Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1954]

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Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] (DVD)  (Black & White)  (Japanese)  1954 - Larger Front
  • Godzilla [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] (DVD) (Black & White) (Japanese) 1954
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Special Features

  • Disc 1 - Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Kalat
  • Trailer
  • Disc 2 - Audio Commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat
  • Trailer for Godzill, King of the Monsters
  • New interviews with actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima and Special Effects Technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai
  • Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube
  • Featurette detailing Godzilla's photographic effects, introduced by Special Effects Director Koichi Kawakita and Special Effects Photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka
  • New Interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato
  • The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring Historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla


One of the longest-running series in film history began with Ishiro Honda's grim, black-and-white allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb. As his visual metaphor, Honda uses a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea as a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo, bringing all of the country's worst nightmares back until an evil more terrible bomb -- capable of sucking all the oxygen from the sea -- returns the monster to its watery grave. The original film is chilling, despite some rather unconvincing man-in-a-suit special effects, and brimming with explicitly stated anti-American sentiment. All of that was removed for the U.S. release directed by Terry Morse. It was replaced with bad dubbing and tedious added footage starring Raymond Burr. The resulting edit was just another monster movie, but was still popular enough to assure future Toho Studios monster films a wide American release. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Akihiko Hirata
    Akihiko Hirata - Daisuke Serizawa
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    Momoko Kochi - Emiko Yamane
  • Kokuten Kodo
    Kokuten Kodo - Gisaku, Oto Island Patriarch
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    Fuyuki Murakami - Dr. Tabata
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    Haruo Nakajima - Newspaper Employee (Japanese version only)/Power Subs

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