Criterion Announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Boxset

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Criterion Announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Boxset

Postby SonofAnguirus » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:25 am

Subverting all expectations (save for the most hopeful of G-Fans), Criterion has announced that their prestigious spine number 1000 will be allotted to an upcoming boxset of the Showa-Era Godzilla films!

Pre-order link: https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/2648- ... -1954-1975

Special features include:

High-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks

High-definition digital transfer of Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956), the U.S.-release version of Godzilla

Japanese-release version of King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962

Audio commentaries from 2011 on Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters featuring film historian David Kalat

International English-language dub tracks for Invasion of Astro-Monster, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Terror of Mechagodzilla

Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Ishiro Honda, conducted by director Yoshimitsu Banno in 1990

Programs detailing the creation of Godzilla’s special effects and unused effects sequences from Toho releases including Destroy All Monsters

New interview with filmmaker Alex Cox about his admiration for the Showa-era Godzilla films

New and archival interviews with cast and crew members, including actors Bin Furuya, Tsugutoshi Komada, Haruo Nakajima, and Akira Takarada; composer Akira Ifukube; and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai

Interview with critic Tadao Sato from 2011

Illustrated audio essay from 2011 about the real-life tragedy that inspired Godzilla

New English subtitle translations

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PLUS: A lavishly illustrated deluxe hardcover book featuring an essay by cinema historian Steve Ryfle, notes on the films by cinema historian Ed Godziszewski, and new illustrations by Arthur Adams, Sophie Campbell, Becky Cloonan, Jorge Coelho, Geof Darrow, Simon Gane, Robert Goodin, Benjamin Marra, Monarobot, Takashi Okazaki, Angela Rizza, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Katsuya Terada, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Wisnia

I don't know about all of you, but this is far more than I had dare hoped dream of! What are your thoughts on the box set? What do you wish were included? Were our hopes for a complete Showa-Era kaiju eiga box set more than a little far-fetched? Probably! Let me know what you think!

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Re: Criterion Announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Boxset

Postby UltramanGoji » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:40 am

We have a thread for this already.
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Re: Criterion Announces Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Boxset

Postby SG-17 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:52 am

International English-language dub tracks for Invasion of Astro-Monster, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Terror of Mechagodzilla

So does this mean that not every film will have its English dub? I prefer to watch these films dubbed in most cases. Thats a good list but I would hope that Mothra vs. Godzilla and G3HM would have their dubs included as well.


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