Here's info from Criterion's website about their upcoming DVD and Blu-ray of Godzilla (1954)
. Coming to stores January 24, 2012.
SYNOPSIS: Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy
of all monster movies. It’s 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 population’s 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.
- 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
- 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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