Criterion Collection Acquires Rights to Classic Godzilla Films

Godzilla-Movies.com has confirmed that Janus Films/The Criterion Collection has recently acquired the rights to fourteen classic Godzilla films for broadcast on Starz and possible release under the Criterion brand.

Criterion’s Jon Mulvaney told the website that “It’s true! Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have the rights to these Godzilla films and Starz is licensing them from us. We hope to make them available on other platforms in the future. Please stay tuned!”  Hopefully the reference to “other platforms” also includes the popular Criterion Collection blu-ray series, as many of these films have never been remastered or made available in any format for over a decade.

This is excellent news for Godzilla fans, particularly those fans who grew up watching the “Showa era” rubber suit slug fests on local network affiliates in the 1970’s and 80’s.

The list includes such titles as:

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
Rodan (1956)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)
Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)

You can also check out some of the official Criterion thumbnails below.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for further information on these beloved monster classics.

 

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Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.


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