Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Original 1954 Gojira / 1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray

This week, Criterion released its long-awaited high-definition digital restoration of both the original Japanese classic Gojira (1954) and the heavily reworked 1956 American version Godzilla: King of the Monsters! Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the new edition is getting high marks for having a great picture.

Buy Godzilla (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Buy Godzilla (Criterion Collection) on DVD

Related links:
The Original Godzilla: New Criterion Release Celebrates the Greatest Monster Movie (TIME)
“Godzilla” roars onto Criterion Blu-ray (IFC)
Original Godzilla goes to DVD, Blu-Ray in his terrible glory (USA TODAY)
This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Godzilla Vs. Wilma Deering (Comic Book Resources)
Six Decades Later, Godzilla Still Has a Message for Us (SF Weekly)
The Criterion Collection edition of Godzilla (Giant Monsters on the Loose)

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 Toho’s Godzilla Series)
* New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 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 Godzilla’s 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

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