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Godzilla

Author: Tomoyuki TanakaShigeru KayamaTakeo MurataIshirō HondaAkira TakaradaAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, [2012]
Series: Criterion collection, 594.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : JapaneseView all editions and formats
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It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire populations fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. Here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Science fiction films
Monster films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Foreign films
Motion pictures
Japanese language films
Drama
Named Person: Godzilla, (Fictitious character); Godzilla, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Shigeru Kayama; Takeo Murata; Ishirō Honda; Akira Takarada; Raymond Burr; Takashi Shimura; Momoko Kōchi; Akihiko Hirata; Fuyuki Murakami; Sachio Sakai; Kin Sugai; Masao Tamai; Eiji Tsuburaya; Akira Ifukube; Terry Morse; Image Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604655117 1604655119
OCLC Number: 758900893
Language Note: Japanese dialogue with English subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: Title from web page.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.
DVD video release date: Jan. 24, 2012.
Special features: New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla: king of the monsters, Terry Morse's 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr; audio commentary for both movies by film historian David Kalat; new interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and special effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai; interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube; featurette detailing Godzilla's photographic effects, introduced by special effects director Koichi Kawakita and special effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka; new interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato; The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay; Trailers for Godzilla and Godzilla, King of the Monsters; booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman.
Credits: Director of photography, Masao Tamai ; editor, Taichi Taira ; special effects director, Eiji Tsuburaya ; music, Akira Ifukube ; chief art director, Takeo Kita ; art director, Satoru Chuko ; lighting, Choshiro Ishii.
Cast: Akira Takarada, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Toranosuke Ogawa, Ren Yamamoto, Kan Hayashi, Takeo Oikawa, Seijiro Onda, Tsuruko Mano, Toyoaki Suzuki, Kokuten Kodo, Kin Sugai, Raymond Burr.
Description: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD ; region 1 ; full screen (1.37:1 aspect ratio) ; PCM mono.
Contents: A flash of light --
Failed rescue --
Sole survivor --
Creature of legend --
Yamane's speculations --
Startling discoveries --
Godzilla --
Shocking evidence --
Counterattack --
Closer to Tokyo --
Differences of opinion --
Serizawa's secret --
Kaiju rampage --
New measures --
Unstoppable --
A sea of fire --
From the air --
A heavy toll --
Lethal energy --
Steadfast Serizawa --
Prayer for peace --
Two divers --
Sacrifices at sea --
Color bars.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 594.
Other Titles: Gojira (Motion picture)
Responsibility: producer, Tomoyuki Tanaka ; original story, Shigeru Kayama ; screenplay, Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda ; director, Ishiro Honda.

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It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire populations fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. Here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking.

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