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SPHE Press Release: Four Toho Godzilla Double Features (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 12 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 17 2014 - 08:28 PM

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One of the Most Iconic Monsters in Film History

Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

With the Release of Four Toho Godzilla Double Features

 

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) + Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

 

Remastered in High Definition – First Time on Blu-ray in North America

 

Each Double Feature is Available

on May 6 in Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Sets with Digital HD UltraViolet

 

 

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (Mar. 17, 2014) – Beginning with the introduction of the original Godzilla film in 1954, and continuing through today, the King of the Monsters has entertained generations of movie fans through his big-screen adventures.  In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut four classic Toho Godzilla Double Features for the first time on Blu-ray with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on May 6.  The ultimate collector’s editions of the action-filled franchise include Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) +Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).  Each double feature is available separately and features unique cover artwork across the series.

 

Franchise fans can also relive the original theatrical trailers and teasers from the series, included within these sets. Additionally, the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette, whileGodzilla: Final Wars includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.

 

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

When a mysterious U.F.O. is seen flying over Tokyo, tension mounts, until the craft’s occupants reveal themselves to be friendly aliens from the 23rd century who have come to warn mankind that Godzilla will soon awaken and wreak havoc upon the earth unless he is destroyed. Meanwhile, a double threat arrives in the form of King Ghidorah, Godzilla’s flying three-headed archrival and an evil and all-powerful android. The suspense builds to terrifying levels as the alien’s sinister mission on Earth is gradually revealed and Godzilla must wage a solo battle against these evil forces who want to destroy mankind. High-tech special effects and awesome action highlight this present-day Godzilla epic.  Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.

 

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

After a series of earthquakes unearth a gigantic orb, a trio of Japanese explorers are dispatched to the mysterious Infant Island to investigate. There they discover the island’s sole inhabitants, miniature twin women whose duty is to protect the mammoth ball, the egg of Mothra! When the explorers attempt to bring the egg back to the mainland, a furious Godzilla awakens from the depths and attacks the party, causing the egg to hatch and forcing its newborn larvae to fend off the gigantic monster. The humongous worm holds its own until help arrives in the form of Battra. When Mothra and Battra metamorphose into flying monster moths, the battle rages on land and in the sky. With two powerful foes to reckon with, has Godzilla finally met his match?  Godzilla vs. Mothra has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.

 

 

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Built with the utmost in 20th-century technology, Mechagodzilla is the ultimate in Godzilla-busting weaponry. Fueled by a nuclear reactor and sheathed in a synthetic diamond shield, the mammoth metal robot is Japan’s greatest hope for ending Godzilla’s reign of terror.  Meanwhile, on a remote island polluted by nuclear waste, a team of scientists discover a giant egg in a Pteranodon nest, and bring it home for study. When BabyGodzilla hatches, both Rodan and Godzilla return to claim the cuddly infant as their own. Will their monstrous maternal instincts cause a custody battle capable of destroying Mother Earth? Or will Mechagodzilla prove an effective eradicator, leaving BabyGodzilla an orphan for life? Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language.

 

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

The powers of telepathy enter the ranks of high technology in this supernatural, super-powered Godzilla adventure! The military minds behind Japan’s special Counter G Bureau enter the New Age with Project T, in which a telepathic amplifier is implanted in Godzilla’s brain in order to bring the giant monster under control. And just in time! In a faraway galaxy, the mutant SpaceGodzilla turns its evil eyes toward earth, planning to terminate Godzilla and conquer the planet for its own. With the Japanese Mafia infiltrating Counter G, the Bureau needs all the help it can get. Will Japan’s greatest enemy Godzilla become its closest ally? Amid all the smoke and high-tech firepower, not even the psychics know for sure!  Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is not rated.

 

 

Godzilla vs. Destroyah Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)

With a super-charged blast from his nuclear past, a new Godzilla emerges from his own ashes, radioactive and ready to take on Tokyo! The great monster’s nuclear energy is increasing by the minute, and a monster meltdown threatens to vaporize the planet. But when mutant micro-organisms unleash a plague of destruction, Godzilla is Japan’s only hope to destroy them. This victory creates Godzilla’s deadliest challenge yet: Destoroyah. And with Godzilla Junior pulled into the ring, only the Super XIII can put the deep freeze on this three-way monster melee. The action is hot and the special effects are chillin’ in this high-tech, high-powered Godzilla thriller!  Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has a run time of approximately 103 minutes and is not rated.

 

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Five years after Godzilla terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan’s monster nemesis. They have created the world’s first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace:  giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula. Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus, is also on a hunt for Godzilla, needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city’s underground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus, Godzilla, and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction?  Godzilla vs. Megaguirus has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. Godzilla: Final Wars

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Mechagodzilla, the superior-armed, state-of-the-art, all-robot version of Godzilla, is undergoing repairs after his devastating battle against the world’s monsters.  Twin tiny women appear and warn scientists to stop rebuilding Mechagodzilla but their warning goes unheeded. As the great robot nears completion, a series of mysterious incidents rock the world and awaken Godzilla, who unleashes a reign of terror against Tokyo. Mothra joins him and Japan’s desperate Prime Minister has no choice but to launch the unfinished Mechagodzilla against Mothra and Godzilla.  But who will fight for whom?  And in the end -- will the survivor be monster, robot or man?  Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and is not rated.

 

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary project and costliest adventure to date out of 28 films. Earth has been relatively peaceful since Godzilla was successfully buried deep in ice beneath the South Pole.  Then -- sometime a few years hence -- several of his old nemeses return to wreak havoc on cities worldwide. A huge spaceship suddenly appears and neutralizes all the monsters in a blink.  The visitors are “Xiliens,” who take human form and announce they would like to negotiate a peace treaty that would replace the United Nations with a “United Universe.”  They are indeed too good to be true, however.  It doesn’t take long before their nefarious real purpose is exposed -- conquering Earth.  Greatly outmatched, Earth officials decide to de-freeze Godzilla as man’s only hope to vanish the invaders, as well as the monsters they control.  Only trouble is Godzilla is still mad at man for freezing him in the first place.  Godzilla: Final Wars has a run time of approximately 125 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.

 

 

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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted March 18 2014 - 09:59 AM

Thanks for posting, Ron!

 

Any word on whether the Japanese-language tracks for the 90s films will be included (they weren't on the US DVDs)? The release doesn't seem to specify.


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Posted May 23 2014 - 04:16 PM

I did a search and did some research to try to understand this blu ray release.

So I hope you Godzilla experts can help me. I'm interested in collecting the early Godzilla films from the 1960's to 1970's and in looking at the blu ray info, these discs are newer movies? I didn't know there were new films made in the 1990's. The Mothra title doesn't look like the one I grew up on!

So if I wanted to get the original movies, is the Godzilla Collection set on DVD from 2012 that contains all the movies the only way? Is that set well regarded?

I already have the Criterion Godzilla so at least the original is in HD.

Thanks for any input!

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Posted May 23 2014 - 05:23 PM

I did a search and did some research to try to understand this blu ray release.

So I hope you Godzilla experts can help me. I'm interested in collecting the early Godzilla films from the 1960's to 1970's and in looking at the blu ray info, these discs are newer movies? I didn't know there were new films made in the 1990's. The Mothra title doesn't look like the one I grew up on!

So if I wanted to get the original movies, is the Godzilla Collection set on DVD from 2012 that contains all the movies the only way? Is that set well regarded?

I already have the Criterion Godzilla so at least the original is in HD.

Thanks for any input!

 

If it's the Classic Media set you're referring to, it's a collection of pretty decent editions (from around 2006-2007, I think) of seven of the Showa films. It's about as good as can be expected in standard definition for most of them. It contains both Japanese and English versions of:

 

Godziila

Godziila Raids Again

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Invasion of Astro Monster (Monster Zero)

All Monsters Attack (Godzilla's Revenge)

Terror of Mechagodzilla

 

The only caveats I would bring up is that the Criterion release of the original film is certainly the better edition, but the Classic Media DVD has a couple of exclusive commentaries. And also the English-language version of Mothra vs. Godzilla is cropped to 1.78:1. I think at the time, the explanation was that it was from the best quality master that could be found (the Japanese version is in the correct 2.35:1).

 

As for the rest of the Showa era in the US (not sure about elsewhere), I think it breaks down like this:

 

Universal:

 

King Kong vs. Godzilla (US cut only)

 

Kraken Releasing:

 

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

vs. Hedorah

vs. Gigan

 

Tokyo Shock:

 

Destroy All Monsters (seems to be out-of-print)

Godzilla vs. Megalon (DVD only; BD scheduled for July)

 

No Current US Distributor:

 

Son of Godzilla

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (original)

 

I actually do recommend the Heisei series, though (1984 - 1995). The first one, The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985) currently has no US distributor. The second, Godzilla vs. Biollante is out through Echo Bridge, and the rest are among those in the two-packs above. They actually attempted a bit of continuity in this series, and it has its highs and lows, but the final one (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah) is widely considered to be one of the best films in any of the series.

 

I hope all that helps! (Also, anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about any of this.)


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Posted May 23 2014 - 06:54 PM

Thanks a lot Brian! I see after some more reading based on your information that the early era of films is the Showa era, I think I understand a lot better what is going on now. From what I can tell, there are a few of the early films on blu ray, Godzilla vs the Smog Monster. I remember that one, but never saw it. The Showa term was the key to helping me understand.

Seems what I'll do to get started is get that Collection set. Perhaps more blus will come now that the 2014 film is doing well, which I plan to see.

Of the Showa era films after the first film I remember from Creature Feature airings are Godzilla vs Mothra and Son of Godzilla, those got heavy rotation. I may have seen a clip or two Mechagodzilla. But I see that there are two Mechagodzilla films and only the second one is in the set. I'll have to chase the others down.

I will give series consideration to checking out the Heisei series. And I think I may have caught the last hour of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla from the millennium series on TV. Those might be interesting.

Thanks again for the insight Brian.

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Posted May 23 2014 - 08:01 PM

Tokyo Shock is re-releasing Destroy All Monsters Blu around the same time their Godzilla vs. Megalon Blu is getting released.

 

Echo Bridge's Godzilla vs. Biollante Blu (and DVD) is OOP.



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Posted May 24 2014 - 01:06 PM

I will give series consideration to checking out the Heisei series. And I think I may have caught the last hour of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla from the millennium series on TV. Those might be interesting.

Thanks again for the insight Brian.

 

I'm not as big a fan of the Millennium series, although Final Wars is worth seeing for the sheer insanity of it. It's about half-monster movie, half-whacked out sci-fi martial arts epic. Also, there's no continuity between any of the Millennium films except for Against Mechagodzilla and Tokyo S.O.S.

 

 

Tokyo Shock is re-releasing Destroy All Monsters Blu around the same time their Godzilla vs. Megalon Blu is getting released.

 

Echo Bridge's Godzilla vs. Biollante Blu (and DVD) is OOP.

 

Wow; that was fast. Didn't that only come out about a year and a half ago?


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Posted May 24 2014 - 01:09 PM

It was quickly discontinued due to a dispute with Toho, and has been fetching very high prices since. This is simply a reissue.



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Posted May 24 2014 - 05:31 PM

I think Bryan is talking about Echo Bridge's Godzilla vs. Biollante  release being OOP.  Echo Bridge lost the rights to the Miramax films.



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Posted May 24 2014 - 07:58 PM

Yeah, and I didn't know that about Echo Bridge losing the Miramax films. Interesting; and they were finally starting to do a halfway decent job with them.

 

Do you know owns them now?


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Posted May 25 2014 - 04:50 AM

Does any of these US BD releases have a Japanese audio? I've kinda lost track of these releases...

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Posted May 25 2014 - 12:38 PM

Yeah, and I didn't know that about Echo Bridge losing the Miramax films. Interesting; and they were finally starting to do a halfway decent job with them.

 

Do you know owns them now?

 

Don't know who has them now.  When the Echo Bridge titles first went OOP, someone asked Shout/Scream if they had picked up the license and they said no, but since their denial, they've announced that they licensed the Miramax Halloweens.  I'm not sure if anyone has recently asked them about the Miramax titles.

 

Jari, all of these have Japanese audio, but I think some of them still have dubtitles instead of properly translated subtitles.







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