Criterion announces a Godzilla Showa Era Blu-Ray Box-Set
Today is a glorious day as for the first time ever in American history, one company has gathered together the entire 15 film Showa era of the Godzilla franchise and are releasing it in a single box set, and thy name is Criterion.
Now I must admit, I have some mixed feelings on the packaging as it looks like an overpriced children's story book, as it does not appear to be very shelf friendly. Additionally, the listing of the content on the disc is quite vexing. For example, it says the Japanese version of King Kong vs Godzilla is included as a bonus feature, does this mean it is not the new 4K transfer Toho recently commissioned in Japan? Or are they just listing it in the bonus features because it is the first time it is available here in the US?
Also, it seems like only selected movies include their English dubs, which for me personally, is no big deal, but I do know for others it is. Why would they only include English dubs for a couple of their films and not others?
Nevertheless, the set will be released on October 29th with a SRP of $224.99, and while I know Barnes & Noble usually has a 50% off all Criterion movies in late November, I will not be waiting for that sale as I will be getting this on Day 1 as I have waited decades for this to happen. At long last, the Showa era house in one package. Today is a great day to be a Godzilla fan.
You can find Criterion's listing here: https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/2648-godzilla-the-showa-era-films-1954-1975
Here is the listing of special features:
- 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