Godzilla

Godzilla

Directed by Ishiro Honda • 1954 • Japan

GODZILLA (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.

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Godzilla
  • Godzilla

    Directed by Ishiro Honda • 1954 • Japan

    GODZILLA (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioact...

Extras

  • GODZILLA Commentary

    Recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2011, this audio commentary features critic David Kalat, author of “A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series.”

  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters

    Directed by Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse • 1956 • United States

    This 1956 feature film, codirected and edited by Terry Morse, is the famous American reworking of the original GODZILLA. It combines footage from the original 1954 production with new material staring Western actors, including Ra...

  • GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Commentary

    Recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2011, this audio commentary features critic David Kalat, author of “A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series.”

  • GODZILLA Cast and Crew: Akira Takarada

    In this 2011 interview, actor Akira Takarada recalls his experience starring as Ogata in GODZILLA.

  • GODZILLA Cast and Crew: Haruo Nakajima

    In this 2011 interview, GODZILLA performer Haruo Nakajima reflects on the challenges and highlights of portraying the iconic creature.

  • GODZILLA Cast and Crew: Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai

    This 2011 conversation features effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai discussing their work on GODZILLA.

  • GODZILLA Cast and Crew: Akira Ifukube

    This 2000 interview features composer Akira Ifukube talking about his career and his unforgettable score for GODZILLA.

  • Photographic Effects

    This featurette, introduced by effects director Koichi Kawakita and effects photographer Motoyoshi Tomioka, reveals the visual tricks behind certain sequences in GODZILLA.

  • Tadao Sato on GODZILLA

    In this video interview, conducted in 2011, renowned Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato looks at GODZILLA in terms of Japanese culture.

  • The Unluckiest Dragon

    This 2011 illustrated audio essay, featuring Greg Pflugfelder of Columbia University, details the tragedy that befell the fishing vessel “Daigo Fukuryu Maru” (Lucky Dragon No. 5), an event that inspired parts of the GODZILLA story.

  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters - Trailer

    Directed by Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse • 1956 • United States

    This 1956 feature film, codirected and edited by Terry Morse, is the famous American reworking of the original GODZILLA. It combines footage from the original 1954 production with new material staring Western actors, including ...