Godzilla Films from the Shōwa Era Coming Together in Criterion Collection Box Set

Fifteen films from this time period will be represented in this beast of a collection arriving this October.

By Jay Gervais

The Criterion Collection is finally adding more Godzilla films to its already impressive and continually-growing library of some of the best of the best around the globe. Earlier today, the retailer announced it will be bringing not one, but fifteen Godzilla films together in one impressive box set. Have a look below for which films are represented here, along with images of this product.

  • Godzilla (1954)
  • Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  • Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster (1964)
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
  • Son of Godzilla (1967)
  • Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  • All Monsters Attack (1969)
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (1972)
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

This special edition collector’s set comes with eight Blu-ray discs and, as is expected with The Criterion Collection, will come loaded with all kinds of special features and other lavish items to add to the appreciation. Don’t believe us? Just have a look below for what has been announced for this set so far.

  • 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 transfers of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 U.S.-release version of Godzilla; and the 1962 Japanese-release version of King Kong vs. Godzilla.
  • Audio commentaries from 2011 on [1954’s] Godzilla and [1956’s] 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 Shōwa-era Godzilla.
  • 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.

All in all, this is a must-have and no-brainer item if you’re a serious fan of the Japanese Godzilla films. There are some real gems here, like Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster, just to a name a few out of a list that is sure to get fans excited to own this collection.

This box set is expected to release later this year on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019. Now is the time to get your pre-orders in while it’s on sale for $179.96, plus any associated shipping costs. If you’re interested in scooping up this luxurious item, head on over to the order page at The Criterion Collection today. You can also scoop this one up on Amazon.

As always, stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news on the Godzilla franchise, along with any relevant releases from The Criterion Collection!

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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