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5.0 out of 5 stars A home video release half-century in the making!, December 6, 2011
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This review is from: Godzilla (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (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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Showing 1-10 of 17 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 13, 2011 9:40:41 AM PST
The american version released NOT in 1954 as u claim in your review. Most americans indeed grew up with this version but not until...1956...LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011 8:46:52 AM PST
Tim B. says:
D'oh. Thank you for the correction. :P

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 6:53:49 AM PST
Asian Mack says:
Yes, "Godzilla, King Of The Monsters" was released in the U.S. in 1956. I am counting the days for Criterion's Gojira/Godzilla blu-ray as well as Viz Media's "Gantz: Perfect Answer" blu-ray. I doubt Media Blasters' "Godzilla vs. Megalon" blu-ray will be released any time soon. But Kudos to them for releasing "Destroy All Monsters" on blu-ray. I had to import the blu-rays for "Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: The Movie" and "Long And Dark-Haired Monster Geharha" and they do have English subtitles which is rare on Japanese blu-rays.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 10:20:23 AM PST
Tobias Lu says:
I know this is a dumb question but i wonder if there's eng subs for Ultra Galaxy?

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 3:28:10 AM PST
Swampthing says:
I look forward to this product as well, but tell me, unless you are a time traveler, how you reviewed a product that won't be released until 24 January 2012 on 6 December 2011? Perhaps you saw videos on the web or something, but you should caveat your review as such since you are not reviewing the actual product, only the advance materials for the product.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 1:33:23 PM PST
Zoe F. says:
^ Review copies have already been given out. This reviewer has, presumably, already had a chance to take a look at it. DVDBeaver has had a screen shot comparison up for a while now, and it does indeed look as though this release will be a significant improvement over the DVDs and the other Blu-ray release.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 2:28:45 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2012 7:36:20 AM PST
The American cut isn't as bad as people like to say. It doesn't have the dubbing that later films did, and it retains the dark tone of the source. They added the Steve Martin character so that the film could be told in English without subtitles or dubbing, and they did a good job of it.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 1:13:17 PM PST
Boz says:
You didnt like Classic Media release? I actually thought it was well done.The picture clean and the commentaries though pedestrian did have some facts I never heard about in my 40 years of Godzilla fanboydom. Well criterion is no slouch so I will be willing to invest and see what they bring us

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 9:01:19 AM PST
J P Falcon says:
I have "Gojira" by Classic Media and I'm just not sure it's worth the additional investment to buy this movie again....
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