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Gojira [Blu-ray] (1954)

Akira Takarada , Takashi Shimura , Ishirô Honda , Ishir Honda  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akira Takarada, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kchi, Akihiko Hirata, Toyoaki Suzuki
  • Directors: Ishirô Honda, Ishir Honda
  • Writers: Ishir Honda, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Takeo Murata
  • Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002C6VMKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gojira [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio commentary by Godzilla experts Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
"The Making of the Godzilla Suit" & "Godzilla: Story Development" featurettes

Editorial Reviews

The Original Japanese Masterpiece

The ocean's surface boils white-hot and a Japanese freighter mysteriously vanishes in the Pacific. Rescue boats meets the same fate, and the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear an ancient legend has come true: the legend of Godzilla! Reawakened from eons-long sleep by an H-bomb test, the behemoth seeks revenge on the civilized world, turning Tokyo into a wasteland of atomic fire and rubble. Caught in the monster's path of destruction are young lovers Emiko and Ogata, who must betray their friend Dr. Serizawa, a brilliant but tormented scientist, in order to save the world.

Classic Media presents the original and uncut Japanese-language version of Ishiro Honda's Gojira (1954), critically acclaimed as a bold anti-nuclear allegory and one of the greatest monster movies of all time. Also included is Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956), the popular "Americanized" version starring Raymond Burr as a reporter covering Godzilla's rampage.

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196 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got Mine One Day Early January 23, 2012
By M.B.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I just got my copy in the mail a day early and have just sat down to watch the American Version with Raymond Burr. I also own the Classic Media version that came out a few years back [The two disc set that's titled "Gojira"]. I have two computers side by side and decided to do a side by side compare of the two versions. My efforts have resulted in this conclusion. Both versions are nice for a film this old. Each has its good points and bad points. The earlier version by Classic Media has better, more balanced lighting. But it does show up more dirt specs and lines. Not a lot more i should add. The Criterion version has less specs and lines and is darker in dark areas and brighter in bright areas. The Criterion version has more contrast, Both films are very watchable. If i had to put a number on it, i would say the Criterion version is at least 20% better looking [video quality] than the older version. And the newer versions sound quality is 50% better than the older version. Here's the big major difference between the two. It appears that the Criterion version is giving us the absolute whole image from side to side and top to bottom. In the older version there are items in the film on the outer edges that are cut off more than the newer version. Its like the older version was mastered slightly zoomed in for whatever reason. If you didn't compare, you really wouldn't notice much difference. I have not watched anything else yet on the two discs, so cant comment on that "yet". Will update more then. In my opinion, this is worth double dipping. Another difference with the new version is the beginning opening titles. This new version has the old original Trans World Release opening. The older version has no opening titles. Also one last thing. The sound in the new version is excellent! Read more ›
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review:Nothing short of amazing January 24, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Gojira is a film about the horrors of nuclear war. Japan was still feeling the effects, so to speak, of the nuclear strike on their country and weren't happy with a-bomb testing in the Pacific. What we have here is a giant lizard awoken by a nuclear bomb, destroying the Japanese country side with an anti-nuclear message.

Also included is the American re-working, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. This one is the one starring Raymond Burr. While it isn't a faithful translation and mutes some of the anit-nuclear message, it still manages to be a decent film.

Crirterion has done an amazing job with this release.

Video:

Being a Criterion release, you know this is a good looking transfer. There are some instances of dust, dirt and scratches, but nowhere near what we saw with Classic Media's release. The greytones are more solid and details are clear. This assessment goes for both Gojira and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Encoded in AVC with bit rates ranging from about 15-30 Mbps. It looks very, very good.

Audio:

Both movies contain remastered audio (mono only for both) and are free of hiss, pops and clicks. I don't know that either film has ever sounded this good.

Extras:

You have Photographic Effects where the director and effects photographer go into detail behind how some of the visual effects for the film were created. 1080i full screen (both people appear in a pillar and letter boxed format, though the effects are done full screen just as the movie was filmed). About 9 minutes.

Cast and Crew. These are interviews with various staff behind the film speaking about the film. There are 4 interviews total. Akira Takarada, 13 mins. Haruo Nakajima, 10 minutes.
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A home video release half-century in the making! December 6, 2011
By Tim B.
Format:Blu-ray
This is the ultimate home video release of Godzilla. Not only has Criterion carefully remastered the original Japanese version of the film, but they've put just as much love and effort into restoring the 1956 American version as well. Most Americans grew up with that version, and even though many film buffs agree that the Japanese version is the definitive one, I'm very happy to that for Criterion's new release the American version was not just an afterthought. Unlike the disappointing Blu-Ray release of "Gojira" by Classic Media a few years back, this Blu-Ray not only gives you both versions of the film looking the best they have since their original theatrical releases, but also a monster-sized helping of supplimental features including new audio commentaries and interviews with the film's crew.

In short, it's a Criterion release through and through, which means you are getting the very best that the Blu-ray format has to offer. Fans of "Big G" would be remiss to not put this edition in their film library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion has outdone themselves...ONE WORD: AMAZING!!! January 25, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
After buying and watching the Classic Media blu-ray and dvd versions, which I was happy to have, I wasn't satisfied with the quality of these releases; especially the shabby blu-ray they released. Last night I popped in Criterion's blu-ray (in 1080p) and was completely blown away. This is the "Gojira" release I had always hoped for. The video is amazing for this haunting (Japanese version) and incredible film from the Golden Age of film making. Being a film student myself, this film is one of my treasures in the amazing history of film. Criterion has done this film justice. It is cool that they included both versions too. Of course, I prefer the original Japanese version. Hopefully, more Godzilla films will be released on blu-ray in the United States; like the elusive "The Return Of Godzilla" (1984) and "Godzilla vs. Biollante" (1989). I did buy Media Blasters' "Destroy All Monsters" blu-ray and for the most part, I am happy with it. I will probably import the Japanese version of "The Return Of Godzilla" because I am tired of waiting for it to be released in the U.S. someday. This Criterion blu-ray for "Godzilla" is a nominee for blu-ray of the year as far as I am concerned. 10/10. Thank you Criterion for a fine job well done and kudos for releasing this monumental film so wonderfully restored.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip 2014, start here
This movie gave me chills the first time I saw it without all the horrible edits that were made to it when it was brought to America. Read more
Published 3 days ago by sonicgojira
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I just brought this on Blu Ray because ...
I guess I just brought this on Blu Ray because it was on blu ray. Don't really see the need for high quality pixels on this film.
Published 4 days ago by Foul Pet
5.0 out of 5 stars This is perfect for true Godzilla fans to own especially since they...
This is the movie that started the giant monster craze that still sticks with us to this day. This is perfect for true Godzilla fans to own especially since they have started... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Scott Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully made masterpiece of Sci-Fi and theme
I have always been an "Original" Godzilla fan and watch it religiously when on TV. I was aware of the "Real" movie from japan, but never had access to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bill Bartolomeo
5.0 out of 5 stars "A thing of legend and superstition come to life..."
A tiny freighter drifts somewhere in the vast Pacific, off the coast of Japan. The sailors, enjoying music and playing card games, are oblivious to the horror that waits beneath... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Josh Downham
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to see some Japanese culture
A classic. Love to see some Japanese culture.
Published 22 days ago by Ayako Matsumoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't beat the original
Published 22 days ago by Shane Risenhoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As shown
Published 23 days ago by John Gernand
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dead Serious Movie About Fearing Nuclear Annihilation . . . .
After watching the delightful Shall We Dance? (1996) (English Subtitled) [HD], I thought about what other Japanese movies I have watched. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sunday
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie .
Published 28 days ago by drtotten
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