On Monday, Criterion posted to their Facebook page a picture of a film canister, with “Dupe Posi(tive): GODZILLA. Reel 2 of 10 Reels. Toho Company, Ltd.” written in Japanese. (Thanks to The Good, The Bad And Godzilla for the translation.)
The post pretty much confirmed rumors that Criterion was planning a release of the classic daikaiju egu film that had been swirling since earlier this summer when the original Gojira and its American re-edit Godzilla: King Of The Monsters briefly appeared on Criterion’s Hulu page for a brief time. The photo also hints that Criterion will be probably be doing on a restoration of the film, working from interpositive elements supplied by Toho. Of course, all this should be treated as speculation until confirmed by Criterion.
If a restoration is in the works for Gorjira, that is certainly exciting and welcome news. While Classic Media’s release of the film and a handful of subsequent entries from Toho’s giant monster films contained a plethora of extras, the picture itself was in need of some serious attention.
Now as I’ve said just a few paragraphs ago, this is all pretty much speculation. But I definitely feel we’re on solid ground here. Given Criterion’s track record, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with for this release.