Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla 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 still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr (Rear Window).
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New high-definition digital restoration • Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series) • New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr • Audio commentary for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! by Kalat • New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai • Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube • Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects • 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 • Theatrical trailers • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman