This could be real good news for your home video collections, Godzilla fans.
The timeline spanning from the original Godzilla in 1954 to Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975 is referred to as the Big-G’s “Shōwa era,” and it included a total of fifteen Godzilla films produced and distributed by Toho. To date, Godzilla (’54) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (’56) are the only films from that era to join the prestigious Criterion Collection, but that may soon be changing.
As reported by Godzilla-Movies.com, Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have obtained the rights to most of the Shōwa era Godzilla titles!
“Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have the rights to these Godzilla films and Starz is licensing them from us,” Criterion’s Jon Mulvaney told the site. “We hope to make them available on other platforms in the future. Please stay tuned!”
The films currently streaming on STARZ under Janus Films/Criterion are:
- Godzilla (1954)
- Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
- Rodan (1956)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
- Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
- Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
- War of the Gargantuas (1966)
- Son of Godzilla (1967)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- All Monsters Attack (1969)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
- Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)
- Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)
At this time, we can’t be sure that these films will be released on home video by Criterion, but it seems to us like there’s a pretty good chance of that soon happening!
For now, reports Godzilla-Movies.com, “some of the Godzilla films streaming on STARZ use prints never before seen in North America as well as new subtitles.”