Ishiro Honda’s 1954 GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) is getting the Criterion treatment and it will be ready to demolish a city near you in January.
Here’s the goods:
• Audio commentary on both versions by kaiju historian David Kalat
• New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima and FX technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
• Interview with legendary GODZILLA score composer Akira Ifukube
• Featurette detailing GODZILLA’s photographic FX
• 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
• Booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman
Retail prices are $23.96 for the DVD, $31.96 for the Blu-ray.
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