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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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DVD Review – Godzilla (2014)

27 October 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Godzilla, 2014

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn

Synopsis:

The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Having torn up movie screens for 60 years, Godzilla is now a staple part of pop culture and an icon of the giant movie genre. Sadly however, he is perhaps best known outside of his homeland of Japan for the abysmal 1998 Roland Emmerich attempt to Westernise the King of the Monsters. Directed by a man who had no interest in the character or history, Emmerich’s Godzilla was more or less a rubbish remake of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms rather than a new beginning for The Big G. Thankfully, the reigns of the franchise have been handed to British director Gareth Edwards, a man who »

- Luke Owen

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More Godzilla Blu-rays coming in September

8 July 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The King of the Monsters has been having a grand old 60th Anniversary this year with a big-budget Hollywood reboot from Gareth Edwards and a string of Blu-ray releases.

Kraken Releasing brought us high-definition versions of Ebriah, Horror of the Deep, Godzilla vs. Hedorah and Godzilla vs. Gigan while Sony released several double features from Godzilla’s Heisei and Millennium series. However, kaiju fans were quick to point out that Sony had missed a couple of entries in the franchise, which they are rectifying now as well as brining the much-maligned Mothra Trilogy to Blu-ray.

From Sci-Fi Japan, here’s the press release:

Scheduled for September 9, 2014, the lineup features the debut of three new Blu-ray sets featuring Toho films previously unavailable on Blu-ray in North America. The stand-alone title Godzilla 2000 (1999) presents both the U.S. version of the film along with — for the first time in America — the original Japanese version. »

- Luke Owen

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 7

8 July 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: UK poster for Eno (Alphons Sinniger, UK, 1973). Designer: Blue Egg.

The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »

- Adrian Curry

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Top Ten Strangest Movie Monsters

26 June 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There are monsters out there.  Scary, big ones.  And they’ll haunt our dreams and crawl on our bodies for eternity.  Nothing will ever make us comfortable knowing they exist, even in fiction.  Then, there are some that are just Goddamn ridiculous.  Here are ten of such monsters.

The Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Though ultimately, they’re just crawling brains and spinal columns, the most interesting aspect of the fiends is their invisibility for the majority of the runtime as they slowly gain their terrifying form.

The Creeping Terror (1964)

A giant, moving rug. Due to the extremely low-budget, this largely-narrated alien invasion tale amounts to little more than a big, badly dilapidated wool rug laying on top of its victims.

Prophecy (1979)

John Frankenheimer’s nature-gone-wrong turns into more of a nature-film-gone-wrong and features a bizarre, giant fetus-like bear terrorizing a mountainside.

Murders in Rue Morgue (1932)

Robert Florey’s Universal picture »

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Shock Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait on Willow Creek, Found Footage & Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster

5 June 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Bobcat Goldthwait continues to throw off our expectations. He's made a horror movie - a "found footage" one at that - called Willow Creek, opening in select theaters and hitting VOD this Friday. The legend of Bigfoot, moreover, the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, is his inspiration this time as he tells the stories of a couple who venture into the wild of Northern California to make their own documentary about the cryptozoological superstar. Along the way, they interview the locals and visit the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film until they run into, well, trouble.

The post Shock Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait on Willow Creek, Found Footage & Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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Review: Beautiful and badass, 'Godzilla' puts the awe back in awesome

10 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I can't imagine sitting in a theater in 1954 in Japan and watching "Gojira" play for the first time. Ten years earlier, your country faces a nuclear nightmare, and for the first time in human history, the atom was used to wipe a city full of people off the planet in an instant. War reached its most horrifying manifestation, and it completely changed the world. But for Japan, it was not an abstract. It was a redefining moment, part of their identity from that moment, an actual scar they were going to have to live with. Looking at "Gojira" now, it feels like an attempt to come to terms with the hopelessness of that event in a way that people could watch together, a fantasy catharsis that the country needed. The stark black-and-white images of a giant monster smashing and burning Tokyo must have felt terrifying. Godzilla is barely a character in that first film. »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Veronica Mars', 'Ace in the Hole' and 'Blazing Saddles' On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

6 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection) I've only seen Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole once before and it's as relevant now as it was when it was made as Kirk Douglas plays a reporter who ends up in Albuquerque and finds himself at the center of the story of a lifetime and he milks it for every headline he can. It's essentially a perfect example of today's Internet journalism.

Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition One of the best comedies you're ever going to see and Warner Home Video is giving it the 40th Anniversary treatment and unless I'm mistaken the only new feature is a new interview with Mel Brooks looking back on the film and its effect on cinema.

Veronica Mars: The Movie The Veronica Mars movie will finally be available for everyone it was made for, those that don't go to the theater to see movies, »

- Brad Brevet

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10 Things We Don’t Want to See in the New Godzilla Film

14 April 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

There are high expectations for the Godzilla reboot. Skeptics fear that this could become another farce like the 1998 version.  Hell, even the original Toho series eventually degenerated into self-parody. There's hope for the new film as well, generated by the footage we've seen so far, and we feel that if Gareth Edwards and WB can steer clear of these ten horrible ideas from Godzilla's past, the film will be just fine.  

Godzilla Running Away: One of the worst aspects of the lamentable 1998 version of Godzilla was that our reptilian star acted more like a scared animal than a destructive, savage force of nature. Zilla (as the American Godzilla is often called to differentiate him from the iconic Japanese Godzilla) spends most of the film running away from the military,  rather than taking a stand. What kind of a kaiju retreats from soldiers? Not the Godzilla we know and love. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Set Visit Coverage: Director Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla from the Set!

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With Legendary Picture’s upcoming feature Godzilla releasing wide on May 16, 2014, here’s the first part of our extensive coverage from the set: a lengthy interview with director Gareth Edwards.

Beware - this coverage is as full of spoilers as ‘the Big G’ is radioactive (oops, there’s your first one there), so if you’d rather remain in the dark, not unlike San Francisco after Godzilla rolls over it (oh, there’s number two!), stop right here. Otherwise, suit up and Halo drop with us into gargantuan mayhem.

Part reboot and part direct sequel to director Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most »

- Sean Decker

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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, the Sea Monster, and Gigan: Blu-ray Artwork Revealed!

14 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you already that Section23 Films' new sub-label Kraken Releasing (a sister label to Switchblade Pictures) is getting ready to release three vintage Godzilla flicks for the first time ever on U.S. Blu-ray. Now we have a look at the artwork for you!

First up is the 1971 psychedelic anti-pollution daikaiju epic Godzilla vs. Hedorah, better known to American audiences by its Westernized title Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster.

From its opening “Save the Earth” theme song to the Wtf finale where Godzilla flies by rocketing himself through the air in the fetal position via his atomic breath, Godzilla’s ecological smackdown with a shape-shifting sludge monster dubbed Hedorah remains one of the most memorable outings in the annals of Godzilladom. But don’t tell that to Toho; the head of the company was hospitalized during the time of filming, and when he saw the finished product, he was »

- Uncle Creepy

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No Foolin' - King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes Will Be on Blu-ray April 1st

29 January 2014 12:15 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The headline says it all. Expect more and more classic Godzilla titles to find their way to Blu-ray in the coming months as the May release of the big budget American reboot approaches.

Even King Kong is getting some hi-def lovin’ thanks to the King of the Monsters' resurgence.

King Kong vs. Godzilla may not ever get critical respect, but it has more than earned its status as one of the all-time great b-movies. The forerunner to the Alien vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, and Batman vs. Superman of today, the King of the Monsters and the 8th Wonder of the World squared off for the one and only time in this 1963 Toho monsterpiece.

Synopsis:

When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks »

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*Updated* 3 Classic Godzilla Movies are Coming to Blu-ray

29 January 2014 9:41 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with release dates and new details* A brand new Godzilla movie is on the way and that means that we’ll also see a resurgence of the classic movies. It has been announced that Kraken Releasing is getting involved by releasing Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster and Godzilla vs. Gigan to Blu-ray this year:

“1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world’s most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G’s wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan’s Toho Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry! »

- Jonathan James

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First look at the Blu-ray covers for Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

28 January 2014 2:03 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was announced last week that Kraken Releases were *ahem* releasing Blu-ray and DVD copies of the now-out-of-print titles Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and now we have our first look at the covers.

The DVD and Blu-ray releases will be unleashed on May 6th in the Us. Full details are unknown but we do know that the films will contain both the original Japanese audio (provided by Toho) as well as their English dub versions. The trailers will also be available on each disc as a bonus feature.

The fun begins as 1971’s Godzilla Vs Hedorah (ゴジラ対ヘドラ, Gojira Tai Hedora), released theatrically in the U.S in 1972 as Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster, pits Godzilla against the forces of pollution in the form of a constantly mutating, acid-spewing behemoth from outer space. With eye-popping 1970’s “mod” costumes, hairstyles and psychedelic visuals that »

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Kraken Releasing Godzilla's Battles with the Smog Monster, the Sea Monster, and Gigan on Blu-ray this Summer

23 January 2014 11:38 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This isn’t at all surprising. With a new Godzilla coming this May, we can probably expect to see quite a few of the King of the Monsters’ classic conflicts finally get the Blu-ray treatment.

You may not be familiar with new distribution company Kraken Releasing right now, but if you’re a Godzilla fan, you will be come this summer.

Section23 Films' new sub-label Kraken Releasing (a sister label to Switchblade Pictures) touts itself as a new international video distribution label specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre entertainment for mainstream audiences. “Summer of Godzilla” is what they’re calling their plans to release three vintage Godzilla flicks for the first-time ever on U.S. Blu-ray.

First up, and the one I am most personally excited for, is the 1971 psychedelic anti-pollution daikaiju epic Godzilla vs. Hedorah, better known to American audiences by its Westernized title Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. »

- Foywonder

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Kraken Releasing announce Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep coming to DVD and Blu-Ray

21 January 2014 1:27 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Not only will we be treated to Godzilla's return to the big screen in Gareth Edwards American reboot, but distribution company Kraken Releasing will celebrating the King of the Monster's 60th birthday by putting out DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan and Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.

The movies will be presented in both their the original Japanese forms as well as their English dubs.

Here's the synopsis from the press release...

The fun begins as 1971’s Godzilla Vs Hedorah (ゴジラ対ヘドラ, Gojira Tai Hedora), released theatrically in the U.S in 1972 as Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster, pits Godzilla against the forces of pollution in the form of a constantly mutating, acid-spewing behemoth from outer space. With eye-popping 1970’s “mod” costumes, hairstyles and psychedelic visuals that include conventional cel animation alongside the special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Godzilla Vs Hedorah director Yoshimitsu Banno’s »

- luke-o

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #12: Godzilla Vs. Gigan (1972)

10 January 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 18 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Jun Fukuda

Starring: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Zan Fujita, Kunio Murai, Haruo Nakajima

Plot: A Manga artist finds work at a new theme park called Children’s Land. But why is everybody so suspect? And what is their connection with the monsters of the world?

Godzilla Vs. Hedorah wasn’t everyone’s favourite Godzilla film. I sure loved it, but those that mattered, namely producer Tomoyuki Tanaka (who was hospitalised at the time of that film’s release) did not. Therefore with Yoshimitsu Banno vanquished from the world of Godzilla (until the upcoming reboot that is), Jun Fukuda was drafted back in after his successful turns with Ebirah, Horror Of »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #11: Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (1971)

3 January 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 19 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno

Starring: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Tohsio Shiba, Keiko Mari, Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma

Plot: When combined with a meteor from outer space, the Earth’s pollution turns into a horrible monster. As the monster lays waste to the planet, only Godzilla can save us.

After the monstrosity that was All Monsters Attack, Toho really needed to pull their finger out to rejuvenate the Godzilla franchise. With long time producer, Tomoyuki Tanaka, in hospital, it was pretty much up to first time Godzilla director, Yoshimitsu Banno, to take Godzilla to new places. What happened was the creation of one of the most bizarre and divisive of all Godzilla films. With 70s funk, animated transitions, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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