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Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975

Spine #1000



Release:
Oct 29, 2019
$224.95

Number of Discs: 8

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • Japanese PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975



Directed By: Ishiro Honda, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jun Fukuda, Thomas Montgomery, Motoyoshi Oda
Licensor: Toho Co.




In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original Godzilla soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all fifteen Godzilla films of Japan’s Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.

Supplements
  • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original
  • 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
  • Japanese-release version of King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962
  • International English-language dub tracks for Invasion of Astro-Mons

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