Criterion is best known for its restorations and re-releases of art films and lost classics. It is with some surprise but also welcoming cheer that they announce their next release will be the 1954 Japanese monster classic Gojira and its US reworking Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. Previous Blu Ray and DVD releases had many faults in the digital transfer and its assumed Criterion will do a frame-by-frame restoration.

This will be a must have release for any fan of monster movies or classic film. Its announced release is January 24, 2012. Read on for more details!

Godzilla Blu_ray


SYNOPSIS: Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. Itís also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire populationís fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr.

Special Features Include:

  • New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Tohoís Godzilla Series)
  • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morseís 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr
  • Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat
  • New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
  • Featurette detailing Godzillaís photographic effects
  • New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
  • The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla
  • Theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman