Tim85 wrote:As the guy before me said, pardon my ignorance.
So now that Criterion has it, that means CM doesn't anymore? Stupid question I'm sure but I'm a little confused.
No, CM still has it. They can do their own releases as far as I know. But Toho has apparently given a separate license to Criterion. Basically, Criterion is the company for the "serious film connoisseur". They put out definitive versions of movies that they feel have contributed to film history in some critical way.
It's not uncommon for them to put out a release of a movie that already has a special edition or something like that by a major studio. They have releases for Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" despite their being owned and put out by Universal.
Getting the Criterion treatment usually means a highly polished restoration (or for more recent films, the best possible quality for the format), loads of extras from behind the scenes documentaries to the cultural impact of said film and so on, as well as essays by film scholars about the film's achievements. For the original Godzilla to get this treatment is unprecedented but a major sign that the work of Honda, Tanaka, Tsuburaya, and Ifukube is finally getting the respect they deserve in the film world.