For the first time in the West, Criterion is releasing the entire Showa Era on one Blu-ray set. 8 discs, 15 films in an illustrated book format with new pop art style illustrations. SRP is $225, but sites like Deep Discount have the pre-order price as low as $160. There's even some new material in the bonus features. Releasing in October.
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.
The collection will include HD transfers of the films with uncompressed audio, including the Godzilla, King of the Monsters U.S. release, the King Kong vs. Godzilla Japanese release, audio commentaries, English subtitles with new translations, English dub tracks for some of the films, interviews, documentaries, audio essays, and an artbook with essays, notes, and illustrations.
Not just Toho, but literally everything? That would be a licensing nightmare. I wonder if it's even known where the rights to some of that stuff reside now.
No, no, I'm just talking about Toho...Varan, Mothra, Rodan, Atragon, Frankenstein, Gargantuas, Yog, Dogora, Mysterians, King Kong Escapes...probably throw Gorath and Matango in there also. Most of those are impossible to get these days on disc. All the Gamera films are fairly easy to find, there's already a Blu-ray set with both the Showa and Heisei series.
Optimal Megatron: I'd consider buying that. I mean, visually, it's cool. It's just....does it need to be a small child?
Aug 21, 2019 12:17:18 GMT -5
iacon45: Wonder if Haslab Unicron fails, if they might try to a more scaled down release.
Aug 20, 2019 21:53:22 GMT -5
iacon45: I'm about to give up on the rainmaker set. Can't afford it now if it was available though.
Aug 20, 2019 21:35:37 GMT -5
iacon45: I was about to give up on Siege Micromasters but decided to pick up the Off Road team pack since they were a favorite back in the day. Weapon mode aside, these two restored my faith a bit. Both feel solid and don't have random parts popping off.
Aug 20, 2019 12:50:13 GMT -5
iacon45: Speaking of the Skywarp set, I need to take out the three Battlemasters before I toss the box.
Aug 19, 2019 18:42:44 GMT -5
iacon45: At least it's not SS Shatter bad.
Aug 19, 2019 18:40:49 GMT -5
Optimal Megatron: And got my Skywarp. Mine's chest is staying on pretty well, so I guess it's a toss-up
Aug 19, 2019 18:15:03 GMT -5
iacon45: Just got a processing soon email on Hightower from BBTS. Glad I made that back up pre-order a few months ago.
Aug 19, 2019 17:21:16 GMT -5
iacon45: Wonder how many are disappointed they dont combine
Aug 19, 2019 16:46:21 GMT -5