Kraken Releasing Licenses Ebirah Horror of the Deep, Godzilla vs. Hedorah & Godzilla vs. Gigan
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Kraken Releasing (yes, that is the company's name), a division of Section23 Films, has just licensed the rights to three of the Showa series Godzilla films that include: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) and Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972).
All three movies are stated to have a future Blu-Ray and DVD release, and are to each include a Japanese audio track with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. Otherwise, details are scarce, including a release date beyond coming later this year, likely to capitalize on the upcoming American Godzilla flick by Legendary Pictures.
The trio of films was originally part of the Showa series titles that Sony once held distribution rights for in the US, but had since let those rights lapse. The two titles missing from the Sony library, that were originally licensed alongside these three, are Son of Godzilla (1967) and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
As a side note, it sounds like this will be the first time that Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) is released in the US with that title, as Sony, who generally did issue them with the Toho preferred titles, opted to distribute it as Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.
Below is the press release that was distributed today in full:
January 21, 2014 - 1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world's most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G's wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan's TOHO Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry!
The fun begins as 1971's Godzilla® vs.Hedorah™, released theatrically in the U.S in 1972 as Godzilla® vs. the Smog Monster, pits Godzilla® against the forces of pollution in the form of a constantly mutating, acid-spewing behemoth from outer space. With eye-popping 1970's “mod” costumes, hairstyles and psychedelic visuals that include conventional cel animation alongside the special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Godzilla® vs. Hedoarh™ director Yoshimitsu Banno's ecologically focused take on the world's greatest monster is easily one of the most unique films in the series and required viewing for any giant monster fan or cult film enthusiast.
What happens when three major movie monsters slam dance in the South Seas? The answer is 1966's Ebirah™, Horror of the Deep, originally released in the U.S. in 1968 under the title Godzilla® Vs. The Sea Monster. Pairing Godzilla® and another of TOHO's most popular kaiju, the giant moth Mothra™, against a wide variety of adversaries, including the titular sea monster, giant birds and a mysterious terrorist organization, the wet and wild widescreen spectacular was directed by Jun Fukuda.
Finally, 1972's Godzilla® vs. Gigan™ ups the giant monster ante once again with a series of tag team battles featuring four classic kaiju. Released theatrically in the United States in 1977 as Godzilla® on Monster Island and again directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film unites Godzilla® and spiny ally Anguirus™ against two of the series' most popular opponents: the three headed monster King Ghidorah™ and the new alien cyborg Gigan™.
About Kraken Releasing:
KRAKEN RELEASING is a new international video distribution label specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre entertainment for mainstream audiences. Together with sister labels MAIDEN JAPAN (TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, PAT LABOR, ROYAL SPACE FORCE) and SWITCHBLADE PICTURES (BIG BAD MAMA-SAN, ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD) Kraken's goal is to bring the best filmed entertainment from around the world to our customers.
About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.