Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr.
Atomic testing in the Pacific awakens a gigantic reptilian creature dubbed Godzilla off the coast of Japan and sends the monstrous menace on a rampage across Tokyo and its environs. Director Ishiro Honda's "kaiju" classic spawned innumerable sequels; Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, and Haru Nakajima star. Includes the original Japanese release "Gojira" and the 1956 re-dubbed American version "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," with Raymond Burr. 96 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Japanese PCM mono, English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailers. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.