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CRITERION COLLECTION VERSION OF “GODZILLA” ANNOUNCED

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Posted on October 17, 2011 AT 08:00am

Oh no, there goes Tokyo…

Criterion has announced that they will release the original “Godzilla” on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24.

The collection will include both “Gojira,” the original 1954 version of the film, as well as “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters!”, the 1956 reworked American version. The Blu-rays will feature new high-definition digital restorations, with “Gojira” also getting an uncompressed monaural soundtrack and newly translated subtitles.

In addition, both versions of the film will feature individual commentaries by David Kalat, the author of “A Critical History And Filmography Of Toho’s ‘Godzilla’.”

Also included are interviews with the cast and crew — including Haruo Nakajima, who played Godzilla — a featurette on the film’s effects, a new interview with Japanese film critic Tadao Sato, an illustrated audio essay about a fishing vessel’s sinking that inspired the film, the original trailers, an essay by critic J. Hoberman, and a new

The Blu-ray version will retail for $39.95 while the two-disc DVD edition will be $29.95.

Paul Semel, Contributor
Paul has been writing about movies, music, video games, books, TV, toys, celebrities, and other fun stuff since the early-’90s. A regular contributor to EGM since 2004, he's also written for Entertainment Weekly, Bikini, Maxim, Raygun, Walmart GameCenter, Rides, and Emmy, among others. Please follow him on Twitter at @paulsemel. Or don't. Whatever.

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