All Hail The King!

In case you hadn’t heard, the Criterion Collection announced that their hugely-anticipated Godzilla release consisting of the entire Showa-era that creator, and Japanese auteur Ishirô Honda, was directly involved with.

The box set contains high-def digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975.

Here’s the trailer:

The Box Set Includes:

Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954)

Godzilla Raids Again (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955)

King Kong Vs. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda and Thomas Montgomery, 1963)

Mothra Vs. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1964)

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (Ishiro Honda, 1964)

Invasion Of Astro-Monster (Ishiro Honda, 1965)

Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep (Jun Fukuda, 1966)

Son Of Godzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1967)

Destroy All Monsters (Ishiro Honda, 1968)

All Monsters Attack (Ishiro Honda, 1969)

Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971)

Godzilla Vs. Gigan (Jun Fukuda, 1972)

Godzilla Vs. Megalon (Jun Fukuda, 1973)

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1974)

Terror Of Mechagodzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1975)

And It Contains More Special Features:

  • High-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
    High-definition digital transfer of Godzilla King Of The Monsters (1956), the U.S.-release version of Godzilla
  • Japanese-release version of King Kong Vs. Godzilla from 1962
  • Audio commentaries from 2011 on Godzilla and Godzilla King Of The Monsters featuring film historian David Kalat
  • International 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
  • Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Ishiro Honda, conducted by director Yoshimitsu Banno in 1990
  • Programs detailing the creation of Godzilla’s special effects and unused effects sequences from Toho releases including Destroy All Monsters
  • New interview with filmmaker Alex Cox about his admiration for the Showa-era Godzilla films
  • New and archival interviews with cast and crew members, including actors Bin Furuya, Tsugutoshi Komada, Haruo Nakajima, and Akira Takarada; composer Akira Ifukube; and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with critic Tadao Sato from 2011
  • Illustrated audio essay from 2011 about the real-life tragedy that inspired Godzilla
  • New English subtitle translations
  • Trailers

PLUS: A lavishly illustrated deluxe hardcover book featuring an essay by cinema historian Steve Ryfle, notes on the films 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, Bill Sienkiewicz, Katsuya Terada, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Wisnia

The Godzilla Criterion Collection box set is unleashed on October 29, 2019.

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