Ever since it was announced that the original 1954 version of Godzilla is being released onto Criterion Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve been salivating at the possibilities. And now … we have all of the details for you right here!
Look for the flick to hit home on January 24th, 2012!
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
New and improved English subtitle translation
A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman
You know what that means, right? It’s time to bust out our trusty Impromptu Rapid Irish Jig of Joy and Mirth™ video!
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