And of course, just as soon as Tokyo recovers from the devastation, it happens all over again with Classic Media's release of the Japanese version of 1964's Godzilla Vs. Mothra which is being released on a two-disk set with its American release version Godzilla Vs. the Thing. In this film Godzilla comes home to find that someone has chewed holes in his favorite sweater, and large urban areas are trampled as our hero tracks down the moth responsible. OK, not quite. In this film Godzilla is still a badass and not the heroic creature he became later in the series, and when the world needs saving its up to Mothra to make things right. Extras include another commentary from Ryfle and Godzizsewski and a photo gallery, international poster gallery and the Japanese theatrical trailer.
The differences between the Japanese and American versions of Gojira were quite profound, so I'm curious to compare the different versions of these two films as well. Both of these two-disk sets will release on November 7. In the not too distant future Classic Media will be releasing the likes of Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster, Monster Zero, Godzilla's Revenge, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas. Conspicuously absent is Godzilla's third film King Kong Vs. Godzilla which received an Americanization just as drastic as that of Gojira. Maybe there are rights issues with King Kong, but I'm still hoping one day for a side by side comparison of the U.S. and Japanese versions.
AMENDEMENT: As commentor Andrea points out, the general releases of Godzilla Raids Again and Godzilla Vs. Mothra have been pushed back until this coming spring. However, the original release date will be honored at the Godzilla on DVD website.