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Wednesday, 2009-06-24

Godzilla movie timeline

Filed under: History,Movies — bblackmoor @ 18:58

GojiraI spent some time today piecing together the cinematic history of Godzilla. I have about a dozen Godzilla movies on DVD. Most are available in English. A few are not. Some were brutally mangled for US release, but I think many of those have since been re-released by distributors that actually care about the film (most notably Gojira and Godzilla Raids Again).

With that in mind, I have compiled a list of the Godzilla films and what I consider to be the important Godzilla-related films (I included Rodan, for example, but I did not include movies like War of the Gargantuas, which are ostensibly set in the same universe but which never cross over with Godzilla), and linked them to what I consider the best versions of those films on DVD (at the time I made this list, anyway — Classic Media is doing a great job resurrecting these). Unfortunately, some are not yet available on DVD in the USA.

I hope that other people find this list useful.

Showa era

Heisei era

  • The Return of Godzilla (1984) Unfortunately, there is no English version of this film on DVD. That may be a blessing: the Americanized version of this film (“Godzilla 1985″) was an abomination. You may be able to find a region-free copy of the Japanese film on Ebay, though.
  • Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) Unfortunately, there is no English version of this film on DVD. You may be able to find a region-free copy of the Japanese film on Ebay, though.
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) Unfortunately, the only version of this film on DVD is so-called “fullscreen”, meaning that the image is chopped on the right and left. But I suppose it is better than nothing.
  • Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) Unfortunately, the only version of this film on DVD is so-called “fullscreen”, meaning that the image is chopped on the right and left. But I suppose it is better than nothing.
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  • Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
  • Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
  • Rebirth of Mothra III (1998) Unfortunately, there is no English version of this film on DVD. You may be able to find a region-free copy of the Japanese film on ebay, though.

The American knock-off

  • Godzilla (1998) No, it isn’t really a Godzilla movie, but Zilla does show up in Final Wars.

Millennium era

One Response to “Godzilla movie timeline”

  1. bblackmoor says:

    Here is a handy list of various Godzilla and Toho monsters, and what movies they first appeared in:

    http://www.amazon.com/review/RG6S40PDK7V68/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

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