Trailer & Poster For GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL Re-Release

There's a second trailer for Gareth Edwards' reboot right around the corner, but while we wait for that Rialto Pictures have released a new trailer for their 60th anniversary restoration of the original 1954 version of Godzilla. Take a look at that and a poster after the jump.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 2/19/2014




Here's the press release from Toho Films and Rialto Pictures:

A new restoration of GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.

GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time. Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.

As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.

The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.

GODZILLA became Toho Studio’s #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time. In 1989, a published survey of 370 Japanese movie critics, Nihon Eiga Besuto 150 (Best 150 Japanese Films), ranked Godzilla the 27th greatest Japanese feature ever made.
Source: Rialto Pictures
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Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:20 PM
What a great [frick]ing classic this movie is. If the new film is half as good in 2014 as this was 60 years ago, I'll be more than happy.
Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:21 PM
@TheyCallmeMrGlass: Right around the corner.
Nomis - 2/19/2014, 12:21 PM
NightWatcher - 2/19/2014, 12:24 PM
"There will be a trailer Feb. 14"

They Lied to us all!!
MisterPL - 2/19/2014, 12:26 PM
Crappy poster. Where's Mondo when you need them?
Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:31 PM
@TheyCallmeMrGlass: That one in the back looks like she sees something...perhaps the new Godzilla trailer?
TheRainbowSpartan - 2/19/2014, 12:35 PM
PFTGFJFHRTHGTJGT he be dinosaur ragin' lazers leik doctor panof dotor zkcvjk yus
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:41 PM
@ MrGlass

ahaha good one mate

I am pissed off I didn't think of this one
Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:42 PM
Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:42 PM
Me and the wife ^^^
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:44 PM
@ Godzillafart

lol

you have sensitive skin??? afraid of the sun???
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:46 PM
Breaking News!!!!

Godzillafart is a perv

I hope that poor monster sues you

TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:54 PM
@ Mc gee

LMAO!!!!!!

amxt - 2/19/2014, 12:54 PM
I have the Criterion original Japanese version... is there any difference with this release?

Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:56 PM
@Clem: Wait...that's me and the wife.
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:56 PM
@ mRgLASS

Last night I had a dream my wiener was half the size it should be an it was still a meter long!!!!!!

I guess we are both practical dreamers
Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 12:57 PM
@amxt: Don't think so. Different package.
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 12:58 PM
@ GF

AHAHAH she is... lovely

So that was the honeymoon huuum???

Godzillafart - 2/19/2014, 1:03 PM
@Clem: Yeah. She's into the public thing.
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 1:03 PM
@ MrGlass

*wink*

:)
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 1:04 PM
@ GF

it seems that she is indeed

MrHolmesMan - 2/19/2014, 1:05 PM
CANT WAIT!!!!
Kyos - 2/19/2014, 1:08 PM
I really hope they're using a variation of that music in the 2014 Godzilla!!
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 1:10 PM
@ MrGlass

who doesn't????
marvel72 - 2/19/2014, 1:11 PM
i've got this on blu-ray,the criterion edition it feature both versions as well.
wookiefit76 - 2/19/2014, 1:25 PM
I had a copy of this poster in black and white on my wall as a kid. Loved it.
JediPhilosopher - 2/19/2014, 1:35 PM
Been there. I dont think I need to see the guy in the rubber monster suit again.
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 1:38 PM
Gus, ...

you diva
DrunkenPirateNukem - 2/19/2014, 1:46 PM
no ferris bueller gif???

shame on you

drfate - 2/19/2014, 1:48 PM
yes, titties are awesome.
cipher - 2/19/2014, 1:52 PM
I'm a bigger slut than you, old man. My sluttiness is a superpower in itself.
TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 2:06 PM
Good grief Gusto

me like her

TheClemster - 2/19/2014, 2:07 PM
Merc????
MightyZeus - 2/19/2014, 4:03 PM
I love those old Toho Godzilla films.

Just brings me a sense of Nostalgia watching that trailer.
Melkaticox - 2/19/2014, 6:04 PM

Dawn of the Dead
Alien/s
Father of god/II
apocalypse now?
Pulpo ficción
fight club
The Social Cartoon Network
Shawshank sensation
Carrie (the remake...?)
Evil Dead 2
Breakfast club
The Big Lebowski
Goodfellas
Donnie Darko theatrical cut

Aaaand..the original Godzilla.
Wow, I'm not blazing through these.
Melkaticox - 2/19/2014, 6:07 PM
Waaait a minute, this is actually being re-released in THEATERS?!
It's totally not gonna but...for the love of ANYONE, come to Venezuela!
FlixMentallo21 - 2/19/2014, 6:23 PM
Oh man, that movie was great when I saw it in 2009. Forget the Raymond Burr-starring version, the uncut one was DEEP.
loki668 - 2/19/2014, 11:55 PM




Vaportrail - 2/20/2014, 10:15 PM
A restored version will be nice, I've probably only seen bits of the American version.

It'd be kind of cool if after this they take it a step farther and colorize it. They are getting pretty good at that nowadays.

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