Criterion set to release entire Godzilla Showa Era collection for their landmark 1000th release

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954-1975

Criterion has always been at the forefront of perserving and publishing classic films through the highest quality remasters and restorations. They’ve put together a long list of remasters that cinephiles like myself absolutely enjoy. Films such as Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Rashomon, and Rosemary’s Baby—just to name a few.

Yet for the arrival of spine 1000, Criterion is going big. Really, really big. This landmark 1000th release is set to gather all of the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era. Yes, that means all fifteen of the films listed below will be in one giant box set.

  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
  • Son of Godzilla
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • All Monsters Attack
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla

Godzilla: The Showa Era, 1954-1975 Box Set

As with all Criterion releases, we’re also getting the following features in the box set.

  • 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

But a set like this won’t be cheap. The set will cost around $225 and will be sold at places that sell Criterion Blu-rays. Despite the price, having the entire Showa Era set is a must-have for any and all Godzilla fans.

So what do you think?

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954–1975 will release on October 29th.

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