The year of Godzilla continues! Just a few months ago Sony released from the Heisei and Millennium eras, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla & Mothra: The Battle of Earth, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla/Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah/Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS/Godzilla: Final Wars. Now the company is preparing to release their second wave of Blu-rays, which finishes up the Millennium era! These include GODZILLA 2000, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack/Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and as an awesome bonus: the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy!
Surprisingly, despite GODZILLA 2000 having a theatrical release in the US, it didn’t get a Blu-ray nationwide until this announcement. What’s the special part besides it being finally on Blu-ray in North America? For the first in NA, the original Japanese version will be view-able! While it has been said by many that the American edit is superior to the original film, it will nonetheless be great to finally see how the movie was originally made.
The second is a double feature having Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. This is a bit of an odd release because in Wave 1 Godzilla Tokyo SOS was included, which is a direct sequel to Against MG. Why they didn’t put those together is beyond me.
And finally, the most intriguing of the upcoming releases is REBIRTH OF MOTHRA trilogy. The first two were released as a double feature from Sony in 2000. Sadly the third, and in my opinion, the best one was never released outside of Japan. The only way people could watch it legally was on Crackle, but the site eventually took it down. Now out of nowhere the company will be releasing a triple Blu-ray feature! Admittedly, they’re lower tier in the kaiju genre. The second one might just be the worst film TOHO has ever made. Still, the first is decent and the third has what might be the greatest incarnation of King Ghidorah.
These releases are scheduled for September 9th. It’s a great time to be a Godzilla fan!
Source: SciFi Japan