Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New Godzilla, King Kong, Gamera Blu-rays and DVDs on the way

I'm a big fan of giant monsters -- if you couldn't tell already. It's very exciting to read about all the great kaiju stuff on the way this year in the wake of the US Godzilla movie out in May. I had hoped we would see a few new DVDs and Blu-rays to coincide with the film, and it seems that wish has been granted in some big ways.

A bit of this is old news from January (I've been sitting on way too long), some just leaked this past weekend.


Kraken Releasing picked up the rights to at least three of the Showa-era Godzilla films previously released on DVD by Sony. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster/Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla on Monster Island/Godzilla vs. Gigan, and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster/Ebirah, Horror of the Deep are all due on both DVD and Blu-ray on May 6th, just before Legendary/WB's Godzilla hits the theaters. Elements are being provided by Toho, including the original Japanese audio and Toho's International English dubs. It's unclear if these are the same transfers that were used for Toho's R2 discs. No extras planned aside from the original Japanese trailers. I had really hoped that Smog Monster's theatrical AIP English dub would be included, but that seems very unlikely. Kraken/Section23 Films are some of the same people who were involved with ADV.



Universal first released their Toho King Kong films on DVD timed with Peter Jackson's King Kong. To coincide with the new Godzilla film, King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes! get Blu-ray upgrades that hit the street on April 1st. Apparently new HD masters were made for the DVDs, so even if those masters are used, these films should look even better now on Blu. Just as with the previous DVDs, no extra features are planned.



Not to be forgotten, Daiei's Gamera series sees its first Blu-ray release from Mill Creek. The eight Showa Gamera films previously released by Shout! Factory are out on April 29th in two four-pack sets, and a DVD collection of the eight films plus the three Heisei Gamera films from the 90s that were released on Blu-ray last year. Mill Creek was responsible for last year's great Daimajin Blu-ray set, so I'm sure these will be worth the Blu-ray upgrade.

Next post: Mothra, Heisei Godzilla, and Megalon!

8 comments:

Trey said...

Snazzy.

almostoldschool said...

Great news! Although what I'd really want after getting these is somebody to re-release the original "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla."

Kaiju said...

@almostoldschool: I hear you! Let's hope that Kraken has licensed MG '74 and Son of Godzilla, too.

almostoldschool said...

Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla Vs. Megalon coming back too!

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2014/03/07/destroy-all-monsters-and-godzilla-vs-megalon-return-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/

Kaiju said...

@almostoldschool: Yes indeed!

almostoldschool said...

I've got my hands on the 3 Kraken Godzilla DVDs... a month before the "street date." So keep an eye out for them to surface elsewhere.

Kaiju said...

@almostoldschool: Excellent! I've heard that some retailers might get them early.

How are they?

almostoldschool said...

I've just watched "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster" aka "Ebirah, Horror of the Deep." Picture is very bright and sharp for a film this age. Colors almost TOO vivid in spots, but maybe that's just from my previous viewings on TV years ago. MUCH better image quality than the Godzilla DVDs from the Classic Media collection from 2011.