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    Heisei-Era Godzilla Films Debut This Month on the Criterion Channel

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    Source: The Criterion Collection press release
    Special Thanks to Courtney Ott and Isaac Davidson

    In July, the Criterion Channel will begin streaming the first four entries in the Heisei Series (1984-1995) of Godzilla films...

    Following a nine-year absence from the screen, the King of the Monsters roared back with a vengeance in 1984 with THE RETURN OF GODZILLA, inaugurating a new era in the romping reptile’s mythology. The ferociously entertaining kaiju spectaculars of the 1980s and ’90s—which brought back familiar favorites like Mothra and King Ghidorah and introduced a new adversary in the genetically engineered mutant Biollante—reestablished Godzilla as a fearsome force (after previous Showa-era films that had recast himself as a benevolent protector), while taking the series’ political commentary and vaunted special effects in bold new directions.


    THE RETURN OF GODZILLA, Koji Hashimoto, 1984

    GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE, Kazuki Omori, 1989

    GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH, Kazuki Omori, 1991

    GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA, Takao Okawara, 1992


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