Godzilla Criterion Blu-Ray Confirmed!


Back in August, we found out that Criterion may possibly be restoring the classic Japanese version of Gojira for a US Blu-Ray release. The rumor quickly spread around, and now it’s confirmed. The Criterion Collection will be releasing their fully restored version of Gojira (which will include a restored Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well) on Blu-Ray this coming January. The release has just shown up on Amazon and looks to be set for January 24th. Here’s what it’ll include:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
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

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

As with most Criterion releases, this does look to be the definitive release of Gojira and definitely will be a nice upgrade from the existing Gojira Blu-Ray that was just an upscaled version of the DVD.