The Original GODZILLA Being Restored & Remastered for the Criterion Collection!

August

"Shocker Gundan, Banzai!"
The Criterion Collection posted a revealing photo on their Facebook page yesterday — the film cans for the Interpositive 35mm for the original GODZILLA! This film, while released on DVD & BD five years ago by Classic Media, looked like crap. Criterion has done miracles with classic international cinema, such as their wonderful restoration on Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) — I'm sure that GODZILLA will receive the same treatment:

http://augustragone.blogspot.com/2011/08/c...954-dvd-bd.html
 

Bad Wolf

Skreeong!
I was going to buy the one classic media made a few years back, but might pick this one up instead, thanks for the news August!
 

August

"Shocker Gundan, Banzai!"
No sweat — if all works out, Criterion's release will blow away even the Japanese BD! :)
 

Bigdog

New Member
No sweat — if all works out, Criterion's release will blow away even the Japanese BD! :)
:redface2:

I already bought the CM version....

This will be awesome... Hope they get the other titles CM has too and redo them.

I'm going to buy this version for sure if everything pans out because I want to see Gojira and KOTM in almost their original glory if not exactly .:castlerock:
 

Eiji Hino

Someday...once more
so is the release going to include Gojira (1954) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)? because i am really only interested in gojira.
 

Bigdog

New Member
so is the release going to include Gojira (1954) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)? because i am really only interested in gojira.
It seems from August's blog that it will be both films included in the same package much like the Gojira-Godzilla set that Classic Media released. But since Gojira will probably have tons of special features, they might do a different route and release them separately, which makes sense to make more money on the release and if there is a special features disc fro each film, it will make sense for the DVD version to be released separately unless they use DVD9's which contain 9 GB's of storage for which they can have both restored films on the same set. I could see the Blu Ray version on the same disc ,but since these restorations take a ton of time and thus money, I cannot see them being in the same package.

So, if I am right, you should be able to just get Gojira .

The news about Criterion's GODZILLA has possibly just gotten better:

CRITERION FINDS US VERSION OF GODZILLA! 35mm Fine-Grain of GKOTM Discovered
So if they are restoring Gojira and GKOTM, are they going to use the restored footage of Gojira and splice it with the GKOTM print for the Gojira stock footage ?
 

Mr. Yellow

Twitter - @MisturYellow
That's the thing about buying media releases...eventually they're going to become outdated or 'outqualitied' There is already something lightyears ahead of Blu-Ray.
 

Bigdog

New Member
That's the thing about buying media releases...eventually they're going to become outdated or 'outqualitied' There is already something lightyears ahead of Blu-Ray.
I'm glad I haven't purchased a Blu-Ray then . While I alredy bought the previous set, I want to pick this thing up and rip them to my drive so I can create a fan edit which combines the two.
 

Forever Knight

Eye See You
Any set release date?.

Sept 27th = Destroy All Monsters & Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris on Blu-ray.

October = Godzilla vs. Megalon on Blu-ray.
 

Forever Knight

Eye See You
:disappoin

I could... but meh... I'd rather watch those ones subbed since they have less action than the typical Kamen Rider or Sentai blu.
 
Any set release date?.
We're talking a full restoration on two films that have only JUST been secured and announced, not to mention special features and so forth. I expect these to come out in a year or two, certainly no sooner.

By the way, the Blu-Ray you've already bought is just a cheap-o DVD upscale, meaning that it certainly will look like total elephant dung when compared to a CRITERION-level restoration. Have you seen their work?

To get an idea of what to expect, check out the Blu-Ray screencaps from their Seven Samurai release: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare7/sevensamurai.htm

So, if I am right, you should be able to just get Gojira .
I can't see it being cost-effective at ALL to release them separately. They're going to make more money off of selling them as a single set and I would hate to think they'd even consider releasing them any other way.

So if they are restoring Gojira and GKOTM, are they going to use the restored footage of Gojira and splice it with the GKOTM print for the Gojira stock footage ?
They have a pretty spectacular source print of GKotM to work from so I kind of doubt that.



Negative-sounding talk aside, I am STUPID excited for this release.
 

Forever Knight

Eye See You
I may just have to return my Godzilla Blu-ray because of this. I haven't even opened it yet but I refuse to get ass raped like a midget and buy some lousy DVD upscale bullshit.
 

Dr Kain

Well-Known Member
I may just have to return my Godzilla Blu-ray because of this. I haven't even opened it yet but I refuse to get ass raped like a midget and buy some lousy DVD upscale bullshit.
Yeah, the Classic Media one is just an upscale.

If Criterion's relese looks just as good or better than Toho's BD release, this is going to be the best release of the movie ever in the States.
 

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