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Confirmed: Criterion Intends to Release Showa Godzilla Films on DVD/Blu-Ray

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Written by G. H. (Gman)77,412 Reads8 Comments2017-11-14 20:27:37

Over a week ago we reported that Janus/Criterion had obtained the rights to 11 Showa Era Godzilla films. Although Criterion's Jon Mulvaney informed fans that they hope to release the films on "other platforms" he was not specific about whether or not this included home video releases. Now we know for sure.

Via email, Criterion has specified their intentions with the Godzilla titles:

We're excited to let you know that these films should all be available for streaming on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck (www.filmstruck.com) in December, and we hope to release them on Blu-ray and DVD at some point but they aren’t yet on the schedule. The best way to stay up-to-date on our future release plans is to check our "Coming Soon" section and e-newsletter. You can find the newsletter sign up midway down our homepage (www.criterion.com), in the Newsletter block on the right, just below New Releases.

Criterion's slate of Godzilla and related kaiju films currently include:

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
Rodan (1956)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)
Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)

Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monsters have been available from Criterion on Blu-ray and DVD since 2012. Having these Godzilla classics under Criterion's banner insures the best versions of the films possible--The prestigious distribution company, known for releasing cinema's most important films, treats every movie in its catalog with the utmost reverence and attention to preservation. Indeed some of the Godzilla films streaming on STARZ use prints never before seen in North America as well as new subtitles. The Godzilla series may never be in better hands. Stay tuned! We can't wait to see the releases Criterion cooks up in the future.

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8 Comments

EmptyH

MemberBaragonNov-14-2017 8:31 PM

Sweet. This is great news.

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusNov-15-2017 5:36 AM

Excellent. I need a new Destroy All Monsters anyways. My old one is basically a VHS in DVD format. 

Danzilla93

MemberBaragonNov-15-2017 6:25 AM

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!

This is incredible news!  That only leaves 4 Showa films out of Criterian's catalogue.  Imagine if the sub-licensed the three Kraken titles (Sea Monster, Hedorah, and Gigan), and somehow got Universal to work with them to sub-license King Kong vs Godzilla?  The ENTIRE Showa era could be under the Criterian banner!  But 14 different titles is already more than I ever could have dreamed of.  Bless the Criterian Collection. :)

riggzamortis86

MemberTitanosaurusNov-15-2017 6:57 AM

I have a lot these on DVD but not Bluray. So I guess selling my soul to the devil in order to get them is a good time as any to have this.

The Legend of Brian

MemberBaragonNov-15-2017 10:02 AM

Well I'm going to have to repurchase all of these. I'm not too heartbroken over it though considering the cir***stances!

Spi3000

MemberMothra LarvaeNov-15-2017 5:50 PM

Even though a Blu-Ray release still eludes, the fact that they do aim to try to get a release is a good thing, and one I hope does happen relatively soon. Especially for two movies that are on this list, "Son of Godzilla," and "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla." For whatever reason, these two movies are extremely hard to get in the US, especially if you're looking for the dub as DVD for both movies easily rack up in the $100+ price range on sites like Amazon and eBay. As much of a G-Fan I may be, even I would never spend that much for a movie. And Criterion has been so far been good with the already released films on DVD with Gojira (Godzilla, King of the Monsters) Godzilla Raids Again, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of the Astro Monster, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla's Revenge, and Terror of MechaGodzilla. Each movie is uncut from both the Original and Dub. With that said, I do hope these movies do get a Blu-Ray release soon so these movies can reach the fans from the West who have struggled to try and get these movies in the past.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaNov-15-2017 8:07 PM

Spi3000,
The reason Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla '74 are so expensive on Amazon and eBay is because they've been out-of-print for quite a few years. Sony had the rights to those two films, but dropped them many years back. Thus, the two films ended up having no official distributor in the US and Sony's discs skyrocketed in price due to them being out-of-print and rare.

Also Gojira (Godzilla, King of the Monsters) Godzilla Raids Again, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster, Invasion of the Astro Monster, Godzilla's Revenge, and Terror of MechaGodzilla have never been released on DVD by Criterion. You're referring to Classic Media, which was the former license holder of those movies. Classic Media released the aforementioned titles on DVD a decade ago. (Including War of the Gargantuas and Rodan.) After Classic Media was absorbed by Dreamworks Classics, which is a subsidiary of Dreamworks Animation, it seems the Classic Media Godzilla discs started going out-of-print this past summer. When Criterion ends up releasing these same movies on DVD & Blu-ray you can bet they'll be even better discs.

riggzamortis86

MemberTitanosaurusNov-16-2017 6:39 AM

@Spi3000, I find those 2 movies at FYE all the time pretty cheap. Like 10 to 20$ Maybe check stores like that? Im glad I bought those movies back then, I see all these movies I have in my collection and I bought them soo cheap back then.

But Im willing to go super crazy for these releases on Blu-Ray. I need them all.

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