It's still more special features than the Sony disks had. But I would like to see commentary for these movies, but I'll take what I can get. Sometimes if you force commentary, it just comes out as crap, like the Godzilla's Revenge commentary. A lot of it was just narration.
That seems to be the current trend for cover art for these films though, just stick the movie poster on it and go. Still looking forward to these releases.
Here's the problem with making commentaries for the films: When Media Blasters got in trouble with Toho the special features got nitpicked to hell. The reason it took years to approve the Destroy All Monsters re-release was because they went over the audio commentary with a fine tooth comb. In fact, Echo Bridge even recorded an audio commentary for Godzilla vs. Biollante, but they weren't willing to wait that long for Toho to approve it, so they released the discs without it. I imagine these discs will be the same way.
Heads up on new blu-ray rumors: It's circulating the net that Universal is planning to release both King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes on blu-ray on April 1st. April fools joke? Maybe. We'll see. I'm waiting for confirmation from a reliable source. Rumored specs are barebones, english only releases.
If you are interested, King Kong vs. Godzilla will be playing on Svengoolie on the MeTv network this Saturday night. They showed King Kong Escapes last year and it's kind of fun to watch the kaiju movies get a "horror movie host" treatment. So I'm looking forward to this.
I was just poking around on Amazon Unbox last weekend trying to make use of my Prime membership. I noticed they had the American version of Varan the Unbelievable to stream for free. I like the Japanese version of Varan and was always curious about this version. Believe me, this is no Godzilla King of the Monsters. It starts with your typical narration about the A-Bomb from the 50's. Then as the movie progresses you start to notice that the scenes with Myron Heally done mesh as well with this movie as the Raymond Burr scenes did in GKoTM. In fact, most of the time the monster is in Tokyo attacking the airport, Heally's character is stuck with his wife and a Captain in what is obviously Bronson Canyon. They didn't keep Varan's roar or any of Ifukube's score except for a short snip of the theme played behind the priest's prayer. They also cut out a good portion of the monster scenes including the entire naval and air force attack on him while he's at sea.
This means Shout lost the rights to these films, so if you don't have their MST Gamera set, pick it up soon.
It's weird to think that when these come out the entire Gamera series will be on blu. And Godzilla has how many releases? Three (one out of print)? Four that we know of on the horizon? To this I say boo.
Will pick up for Barugon and Jiger, which I legitimately enjoy. And Super Monster Gamera, which makes me laugh.
You beat me to it! I'm surprised that Shout let the rights run out so quickly. I'm not sure one this, I'll have to see what features they will have before I run out and buy this. Then on the other hand, I'll need to make use of that Prime membership.
I was disappointed that there was on commentary for G vs. Gyaos, but as stated before there has been little written and few stories passed down about these films so that would make it difficult to fill the movie with commentary.
On another note, I'm getting excited about the new Godzilla movie after seeing the new trailer today. I noticed someone mentioning 1954 and then a scene of an atomic blast. I wonder if his origins will just be from the Bikini Atoll test or if they are actually connecting it with the original movie.
I've absolutely adored all the trailers for the new movie. You can count me in as a part of TEAM (Gareth) EDWARD(s).
Here's the line I found most interesting about the new trailer: when they bring up the Pacific H-bomb tests, Ken Watanabe says "We were trying to kill it." I'm guessing however Godzilla was unleashed, they just kept nuking it, nuking it, nuking it until it became the massive behemoth it is in the movie.
Whatever it is, I'm super excited to find out.
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More home media news. First of all Destroy All Monsters is being re-released on May 1st, but as a bare-bones disc. A posting was placed on Walmart.com and Keith Aiken confirmed it to be true.
Next up is a fact and a rumor: Keith Aiken confirmed a bit of sad news...Mill Creek did not option any Godzilla titles from Sony except Godzilla: The Series (he says he wasn't certain if they optioned the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy in addition to the original film, the third of which hasn't been released on any format in the States). However considering Mill Creek had interest in the Gamera series (not to mention Mothra and Daimajin), one could safely assume they probably looked into Sony's Godzilla titles while working with the company. The fact that Sony said no to them could be interpreted as meaning Sony had plans for these titles.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II/Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Godzilla vs. Destoroyah/Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Godzilla: Final Wars/Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
Noticeably absent are the Millennium titles of Godzilla 2000, Godzilla; Mothra; King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Even weirder is the missed opportunity of a natural double feature of Against Mechagodzilla and Tokyo SOS, but I guess Sony doesn't really care about the pairing of these titles as long as they sell.
Keep in mind this is unconfirmed. August once broke news way back when stating Media Blasters had obtained Godzilla vs. Megalon when in fact they hadn't even looked into it (the news story did spark interest in Media Blasters looking into obtaining the title though). This time he wisely stresses that this is strictly a rumor until the company confirms it.
The omission of 2000 seems glaring to me, since it was the only film in the lot released to theaters. Maybe the remaining titles are being saved to tie into the home media release of the new film, with a double feature of GMK and Mechagodzilla and (wishful thinking, I know) a Japanese/English double feature of 2000 (though it's probably more likely they'd do a double feature with it and G98). Or perhaps they're being saved to be paired with a Rebirth of Mothra film each (yeah right)?
I'm hoping this rumor is true though. Sony's Heisei releases (save for Mechagodzilla II) are shoddy beyond belief, what with King Ghidorah and Mothra's pan and scan presentation and dub only audio options. Here's hoping these possible releases correct the problem.