Criterion edition #1000 roars into stores on October 29th 2019, and it’s a colossal tribute to the granddaddy of all movie monsters. In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original Godzilla soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all fifteen Godzilla films of Japan’s Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.
Here’s a preview of what’s inside this monumental Blu-ray collector’s set, which features fifteen films in a giant deluxe hardcover book, with new essays; new and archival interviews with cast and crew members; and much, much more!
The book also features newly commissioned 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.
The set includes:
GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1954)
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955)
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda and Thomas Montgomery, 1963)
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1965)
EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (Jun Fukuda, 1966)
SON OF GODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1967)
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Ishiro Honda, 1968)
ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (Ishiro Honda, 1969)
GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971)
GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Jun Fukuda, 1972)
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (Jun Fukuda, 1973)
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1974)
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1975)
You can pre-order HERE.