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Gojira Blu-ray

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Godzilla Classic Media | 1954 | 98 min | Not rated | Sep 22, 2009

Gojira (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.47:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 2.8 of 52.8
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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Horror73%
Drama62%
Sci-Fi23%
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Gojira

 (1954)

Gojira Blu-ray features poor video and mediocre audio in this still overall recommended Blu-ray release

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.

For more about Gojira and the Gojira Blu-ray release, see Gojira Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Directors: Ishiro Honda, Terry O. Morse
Writers: Ishiro Honda, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Kin Sugai

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Gojira Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

I wish I had better news to report on this BD's image quality. The good news is the film is preserved in a somewhat unusual aspect ratio of 1.47:1, offering a slightly wider image than standard Academy ratio. Unfortunately, the film is badly in need of a major restoration effort, something that was apparent with the original DVD release a few years ago and which is only all the more apparent with the superior resolution of Blu-ray. While contrast is still surprisingly strong, black levels vary considerably from scene to scene (and sometimes within a scene), at times offering deeply nuanced shades that allow the nighttime scenes to still bristle with detail, but at other times offer only a murky, shadowy mishmash. The worst part of this transfer is the virtually nonstop specks, scratches, and even emulsion damage. Part of this was inherent in the original negative, due to the primitive working conditions and the multi-pass opticals which only highlighted dust and debris as elements were assembled. (There's also quite a bit of pretty shoddy stock footage, obviously originally from 16mm masters, that is even worse than the bulk of the film). While grain is apparent, it's natural looking and this film has obviously had nary a moment of DNR applied to it. Overall, Gojira sports a pretty soft transfer, though the final third or so sharpened up considerably, until the final underwater segment. This film has obviously not been properly preserved, and it's a shame, really. It certainly is a classic, of a sort anyway (and maybe not even qualified with that "of a sort anyway"), and deserves a thorough scrubbing and complete frame by frame restoration. I'm not sure anyone who already has the two DVD release from Classic Media is going to want to "upgrade" to this BD.


Gojira Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

The original mono Japanese soundtrack has less damage than the image does, but it is certainly nowhere near modern digital standards, and even the Dolby Digital 2.0 repurposing can't ameliorate the highly compressed, boxy sound to a lot of the track. While everything here is clear, you'll notice an omnipresent thinness of sound, especially on the extreme highs and lows, not all simply attributable to noise reduction. Godzilla's thundering roar, a rather brilliant special effect in and of itself (made by a detuned contrabass string played with a leather glove) doesn't rumble with any real ferocity. It's loud, yes, but it doesn't penetrate the way it should. There is noticeable hiss, if no readily apparent dropouts, throughout the film.


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Criterion Teases Gojira (Godzilla) Blu-ray - August 22, 2011

Criterion has posted an image of a film canister on Facebook that hints they may be restoring the first Godzilla film, Gojira for a future Blu-ray release. The Ishiro Honda film, which was released in the U.S. as Godzilla, King of the Monsters, received a Blu-ray ...

Original Godzilla Stomps onto Blu-ray in September - May 7, 2009

Independent studio Classic Media enters the high-definition arena with its digitally-remastered release of the original 1954 Japanese big-monster classic 'Gojira' (also known as 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters') on Blu-ray on September 22, distributed by Genius ...


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