If you grew up on Godzilla films that were broadcast on local channels on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (pre-cable), you’re going to want to start saving now for a monster-sized movie collection.
This fall, Criterion will release a Blu-ray collector’s set of all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era (1954-1975) including the one that started it all, Godzilla (1954), followed by Godzilla Raids Again (1955), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters(1968), All Monsters Attack (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Each release will be presented with HD digital transfers.
The collection will also include an illustrated hard cover companion book, filled with essays and commentary about each film. Criterion assembled some well know illustrators (many from the world of comics) for the pieces, including: Arthur Adams, Sophie Campbell, Becky Cloonan, Jorge Coelho, Geof Darrow, Simon Gane, Robert Goodin, Benjamin Marra, Monarobot, Takashi Okazaki, Angela Rizza, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Katsuya Terada, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Wisnia. The collection will also feature a ton of extras such as interviews with film makers, cast, and crew, audio commentaries, histories, new English subtitle translations and much more.
The collection will be released right before Halloween on October 29 and is currently available for pre-orders from major on-line retailers.