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Godzilla

Ishiro Honda

 
Godzilla (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1954
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #594

Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, the original, 1954 Japanese version is presented here, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 “Americanized” version.

Cast

Professor Kyohei Yamane Takashi Shimura
Hideto OgataAkira Takarada
Emiko YamaneMomoko Kochi
Dr. Daisuke SerizawaAkihiko Hirata
Professor TanabeFuyuki Murakami
HagiwaraSachio Sakai
Nankai Shipping Company managerToranosuke Ogawa
MasajiRen Yamamoto
ShinkichiToshiaki Suzuki
Chairman of the Diet committeeKen Hayashi
Village chiefKeiji Sakakida
Senator OyamaSeijiro Onda
Senator OzawaKin Sugai
Old fishermanKokuten Kodo
Chief of Emergency HeadquartersTakeo Oikawa
Shinkichi's motherTsuruko Mano
Radio operatorRen Imaizumi
GodzillaHaruo Nakajima
Katsumi Tezuka

Credits

DirectorIshiro Honda
ProducerTomoyuki Tanaka
Original storyShigeru Kayama
ScreenplayTakeo Murata and Ishiro Honda
MusicAkira Ifukube
Director of photographyMasao Tamai
LightingChoshiro Ishii
Chief art directorTakeo Kita
Art directorSatoshi Chuko
EditingTaichi Taira
Special effects directorEiji Tsuburaya
Special effects art directorAkira Watanabe
Special effects lightingKuichiro Kishida
Monster builderTeizo Toshimitsu
Sound recordingHisashi Shimonaga
Sound and musical effectsIchiro Minawa
Production managerTeruo Maki
Assistant directorKoji Kajita

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary for both movies by film historian David Kalat
  • New interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and special effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
  • Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects, introduced by special effects director Koichi Kawakita and special effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka
  • 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
  • Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic J. Hoberman


    GODZILLA” (a.k.a. “GOJIRA”) © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. “GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS” © 1956 Toho Co., Ltd. Godzilla, Gojira, the character designs and King of the Monsters are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

    New cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Film Essays

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Godzilla: Poetry After the A-Bomb

By J. HobermanJanuary 24, 2012

From the scary thuds and mysterious roars that accompany the no-frills titles to the bizarrely . . . Read more »

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Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: Godzilla

By Curtis TsuiFebruary 24, 2012


Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


Press Notes

Press Notes: Godzilla

February 01, 2012

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Photo Galleries

Godzilla Packaging

January 27, 2012


Film Essays

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Godzilla: Poetry After the A-Bomb

By J. HobermanJanuary 24, 2012

From the scary thuds and mysterious roars that accompany the no-frills titles to the bizarrely . . . Read more »


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