15 Godzilla Movies Combine Into One Epic Criterion Collection Release

A crop of the epic cover for an even grander Godzilla release.
A crop of the epic cover for an even grander Godzilla release.
Image: Criterion Collection

In recent years, fans of the Criterion Collection probably noticed the numbers on the spine of each release were nearing quadruple digits. Some likely wondered, “What does Criterion have in mind for disc number 1,000?” The answer is here and it’s fit for a king.

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Number 1,000 in the Criterion Collection is Godzilla: The Shōwa Era-Films, 1954-1975. It’s a 15-film box set that, for the first time ever, collects “all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era: 15 kaiju rampages, presented in high-definition digital transfers and accompanied by a slew of supplemental material, including a giant deluxe hardcover book with notes on each film and new illustrations from 16 artists, new and archival interviews with cast and crew members, and much, much more.” It’s out October 29.

A glimpse of the full set.
A glimpse of the full set.
Photo: Criterion Collection
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The movies are as follows:

  • Godzilla 1954 • 96 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio
  • Godzilla Raids Again 1955 • 81 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla U.S.-RELEASE VERSION 1963 • 91 minutes • Color • Monaural • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 • 89 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 • 93 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 • 94 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 1966 • 86 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Son of Godzilla 1967 • 85 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Destroy All Monsters 1968 • 89 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • All Monsters Attack 1969 • 69 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 • 85 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 • 89 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 • 81 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 • 84 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 • 83 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio

Plus, there are tons of special features. Here’s a teaser trailer:

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A Look Inside Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

And here are the images of the box art for each movie, which are all truly gorgeous.

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The set has a suggested retail price of $225 and is out October 29. I can’t imagine being a Godzilla fan and not drooling over this.

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DISCUSSION

lightninglouie
lightninglouie

Just FYI, the following movies from this set are currently available to watch on the Criterion Channel ($11/mo):

Godzilla (original Japanese 1954 version — all 2011 DVD/BD extras, including commentary track and featurettes)

Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956 American re-edit/English dub with Raymond Burr — commentary track)

Godzilla Raids Again (1955 Japanese version)

Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964 Japanese version)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964 Japanese version)

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965 English dub only)

Son of Godzilla (1967, Japanese version)

All Monsters Attack (1969, Japanese version)

Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973, English dub only)

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (1974, English dub only)

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975, English dub only)

So if you can’t wait for Godzilla in HD and TohoScope, you can always subscribe now and get a preview of the set. Criterion also has Ishiro Honda’s Rodan (1956, Japanese version) and War of the Gargantuas (1966, English dub), neither of which have been announced for a physical media release yet. They also have non-Toho kaiju flick The X From Outer Space (1967) and the cinematic folk tale Princess From The Moon (1987), which features the sea monster Toho built for the abandoned 1978 Hammer co-production Nessie.