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

**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
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Your 2014 Halloween Season Blu-ray & DVD Preview

Last year, James put together a comprehensive guide, of every piece of Halloween programming and horror movie that would air during the month of October. When I asked him if we were doing the same again this year, he acted like I was an idiot. Why wouldn’t we? With that knowledge in my head, I decided we would expand a little bit this year, and throw together a comprehensive DVD & Blu-ray buyer’s guide for the months of September and October. There are some really great horror releases between now and the end of October. Some studios wasted their opportunity to rope in the rabid genre fans. Fox, for example, except for a new Wrong Turn film, and a few catalog releases making their Blu-ray debuts(Exorcist sequels), has a calendar filled with nonsensical re-releases of titles that are already widely available, and at cheap prices.

We aim for
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New Godzilla Blu-rays Announced, Including Godzilla 2000, Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy

Godzilla’s whipping tail, atomic breath, and rumbling roar have been experienced like never before this year at the big screen and at home. The latest in a steady stream of retro Godzilla Blu-ray releases, Sony has unveiled three more high definition upgrades featuring the raging reptile and his ferocious friends and foes, including the Mothra trilogy from the 1990′s.

Making their Us Blu-ray debut, these Toho Godzilla Blu-ray sets come with UltraViolet, include both English and Japanese language options, and will be released on September 9th. We have the official press release with full details below (courtesy of Flickering Myth!) Here’s a list of the individual movies getting the high definition remaster treatment:

Godzilla 2000 Godzilla, Mothra, And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001) Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) Rebirth Of Mothra (1996) Rebirth Of Mothra II (1997) Rebirth Of Mothra III (1998)

Press Release - “Scheduled for September 9, 2014, the lineup features the
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More Godzilla Blu-rays coming in September

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.
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Sony Bringing More Toho Godzilla Collection Titles to Blu-ray Along with the Mothra Trilogy

When Sony released a slew of Heisei and Millennium series Godzilla movies as double feature Blu-rays this May, there were several noticeably absent titles. Those three films and a trio of modern Mothra flicks are finally due on Blu.

SciFi Japan reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing two more entries in its Toho Godzilla Collection this September and, as an added bonus (for the dozen or so people that enjoy them, kaiju completists, or mere gluttons for punishment), all three installments of the late 90s Rebirth of Mothra trilogy.

The one and only true King of the Monsters roared not only back to life following Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Hollywood reboot debacle but also back to multiplexes in the Us in Toho’s loopy relaunch Godzilla 2000. The Big G battles both the Japanese military, a UFO that looks suspiciously like a metallic bed pan, and a rubbersuit
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #19: Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 11 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Takao Okawara

Starring: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Saburo Shinoda, Akiji Kobayashi, Akira Takarada, Makoto Ohtake, Keiko Imamura, Sayaka Osawa, Megumi Odaka

Plot: A meteor which hits Earth reveals a giant egg containing Mothra, releases Mothra’s nemesis Battra, and awakens Godzilla.

Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah proved that the old monsters worked best in terms of box-office business. The next logical step then, was to bring back arguably Toho’s second most famous monster, Mothra. Mothra had her solo feature back in 1961 and battled Godzilla for the first time in 1964, where she took top-billing over the now iconic lizard. This time though, things were slightly different. Godzilla was popular again and so it was his name that featured first.
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My Favourite Kaiju - King Ghidorah

Luke Owen counts down to Pacific Rim by looking at some of his favourite giant monsters...

Kaiju: The Japanese word for “strange beast”. However, the word Kaiju has been universally translated and defined into English as “monster” or “giant monster”.

Today's entry into My Favourite Kaiju is one of Godzilla's most formidable foes, the three-headed dragon alien, King Ghidorah.

King Ghidorah made his first appearance in the 1964 follow up to Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster and quickly became a fan favourite. Although he was only on screen for the last portion of the movie, the design of the creature as well as the suitmation work done by Shôichi Hirose made for an impressive visual that captured the imagination of kaiju-eiga fans. With such a popular reaction to the character, he was brought back again to fight Godzilla and Rodan in the 1965 movie Invasion of Astro-Monster, which
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