Criterion Releases Official Godzilla Blu-ray Details


Cover art, release date inside

Long rumored and now official, Criterion is bringing the 1954 classic Godzilla to Blu-ray on January 24, 2012.

The specs go like this:

– New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

– Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series)

– New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr

– Audio commentary for Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Kalat

New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai

– Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube

– Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects

– 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

– Theatrical trailers

– New and improved English subtitle translation

– PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

Amazing. Cannot wait!

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor