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The Return of Godzilla Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray
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Date: 05/19/2016
Author: Anthony Romero
Source: Kraken Releasing/Section23 Films

In news that just about every Godzilla fan has been waiting for, Kraken Releasing and Section23 have announced that The Return of Godzilla (1984) will finally be making its way to DVD and Blu-ray in the United States.

The Return of Godzilla Coming to DVD and Blu-RayThe 1984 production kicked off the first reboot of the Godzilla franchise and launched the Heisei series, which would go on to be a resounding success at the box office. Kraken Releasing, who already done three Godzilla releases back in 2014 such as the Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster! Ebirah - Horror of the Deep Blu-Ray, will begin selling the title in September of 2016. The movie, which was a popular VHS release, has been absent on DVD and Blu-Ray in America, making it a highly sought after title by fans.

This particular release will feature the Japanese version of the film, the first time this has been released in the United States, alongside a dubbed version of the film. No mention of extras have been made. Given the information available, it sounds unlikely that the Godzilla 1985 version will be included although nothing has been definitively stated. The film will retail at the budget range, similar to the previous titles from Kraken Releasing.

Section23 Films, who will distribute the title, released both a fact sheet and a press release regarding the long awaited release. Below is both the fact sheet and at the very end the press release can be found in full.

Title: THE RETURN OF GODZILLA
SYNOPSIS:
With a higher budget and more advanced special effects than any previous film in the series, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® returns Japan's greatest monster to his intended role as an epic force of destruction and the film's spectacular success re-launched the Godzilla® franchise after nearly a decade in suspended animation. Unfortunately for North American audiences, this direct sequel to the original 1954 feature film has previously only been available in a highly edited version that cut over twenty minutes of original footage and effects, changed key plot points and altered the dark dramatic tone and narrative by inserting additional scenes and humor in an attempt to "Americanize" the film. But now, at long last, the acclaimed kaiju masterpiece finally hits American shores in all its uncut original glory! Get ready for the biggest Godzilla® epic that you've never seen as Kraken Releasing proudly presents the complete and unedited THE RETURN OF GODZILLA®!
Published by: Kraken Releasing
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 103 min.
Street Date: 9/13/2016
Format: BD, DVD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $14.98, $9.98

 

The Return of Godzilla Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray

KRAKEN RELEASING LICENSES “RETURN OF GODZILLA®”

 

May 19, 2016 – You can’t keep a good giant monster down, especially when he’s being very, very bad!  Kraken Releasing is proud to continue the tradition of releasing the very best in kaiju(giant monster) entertainment with the first U.S. release of the complete and uncut THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® (aka GODZILLA™ (1984))!  Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, and featuring both the original Japanese version with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed version, this special release is the Godzilla® epic that fans and collectors have been waiting for.  

With a higher budget and more advanced special effects than any previous film in the series, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® returns Japan’s greatest monster to his intended role as an epic force of destruction and the film’s spectacular success re-launched the Godzilla® franchise after nearly a decade in suspended animation.  Unfortunately for North American audiences, this direct sequel to the original 1954 feature film has previously only been available in a highly edited version that cut over twenty minutes of original footage and effects, changed key plot points and altered the dark dramatic tone and narrative by inserting additional scenes and humor in an attempt to “Americanize” the film.  But now, at long last, the acclaimed kaiju masterpiece finally hits American shores in all its uncut original glory!  Get ready for the biggest Godzilla® epic that you’ve never seen as Kraken Releasing unleashes the complete and unedited THE RETURN OF GODZILLA®!   

THE RETURN OF GODZILLA® will be released on September 13th.

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 (DEN-NOH COIL, PAT LABOR, ROYAL SPACE FORCE) and SWITCHBLADE PICTURES (CORPSE PARTY, IRON GIRL 1& 2, 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.