The Criterion Collection

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The Criterion Collection, often shortened to just Criterion, is an American home video distribution company specializing in prestige releases of significant films past and present. Founded in 1984, its innovations include letterboxing widescreen films, audio commentaries, and special features in general. Many of Criterion's releases are localized in the United Kingdom through Sony. Despite the genre's often dim reputation in the West, Criterion has licensed many kaiju films, including every entry in the Showa Godzilla series.

Selected Home Video Releases

The Criterion Channel

Criterion also operates a streaming service in the U.S. and Canada called The Criterion Channel, which it launched in 2019. Previously, select Criterion titles were only available on Hulu, then FilmStruck.

The following kaiju films are available on The Criterion Channel. All Toho films except Godzilla use Toho's 2008 HD transfers, while titles dubbed into English twice use their international export dubs:

Revival Screenings

In 2019, Criterion business partner Janus Films began facilitating revival screenings of the Godzilla films it owned the rights to, including Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Hedorah, both currently unavailable on The Criterion Channel.[1][2]

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Green Blob Thing

6 months ago
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Could someone else here clarify this for me? I've got the new Showa era films set that Criterion has released, which is great by the way, and in some of the films I have noticed some oddities in them. Nothing major, just things that quickly flicker by for a few frames and then quickly disappear. When pausing them, it doesn't seem to be like the blu-ray is damaged but just that these problems are part of the film prints themselves that Criterion have used. I've provided two screenshots below.

https://prnt.sc/q5als9 (from GTTHM)

https://prnt.sc/q5alte (from IOAM's infamous dance scene)

I can't see how these could be problems with the blu-ray disc itself given how they look like, and that it's presumably just more likely to be a result of the prints not being preserved 100% completely well over the 54 years that they've existed for, but it's a bit annoying. Could someone else confirm for me if this is the case?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

6 months ago
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They're splice marks, present in the Pure HiVision transfers that originally aired on Japanese television (but cropped out of the Toho Blu-rays). Presumably Toho forbade Criterion from removing them, as part of their campaign to make this prestige set as mediocre as possible.
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Green Blob Thing

6 months ago
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Ah, I see. That is a bit of a shame, but they can be ignored while watching the movies. I still think the set is fantastic and I can't really complain too much about it, considering this is the first time that 13 of the Showa movies have even been released over here in the UK. Also just feels great to finally have the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

10 months ago
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