Friday, March 24, 2006

Awesome Godzilla DVD news...


"You may have already heard that they plan to release a 2-disc set of the original 1954 GOJIRA with the 1956 American version, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS on September 5th with a SRP of $21.98. But on the same day, the company will also unleash a multi-disc set (6 or 7 discs, depending on the amount of gathered extras) which will include GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA, GHIDRAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER, GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO, GODZILLA’S REVENGE and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA. The set will include the American versions, as well as the original Japanese versions with English subtitles, and all titles will be remastered in anamorphic widescreen (except in the case of the original film and RAIDS AGAIN which will be full frame), and are promised to look pristine. There will be number of special features, including commentaries with Terry Morse Jr. (son of Terry Morse who wrote, directed and edited KING OF THE MONSTERS) and Patricia Saperstein (daughter of Henry Saperstein, head of UPA). The multi disc set has a SRP of $69.98. Classic Media assures us that the films will look spectacular and that these releases will satisfy even the most diehard Zilla fans!"

It should be noted that a couple of the films in the box set, Godzilla Raids Again and the essential Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster, have never been issued on DVD before. (At least not in America.) And the opportunity to get the others with both the American and Japanese versions is fabulous, not to mention the promised extras.

It will be interesting to see if the "American" versions are the dubbed versions seen in this country, or are instead the separate "International" dubbed versions offered on Sony's DVDs. I have nothing bad to say about Sony's stuff, but as a kid who grew up on the (real) American versions, it would be great to hear the familiar voices I heard as a child on these rather than the unfamiliar International casts.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger Triviachamp said...

Well it should be noted that Charles Laughton did play Poirot on the stage.

Not to nitpick but the play of Witness for the Prosecution was based on her short story.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Triviachamp said...

Oops. Wrong post!


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