Godzilla [1954] [Criterion] (BLU)

Ishiro Honda

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In Japanese (PCM Mono), with English subtitles.  

 

Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, the original, 1954 Japanese version is presented here, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 "Americanized" version.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata, Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura
  • Format: Black & White
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 01/24/2012
  • Catalogue #: 594

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary for Both Movies by Film Historian David Kalat
  • New Interviews with Actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and Special Effects Technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with Legendary Godzilla Score Composer Akira Ifukube
  • Featurette Detailing Godzilla's Photographic Effects, Introduced by Special Effects Director Koichi Kawakita and Special Effects Photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka
  • New Interview with Japanese-Film Critic Tadao Sato
  • The Unluckiest Dragon, an Illustrated Audio Essay Featuring Historian Greg Pflugfelder Describing The Tragic Fate of the Fishing Vessel Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a Real-Life Event That Inspired Godzilla
  • Trailers for Godzilla Godzilla, King Of The Monsters
  • Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic J. Hoberman

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