For months, Criterion has been teasing their 1000th release. Rumors have flown, speculation ran rampant, and now they have finally made the announcement. The 1000th Criterion release will be a collection of all the Showa Era Godzilla films, complete with original art and commentary.
The Showa era of the Godzilla franchise spans from 1954 with the release of Ishiro Honda’s original film and ends in 1975 with The Terror of Mechagodzilla. This era introduced the classic kaiju, from the king himself to his nemesis King Ghidorah to my personal favorite, Mothra. Among the included films are King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), and Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971). The collection will pay homage to these iconic, cinema-shaping films. On their website, they said:
“[This collection will] showcas[e] the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.”
The stunning collection high-definition digital transfers of all 15 films, audio commentary by film historian, David Kalat, interviews with cast and crews, an illustrated audio essay about the tragedy that inspired Godzilla, and so much more which can be found on Criterion’s website.
It will also come with an illustrated book with art by Arthur Adams, Sophie Campbell, Becky Cloonan, Jorge Coelho, Geof Darrow, Simon Gane, Robert Goodin, Benjamin Marra, Monarobot, Takashi Okazaki, Angela Rizza, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Katsuya Terada, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Wisnia. Each film is receiving a new cover, beautifully designed by one of the above artists. They are all rendered in bold colors that highlight the excitement and fantasy of each film.
Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 is available to preorder now from Criterion. It will be officially released on October 29, just in time for Halloween. If you can’t wait, though, you can stream all of the films on Criterion! What do you think of the announcement? Do you have a favorite Showa Era Godzilla film? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!