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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: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B002C6VMKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

Customer Reviews

No matter how much you may want to see this film, DON'T BUY IT.
Rich B
I had the standard DVD release of this and was disappointed when i put on the blu-ray version and saw all the flaws still in it.
JMB
Its still an incredibly enjoyable movie and I would definitely recommend it.
Zia Haider

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luis Romeu Miguel on December 2, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is for the Blu-ray edition, and I am going to focus on the technical aspects of the release, not the movie itself, the movie is a great classic and should be seen in its Japanese original form, whether through this BD or the previous Classic Media DVD, that's your choice.

First of all, the movie is not 1080p is 1080i, which might be because it's not comming from a direct filmscan, but through an HDCAM tape, since it's a film, not TV, the fields show half and half of the frame and when a projector or the TV does the conversion to progressive you have the original frame, if you have your BD and TV/Projector properly set up you won't see any interlaced images.

The film is not presented in it's original 1.33 aspect ratio, the width is perfect but there is a slight loss in the upper and lower parts of the image (it is clearly seen in the original GODZILLA title, look at the lower right logo), therefore the aspect ratio might be around 1.45, still and improvement from the previous DVD release, it was 1.33 but because it lost both width and height.

There is also another HUGE problem: the Noise Reduction. Since it's a pretty old film, film stocks from the original movie are in pretty bad shape, and CM instead of performing a full restoration (a-la Criterion), simply applied an inmense quantity of automatic Noise Reduction, resulting in lots of jittering and screen tearing. To tell you the truth, when checking the DVD versus the BD, I found hard to decide wich was poorer in Image quality, but I guess that MPEG-2 is quite an old codec now, and the Standard Definition makes everything look slightly blury, so all in all I prefer the BluRay since it's coded in AVC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DaveBeeShure on September 23, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is for the Blu-Ray version of Gojira. Which Amazon, in its infinite wisdom, has not only bunched the reviews, but the contents of the regular DVD into the description.

I'm torn between liking this and hating this Blu-Ray version. The picture is tight. And I mean real tight. The images on my Sony XBR 34 HD are practically 3D. The lighting, except for some natural blemish, is gorgeous just like the night scenes are beautifully hellish. It's also cool seeing all the wires (FX) and folds of the G-suit in Blu-Ray tightness. My complaints are the following: This print should have been restored. To have all the lines and scratches on a Blu-Ray transfer just doesn't make sense and makes you feel like you've wasted some cash. I also believe that even in this "original" Japanese" version there was a scene cut out. I remember Ogata and crew travelling on a train and Emiko talking about how she survived Nagasaki. At least I think I saw this in the Realto version when they had a limited release a few years ago in NYC. I would have also like to have seen some sort of interview, whether made for the DVD or old newsreel clips, of the people who took part in creating the film. Such as Ishiro Honda, Akira Ifukube and so on. The extras provided by American fans are actually interesting but it would have been a nice accompaniment to have the real players involved.

That is all.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Asian Mack on September 28, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I bought the 2 disc dvd of Gojira that was released a few years ago. I definitely prefer the original Japanese version of the film versus the U.S. cut. I was very excited to find out that this monster movie/horror classic was coming to blu-ray. I eagerly awaited getting this disc home and watching it. BE WARNED: this blu-ray only displays up to 1080i. The picture is not that bad but it could have been better. This film is in dire need of a full restoration; if it is possible. The video is a notch better than the dvd; but not breathtaking by any means. In Japan, Godzilla movies are coming out on blu-ray. Let's hope that some of them come out on blu-ray over here: preferably "GMK-Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", "Godzilla Final Wars", "Mothra vs. Godzilla" (1964), "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla" (1974), "Destroy All Monsters", "Godzilla vs. Hedorah", "Godzilla vs. Biollante", "Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster" and other Toho mammoth hits like: "Frankenstein vs, Baragon", "War Of The Gargantuas" and "Rodan". And hopefully they will be full restorations. After all the money we pay for blu-ray discs, we should not accept half-done, half-job upgrades. If anyone does not believe old films can not be totally digitally restored, watch "Live And Let Die" (1973), "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (1951) and "In The Realm Of The Senses" (1976) Criterion Collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By this reviewer on March 19, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Amazon's description for the Blu-ray edition states, "Also included is Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956), the popular 'Americanized' version starring Raymond Burr..." This is false. The Blu-Ray version does NOT include the Americanized cut. Amazon appears to have lifted this wording from the 2-disc standard DVD set, "Gojira / Godzilla Deluxe Collector's Edition." And considering this Blu-ray's poor image quality (described in other reviews), that standard DVD set is clearly a better choice at half the price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DUDE on September 18, 2009
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There's a bunch of people saying that this is just the Americanized version of the film, but this is completely false. The Japanese version of the film is included on one disc. The original 98 minute Japanese version without Raymond Burr. Everything from Classic Media's 2006 2 DVD release is being included on one disc here, except for the disappointing omission of the American version and the great commentary that went with it.

If I have on disappointment with this release it's that the disc appears like it won't feature any upgrades from the 2006 DVD version. So you will get two documentary's, the creation of the Godzilla suit and story development, one audio commentary (which is outstanding), and the original trailer. These are good extras, particularly the commentary, which is one of the best for any DVD, or Blu-Ray release that I have ever heard, but if you own the DVD you already have this plus the American version of the film and a commentary to go along with it.

Personally I was hoping that Classic media would wait until they could get Toho's brand new remastered print for this film. That print is being released along with the rest of the Godzilla catalog starting now in Japan for about 68$ apiece. In fact Japan's release of this film comes out this month as well. The print used here is the same one that was used for the DVD release. Which means it is serviceable, but there is a lot of print damage throughout. Perhaps Classic Media is planning on re releasing this film in the future with the new remastered print. We'll have to see what they do.

Regardless, if you already have the 2006 release all that your getting here is the same print with the same extras minus the American version of the film and the commentary that went with it, which seems like a waste of money to me. If you don't own the DVD release or this Blu-Ray yet then I recommend sticking with the 2006 DVD release for now.
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