The Godzilla US Blu-Ray Thread

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  1. SWFF

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    And so it begins...

    Press Release:
    KRAKEN RELEASING LICENSES
    GODZILLA ® VS. HEDORAH™”,
    “EBIRAH™, HORROR OF THE DEEP” &
    “GODZILLA® VS.GIGAN™”

    January 21, 2014 - 1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world’s most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G’s wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan’s Toho Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry!

    The fun begins as 1971’s Godzilla® vs.Hedorah™, released theatrically in the U.S in 1972 as Godzilla® vs. the Smog Monster, pits Godzilla® against the forces of pollution in the form of a constantly mutating, acid-spewing behemoth from outer space. With eye-popping 1970’s “mod” costumes, hairstyles and psychedelic visuals that include conventional cel animation alongside the special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Godzilla® vs. Hedoarh™ director Yoshimitsu Banno’s ecologically focused take on the world’s greatest monster is easily one of the most unique films in the series and required viewing for any giant monster fan or cult film enthusiast.

    What happens when three major movie monsters slam dance in the South Seas? The answer is 1966’s Ebirah™, Horror of the Deep, originally released in the U.S. in 1968 under the title Godzilla® Vs. The Sea Monster. Pairing Godzilla® and another of Toho’s most popular kaiju, the giant moth Mothra™, against a wide variety of adversaries, including the titular sea monster, giant birds and a mysterious terrorist organization, the wet and wild widescreen spectacular was directed by Jun Fukuda.

    Finally, 1972’s Godzilla® vs. Gigan™ ups the giant monster ante once again with a series of tag team battles featuring four classic kaiju. Released theatrically in the United States in 1977 as Godzilla® on Monster Island and again directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film unites Godzilla® and spiny ally Anguirus™ against two of the series’ most popular opponents: the three headed monster King Ghidorah™ and the new alien cyborg Gigan™.

    About Kraken Releasing: KRAKEN RELEASING is a new international video distribution label specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre entertainment for mainstream audiences. Together with sister labels MAIDEN JAPAN (TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, PAT LABOR, ROYAL SPACE FORCE) and SWITCHBLADE PICTURES (BIG BAD MAMA-SAN, ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD) Kraken’s goal is to bring the best filmed entertainment from around the world to our customers.

    About Section23 Films:
    Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings. With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.
     
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  2. KMR

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    Talk about going overboard in using trademark symbols in writing...
     
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    If only we could get that bloody SMOG MONSTER soundtrack instead of the international dub. Save The Earth!!!
     
  4. Tooncy

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    Destroy All Monsters is still the best one. Love to see that on bluray.
     
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  5. TheSteig

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    It is but its OOP on blu ray, but could return with Megalon since Media Blasters issues with Toho are resolved
     
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  6. John Sparks

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    Since Sony released these back in 2004 in the American versions (50th Anniversary), I'll double dip to see these in the original Japanese prints with English subtitles!
     
  7. Derrick King

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    That is Toho for you.
     
  8. Lord Dalek

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    This is basically all the Showa Godzillas Toho licensed to Sony a few years ago save for Son of Godzilla and Godzilla's Revenge. IIRC the previous releases were all dub-titled.
     
  9. SWFF

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    [color=rgb(51,51,51);font-size:13px;]UPDATE: These are streeting May 6th! Some more Godzilla news... according to the SciFi Japan FB group Classic Media will be RE-RELEASING their current crop of G flicks on DVD this year. NO blues just re-releases. Damn.[/color]
     
  10. Jari K

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    No Blu, no sale - simple as that. I have the fansubs already.
     
  11. TheSteig

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    I already have that awesome Classic Media box set, I cant see anything replacing that yet. Id love a box set of that in HD but until then Im happy with the DVD set
     
  12. Russell G

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    I was hoping for some kind of all encompassing bluray boxset. I'll await for reviews/pricing before biting on these.

    We were really spoiled at the end of last year when Criterion decided to not piss around and released all the Zatoichi films in one mega-set.

    That's what we need for the classic Toho Kaiju films.
     
  13. JoHud

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    King Kong Escapes and King Kong vs Godzilla are listed on blu-ray.com for an April 1, 2014 release date. Strangely, Universal hasn't announced these so as of yet they're unconfirmed. If they are released, they will undoubtedly be the U.S. versions of the film.

    Edit: aaaand it's just been announced.
     
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    EDIT: JoHud beat me to it by mere seconds :)
     
  15. Lord Dalek

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    And... US cuts only. Utterly worthless.
     
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    What a missed opportunity--would much rather have the Jpn version
     
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    Awesome news!!! Now I can retire my bootleg dvd. :D
     
  19. Lord Dalek

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    That is huge news. It was the only Godzilla (not counting the original version of KKvG) left unreleased on DVD in the US.
     
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    What about GORATH? And didn't GODZILLA 1985 come on LD?
     

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