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Ok, with the release of the new Godzilla film coming in less than four months; the older Japanese films are starting to come out everywhere.

Godzilla - ゴジラ
- 9/18/09
- 9/22/09 (Classic Media)
- 1/24/12 (Criterion)
- 3/28/14

Godzilla Raids Again - ゴジラの逆襲
- 3/28/14
- 7/16/14

King Kong Vs Godzilla - キングコング 対 ゴジラ
- 4/1/14 (American Cut)
- 7/16/14

Mothra Vs Godzilla - モスラ 対 ゴジラ
- 3/19/10

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster - 三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦
- 3/19/10
- 8/6/13

Invasion of Astro-Monster - 怪獣大戦争
- 7/16/14

Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster - ゴジラ エビラ モスラ 南海の大決闘
- 5/6/14
- 7/16/14

Son of Godzilla - 怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子
- 7/16/14

Destroy All Monsters - 怪獣総進撃
- 10/25/11 (Movie Only Re-Issue coming in TBA 2014)
- 10/25/11 Out-of-Print
- 7/16/14

Godzilla's Revenge - ゴジラ ミニラ ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃
- 7/16/14

Godzilla Vs the Smog Monster - ゴジラ 対 ヘドラ
- 5/6/14
- 7/16/14

Godzilla Vs Gigan - 地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ 対 ガイガン
- 5/6/14
- 7/16/14

Godzilla Vs Megalon - ゴジラ 対 メガロ
- TBA 2014
- TBA 2014
- 7/16/14

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla - ゴジラ 対 メカゴジラ
- 7/16/14

Terror of Mechagodzilla - メカゴジラの逆襲
- 7/16/14

Godzilla 1984 - ゴジラ
- 11/20/09

Godzilla Vs Biollante - ゴジラ VS ビオランテ
- 9/18/09
- 12/3/12 OUT OF PRINT
- 3/12/13 *NO JAPANESE AUDIO* Triple Feature with Mega Shark and Monster / DVD & Blu-ray OUT OF PRINT
- 10/29/13 *NO JAPANESE AUDIO* Triple Feature with Mega Shark and Monster OUT OF PRINT

Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah - ゴジラ VS キングギドラ
- 11/20/09
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs Mothra)

Godzilla Vs Mothra - ゴジラ VS モスラ
- 1/22/10
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah)

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II - ゴジラ VS メカゴジラ
- 1/22/10
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla)

Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla - ゴジラ VS スペースゴジラ
- 1/22/10
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II)

Godzilla Vs Destoroyah - ゴジラ VS デストロイア
- 1/22/10
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs Megaguirus)

Godzilla 2000: Millennium - ゴジラ 2000 ミレニアム
- 4/25/14
- 7/16/14

Godzilla X Megaguirus - ゴジラ メガギラス G消滅作戦
- 3/19/10
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla Vs Destoroyah)

GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack - ゴジラ モスラ キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃
- 11/20/09
- 4/25/14

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla - ゴジラ メカゴジラ
- 7/16/14

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. - ゴジラ モスラ メカゴジラ SOS
- 4/25/14
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla: Final Wars)
- 7/16/14

Godzilla: Final Wars - ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ
- 9/18/09
- 3/28/14
- 5/6/14 (Double with Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.)

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Ok, I am going to give you a run down on who owns the rights here in the States for the Godzilla films:

Godzilla (1954) - Classic Media
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) - Classic Media
King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962) - Universal
Mothra Vs Godzilla (1964) - Classic Media
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) - Classic Media
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) - Classic Media
Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster (1966) - Kraken
Son of Godzilla (1967) - Rights are up for grabs
Destroy All Monsters (1968) - Media Blasters
All Monsters Attack (1969) - Classic Media
Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster (1971) - Kraken
Godzilla Vs Gigan (1972) - Kraken
Godzilla Vs Megalon (1973) - Media Blasters
Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (1974) - Rights are up for grabs
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) - Classic Media
Godzilla (1984) - Rights are tied up, will not be available until 2016.
Godzilla Vs Biollante (1989) - Filmyard Holdings / Miramax, however, license deal with Echo Bridge has expired.
Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah (1991) - Sony
Godzilla Vs Mothra (1992) - Sony
Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (1993) - Sony
Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla (1994) - Sony
Godzilla Vs Destoroyah (1995) - Sony
Godzilla 2000 (1999) - Sony
Godzilla X Megagurius (2000) - Sony
GMK (2001) - Sony
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) - Sony
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) - Sony
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) - Sony

Filmyard Holdings = 1 / Universal = 1 / Media Blasters = 2 / Kraken = 3 / Classic Media = 7 / Sony = 11
Right now; Son of Godzilla, Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla, and possibly Godzilla Vs Biollante are up for grabs. Do not hope for anything for Godzilla 1985 until 2016. Toho sold all of the rights separately, with Warner Brothers having the television rights; New World had video rights but with them going out of business, the rights have gone into limbo somewhere. At one point, Anchor Bay did try to release it on DVD and in the process, realized that they didn't have rights. They did release it on VHS, however, a lot of those Godzilla films that Anchor Bay did tapes for were believed to be Public Domain until the Uruguay Act went into effect in 1996.

Kaiju films within the Godzilla universe on Blu-ray:

Rodan - ラドン (1956)
- 9/18/09

The Mysterians - 地球防衛軍 (1957)
- 3/19/10

Mothra - モスラ (1961)
- 9/18/09

Atragon - 海底軍艦 (1963)
- 3/19/10

War of the Gargantuas - フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ 対 ガイラ (1966)
- 1/22/10

King Kong Escapes - キングコングの逆襲 (1967)
- 4/1/14 (American Cut)

Godzilla (1998)
- 7/16/14

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

Bummer that the German release of GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (aka GIGANTIS) apparently won't be featuring English subs!

I thought there was word from Media Blasters that MEGALON was going to be coming out on Blu-Ray, after all. Wasn't that stated recently?
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I thought there was word from Media Blasters that MEGALON was going to be coming out on Blu-Ray, after all. Wasn't that stated recently?
Don't trust a damn thing Media Blasters ever says unless it's already on the shelves.
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GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack - ゴジラ モスラ キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃
- 11/20/09
Nice thread. Am really hoping GMK gets an English-friendly US/UK release. I was blown away by the monster mayhem in this one.
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ok,
[Show spoiler] with the release of the new godzilla film coming in less than four months; the older japanese films are starting to come out everywhere.

godzilla - ゴジラ
- 9/18/09
- 9/22/09 (classic media)
- 1/24/12 (criterion)
- 3/28/14

godzilla raids again - ゴジラの逆襲
- 3/28/14

king kong vs godzilla - キングコング 対 ゴジラ
no releases announced.

mothra vs godzilla - モスラ 対 ゴジラ
- 3/19/10

ghidorah, the three-headed monster - 三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦
- 3/19/10
- 8/6/13

invasion of astro-monster - 怪獣大戦争
no releases announced.

godzilla vs the sea monster - ゴジラ エビラ モスラ 南海の大決闘
- 2014

son of godzilla - 怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子
no releases announced.

destroy all monsters - 怪獣総進撃
- 10/25/11 out-of-print
- 10/25/11 out-of-print

godzilla's revenge - ゴジラ ミニラ ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃
no releases announced.

godzilla vs the smog monster - ゴジラ 対 ヘドラ
- 2014

godzilla vs gigan - 地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ 対 ガイガン
- 2014

godzilla vs megalon - ゴジラ 対 メガロ
- never released
- never released

godzilla vs mechagodzilla - ゴジラ 対 メカゴジラ
no releases announced.

terror of mechagodzilla - メカゴジラの逆襲
no releases announced.

godzilla 1985 - ゴジラ
- 11/20/09

godzilla vs biollante - ゴジラ vs ビオランテ
- 9/18/09
- 12/3/12
- 3/12/13 *no japanese audio* triple feature with mega shark and monster / dvd & blu-ray
- 10/29/13 *no japanese audio* triple feature with mega shark and monster

godzilla vs king ghidorah - ゴジラ vs キングギドラ
- 11/20/09

godzilla vs mothra - ゴジラ vs モスラ
- 1/22/10

godzilla vs mechagodzilla ii - ゴジラ vs メカゴジラ
- 1/22/10

godzilla vs spacegodzilla - ゴジラ vs スペースゴジラ
- 1/22/10

godzilla vs destoroyah - ゴジラ vs デストロイア
- 1/22/10

godzilla 2000: Millennium - ゴジラ 2000 ミレニアム
no releases announced.

godzilla x megaguirus - ゴジラ メガギラス g消滅作戦
- 3/19/10

gmk: Giant monsters all-out attack - ゴジラ モスラ キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃
- 11/20/09

godzilla against mechagodzilla - ゴジラ メカゴジラ
no releases announced.

godzilla: Tokyo s.o.s. - ゴジラ モスラ メカゴジラ sos
no releases announced.

godzilla: Final wars - ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ
- 9/18/09
- 3/28/14


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Cool thread. I'm really hoping the list grows for US releases thru the year. Maybe they will add some more next year at least.
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It is a cool thread but Im doing my best to wait on US releases, and I love my Classic Media Box set , this was a great DVD set...
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I thought there was word from Media Blasters that MEGALON was going to be coming out on Blu-Ray, after all. Wasn't that stated recently?
They claimed this in a September 2013 facebook statement but who knows if it'll actually happen.
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This thread rocks! Thank you!

More Godzilla this summer! I am so having a Godzilla-themed birthday party in May. Paper plates, balloons, party hats (that I'll make everyone wear) - this is going to be awesome. I can only imagine the Party Store clerks face when I tell them that the merchandise is actually for me, not my son.

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Yeah, seeing as how this year marks not only the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, but also the theatrical release of the new American film . . . . . . I'm hoping that Sony and Classic Media show us some serious Big G blu-ray goodness! Also, that someone out there (I don't care who, be it Criterion or Echo Bridge) gives us a stateside release of the original Japanese version of Godzilla (1984).
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They claimed this in a September 2013 facebook statement but who knows if it'll actually happen.

Thanks for the link to the mention of this on Facebook.

The quote seems to contradict itself: supposedly the issues with Toho have been worked out, but it's going to take a while to get the discs out? Since work had already been completed on MEGALON, I'm not sure why it would take much time at all to eliminate one or two special features (if that's what is necessary) and get the BD's manufactured. Saying it's going to take a while suggests that there are still some hurdles to get over.
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Surprised to see "Godzilla Raids Again" making it's Blu-ray debut outside Japan. I may go ahead and take the chance to import this one.

It's very odd that in 2010, Toho halted any further releases on domestic (Japan) Blu-rays of their films barely 1/3rd of the way through their catalog and have not released anything since and show no plans to capitalize on the upcoming US Godzilla film.

Having picked up almost all of the Blu-rays of their films they did release in those first 4 waves of 5 titles per quarter, I can say the transfers ranged from pretty good (War Of The Gargantuas, Atragon, Godzilla Final Wars) to only fair (most of the 90's films which looked really soft as well as the original "Gojira"). Toho took a lot of criticism for the HD remasters which were done originally for broadcast on the Japanese "WOW" HD cable tv channel around 2005.
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Also, that someone out there (I don't care who, be it Criterion or Echo Bridge) gives us a stateside release of the original Japanese version of Godzilla (1984).
Supposedly, the rights don't expire until 2016. Home video rights are up in the air as one company supposedly has it, but, when you go to said company; they claim they don't have it. Warner Bros has the television rights to the film. Anchor Bay back when it was the horror studio it was, tried to get a DVD out there.

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Surprised to see "Godzilla Raids Again" making it's Blu-ray debut outside Japan. I may go ahead and take the chance to import this one.
Well, we got Destroy All Monsters and now we have Godzilla vs the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs the Smog Monster, and Godzilla vs Gigan coming out before a Japanese release.

However, even though a Japanese release of the original Godzilla film came out days prior to Classic Media's release here in the States; the U.S. Blu-ray was announced before the Japanese release.

Ascot Elite did the German Blu-ray for Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and it was region free. However, the Blu-rays of Godzilla, Godzilla Raids Again, and Godzilla: Final Wars are handled by Splendid Entertainment. I have a three of their Blu-rays and they're locked. So, best be region free if you're going to get it. I know I am.

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It's very odd that in 2010, Toho halted any further releases on domestic (Japan) Blu-rays of their films barely 1/3rd of the way through their catalog and have not released anything since and show no plans to capitalize on the upcoming US Godzilla film.

Having picked up almost all of the Blu-rays of their films they did release in those first 4 waves of 5 titles per quarter, I can say the transfers ranged from pretty good (War Of The Gargantuas, Atragon, Godzilla Final Wars) to only fair (most of the 90's films which looked really soft as well as the original "Gojira"). Toho took a lot of criticism for the HD remasters which were done originally for broadcast on the Japanese "WOW" HD cable tv channel around 2005.
HD broadcasts were 2008.

Problem is that they didn't really sell which is why we only got 13 of the 28 films on Blu-ray. And this is why I suspect that more of them are debuting outside of Japan first. I see it as Toho's way of saying that they've milked the older films dry in Japan and that they don't care and if another studio outside Japan can put up the cash for the remasters, then good for them. Toho stopped Sony from putting the Japanese cut of Godzilla 2000 because they didn't get around to putting out the film on DVD in Japan at the time the U.S. DVD came out.
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Sadly most of these are not getting a US release any time soon. It costs a fortune to import Japanese discs.
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The Japanese blu rays also cost too much and they arent English friendly so Ill just wait. We do have the Kraken releasing 3 Showa era titles and Im sure Sony will releases some Millennium and Heisei era Godzilla movies
Id like Mothra III to finally get released here in the states
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And King Kong Vs Godzilla is coming out in April here in the States. Sadly, just the American cut of the film.
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And King Kong Vs Godzilla is coming out in April here in the States. Sadly, just the American cut of the film.
Wait for Dsman71 to come tell you to stop whining in 3..2..1... :P
On a more serious note, awesome thread. I was one of the lucky ones who snatched a copy of Destroy all Monsters on blu ray when it came out. Not the best of transfer, but it has the original Japanese cut and that's really all I'm asking for. Anything else is a nice bonus to me! The commentary was pretty cool though.

And I second GMK on blu ray. It's still the best modern Godzilla flick, imo. It's what Final Wars desperately tried to be.
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Godzilla 1985 - ゴジラ

this should be changed to godzilla 1984....or just simply godzilla

godzilla 1985 is the american version. they are quite different

lets show some seperation.
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