Guide to Toho Film Distributors

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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby TheSecondComing » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:23 am

It looks like Janus Films has made a play at Gojira.

http://www.janusfilms.com/films/1856

Not only that, Criterion currently has a blank listing for Motoyoshi Oda, director of GRA.

https://www.criterion.com/people/125671-motoyoshi-oda

According to the post I was reading about these, Classic Media was bought by Dreamworks, renamed "Dreamworks Classics" and made a subsidiary of Dreamworks Animation. NBC/Universal bought Dreamworks Animation last year, so one would imagine NBC/Universal as owning the UPA/Golden Books Godzilla rights.

Here's an article about the purchase from last August:

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-infor ... cquisition
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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby goji1986 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:01 am

TheSecondComing wrote:It looks like Janus Films has made a play at Gojira.

http://www.janusfilms.com/films/1856

Not only that, Criterion currently has a blank listing for Motoyoshi Oda, director of GRA.

https://www.criterion.com/people/125671-motoyoshi-oda

According to the post I was reading about these, Classic Media was bought by Dreamworks, renamed "Dreamworks Classics" and made a subsidiary of Dreamworks Animation. NBC/Universal bought Dreamworks Animation last year, so one would imagine NBC/Universal as owning the UPA/Golden Books Godzilla rights.

Here's an article about the purchase from last August:

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-infor ... cquisition


If I'm not mistaken, Janus is an offshoot of Criterion (or vice versa), who sub-licensed Godzilla 54 from then-Classic Media to put out their Bluray release of the film in 2012. I'm guessing they either renegotiated for theatrical rights from NBC/Universal (with whom they have a long-standing relationship) or struck a new deal entirely straight from Toho (probably unlikely). Still, an interesting development!
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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby tbeasley » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:41 am

Jun Fukuda now has a page.

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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby goji1986 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:52 am

So the plot thickens...

Just playing devil's advocate -- with regards to Jun Fukuda, some 60s-era spy films he directed (and starring Akira Takarada) called IRON FINGER and GOLDEN EYES were once available to stream via Criterion on Hulu. Not sure if they've moved to their new paid FilmStruck service since I don't have a subscription, but it could be possible that they're prepping those films for physical release.

Concerning Oda, he directed a film called LADY FROM HELL, which was written by Akira Kurosawa, as well as some Toho horror films.



The prospect of a Criterion-backed rerelease of the UPA/Golden Books films would be amazing, but the listing of Fukuda either throws a wrench into it or potentially sweetens the pot depending on how you look at it. The only kaiju film director in the UPA collection (GKOTM, GRA, MvG, GTTHM, MZ, GR, TOMG, Rodan, and WOTG) besides Honda is Oda. Fukuda still has 2 G-films unreleased on Bluray -- SON OF GODZILLA, and GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA '74.

Criterion announces their upcoming releases at around the halfway point of each month. If something is gonna be happening G-related, we'll likely know by October 15th with a release date of sometime in January. Fingers crossed!
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Postby King of the Monsters » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:34 am

My dream would be a collection of Toho's more obscure science-fiction films that have yet to see a U.S. release, similar to the "When Horror Came to Shochiku" set that Criterion released. Outside of Godzilla Raids Again, Oda also directed Invisible Man, a very early Toho SF film that has been eluding fans for a very long time. Fukuda directed The Secret of the Telegian and ESPY, neither of which to my knowledge is available legitimately on home video in Region 1. If Honda is included in the set as well maybe we could get a release of The Human Vapor too.
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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:12 pm

I'd love for Criterion to release some Golden Age monster films but it will probably be a whole lot of nothing regarding those.
"It wouldn't be a true Godzilla film, if you didn't touch upon those things," says Dougherty. "Otherwise you're just making a big dumb giant monster movie. There has to be a sprinkle of it, otherwise you're not being faithful to the original intent of the series. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not a true Godzilla fan."

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Postby goji1986 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:23 pm

https://www.facebook.com/CriterionColle ... 1524875565

The January releases have been announced (right on schedule!). Sadly, nothing Godzilla related (there's nothing even remotely japanese this time around).
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Postby UltramanGoji » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:01 pm

goji1986 wrote:https://www.facebook.com/CriterionCollection/posts/10159501524875565

The January releases have been announced (right on schedule!). Sadly, nothing Godzilla related (there's nothing even remotely japanese this time around).


Strange to see Breakfast Club on that list.

Also no Night of the Living Dead yet... :(
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Postby tbeasley » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:10 pm

We've heard it all before (the rights being too dispersed, Toho being a hassle to work with), but I can't help but think if Criterion could pull off that 25 film Zatoichi set then a 15 film Showa Godzilla set can't be out of the realm of possibility.
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Postby goji1986 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:30 pm

Starz has added a WEALTH of Showa films for streaming, including the CM collection and...get this...SON OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA 74. Plus the Criterion logo is showing up on the thumbnails for several of them, including Destroy All Monsters, Mothra vs Godzilla, and more!

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It appears as though Criterion is behind all of it. This explains the Fukuda and Oda entries on their site.
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Postby UltramanGoji » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:18 pm

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Postby TheSecondComing » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:31 pm

Where did those pics come from? Real neat, I had a feeling Criterion was making a big play.
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Postby UltramanGoji » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:33 pm

TheSecondComing wrote:Where did those pics come from? Real neat, I had a feeling Criterion was making a big play.


Those are from the STARZ streaming search.

Holy poop I'm so excited.
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Postby Mr. Yellow » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:16 pm

So...apart from being streaming what does that mean?
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Postby UltramanGoji » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:22 pm

Mr. Yellow wrote:So...apart from being streaming what does that mean?


Potentially this could mean Criterion is releasing these films to DVD/Blu-Ray although nothing has been confirmed and the only supporting evidence we really have is some of the directors' names are up on the Criterion website.
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Postby Mr. Yellow » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:41 pm

Well, isn't THAT interesting. Figures right after I finally pick up DaM on Blu lol.
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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:02 pm

Really hoping this doesn't end up being nothing and we get some good video transfers. That's all I ask from Criterion.
"It wouldn't be a true Godzilla film, if you didn't touch upon those things," says Dougherty. "Otherwise you're just making a big dumb giant monster movie. There has to be a sprinkle of it, otherwise you're not being faithful to the original intent of the series. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not a true Godzilla fan."

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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby UltramanGoji » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:25 pm

Reportedly, the subtitles on the streams are NOT the Classic Media ones, so stuff like “Don’t utter strange voice” are gone.

WOTG is also the International export dub, so all the missing Frankenstein references are back.
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Postby Mr. Yellow » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:47 pm

That...is a good thing.
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Re: Guide to Toho Film Distributors

Postby GalacticPetey » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:10 am

Hot damn. I don't want to jump the gun, but if these got physical releases, oh boy. Not only would we have all G films on Blu Ray in the states, we would have most of the Showa series chock full of great extras on top on great quality. Not to mention Rodan and the Gargantuas.

I know I might be getting my hopes up, but the idea of all of these films on Blu-Ray with the Criterion treatment is very appealing.
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