Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Godzilla on BLU-RAY

The Criterion edition of Ishiro Honda 1954 film Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is out on Blu-ray (or 2 disc dvd).

The extras included are:
  • New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
  • 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 and Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman
The "Godzilla, King of monsters" is the American reworking of the original film. Pretty interesting they put these 2 versions together.

I'm pretty excited to get this one. You can find more info here 

1 comment:

  1. This is a must buy for any home theater owner. This version is digitally enhanced on both definition and sound.