Criterion lit a match under some asses earlier this year with their announcement of a Blu-Ray stack of Godzilla classic feature films from the Showa Era of the famed Toho franchise. That package is now available coupled with pages of info and exclusive new art compiling all fifteen films from the artists listed in gallery just beneath. Check it out and get yours now!
In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original Godzilla soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all fifteen Godzilla films of Japan’s Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.