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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby XvGojira » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:13 am

Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:It's a shame fans had to be nitpicky over a minor cover issue or else Criterion would have probably done more Godzilla releases. :(


As much as I'd love to think that, is there really any other Godzilla movie that would really fit the bill for a Criterion release? Sure there's the occasional oddity they release (Armageddon and The Rock are two in my book) but most of the stuff they release are usually award-winning, deep, or highly artistic films. And, in my eyes, only the first Godzilla movie fits what a Criterion movie could be, the rest (as good as some are) aren't up to snuff in those regards.

The Shadow wrote:I don't exactly recall the tizzy/hissy fit some people had with the Criterion cover, was it the silhouette of Godzilla not matching the first Godzilla depiction? I don't recall being fussed with it myself since it was just the cover art, and the purpose of cover art has always been to attract potential buyers.


It was the use of of Kiryu-Goji in the pop-out insert on the DVD case from what I recall. But I also heard that was Toho's doing.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby kpa » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:55 am

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Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:It's a shame fans had to be nitpicky over a minor cover issue or else Criterion would have probably done more Godzilla releases. :(


As much as I'd love to think that, is there really any other Godzilla movie that would really fit the bill for a Criterion release? Sure there's the occasional oddity they release (Armageddon and The Rock are two in my book) but most of the stuff they release are usually award-winning, deep, or highly artistic films. And, in my eyes, only the first Godzilla movie fits what a Criterion movie could be, the rest (as good as some are) aren't up to snuff in those regards.


Well before the packaging art for their GODZILLA Blu-ray/DVD was released online, Criterion told me they were only interested in the first film and would not be licensing any of the sequels or Toho's other sci-fi/monster movies.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby The Shadow » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:10 am

That's a shame that Criterion was only ever interested in the first movie, but I do kinda get Criterion's thinking. Although out of all the other Godzilla movies, I think that King Kong vs. Godzilla would be the best candidate for a Criterion release.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby klen7 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:58 am

Is this image that has been floating around the internet a fake or did they at one point consider releasing more?
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:06 am

To me (not knowing a TON about all this stuff) the films that would SEEM to have the biggest potential for a Criterion release would be 1985 and KKvG.

KKvG because US fans have never seen the Japanese version and also because of name cache.
1985 because it's never gotten a stateside release aside from VHS. They'd literally have 100% of the market on that one. Even with my feelings on Criterion, I'd buy this one day one.

I know there's rights and licensing issues and yadda yadda yadda. But aside from that, I don't think a Criterion release would sell to ANYBODY other than hardcore fans.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby william newell » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:48 pm

klen7 wrote:Is this image that has been floating around the internet a fake or did they at one point consider releasing more?
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I could be wrong but I believe this is from '98 when they were planning on releasing these on Laserdisc...
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby klen7 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:44 pm

that makes sense, i buy it
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby kpa » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:03 pm

Curtis Tsui, producer of Criterion's GODZILLA, is a big fan of the early Honda/Tsuburaya films. RODAN and THE MYSTERIANS were two films he said he'd love to work on for Criterion, but he doesn't handle acquisitions and his bosses were only interested in getting the first GODZILLA.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Gwangi » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:59 pm

XvGojira wrote: As much as I'd love to think that, is there really any other Godzilla movie that would really fit the bill for a Criterion release? Sure there's the occasional oddity they release (Armageddon and The Rock are two in my book) but most of the stuff they release are usually award-winning, deep, or highly artistic films. And, in my eyes, only the first Godzilla movie fits what a Criterion movie could be, the rest (as good as some are) aren't up to snuff in those regards.


They did release "The Blob", a movie that is not exactly an award-winning, deep or highly artistic film! It is a cult classic (same with Godzilla), and to a lesser extent "The Atomic Submarine".
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby klen7 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:09 pm

I would be all over a Criterion Rodan release. Maybe G14 will get the gears turning
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby tbeasley » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:50 pm

Rodan and Mysterians would make perfect sense to me, one being Toho's first color monster film and the other their first color/widescreen alien invasion flick.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Gwangi » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:18 am

Tyler wrote:Rodan and Mysterians would make perfect sense to me, one being Toho's first color monster film and the other their first color/widescreen alien invasion flick.


When I was watching “Rodan” as a kid back in the day, I don’t recall any particular scenes looking somewhat faded or washed out until I bought the VHS and subsequent DVDs. A great looking print of the dubbed version would be a nice welcome, so hopefully one of these days, Criterion will eventually come around.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby william newell » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:37 pm

Gwangi wrote:
Tyler wrote:Rodan and Mysterians would make perfect sense to me, one being Toho's first color monster film and the other their first color/widescreen alien invasion flick.


When I was watching “Rodan” as a kid back in the day, I don’t recall any particular scenes looking somewhat faded or washed out until I bought the VHS and subsequent DVDs. A great looking print of the dubbed version would be a nice welcome, so hopefully one of these days, Criterion will eventually come around.


As someone who finds the dubbed version superior to the Japanese cut, I couldn't agree more....
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby angilas » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:01 pm

XvGojira wrote:
Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:It's a shame fans had to be nitpicky over a minor cover issue or else Criterion would have probably done more Godzilla releases. :(


As much as I'd love to think that, is there really any other Godzilla movie that would really fit the bill for a Criterion release? Sure there's the occasional oddity they release (Armageddon and The Rock are two in my book) but most of the stuff they release are usually award-winning, deep, or highly artistic films. And, in my eyes, only the first Godzilla movie fits what a Criterion movie could be, the rest (as good as some are) aren't up to snuff in those regards.


Without a doubt godzilla 1985.
I'm not just saying that because its unreleased on DVD/bluray and I wants it (though I do),
But it's the only release that mirrors the original in many ways.

Background on the differences in both versions being huge. My aunt was in Japan before 84 came out and said the hype there was substantial (I was in the womb). Criterion included both versions for the original and could do the same here. Also get into how they interjected Raymond Burr.

Maybe universal will negotiate for a full on KKvG rerelease with both versions but even that Criterion can't do the knock your socks off kitchen sink release they did for 54 but other than 85 it might be the closest considering the hype but I agree with jelly on those 2 being the likeliest of suspects.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby XvGojira » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:20 am

Gwangi wrote:They did release "The Blob", a movie that is not exactly an award-winning, deep or highly artistic film! It is a cult classic (same with Godzilla), and to a lesser extent "The Atomic Submarine".


Like I said there are a few oddities, like The Rock and such, that didn't fit that bill. But a majority of the movies seem to lean towards that.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby The Great MM » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:08 am

kpa wrote:Curtis Tsui, producer of Criterion's GODZILLA, is a big fan of the early Honda/Tsuburaya films. RODAN and THE MYSTERIANS were two films he said he'd love to work on for Criterion, but he doesn't handle acquisitions and his bosses were only interested in getting the first GODZILLA.


And yet they'll put a movie like Equinox in the line... e_e.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Xenorama » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:07 pm

anyone who knows movie effects history knows why Criterion released EQUINOX. no, it's not even close to a great movie, but the impact on modern movies is undeniable.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby XvGojira » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:26 pm

Xenorama wrote:anyone who knows movie effects history knows why Criterion released EQUINOX. no, it's not even close to a great movie, but the impact on modern movies is undeniable.


Saw it at a 24 hour movie marathon, it was great and I totally get why it's in there. Pre-Evil Dead meets Harryhausen. Also saw Deathdream after that, Bob Clark really knew how to do horror but everyone just remembers him for Christmas Story.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby WaverBoy » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:52 am

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Ultra T-Rex wrote:How about you consider Blu-ray, Classic Media. Image


They don't think potential Blu-ray sales would justify the expense of doing/buying new transfers so the best way to change their minds would be to contact Classic Media directly (their website has contact info) and tell them you want these movies on Blu-ray. I can guarantee they're not checking MZ so posting here won't get results.


How can CM release this while the Critierion version is still in print?
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby MouthForWar » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:43 am

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kpa wrote:
Ultra T-Rex wrote:How about you consider Blu-ray, Classic Media. Image


They don't think potential Blu-ray sales would justify the expense of doing/buying new transfers so the best way to change their minds would be to contact Classic Media directly (their website has contact info) and tell them you want these movies on Blu-ray. I can guarantee they're not checking MZ so posting here won't get results.


How can CM release this while the Critierion version is still in print?


Criterion sub-licensed it FROM Classic Media. CM own the rights here fair and square.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby EricDent » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:28 am

So somebody at a different message board pointed me to this link:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/35240419

Says May 1 for Destroy All Monsters.

However nothing pops up on Amazon except the older releases (including the ADV one).

Thought somebody had mentioned a July re-release for those?

Just trying to verify or confirm which date is right.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Henry88 » Mon May 26, 2014 8:26 pm

now who is going to get the others?
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Mon May 26, 2014 10:21 pm

It's just the reissued Media Blasters DVD. A few Wal-marts have the disc in stock the one I work at does not. :(
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue May 27, 2014 8:40 am

I saw this at a Walmart:

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The back cover says that King Ghidorah and Mothra are 1.33:1 fullscreen and English audio only while GMK is 2.35:1 widescreen and dual-language, so these are just the older DVDs repackaged. I think Sony's marketing department wants shoppers to think that these are a trilogy.
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Re: Godzilla DVD Re-Releases Take 2

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue May 27, 2014 9:17 am

At least that bundle kind of makes sense (Mothra movie, Ghidorah movie, Mothra and Ghidorah movie)
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