Criterion reveals assortment’s 1000th disc: the final word Godzilla set
Criterion, the boutique, home-video distribution firm, started publishing DVDs over 20 years in the past with a reissue of Jean Renoir’s 1937 movie Grand Phantasm. The now out-of-print title has the excellence of the gathering’s #1 backbone, a cataloguing system that’s turned every launch right into a collector’s merchandise. Now Criterion has revealed the title for backbone #1000 — and it’s a monster launch.
This fall, Criterion will launch a Blu-ray collector’s set of all of the Godzilla movies from Japan’s Shōwa period (1954-1975). That’s 15 movies — Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Once more (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 Assault (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971, Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) — offered with HD digital transfers.
In true Criterion vogue, the set can even come packaged with prestigious supplemental materials, together with a hardcover ebook filled with movie notes, interviews, and new artwork. The field set will arrive on Oct. 29. 2019.
Per a press launch, the field set consists of:
Excessive-definition digital switch of Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956), the U.S.-release model of Godzilla Japanese-release model of King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962
Audio commentaries from 2011 on Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters that includes movie historian David Kalat
Worldwide English-language dub tracks for Invasion of Astro-Monster, Son of Godzilla,Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Terror of Mechagodzilla
Administrators Guild of Japan interview with director Ishiro Honda, performed by director Yoshimitsu Banno in 1990
Applications detailing the creation of Godzilla’s particular results and unused results sequences from Toho releases together with Destroy All Monster
New interview with filmmaker Alex Cox about his admiration for the Showa-era Godzilla movies
New and archival interviews with forged and crew members, together with actors Bin Furuya, Tsugutoshi Komada, Haruo Nakajima, and Akira Takarada; composer Akira Ifukube; and results technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
Interview with critic Tadao Sato from 2011
Illustrated audio essay from 2011 in regards to the real-life tragedy that impressed Godzilla
New English subtitle translations
A lavishly illustrated deluxe hardcover ebook that includes an essay by cinema historian Steve Ryfle, notes on the movies by cinema historian Ed Godziszewski, and new illustrations by Arthur Adams, Sophie Campbell, Becky Cloonan, Jorge Coelho, Geof Darrow, Simon Gane, Robert Goodin, Benjamin Marra, Monarobot, Takashi Okazaki, Angela Rizza, Yuko Shimizu, Invoice Sienkiewicz, Katsuya Terada, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Wisnia
Criterion’s announcement got here with a first-look video of the set, together with a peek on the artwork, which you’ll be able to see within the gallery under.