Would you like to go directly into Godzilla’s mouth? Sure you would! And starting next summer, you can – as long as you visit a new Godzilla theme park attraction on Japan’s Awaji Island.
I remember reading about a huge Godzilla head that was constructed outside a hotel in Tokyo, but that seemed to be primarily done for photo opportunities. This, on the other hand, will be an interactive attraction at a theme park, and built to look as if Godzilla is rising up out of the ground. Japanese site IT Media refers to this (via Google Translate) as “the world’s first attraction using life-size Godzilla.” Read More »
This week’s Blu-ray round-up features a monster box set, both literally and figuratively. We’re talking a massive 15-film Godzilla set from the good folks at the Criterion Collection. If that’s not enough for you, there’s more! Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a long-awaited special edition Blu-ray of The Blob, and a 4K release of Scarface. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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In case you missed the news, the Criterion Collection is releasing a massive box set containing high-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time. It’s a big deal, and even to a casual Godzilla fan like myself. The set arrives in October, and ahead of its release, Criterion has cut together a nifty little trailer to show us all what’s in store. Watch the Godzilla Criterion Collection box set trailer below.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how three motion capture performers worked together to help create Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Plus, Patrick Warburton improvises nine new cartoon characters after seeing them for the first time, and a Terminator: Dark Fate trailer is cut in the style of the old school Terminator movies (aka the good ones). Read More »
Godzilla may have been King of the Monsters this past summer, but the sequel wasn’t quite king of the box office with only $110.5 million pulled in domestically after a budget of $170 million. That’s not necessarily a bomb, but it’s a little disappointing by blockbuster standards. Of course, that won’t stop Godzilla vs Kong from arriving next spring, and it certainly didn’t stop the folks at How It Should Have Ended from pointing out some of the leaps in logic to allow the human plot to unfold in the sequel.
Find out the many ways how Godzilla: King of the Monsters should have ended below. Read More »
Pretty much everyone thought the 2016 reboot of Godzilla simply didn’t have enough of the giant, radioactive lizard for a movie that bears only his name as the title. But Godzilla: King of the Monsters probably didn’t need to overcompensate this much in order to make up for it.
As the Godzilla: King of the Monsters Honest Trailer points out, this movie has plenty of kaiju action, whether it’s Godzilla vs Rhodan or Ghidorah, or just one of his two enemies messing shit up. The only problem is that you can barely see any of it through all the rain, snow, debris or whatever other particles get in the way of actually just seeing a nice clean monster fight on the big screen. Read More »
The Criterion Collection has finally revealed the contents of their 1000th release, and it’s a doozy. Godzilla: The Showa Era-Films, 1954-1975 collects 15 Godzilla films together on Blu-ray for the very first time, and the results look incredible. This monster-sized Criterion Godzilla box set will feature high-definition digital transfers of all fifteen Godzilla films made between 1954 and 1975, released together for the first time, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks – and more. Details below.
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If you thought Godzilla: King of the Monsters was the only radioactive titan action you were getting this summer, think again.
TOHO Studios, the Japanese company behind all things Godzilla, will give the legendary monster his own booth at San Diego Comic-Con next month in honor of the big guy’s 65th anniversary. This isn’t the first time Godzilla has had a presence at the convention, but it’s the first time an entire booth will pay tribute to the creature’s history in cinema, which spans 35 movies and counting. Find out more about the Godzilla Comic-Con celebration below. Read More »
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At 8:55 a.m. on a Friday in the Tokyo suburbs, I sat down at my local Toho Cinemas multiplex to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was a fitting location to be in: first, because Godzilla destroyed landmarks from this very city in his first movie appearance back in 1954, and second, because the Toho chain of theaters is a subsidiary of the company behind Godzilla. Its theater in Shinjuku — the last stop on the train line where I live — is even situated in a building that is topped with a life-size Godzilla head. A couple of days later, I would commune with the spirit of Godzilla at an 8th-floor terrace cafe with a direct view of the head, before going downstairs to rewatch the movie and takes some notes.
In November of this year, Godzilla will celebrate his 65th birthday. Right now, he’s still averaging one new movie every two years here on his original stomping grounds. Toho’s homegrown series of Japanese Godzilla films boasts thirty-two entries alone. There was a record break of twelve years between Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla (2016). However, with the latter film, plus Netflix’s anime Godzilla trilogy and two recent Legendary Pictures productions, the King of Monsters has been enjoying a global resurgence as of late.
Now, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Hollywood has assembled its very own all-star kaiju flick, which draws from Toho tradition to present what USA Today called “the Avengers of giant creature features.” For the first time in an American movie, the gang’s all here: not just Godzilla, but also King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Their appearance in King of the Monsters is informed by past appearances in Toho films, so if you’ve seen the movie and are curious to dive deeper into its ocean of references, then prepare to embark on a spoilery submarine expedition through Toho history.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters proved to be the reigning champ of the weekend box office as well. On its opening weekend, the Michael Dougherty-directed monster movie raked in $49 million domestically, beating out Aladdin and fellow new entries Rocketman and Ma. But despite its evisceration of the competition, the Godzilla King of the Monsters box office still disappoints in relation to its projected earnings and the rest of the Legendary MonsterVerse franchise.
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