Criterion Press Release: Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films (Blu-ray)

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NEWSLETTER – JULY 25, 2019

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All Hail the King
This October, we’re celebrating the arrival of spine number 1000, and it’s a collector’s set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters! Our landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era:

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

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These fifteen films, all presented in high-definition digital transfers, are accompanied by a slew of supplemental material that brings the King of the Monsters to life in a giant deluxe hardcover book, with new essays and newly commissioned illustrations from sixteen artists; new and archival interviews with cast and crew members; and much, much more!

It’s a colossal set, and we’d have it no other way for our 1000th release! We can’t wait to share it with you when it roars into stores on Blu-ray on October 29.

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111 Comments

  1. The great news is for the first time there will be a US release of the Japanese version of "King Kong vs. Godzilla."

    The cautionary note however is that earlier DVD releases that have the AIP versions of films such as "Godzilla vs. The Thing" (Mothra vs. Godzilla), "Monster Zero" (Invasion of the Astro Monster) as well as the earlier Blu-Ray of "Destroy All Monsters" that has the AIP dub as an audio track option still have to be kept for serious enthusiasts (and some films I notice seem to have no English dubs at all!)

  2. A dream come true. Finally my three favorite Godzilla films arrive on BD.

    -Invasion of Astro Monster

    -Terror of Mechagodzilla

    and yes my all time favorite is:

    -All Monsters Attack:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    (don't hit me)

  3. JoeDoakes

    I wonder if we'll get the classic dub voiceovers?

    The only confirmed dubs are for Monster Zero/Astro-Monster, Son of Godzilla, DAM, Megalon, and both Mechagodzilla films (plus the U.S. cuts of KOTM and KKvG, which of course aren't straight dubs).

  4. Peter Apruzzese

    No

    Part of the charm of these films for me is how I first saw them when I was little with the bad dubs included. If my favorite films don't have them, this will be a hell of thing to pass up, but I will.

  5. Lord Dalek

    The only confirmed dubs are for Monster Zero/Astro-Monster, Son of Godzilla, DAM, Megalon, and both Mechagodzilla films (plus the U.S. cuts of KOTM and KKvG, which of course aren't straight dubs).

    And those are "international" dubs done by Toho and not the classic AIP dubs (which were much better). Hold on to your earlier releases that have them.

  6. Jack P

    And those are "international" dubs done by Toho and not the classic AIP dubs (which were much better). Hold on to your earlier releases that have them.

    That only applies to two of the movies in this case.

  7. Lord Dalek

    That only applies to two of the movies in this case.

    Three actually? Or is the English dub on the "Godzilla vs. The Thing" release the same? The "Monster Zero" dub I think was a different English dub from Toho's for "Invasion Of the Astro Monster" (though Nick Adams is on both; unlike "War Of The Gargantuas" where Toho's English dub didn't use Russ Tamblyn).

  8. Ronald Epstein

    When it dips below $90 I am in!

    LOL. That’s a high water mark. I pre-order from amazon from a link on this thread, hoping HTF gets credit, and knowing I’ll get it for the lowest price Amazon has.

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  10. Bryan^H

    Part of the charm of these films for me is how I first saw them when I was little with the bad dubs included. If my favorite films don't have them, this will be a hell of thing to pass up, but I will.

    It's weird that bad dubs should be prized by fans, but there was a lot of charm to those in the Godzilla films.

  11. The only Godzilla film I have is the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Godzilla vs Megalon. Lucky to have it because it went out of print within two months of it's release due to copyright issues with Toho studios.

  12. Personally I couldn't care less about any Godzilla movies beyond the first one (both the Japanese and American versions, which Criterion has already released to Blu-ray).

    Now that MOTHRA is now out from Mill Creek, I want RODAN, again in both the U.S. and Japanese cuts, and I hope Criterion will provide these.

  13. darkrock17

    Why was there an 8 year gap between Raids Again and King Kong? Did Raids Again not do well with theater goers?

    Lots of sequels were not common back then. I think they figured they had run the course with Godzilla after the 1st two films. Toho released lots of other sci fi and Kaju films in that 8 year gap: Rodan (1956), The Mysterians (1957), Varan the unbelievable (1958), The H-Man (1959), Battle in Outer Space (1960), Mothra (1961), Atragon (1962) and others .
    After the huge international success of King Kong vs. Godzilla they realized they had a franchise with Godzilla which eventually led to him becoming the "good guy".

  14. Randy Korstick

    Lots of sequels were not common back then. I think they figured they had run the course with Godzilla after the 1st two films. Toho released lots of other sci fi and Kaju films in that 8 year gap: Rodan (1956), The Mysterians (1957), Varan the unbelievable (1958), The H-Man (1959), Battle in Outer Space (1960), Mothra (1961), Atragon (1962) and others .
    After the huge international success of King Kong vs. Godzilla they realized they had a franchise with Godzilla which eventually led to him becoming the "good guy".

    Of all the sci fi films that came out of Japan my all time favorite is The Mysterians with the memorable film score.

  15. I feel like a kid in a candy store regarding this release. Instantly pre-ordered! A perfect companion to this set would be the superb biography of Ishiro Honda: "Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa" by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszweski — one of the best film biographies that I've ever read.

  16. Par for the course for all the Criterion $150+ sets — Bergman, Zatoichi (both versions), Bergman, Olympics, and a number of the $100-125.
    $`100 for Godzilla, $5 for 1 or 2 Multidisc cases and some custom artwork then I can keep the Book separate. I can't npt get 8 Discs or Godzilla based on packaging.

    I didn't buy the GDT Trilogy, but b/c I already had the movies. I did order the Book for $10 from Criterion.com so best of both worlds/

  17. BobO’Link

    $225 and they can't even used normal disc cases?!? That page shown looks like the discs go into slots on the pages (where the colored small circles are – look closely and you can make out the cutouts for the 8 discs and see the numbers in the circles). That, alone, will keep me away. I'm not purchasing any more expensive "collector" sets in "non-standard" ("standard" being a single/multi-disc viva case) packaging. The book is fine – just not as a disc holder.
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    I agree. $225 list price and we don't get decent packaging , and no Gigantis the Fire Monster . I'm on the fence on this one . Especially considering that I have all of the films on Bluray except Gigantis and Son Of Godzilla ( both of which I have on DVD).

  18. Jonathan Perregaux

    Holy actual crap! As a kid, I used to watch these as “The 4:30 Movie” on Channel 7/8 in the NY area.

    Same here, but on Channel 7 in Detroit. "Monsters Week" and "Apes Week" were aways something to look forward to.

    I will probably pick these up during a Criterion 50% off sale on their site after I earn another $50 gift code. That will take a big bite out of the price.

  19. Dick

    Personally I couldn't care less about any Godzilla movies beyond the first one (both the Japanese and American versions, which Criterion has already released to Blu-ray).

    Now that MOTHRA is now out from Mill Creek, I want RODAN, again in both the U.S. and Japanese cuts, and I hope Criterion will provide these.

    I ordered MOTHRA thinking I was ordering RODAN. I wasn't until I had it in my hand that I saw the error. I guess that phrase is true, "You see what you want to see!"

  20. John Sparks

    I ordered MOTHRA thinking I was ordering RODAN. I wasn't until I had it in my hand that I saw the error. I guess that phrase is true, "You see what you want to see!"

    MOTHRA's not a terrible movie, and certainly has its moments. After GOJIRA and RODAN, it is arguably the best of the early Toho monster flicks, which soon after became more like 3 Stooges-style slapstick with all the monsters kicking each other over mountains and swinging them by the tails, at which point I lost interest entirely.

  21. Scott Merryfield

    I will probably pick these up during a Criterion 50% off sale on their site after I earn another $50 gift code. That will take a big bite out of the price.

    I see what you did there. 😉

  22. Dick

    MOTHRA's not a terrible movie, and certainly has its moments. After GOJIRA and RODAN, it is arguably the best of the early Toho monster flicks, which soon after became more like 3 Stooges-style slapstick with all the monsters kicking each other over mountains and swinging them by the tails, at which point I lost interest entirely.

    That's the best stuff! I lost interest when they started getting serious afterwards.

  23. I’m very curious to see the extras. I am hoping that long form ‘music video’ of Godzilla movie clips set to he music of Akira Ifukube is included. I remember it being a big deal when it came out on LaserDisc back in the day.

  24. I am going to get this and be very happy, but the dubs are how most of us experienced these.
    I enjoy the David Kalat commentary on the current Criterion Blu-ray, but I kept my Classic Media DVD for the great commentaries by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski. I love those guys.

  25. So the msrp at Criterion appears to be $225 so it will be about $130 ish during the half off sales.

    I ordered this at Target .com when this was first announced and Target had it for $150.
    My order is still there but they deleted that listing and have a new listing up for a higher price so I’m wondering if Target will actually send this out.

  26. TonyD

    So the msrp at Criterion appears to be $225 so it will be about $130 ish during the half off sales.

    More like $112.50. With an additional 10% being a B&N member brings it down to $101.25+ tax.

    I can wait. 😉

  27. Awful packaging. There isn't a single shelf tall enough for me to put this on and discs are always at risk when jammed this way. The companies who design these gimmick packages that are not user-friendly should have their heads examined.

  28. Jack P

    Awful packaging. There isn't a single shelf tall enough for me to put this on and discs are always at risk when jammed this way. The companies who design these gimmick packages that are not user-friendly should have their heads examined.

    I like the packaging, and it fits fine on the open top shelf of my media rack. It is huge though, and slightly taller than the Bergman box. I'm not concerned about the discs in the slightest.

  29. Jack P

    Awful packaging. There isn't a single shelf tall enough for me to put this on and discs are always at risk when jammed this way. The companies who design these gimmick packages that are not user-friendly should have their heads examined.

    Disagree a million times over. If its a problem for you it's a $4 fix at Amazon. The rest of the people who buy this are going to treasure having something so meaty that could not possibly have been done in a simple keep case.

    Still trying to figure out if Criterion is sending me one for review. If not I know what I am asking Santa for =)

  30. Sam Posten

    Disagree a million times over. If its a problem for you it's a $4 fix at Amazon. The rest of the people who buy this are going to treasure having something so meaty that could not possibly have been done in a simple keep case.

    Still trying to figure out if Criterion is sending me one for review. If not I know what I am asking Santa for =)

    And don't forget that there's a 50% off Criterion sale coming up at B&N next week, supposedly.

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co…ff-criterion-sale.324983/page-52#post-4796790

  31. Sam Posten

    Disagree a million times over. If its a problem for you it's a $4 fix at Amazon. The rest of the people who buy this are going to treasure having something so meaty that could not possibly have been done in a simple keep case.

    Actually a $12 fix since that's the cheapest for an 8 disc blu-ray that's done perfectly fine in similar sets (World Series annual releases), is shelf friendly and convenient to get the discs out. Getting these out for temporary storage in paper sleeves, I found Disc 8 jammed in to the point where I was worried it was going to require tearing up this vaunted thing just to get the disc out.

    I have hated these kind of oversized gimmicks that are all flash and show and no substance for years whether the Man From UNCLE "briefcase" or the Get Smart "phone booth" or similar stuff. And this only confirms what I've disliked about them because they are not conducive to long-term disc health for me.

  32. I buy DVDs all the time. The quality of DVDs is much better than it used to be. With modern TV shows and anamorphic stuff, it isn't easy to tell the difference with normal viewing. There is a whole world on DVD that doesn't exist on blu-ray.

  33. bigshot

    I buy DVDs all the time. The quality of DVDs is much better than it used to be. With modern TV shows and anamorphic stuff, it isn't easy to tell the difference with normal viewing. There is a whole world on DVD that doesn't exist on blu-ray.

    I get that of course. But do you buy a DVD when a Blu Ray is available is my question.

  34. There’s an entire sub forum over on Blu-ray.com of people buying DVDs.
    When I ask why they are still buying DVDs when the blu is available I get all snarky remarks as if I’m the one who is out of touch.

  35. TonyD

    There’s an entire sub forum over on Blu-ray.com of people buying DVDs.
    When I ask why they are still buying DVDs when the blu is available I get all snarky remarks as if I’m the one who is out of touch.

    Too funny! I'm sorry, but assuming the source data is the same, a Blu-ray will beat out a DVD any day of the week, usually by a large margin.

    But, that's a discussion for a different thread, not this one.

  36. Jack P

    Awful packaging. There isn't a single shelf tall enough for me to put this on and discs are always at risk when jammed this way. The companies who design these gimmick packages that are not user-friendly should have their heads examined.

    I hate the packaging. Hate it. I ended up propping my set on shelf alongside some other chunky DVD boxed sets, but regardless, getting the discs out of those slots is already irritating me to no end. I rather have the book as a separate item, with the discs in a standard plastic case (or two). In fact, it would be wonderful (although unlikely) if Criterion made such a case available for those of us who don't enjoy this particular, offbeat presentation.

  37. FrankPitt

    I hate the packaging. Hate it. I ended up propping my set on shelf alongside some other chunky DVD boxed sets, but regardless, getting the discs out of those slots is already irritating me to no end. I rather have the book as a separate item, with the discs in a standard plastic case (or two). In fact, it would be wonderful (although unlikely) if Criterion made such a case available for those of us who don't enjoy this particular, offbeat presentation.

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=8+disc+blu-ray+case&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

  38. I love the packaging but it is really tall – I wasn't able to place it in the spot intended. It seems like it should be a coffee table set. It doesn't align well with current Blu ray and DVD sets because of the height. Still it's a thing of beauty. but I really have to figure a place to lay it down / or find a better place to display the damn thing !! 😀

  39. Sam Posten

    Disagree a million times over. If its a problem for you it's a $4 fix at Amazon. The rest of the people who buy this are going to treasure having something so meaty that could not possibly have been done in a simple keep case.

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    Here's seven cases and a booklet. I don't see why the big book couldn't have been shrunken down with one case holding two discs (if somehow restricted to these box set dimensions). I get it's Godzilla, so "big book," but it doubles as an excuse here to do studio release packaging. Criterion typically focuses elsewhere for their customers.

    Just my two cents.

  40. You are missing the point. There is no shrinking it down because it's suppooossssed to be a big meaty over indulgent release. It's Spine 1000. It's Godzilla, the king of monsters. It's supposed to be badass, not compromised.

  41. Worth

    Is this only available on blu-ray? I'm surprised they're not also releasing it on DVD, though I think the Bergman box-set was blu only, as well.

    They didn't bother to bring the DVD editions of Bergman's Faith Trilogy, The BRD Trilogy, or Von Sternberg silents back into print with the Blu editions. Also, they tend to give the DVDs of many titles a much more basic packaging. For example, the DVD edition of True Stories omits the soundtrack CD and is in a plain plastic case, plain cases for sex, lies, and videotape and The Princess Bride, and I believe the DVD edition of a Hard Day's Night omits a lot of special features and the booklet.

  42. Tino

    I get that of course. But do you buy a DVD when a Blu Ray is available is my question.

    Sometimes with TV shows. I got a DVD instead of a blu-ray of a movie by accident once, and I had watched it twice before I realized it was a DVD. Anamorphic DVDs can look very very good.

  43. TonyD

    There’s an entire sub forum over on Blu-ray.com of people buying DVDs.
    When I ask why they are still buying DVDs when the blu is available I get all snarky remarks as if I’m the one who is out of touch.

    That's very strange. I will still buy the occasional DVD if that is the only version available of something I want, but I will pick a BD over DVD every time if both are available. Who on this forum or Blu-ray.com does not Have a BD player?

  44. Yeah. Most of them are people who post long lists of DVDs of obscure movies they bought at Big lots and dollar stores only because they can get them at $1-$3 each.

    I didn’t not care how cheap it is I’m not buying DVDs of movies just because they’re only $1. That stuff takes up a lot of space.

  45. Scott Merryfield

    Who on this forum or Blu-ray.com does not have a BD player – – especially someone buying Criterion discs?

    Me, lol. But that's only because, as I explained in another thread earlier today, I went directly from playing DVDs to ripping BDs. I have an external BD drive for that purpose, no player.

  46. Be aware that the stock in B&N stores will likely be damaged, due to their use of the dreaded "Spider-wire" anti-theft contraptions. The first store I went to had not one copy in acceptable condition. Two other customers were there to pick up their pre-orders, and they were upset to find their copies damaged. I went to another location and was lucky to find one in acceptable condition (although not quite as mint as I would normally prefer). The staff member I spoke to there said three other customers had refused to accept their pre-orders due to the condition, and was expecting more complaints. For some stupid reason, they had attached the Spider-wire to all copies they received — even the ones that were pre-ordered and kept behind the counter! But for $101.24, I figured I wasn't going to find a better deal.

  47. They're streaming on the Criterion Channel now. I was considering picking up the set, but I can't justify spending that amount ($225 in Canada) on something I'm not likely to watch very often.

  48. MattHR

    Be aware that the stock in B&N stores will likely be damaged, due to their use of the dreaded "Spider-wire" anti-theft contraptions. The first store I went to had not one copy in acceptable condition. Two other customers were there to pick up their pre-orders, and they were upset to find their copies damaged. I went to another location and was lucky to find one in acceptable condition (although not quite as mint as I would normally prefer). The staff member I spoke to there said three other customers had refused to accept their pre-orders due to the condition, and was expecting more complaints. For some stupid reason, they had attached the Spider-wire to all copies they received — even the ones that were pre-ordered and kept behind the counter! But for $101.24, I figured I wasn't going to find a better deal.

    Order online with free shipping. Problem solved. 🙂

  49. dpippel

    Order online with free shipping. Problem solved. 🙂

    Not for me. More than half of what I order online (especially from Amazon) arrives damaged, and it's a huge hassle to return and wait for replacements (which also usually arrive damaged).

  50. MattHR

    Be aware that the stock in B&N stores will likely be damaged, due to their use of the dreaded "Spider-wire" anti-theft contraptions. The first store I went to had not one copy in acceptable condition. Two other customers were there to pick up their pre-orders, and they were upset to find their copies damaged. I went to another location and was lucky to find one in acceptable condition (although not quite as mint as I would normally prefer). The staff member I spoke to there said three other customers had refused to accept their pre-orders due to the condition, and was expecting more complaints. For some stupid reason, they had attached the Spider-wire to all copies they received — even the ones that were pre-ordered and kept behind the counter! But for $101.24, I figured I wasn't going to find a better deal.

    this is too big for those contraptions at my B&N stores. They keep them behind the counter. I ordered mine this morning but had to do a cancel and repurchase because their idiotic online ordering to pick up doesn’t give member discount. I also picked up Polyester and When We Were Kings.
    I will watch Mothra vs Godzilla starring the Peanuts as I’d just watched Mothra recently and consider this its sequel.

  51. Traveling Matt

    Me, lol. But that's only because, as I explained in another thread earlier today, I went directly from playing DVDs to ripping BDs. I have an external BD drive for that purpose, no player.

    If you want one and live in NY I have an extra.

  52. dpippel

    Order online with free shipping. Problem solved. 🙂

    The 10% member discount won't be applied to an online order. But if you wait until it's out of stock at your local B&N, you can place an order at the store, which will get you the 10% member discount. That's how I got my copy of the Bergman set last year. (Well, I didn't intentionally wait until it was out of stock. I just went, hoping it was there–maybe even on day of release–but they had no copies. So they put in an order, got the 50% Criterion sale discount plus 10% member discount and free shipping, and had it in my hands a couple days later.)

    Picked up the Godzilla set today. ("Can I help you?" "Yes, do you have Godzilla?" "Right here! And I even have a copy without the spider wrap." Sales associate lifts a copy from under the counter.) And wow, the pictures and videos didn't prepare me for how impressive this thing is in reality! Beautiful and very appropriate packaging!

  53. KMR

    The 10% member discount won't be applied to an online order. But if you wait until it's out of stock at your local B&N, you can place an order at the store, which will get you the 10% member discount. That's how I got my copy of the Bergman set last year. (Well, I didn't intentionally wait until it was out of stock. I just went, hoping it was there–maybe even on day of release–but they had no copies. So they put in an order, got the 50% Criterion sale discount plus 10% member discount and free shipping, and had it in my hands a couple days later.)

    I'm not a member at B&N because I don't shop there enough, so for me the 10% is a moot point.

  54. MattHR

    Not for me. More than half of what I order online (especially from Amazon) arrives damaged, and it's a huge hassle to return and wait for replacements (which also usually arrive damaged).

    I purchased two copies of this release – one from Amazon and one directly from Criterion. Both arrived in perfect condition. The manufacturer is shipping these in a specially designed box.

  55. MattHR

    Be aware that the stock in B&N stores will likely be damaged, due to their use of the dreaded "Spider-wire" anti-theft contraptions.

    My local B&N had them behind the counter. About 5 copies that I saw. No anti theft anything. Grabbed one and paid downstairs. Perfect condition.

  56. MattHR

    The staff member I spoke to there said three other customers had refused to accept their pre-orders due to the condition, and was expecting more complaints. For some stupid reason, they had attached the Spider-wire to all copies they received — even the ones that were pre-ordered and kept behind the counter!

    What a silly situation. It's expensive so they want to use anti-theft, but it's expensive so customers won't accept damage for that price. 🙄

    I stopped by my local store and a woman was walking out with a copy – at first glace it looked like one of her other books – so I figured between that and the news here today it's probably doing pretty well.

  57. I have had this conversation with a couple B&N managers — partially over Criterion Boxsets and even worse $200-300 LP boxsets that I saw but wasn't actually shopping for at all. The wraps are very much store dependent — 3 of my closest 4 Media store don't use them (2 never have). I saw a dozen units today at the 2 stores I went to today and no damage on any of them

    Essential conversation boils down to a variation (I did seem to get the message across at one store since I saw most of the items in a different spot and no wraps the next time, but I think more than one person had the talk):
    "Why are you mangling your collectors sets with those security wraps"
    Theft Prevention. It's jus the case, it still plays fine
    "The things are 12x 15 and weigh 20 lbs, How are you going to shoplift them"
    But just in case
    "OK, who are the customers in the market for a $300 LP set"
    High end Collectors
    "Exactly. And Collectors who are going to shell out $300 are going to accept this? How many people have already refused to accept this at pickup or angrily returned them already" (holding a mangled set in front of him)
    Blank Look …….. 'A few. huh you think that's the reason?'
    "How many have you actually sold and not been returned"
    None
    "Precisely. So you are going to quit using the wraps"
    No, it's to prevent theft.
    "So now you have something that can't be stolen and won't be purchased taking up space? Is the Problem solved and a worse one created"
    Blank look again. 'But what can I do'
    "Stop using the wraps"
    But then someone could steal them
    "put them behind the CSR desk or in a Case designed to hold such things without destroying them"
    That's not practical. We'll lose money buying the extra cases
    "Vs making no money by not selling them in the first place?"
    Blank look. But….

  58. dpippel

    I purchased two copies of this release – one from Amazon and one directly from Criterion. Both arrived in perfect condition. The manufacturer is shipping these in a specially designed box.

    Good to know, since the Evil A has it for 50% off now, and I just ordered one.

    FWIW, my Bergman set did come in a custom fit shipping box, and it arrived in perfect shape as well. It sounds like this way odds are better than B&N.

    Plus, I live just outside Denver and I notice lately a lot of stuff seems to be in a warehouse in Aurora (suburb of Denver) so the handling from there to here (maybe 70 miles) is pretty minimal. I ordered at 9PM Friday and it says it'll be here Sunday.

  59. I went through a little bit of a letdown once I fully realized that overall, getting this means you don't discard too many older DVD releases. Only the earlier Criterion stand-alone of "Godzilla", plus the Universal Blu-Ray of "King Kong vs. Godzilla" and the old DVD releases of "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster" (aka Ebirah), "Son Of Godzilla" ,"Godzilla vs. Hedorah" and "Godzilla vs. Mechogodzilla." Those four have the same English dubs on Criterion and also don't have commentaries. OTOH, every other title either has a commentary track or a different English dub/cut of the film that merits keeping in its own right. But having said that, I don't regret getting this new set since it does enhance the totality of what's out there now.

  60. Here's the thing: Shame on Toho for this. I don't care if anyone is saying (without much proof) that Gojira is a newer transfer than the original Criterion Blu-ray – it looks the same. And it's okay. Godzilla Raids Again looks horrible. King Kong vs. Godzilla – I have the Universal Blu somewhere and remembering it looking like this pretty much, which is to say pretty good. The others I've checked out range from okay to mediocre. It's not Criterion's fault, obviously, but they could have said no once Toho said to them that they wouldn't allow fresh transfers and gave them this older stuff. What is wrong with Toho, seriously? Are they just morons, or do they have some master plan that none of us know about? The packaging is really fun, but for that kind of dough you want new transfers that look great. I'm on disc four – we'll see how the other four discs are.

  61. I haven't seen any caps from the 4k transfers that Toho forbid Criterion to use but as far as I can tell, the only one that would be a notable improvement is KKvG (apparently they found 35mm material to replace the 16mm scenes in every restoration since the 90s?). The rest are all brickwalled by poor preservation, 60s optical tech, and Toho's signiture bad stock and color lab work. Silk purse meets sow's ear.

    But hey at least King Kong has its original stereo track intact.

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