Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Ishir Honda, Ishiro Honda, Inoshiro Honda
Cast: Takashi Shimura
Takashi Shimura
, Momoko Kôchi
Momoko Kôchi
Ishir Honda
Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Ishir Honda, Ishiro Honda, Inoshiro Honda
Cast: Takashi Shimura
Takashi Shimura
, Momoko Kôchi
Momoko Kôchi
Ishir Honda

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

"One of the longest-running series in film history began with Ishiro Honda's grim, black-and-white allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb. As his visual metaphor, Honda uses a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea as a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo, bringing all of the country's worst nightmares back until an evil more terrible bomb -- capable of sucking all the oxygen from the sea -- returns the monster to its watery grave. The original film is chilling, despite some rather unconvincing man-in-a-suit special effects, and brimming with explicitly stated anti-American sentiment. All of that was removed for the U.S. release directed by Terry Morse. It was replaced with bad dubbing and tedious added footage starring Raymond Burr. The resulting edit was just another monster movie, but was still popular enough to assure future Toho Studios monster films a wide American release."

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0715515089418
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Language: English
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 178

Special Features

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, and real-life event that inspired Godzilla; ; Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takashi Shimura Dr. Kyohei Yamane
Momoko Kôchi Emiko Yamane
Akira Takarada Naval Salvage Officer Hideto Ogata
Akihiko Hirata Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
Fuyuki Murakami Dr. Tabata
Toranosuke Ogawa President of Nankai Shipping Company
Ren Yamamoto Masaji
Takeo Oikawa Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Miki Hayashi Chairman of Diet Committee
Seijiro Onda Mr. Oyama/Member of Parliament
Toyoaki Suzuki Shinkichi
Kokuten Kodo Gisaku--Oto Island Patriarch
Frank Iwanaga Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga
Kin Sugai Miss Ozawa/Member of Parliament
Tadashi Okabe Reporter Killed in Tower
Ren Imaizumi Radio Operator
Kenji Sahara Man Aboard Ship
Ryosaku Takasugi Godzilla
Katsumi Tezuka Godzilla/Hagiwara's Editor
Haruo Nakajima Godzilla/Newspaperman
Raymond Burr Steve Martin
Momoko Kochi Actor
Akira Ifukube Composer

Technical Credits
Ishir¿ Honda Director,Director,Screenwriter,Screenwriter,Director
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Takeo Murata Screenwriter
Shigeru Kayama Screenwriter
Hisashi Shimogawa Sound/Sound Designer
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