‘Godzilla’ roars with Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray beautiful black-and-white

Godzilla (Gojira) first trampled through Tokyo in 1954
Godzilla (Gojira) first trampled through Tokyo in 1954

[rating=4]Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Raymond Burr
Director(s): Ishiro Honda
Writer(s): Shigeru Kayama (story), Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda (script)

Godzilla, the creature who was baptized in the fire of the H-bomb and survived. This film icon that’s crossed international and generational lines has been with us for nearly 60 years. Films, video games, television, and music videos inside Japan and out continue to draw inspiration from it. Now the 1954 film that started it all has been added to the Criterion Collection in a new digital restoration on DVD and Blu-ray.

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‘Gojira: Deluxe Collector’s Edition’ is a beautiful DVD set from Classic Media

Godzilla terrorizes Japan in 'Gojira'
Godzilla terrorizes Japan in ‘Gojira’

[rating=4]Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Fuyuki Murakami
Director(s): Ishirô Honda
Writer(s): Screenplay by Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama; Story by Takeo Murata

Much of my childhood was spent watching Godzilla movies on channel 9 here in New York. We’re talking the early films from the 1960s and 1970s, including that goofy one where Godzilla has a son. I loved those movies. This weekend I sat down to watch the film that started it all, Gojira, the unedited Japanese film that launched that giant lizard upon the masses.

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