SciFi Japan have recenetly received some news from Media Blasters in regards to the Godzilla vs Megalon DVD and Blu-ray release. The company have informed SciFi Japan that Godzilla vs Megalon is scheduled for released on DVD and Blu-ray on 29th November 2011 in North America.
Godzilla Vs Megalon & Destroy All Monsters US DVD, BluRay Plans Detailed Links : Comments | Forum Topic | Posted by Matt Stanyon | Date : Wednesday 8th June 2011 @ 21:00 PM GMT
New York-based home video and theatrical distributor Media Blasters announced on the 27th May 2011 that they have acquired North American rights from Toho Co. for the Godzilla vs Megalon and Destroy All Monsters. Both films have now been confirmed to be heading to Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray through the company's live-action Asian cinema division, Tokyo Shock.
In the past release information for each movie in North America :
Destroy All Monsters
Previously issued on VHS and DVD in America by ADV Films. Debuting before Toho began releasing the Godzilla movies on DVD in Japan, the ADV disc was a completely bare bones release lacking even such basic features as menus or chapter stops.
Godzilla vs Megalon
This movie has has never received an authorized Region 1 DVD release. A few video labels have issued unlicensed DVDs of the film sourced from poor quality, pan & scan television transfers, but these were quickly shut down by Toho. Contractual issues have kept the movie off the market in recent years, so Media Blasters' upcoming DVD and Blu-ray will mark the first time the movie will be available on American home video with audio and widescreen video elements provided by Toho.
Read the full Press Release below :
MEDIA BLASTERS CAPTURES TWO CLASSIC GODZILLA EPICS!
(New York City) Amid a flurry of escalating internet rumors, Media Blasters Inc. and their Tokyo Shock label are proud to announce and confirm the acquisition of two vintage Toho produced Godzilla classics- DESTROY ALL MONSTERS and GODZILLA VS. MEGALON! For the first time, both films will be re-mastered in high definition and released on DVD and Blu-ray! DESTROY ALL MONSTERS will receive a worthy deluxe treatment to provide fans with a noticeable upgrade from its previous DVD incarnation. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON marks the first time that this long sought after title will be officially released uncut and widescreen on DVD and Blu-ray. Both films will feature exciting extras!
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968) is universally considered a strong fan favorite of the entire Godzilla series! It's an all-star monster rally of epic proportions featuring Toho's greatest and wildest mammoth monsters in the ultimate, all-out rubber suit rumble! See Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Minya, Spiega, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda and Varan in all their titanic glory! The film was directed by the famed Ishiro Honda, director of the original 1954 film and the last entry to feature the dream team of special effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya, music composer Akira Ifukube and producer Tomoyuki Tanaka.
“DESTROY ALL MONSTERS represents a high water mark in the Godzilla series for its sheer spectacle… It's Godzilla movie heaven.” – stomptokyo.com
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) has been the most elusive Godzilla film in North America. This is the film that most baby-boomers saw in U.S. movie theaters and then had to rely on badly cropped VHS and DVD bootleg copies to enjoy the film thereafter. This entry features Godzilla taking on Megalon and Gigan with the help of the unforgettable growing robot, Jet Jaguar! Reportedly cut to receive a G-rating upon its U.S. release, the film was hosted by John Belushi in a Godzilla suit for its national TV premiere. Tokyo Shock will present the film uncut on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time!
“GODZILLA VS. MEGALON completes the canonization of Godzilla, the creature who came from beneath the sea… to destroy Tokyo and has returned in sequels again and again to protect the land he once loathed. It's been a remarkable transformation of character- the dragon has become St. George.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Now that Media Blasters have secured the deal with Toho for both movies, they have discussed the situation with SciFi Japan to talk about company's plans for the two Godzilla films and clear up all of the facts.
Both Blu-ray and DVD formats are confirmed for North America.
Destroy All Monsters is tentatively scheduled for 25th October, but things can change.
No date yet for Godzilla vs Megalon.
They are currently reviewing materials for Blu-ray releases and will provide news updates in the coming months.
Media Blasters are favoring separate DVD and Blu-ray releases.
They will have access to 35mm materials as well as Toho's HD broadcast masters.
They have access to the restorations and plan to release the films complete with some interesting extras.
Details whether the releases will feature Japanese and English language versions for each movie is still being discussed.
Details whether dual audio tracks, or whether each movie would receive separate English and Japanese versions is being investigated now and subject to Toho's approval.
No confirmation whether Destroy All Monsters would include the American International Pictures dubbing as well as the International English dubbing.
Media Blasters' previous Toho DVDs featured many of the bonus features from the Region 2 Japanese discs and Media Blasters expects to carry over all the extras from the Japanese release pending Toho approval, for these two movies as well.
New content like extras that will cover the U.S. theatrical and TV releases is being planned. Again, this is subject to approval by Toho.
Destroy All Monsters rights no longer reside with ADV co-founder Matt Greenfield.
Media Blasters dealt directly with Toho, who have confirmed to reissue rights to Media Blasters.
Media Blasters confirmed that acquirring right to Godzilla vs Megalon was much quicker than normal.
They went to Toho to try to acquire the rights after the internet rumours about a possible Godzilla vs Megalon DVD started flying.
Media Blasters previously looked into acquiring Godzilla vs Megalon rights back in 2005-2006.
Back in April rumours linked Media Blasters to a release of The Return of Godzilla/Godzilla 1985 (the only Godzilla movie not currently licensed to an American distributor). But Media Blasters did ask into acquirring the movie, and will probably try again in the near future. They remember this title was previously announced by another label years ago.
Check back for more news on this subject as soon as we hear more.
Godzilla Thursday's Hitting North American TCM This June Links : Comments | Forum Topic | Posted by Matt Stanyon | Date : Tuesday 31st May 2011 @ 22:00 PM GMT
Turner Classic Movies has announced today that on Thursday nights throughout June, they will be airing four favourite Golden Age Japanese movie monsters, which will feature fifteen movies never before aired on TCM, including Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Rodan, Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster and, Godzilla vs Monster Zero.
They will also be airing a series of “Drive-In Double Features” of monster movies from the 1950's and 60's, including :
The Valley Of Gwangi
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Also listed in the schedule are Toho's The H-Man and the Japanese/American co-production The Manster. Every movie will be shown in their English language, US release versions.
TCM Japanese Monster Movie Schedule for June 2011 :
Thursday 2nd June
8:00 PM EST - Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1954/1956)
Nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast : Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata.
9:45 PM EST- Rodan (1956/1957)
Miners uncover the nest of a giant pterodactyl. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast : Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata.
11:15 PM EST- Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964/1965)
Mothra, Godzilla and Rodan join forces to take on a space monster. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast : Yosuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi.
1:00 AM EST- Godzilla Vs Monster Zero (1965/1970)
Aliens try to use Godzilla, King Ghidorah and Rodan to take over the Earth. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast : Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Kubo.
Thursday 16th June
3:30 AM EST- The Manster (1958/1962)
A mad scientist turns a reporter into a two-headed killer. Director: George P. Breakston. Cast: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Satoshi Nakamura, Jerry Ito.
Thursday 30th June
9:30 PM EST- The H-Man (1958/1959)
Nuclear tests create a radioactive man who can turn people into slime. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast : Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata.
Netflix Strikes Deal with Miramax, Could Godzilla Vs Biollante Happen? Links : Comments | Forum Topic | Posted by Matt Stanyon | Date : Monday 4th April 2011 @ 23:20 PM GMT
Earlier this week, Netflix annouced that they finallized a deal with Miramax that will bring even more movies to their Watch Instantly service starting just next month. Some of the movies that were mentioned were:
The English Patient
From Dusk Till Dawn
Good Will Hunting
Kill Bill Volumes I and II
Shakespeare in Love
Many of the movies for :
Now as far as I know, Miramax currently hold the rights the English language version of Godzilla vs Biollante, while Toho retains the rights to the original Japanese language edition. Now that Netflix and Miramax have finalized this deal, could we finally see the English language version of Godzilla vs Biollante in DVD quality? or maybe even possibly in HD?
This is because the movie in North America has only been released on VHS and Laser Disc and trying to acquire Godzilla vs Biollante on either of these formats is very tricky as they are now very rare. Come on Miramax! Finally listen to Godzilla fans and give us what we want.
Godzilla Vs Megalon Region 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Rumours False Links : Comments | Forum Topic | Posted by Matt Stanyon | Date : Monday 4th April 2011 @ 23:20 PM GMT
Over the past few days, Godzilla fandom has been abuzz over rumours that the 1973 film GODZILLA VS MEGALON was being readied for a deluxe release on US DVD and/or Blu-Ray. Well known Japanese film historian August Ragone (author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters ) broke the news, providing details in several online postings and an article which ran on his blog March 31st. Stressing that the report was “not some April Fool's post”, Ragone stated that his source was “a relative of one of the people who worked on MEGALON” who had revealed that “a licensed DVD is being prepped, replete with special features — including an audio commentary — which are underway or being completed for an anamorphic disc for the US market.” He added that “we have been told that the film has been licensed by Media Blasters” and “Working on the special features are some of the same names who were associated with the Classic Media releases”.