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Trailer & Poster for Rialto's 60th anniversary restoration of Godzilla

02.19.2014by: Kevin Woods

Yesterday we brought you the news that the original 1954 classic GODZILLA would be stomping into limted theaters ahead of Gareth Edwards' highly anticipated remake, and today we have a new poster and trailer for Rialto's restoration of the film that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes.

GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time.  Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the SEVEN SAMURAI.

As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme:  in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament.  The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.

The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.

Check out the new poster and trailer for the restoration of the classic GODZILLA below, following the list of the theaters showing the re-release:

April 18 – 24 NEW YORK, NY Film Forum
April 25 – May 1 SANTA FE, NM Jean Cocteau Cinema
May 2 – 5 PORTLAND, OR Hollywood Theatre
May 2 – 8 SEATTLE, WA SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 23 – 26 HOUSTON, TX The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
May 28 LEXINGTON, KY Kentucky Theatre
July 17 COLUMBUS, OH Wexner Center for the Arts

Extra Tidbit: Will you be checking this film out if it stomps into your area?

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