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Criterion Press Release: Godzilla (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 14 2011 - 01:45 PM

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#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Brisby

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Posted October 14 2011 - 02:12 PM

So, the commentaries on the Classic Media Godzilla release will not be included...? :( Guess I can't sell it, then.

#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted October 14 2011 - 03:13 PM

I just hope Criterion can find a way through the red tape holding back a us release of the original Japanese King Kong Vs. Godzilla.



#4 of 17 OFFLINE   dana martin

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Posted October 14 2011 - 03:37 PM

OH HELL YES!  love the cover art, i wonder if this will open the posibilities with classic media / toho for some of the other films as well?


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#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted October 14 2011 - 04:14 PM

I am not a fan of the Godzilla movies, but damn, that cover art makes me want to buy this for the art alone. I presume it's new art and new is very, very good. BTW, anyone notice they gave two bullets for the same commentary?
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#6 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted October 14 2011 - 04:35 PM

This will be complementary to Classic's much-welcomed DVD release. Audio/video will be significantly improved. I assume Kalat has done separate commentaries for GOJIRA and the US variant. I can't see Criterion going wholesale into the GODZILLA business, not that I don't love the series and would like to see some of them reissued as Blu-rays. Getting the original KK out of Toho and grey-market copies would be great for some label to tackle.

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Posted October 15 2011 - 01:21 AM

I hope they use seamless branching and don't do two different encodes on the same disc.


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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted October 15 2011 - 01:55 AM



Originally Posted by FoxyMulder 

I hope they use seamless branching and don't do two different encodes on the same disc.



They can't use seamless branching, the US cut is too far removed from the original to make it work.



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Posted October 15 2011 - 02:04 AM



Originally Posted by Lord Dalek 

They can't use seamless branching, the US cut is too far removed from the original to make it work.



Isn't the difference just the audio and about fifteen minutes of footage, that could easily be achieved by seamless branching, but putting two cuts of the film on one disc and having all the extra content on one disc seems to me to require extra effort at the compression stage when two discs would be more comfortable, yeah i'm sure Criterion can do fine with the compression and the result will be very good but i still wish they would stick the extra content on another disc.


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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted October 15 2011 - 02:40 AM

OH HELL YES!!!  Posted Image


Awesome news!!  It'll be interesting to see if Criterion does more classic Toho sci-fi/fantasy films now that they dipped their big toe in the water.  A proper release of King Kong vs. Godzilla is probably a pipe dream


Okay Criterion now how about some Shaw Brothers Kung-Fu & Hammer Horror!  Posted Image


On a side note, I can't believe people are already finding something to bitch about.  Posted Image  Sometimes I can't stand the internet.


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#11 of 17 OFFLINE   FoxyMulder

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Posted October 15 2011 - 03:27 AM



Originally Posted by Jim_K 

OH HELL YES!!!  Posted Image


Awesome news!!  It'll be interesting to see if Criterion does more classic Toho sci-fi/fantasy films now that they dipped their big toe in the water.  A proper release of King Kong vs. Godzilla is probably a pipe dream


Okay Criterion now how about some Shaw Brothers Kung-Fu & Hammer Horror!  Posted Image


On a side note, I can't believe people are already finding something to bitch about.  Posted Image  Sometimes I can't stand the internet.


I guess thats aimed at me, i'm not "bitching" ok, just saying that two discs will help when it comes to compression of the content, i am not in any way saying this won't look its best even if they use one disc. In future please just use my name when referring to me.....Thanks and have a great day Jim.


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#12 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff Newcomb

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Posted October 15 2011 - 05:09 PM

I can't foresee bitrate being a problem. Criterion has put much more content a single disc before with fantastic results. For a recent example, take a look at Blow Out. It contains two feature films that are longer than the Godzilla pictures and over 90 minutes worth of video supplements. Everything on the disc looks great. They know what they're doing.

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Posted October 15 2011 - 05:16 PM

Criterion announced a bunch of Godzilla films on Laserdisc back in the 90's that were cancelled for reasons unknown to me. Nice to see they're finally getting to do the first film. :)

#14 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted October 15 2011 - 11:46 PM

Well, if Criterion really wanted to go full-throttle into releasing Godzilla titles, their relationships with both Toho and Universal could make a definitive KING KONG VS. GODZILLA a distinct possibility.
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#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted October 16 2011 - 02:00 AM

Yes, that's true--but with all of the other Godzilla titles present and accounted for on DVD (with MEGALON on deck) it's hard to see what the incentive would be for Criterion to revisit them. Beyond the buffs I'm not entirely sure how much market there is for this one, with Classic having gotten there first. It may be a wait-and-see situation regarding sales.

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Posted October 16 2011 - 09:51 AM



Originally Posted by Bob Cashill 

Yes, that's true--but with all of the other Godzilla titles present and accounted for on DVD (with MEGALON on deck) it's hard to see what the incentive would be for Criterion to revisit them. Beyond the buffs I'm not entirely sure how much market there is for this one, with Classic having gotten there first. It may be a wait-and-see situation regarding sales.



Yeah, the only film I'd love to see Criterion do is KKvG due to the licencing hell situation between Universal and Toho. Image should probably just do a "The Heisei Years" boxset on their own.



#17 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted November 18 2011 - 10:55 AM

More on Criterion's GODZILLA. It has no plans for others in the series: http://www.scifijapa...n-collection-2/