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Spine #594

Jan 24, 2012

Number of Discs: 2

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles


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Directed By: Ishiro Honda
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Raymond Burr
Licensor: Toho Co.

Discuss the film and DVD here   

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 still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr (Rear Window).

  • Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series)
  • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse's 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr
  • Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat
  • New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
  • Featurette detailing Godzilla's photographic effects
  • 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
  • Theatrical trailers


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