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Sony Godzilla DVD's

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Will K, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. Will K

    Will K Screenwriter

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    From DVDFile...
    Sony Entertainment has just announced a new Ultimate Godzilla Collection box set of five classic Godzilla flicks. Hitting stores on 9/17 are Godzilla's Revenge, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla Vs. Mothra, Rodan, and the original classic that started it all, Godzilla King of the Monsters. (Note that the previous Goodtimes DVD release of Godzilla King of the Monsters is now out of print.) These cheapie issues are all presented in full frame and mono with only some Godzilla facts as extras. Retail is a low $12.95 each, or $39.95 for the box.

    Godzilla in pan-and-scan? Oh goodie. Gee, Sony, I can't wait. [​IMG] At least I can thank them for saving me a few bucks.
    Sony/Columbia is like the perfect angel child that grew into a rebellious, evil teen. To beat this metaphor to death, hopefully they'll mature into a responsible, level-headed adult. [​IMG]
     
  2. JohnAD

    JohnAD Cinematographer

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    Were they widescreen to begin with?

    John.
     
  3. Matthew Kiernan

    Matthew Kiernan Stunt Coordinator

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    Except for the first film, they were all 2.35:1.

    Sad part is, these will no doubt look better than the artifact-heavy 1998 Simitar releases - which were widescreen!

    And before anyone starts screaming about original soundtracks, that's out of Columbia's hands. Toho has never allowed a Godzilla film to be released in this country in its original language.

    Still, methinks an online petition is at hand...
     
  4. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    The original was shot in the academy ratio.
    I'm not sure about the AR of Rodan though. This was not previously released by Scimitar. I do know that the Americanized version was severely chopped up & has a different & inferior score.
    As for the rest not only are they Dubs but they have to add insult to injury by going Pan&Scan. [​IMG]
     
  5. Matthew Chmiel

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    Rodan and Godzilla were both shot in the academy ratio.
    Everything else was shot in 2.35:1 and I can't believe Sony are releasing the DVDs in pan and scan. They've released other Godzilla films in their OAR before, why change now? [​IMG]
     
  6. Bob Cashill

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    Guessing here, but I think Toho dictates what can and cannot be done with their films. Why it would want to commit to such a bare-bones release of its Godzilla titles is the mystery.
     
  7. Jim_K

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    Anyone have any decent homemade cover-scans they could shoot my way?
    I've got the Scimitar Godzilla & Godzilla vs. Mothra discs. But the covers are so awful that I'm embarrassed to display em with my collection. :b
    I keep em hidden away with the porn. [​IMG]
    I'm very tempted to pick up the Japanese laserdiscs on ebay or even the R2 DVDs. I don't know if I could deal with no English subtitles though.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Jeffrey Gray

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    Toho will not allow any good releases of Godzilla films here because they think Japanese people will import them from here instead of buying the releases available to them. And they also don't put subtitles on their versions, so that non-Japanese-comprehending Americans can't import their versions, and have to put up with the highly inferior R1 versions. Sad, ain't it?
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Don't buy them, they're all butchered, dubbed, and P&S
    SOunds like a violation of everything the HTF stands for, rolled into one! [​IMG]
     
  10. Aaron Silverman

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    I've got the original Simitar (did they know they spelled Scimitar incorrectly?) set. . .the original movie has a 4:3 side and a cropped widescreen side!

    Terror of Mechagodzilla is 4:3, but I don't know the OAR.

    Goji vs. Mosura, Goji vs. Monster Zero, and Goji's Revenge (AKA Son O' Goji) all have widescreen and cropped 4:3 sides.

    Weird, huh? They all have crappy picture and 5.1 remixes, but they're all we've got in region 1 for the foreseeable future.
     
  11. Bruce Hedtke

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    Here I was getting all excited over nothing! [​IMG] All I can do is watch the trailers off the Godzilla disc and keep hoping.
    Bruce
     
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    I was fascinated by their choice of pretty much duplicating the Simitar box set release, except for replacing Godzilla Versus Monster Zero with Rodan.
    Since Rodan sounds like it will be OAR, and at least "American Edition" original theatrical presentation (I'll keep an eye on whether it is or isn't Jeff...believe me!), I might grab it separately to compliment the Simitar releases I already own.
    Well, ever since Toho forced Simitar to stop publishing these...a move that drove that company out-of-business...we knew that "authorized" versions of the Americanized Godzilla would show up some day. And of course Sony would be the ones to do it, since they have the license. So they're here. Or rather will be here on 9/17.
    As for Toho *forcing* these discs to be MARred, I somehow doubt that. Sony/Columbia seem to make that decision well enough of their own lately! [​IMG]
     
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    What I would have loved to see Godzilla in the ORIGINAL, non-Raymond Burr, version.

    The original version is not very "US friendly" since it make an obvious statement about the misuse atomic energy.

    There was a rumor flying around when the last Godzilla movie (the one with Matthew Broderick), that Criterion would release a SE of the original, non Raymond Burr version, dubbed or subbed. Nothing ever came out of that. Too bad.

    And yes, I own the ORIGINAL Godzilla (all in Japanese) on LD. I don't understand a word of it, but it's interesting to watch.
     
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    Armando, Toho would not give Criterion the rights to release the Big G unbutchered
     
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    BASTARDS!! [​IMG]
     
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    I've got the Simitar Godzilla vs. Mothra and the pixelization is truly frightening. It looks like the transfer itself isn't too awful, but the compression work was apparently done by psychotic monkeys.

    Even that's better than pan and scan, though...

    Ryan
     
  17. John Koehler

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    The Toho films, Mysterians, Battle in Outer Space, Mothra, Rodan, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah the 3-headed Monster, Gorath, Latitude Zero, Atragon et cetera, all wonderful, nostalgic, golden favorites from youth for so many of us, and Toho hasn't the basic marketing savvy to release SE's both here and in Asia at comparable pricing (to forestall importation) ??? They have a frickin goldmine in their back catalog, and they sit on it. If only Mr Morita were still alive, he tended to listen to market demands.
     
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