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G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaAug-17-2019 10:44 PM

As someone who has mostly given up on the Monsterverse at this point, I've spent more time getting excited over other happenings in tokusatsu and the kaiju sub-genre. In no specific order, here's the top things I'm most looking forward to:

Raiga and Reigo Coming to Blu-ray in North America

From the director of the (infamous?) Gamera 4 fan film--Shinpei Hayashiya, produced these two indie kaiju flicks almost a decade ago. The fact that they're getting a limited, North American DVD/Blu-ray release from SRS Cinema is nothing short of a miracle for this niche genre. Especially independent films in the genre.

Ultraman Taiga World Wide Release Next Year

The current Ultraman series, Ultraman Taiga, will get a world wide release next year according to the Tokusatsu Network. With Tsuburaya Productions expanding Ultraman globally, this is huge. Taiga has been received pretty well, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Mill Creek Acquires Entire Ultraman Library for North American Release

In a shocking move, Tsuburaya Productions has licensed the entire Ultraman franchise to Mill Creek for release. (Mill Creek recently did a great job with the Mothra release.) The first two series, Ultra Q and Ultraman, will be released on Blu-ray this October. This is the first time we will ever see them in high definition and with plenty of extras. Ultraman series never before released in America will finally make it over as well. Not to mention, the steel cases look great!

Criterion's Godzilla: The Showa Era Blu-ray Set

I'm just as excited about this as I am the entire Ultraman series finally making it to North America. Finally, the entire Showa series will be released in a single set and in high definition - Ishiro Honda's films will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in North America - And for the first time in history the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla will be released in the US! I could go on and on about the amazing special features, but I'm in shock this set even exists. Yeah, it's a shame not all of the same features and audio commentaries will be included, insuring that I'll keep the Classic Media releases--But I'm happy the best films in the series are finally getting the prestigious release they deserve.

Shin Ultraman in 2021

Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno, the directors and writer of Shin Godzilla, will be producing the most expensive Ultraman film yet! It makes since Tsuburaya Productions would ask them after how fantastic Shin Godzilla turned out. Ultraman was a major influence on Anno's work, particularly Evangelion, so I can't wait to see what these two do with Tsuburaya's crown jewels. The film is supposedly a re-imagining of the original series. Can't wait to see it.

For me, with all of this fun stuff, I can take or leave the Monsterverse. The genre is alive and kicking with or without it and I look forward to all of these goods.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."
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TheGMan123

MemberTitanosaurusAug-18-2019 5:57 AM

Count me in the opposite camp. As someone who's used to living in and consuming Western media, having the Monsterverse is the real dream.

It's a big budget Hollywood giant monster series. While not the most financially successful, there's the exposure angle and the iconicism. G-Fest proves just how big the Monsterverse has made the Godzilla brand, for example.

But besides that, it's an accessible and visible brand for the giant monster genre. Without the Monsterverse, what would the world at large have? Much of the things highlighted here are very Japanese-centric, and so the rest of the world doesn't get as much exposure.

I've said before and I'll say it again: I don't want to lose Godzilla again. I want him and the brand to stay in the rest of the world, and the Monsterverse is the best bet at that. While people will be aware of Japan's giant monster productions, it just doesn't feel the same as being able to go to your average theatre and see this major daikaiju production being shown across the world.

Gmkgoji

MemberRodanAug-18-2019 8:28 AM

This ought to be fun.

Zwei Wing is the best singing duo. Change my mind.

TheGMan123

MemberTitanosaurusAug-18-2019 8:32 AM

Anyways, the above is just my own thoughts.

I know that not everyone agrees, so we should just agree to disagree on that front.

Personally, I'm most excited for Godzilla vs. Kong. People are speculating that a trailer could come out in October, potentially to be attached to WB's release of The Joker.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaAug-18-2019 9:08 AM

The Monsterverse was an interesting side project for a bit, but it's become boring by now--Far more interested in the Japanese media. My love for the genre and franchise has never been about its popularity or seeing how much exposure it has. The niche portion is the genre.

For those who love the Monsterverse, good for you. I'm glad Godzilla is getting the exposure and more fans will undoubtedly follow suit. But that's not what this thread is about. It's about the upcoming stuff outside of it I find far more exciting.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

TheGMan123

MemberTitanosaurusAug-18-2019 9:32 AM

Didn't realize it wasn't supposed to include the Monsterverse. I thought that part was just you projecting your personal thoughts and that the thread was supposed to be for ALL things included in the genre.

Fair enough if that's supposed to be the case, but maybe make that clearer?

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaAug-18-2019 9:48 AM

I never said it didn't need to. It's simply not in mine.

The thread is just not a debate regarding the Monsterverse's relevance vs. the genre as a whole.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

TheGMan123

MemberTitanosaurusAug-18-2019 9:55 AM

Well, anyways, I'm legitimately buzzed for the upcoming 4th installment in the Monsterverse.

We got scenes in Hong Kong and Florida, so that should make for some excellent backgrounds for the fights.

TheLazyFish

MemberRodanAug-18-2019 11:47 AM

Honestly, I’m equally excited for both lol

If people weren't lazy, we wouldn't try to be efficient. If we weren't efficient, we'd never get anything done.

KoldWarKid62

MemberBaragonAug-18-2019 5:06 PM

GMan, being the fan of Japanese cinema/culture as you are, I can understand why you’re jacked about all of those.

 From my perspective, as far as Reigo and Raiga go, unless they’re rentals, I won’t be seeing them. I’ve never seen them outside of stills of the monsters themselves, so I have no idea about the quality of these movies. Not going to buy them sight unseen.

 With Ultraman, I loved the original series as a boy, so that’s something I might be willing to check out, for the right price.

 As for Shin Ultraman, I’ve never seen Evangelion, and although I own Shin Godzilla, I’m not a huge fan, so the fact they’re attached doesn’t carry much weight for me.

 That brings us to the Criterion Showa series. I’m glad they are all available on Blu-Ray in the states now, but the price is a bit steep for what amounts to 6 movies that I would actually want from that series; one of which (Godzilla), I already own, so $150 plus for 5 movies isn’t happening. I’d buy the other 5 I want in a heartbeat, but I don’t think they’ll be releasing them individually, which is a shame.

 As for the MonsterVerse, they are 2 out of 3 for me. Not a huge fan of 2014. I thought Kong: Skull Island was a step up and I loved King of the Monsters. I have wanted a remake of King Kong Vs Godzilla since forever, so I’ll at least get that wish.

 I am looking forward to Toho’s plans for a shared universe, which they’ve already done obviously, but definitely looking forward to their next iteration.

 

 

Xenotaris

MemberGiganAug-18-2019 5:12 PM

Well I hope the monsterverse keeps going, although i wouldn't mind more japanese godzilla movies but not at the cost of cancelling the monsterverse.

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KoldWarKid62

MemberBaragonAug-18-2019 5:20 PM

@Xenotaris - I hope it does also, but after KOTM's performance, I'm prepared for it to end after next year. On the whole I've enjoyed what they've done. But, it is what it is.

Xenotaris

MemberGiganAug-19-2019 7:18 PM

@KoldWarKid62 - I'm not ready for that yet

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