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Christopher Webster [DVD News 10.15.11] scifi

The Criterion Collection has announced they will release the original Godzilla in a special blu-ray release in January. The boutique label writes: "the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies, Godzilla is also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon."

Criterion will present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr.

Special Features, specs and trailer below!

Disc Features
- New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series)
- New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr
- Audio commentary for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! by Kalat
-New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
-Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
-Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects
-New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
- The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla
-Theatrical trailers
-New and improved English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

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