Criterion will celebrate the arrival of spine number 1000 in October with “Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films,” a Blu-ray collector’s set which, for the first time, will gather all fifteen Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era between 1954 and 1975 will be included across eight discs.
Each film will get a HD digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Also included is an HD transfer of 1956’s “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” (the U.S. release version of the original), and one of the Japanese-release version of “King Kong vs. Godzilla” from 1962.
There’s also audio commentaries from 2011 on “Godzilla” and “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” featuring film historian David Kalat, international English-language dub tracks for six of the films, a Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Ishiro Honda from 1990, a new interview with filmmaker, an interview with critic Tadao Sato from 2011, plenty of new and archival interviews with cast and crew members, new English subtitle translations, a 2011 illustrated audio essay and more.
All that will come in a lavishly illustrated giant deluxe hardcover book featuring an essay by cinema historian Steve Ryfle, notes on the films by cinema historian Ed Godziszewski, and new illustrations.