Godzilla Gets the Criterion Treatment

Godzilla Gets the Criterion Treatment

While Godzilla prepares for his big screen American makeover, Criterion has also been working on an ultimate Blu-ray/DVD release of the original 1954 film to star the Big G, which will be released on January 24, 2012.

Beyond the best transfer of Godzilla to disc yet, the Criterion version will include the following extras:

*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

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