Effects Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro, Production Designer Tom Hammock and Editor Josh Schaeffer

DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
SCREENWRITERS: Terry Rossio and Simon Barrett and Jeremy Slater
CAST: Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, Fala Chen

Warner Bros. released Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire in theaters in March 29, 2024. The film is now available on home video.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.