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Old 04-03-04, 09:29 AM
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Sony acquires rights to some classic Godzilla titles!

...and the hits just keep on comin'!

Henshin!Online reports that Sony (Columbia/TriStar) has obtained the rights to the following:
Ebirah: Horror of the Deep (Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster)

Much, much more info at henshinonline.com
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Old 04-03-04, 10:18 AM
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The one I really want is Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Thank, for the info.
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Old 04-03-04, 10:43 AM
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Great news! Thanks JordanGLC!!
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Old 04-03-04, 10:55 AM
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If they keep up their uncut, Japanese audio trend, then good news indeed.
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I wonder how long it will be until we get the original Gojira in R1.
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I will probably get them all regardless if they are not subtitled or uncut because I have just about worn out my vhs copies of these movies, especially godzilla vs. the sea monster. Now if the company that owns the rights to War of the Gargantuas would hurry up a release I would be a very happy person.
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Is "Smog Monster" the really trippy one?

I remember seeing (what I think) was that one when I was a wee tot.
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Originally posted by Josh-da-man
Is "Smog Monster" the really trippy one?

I remember seeing (what I think) was that one when I was a wee tot.
If by "trippy" you mean a cool song ("Save the Earth"), animated sequences and people dancing in a club with fish masks on their heads, then yes, this is the one.

First-time (and, sadly, last-time) Godzilla director Yoshimitsu Banno made this movie under the radar of long time Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who was convalescing at the time of filming.
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Old 04-03-04, 05:27 PM
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Originally posted by seymouru
I wonder how long it will be until we get the original Gojira in R1.
I'd say pretty soon.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/i.../godzilla.html
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Old 04-03-04, 06:28 PM
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Thanks duz, that's great news. I've been waiting for this ever since the Criterion LD was pulled. A 50th anniversary theatrical release is just what the doctor ordered.
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Originally posted by duz
I'd say pretty soon.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/i.../godzilla.html

You know, I realize there's not a lick of new footage in that trailer, but I've watched it a dozen times over. I am extremely eager for this.
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Originally posted by JordanGLC
If by "trippy" you mean a cool song ("Save the Earth"), animated sequences and people dancing in a club with fish masks on their heads, then yes, this is the one.

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problem is AIP (which is now owned by mGM) Controls the original dubbing track of the US version of GODZILLA VS SMOG MONSTER, which has the song SAVE THE EARTH, and on recent UK video, as well as on sci-fi channel, the Toho new widescreen master of GODZILLA HEDORAH was titled that , not SMOG MONSTER, with a different dubbing, and no SAVE THE EARTH, as they kept the original japanese language version of the song "Ka ese" (give it back!), so unless you can find the long oop VHS amd LD of SMOG MONSTER, the US version of the song probably wount be in the DVD.
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Sony finding a good example of the AIP-dub to remaster is not likely. The Toho office in LA reportedly has one copy that is too deteriorated to use. Hey, if anyone out there has it in 35mm stowed away in their attic....

I included "Save the Earth" in my post because I assumed that's what Josh-da-man heard when he was a wee tot.
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I can't wait for Godzilla VS the Sea Monster/Ebirah. I love that movie - and I sure hope that they release it in widescreen. I'd buy that in a heartbeat!

I'll also get Son of Godzilla for my daughter - she loves that little guy!
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I'll also get Son of Godzilla for my daughter - she loves that little guy!
That's funny, because my little Riot Grrrl, who'll turn four in a few weeks, loves Minya too. I own a decent handful of Godzilla titles, but that damn Godzilla's Revenge finds it's way into the DVD player more than most!
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Re: Sony acquires rights to some classic Godzilla titles!

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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)
Simply a masterpiece of world cinema!
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Great news. I really hope that they will have the original Japanese language audio tracks and hopefully they will have the same nice anamorphic transfers as Toho's R2 discs.
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Boy would I ever love to see Godzilla Vs. Monster X

Nick Adams shoving his hands down his pants throughout the movie is priceless.

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Originally posted by Mudhead
Boy would I ever love to see Godzilla Vs. Monster X

Nick Adams shoving his hands down his pants throughout the movie is priceless.
I think you're referring to Monster Zero, which did have Nick Adams in it as Astronaut Glenn. King Ghidorah (Monster Zero) was controlled by the Xians of Planet X.

Monster X, btw, is the mysterious moniker given to an unknown kaiju that will appear in Godzilla: Final Wars.
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Originally posted by JordanGLC
Monster X, btw, is the mysterious moniker given to an unknown kaiju that will appear in Godzilla: Final Wars.
Speaking of GODZILLA FINAL WARS, there's a HUGE article about it at Henshin!Online with tons of info, updates. Check it out!
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Old 08-02-04, 10:03 PM
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In case you missed the thread, moderator Mao posted here that some of these titles will be released October 19.
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Old 08-13-04, 05:26 PM
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Henshin Online is reporting that Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired North American rights to several Godzilla films which will be released this fall:

EBIRAH: HORROR OF THE DEEP (Nankai-no Daiketto, aka GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER, 1966)

SON OF GODZILLA (Gojira-no Mosuko, 1967)

GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (Gojira tai Hedorah, aka GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER, 1971)

GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (Gojira tai Mekagojira, aka GODZILLA VS THE COSMIC MONSTER, 1974)

GOILLA VS GIGAN (Chikyu Kogeki Meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan, aka GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND, 1972)

GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (Gojira X Mosura X Mekagojira: Tokyo SOS, 2003)

All of the films will be released on DVD from Sony's Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, with the first wave of titles- HEDORAH, GIGAN, and MECHAGODZILLA '74- coming on October 19th. There has been no official word yet on when we can expect to see EBIRAH, SON OF GODZILLA, and TOKYO SOS. Each of the new releases will be sold individually at a SRP of $24.96, and the films will be presented in widescreen with both Toho's "international" English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The older films will also be included in two of the three "Godzilla DVD Collection" boxed sets that are also going on sale October 19th.

The first collection is a three-pack containing GODZILLA VS HEDORAH, GODZILLA VS GIGAN, and the 1998 US GODZILLA remake by TriStar. The SRP for the set is $53.95. The second collection is a five-pack that features the three aforementioned titles plus GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA and GODZILLA 2000 (1999) at a SRP of $92.95. The "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla!" box collects nine movies on seven discs; the GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH/GODZILLA AND MOTHRA(1991/92) and GODZILLA VS SPACE GODZILLA/GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH(1994/95) double features, GODZILLA (1998), GODZILLA 2000, GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS (2000), GMK (2001), and GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002). This set will retail for approximately $121.95. According to information on the Sony Home Video website the latter two sets will have a new DVD of GODZILLA 2000 that includes all the features of the previous release plus a special bonus on Side B...the original Japanese theatrical version in 5.1 Audio with optional English subtitles.
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Old 08-14-04, 01:16 AM
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Damn. That's some Godzilla. My site is really out of date now.
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Old 09-26-04, 01:08 PM
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moviesunlimited.com and creepyclassics.com both have Son of Godzilla slated for a 12/14/04 release. Just in time for Christmas!
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Old 09-26-04, 01:11 PM
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The real prize would be a Criterion release of Rialto's Gojira transfer. Please please please...
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