“THE PRE-EMINENT MOVIE MONSTER
OF THE 50’S! Its significance can be
glimpsed only in the Japanese version!”
Rafferty, The New York Times
“SMASHING IN EVERY SENSE OF THE
has not diminished this movie’s tabloid
docu-horror allure. In the underwater climax,
the slow-moving Godzilla is as glacially creepy
as the dragon in Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen….
The immortal Takashi Shimura (Seven Samurai)
emerges as the indisputable star.”
Michael Sragow, The New Yorker
“TALL, DARK AND RADIOACTIVE!
NOT JUST A LANDMARK MONSTER FLICK!
A FIRST-RATE MOVIE!
THE NEW 35mm PRINT LOOKS TERRIFIC!”
John Anderson, Newsday
“A REVELATION! FLAT-OUT FUN!...
50 years after the Big Guy’s first appearance
on Tokyo theater screens, Japan’s biggest
cultural export finally gets his due in the
United States with the release of the original
‘Godzilla’... with a vision
as well-imagined and chilling as ‘Dr.
Strangelove.’... A crisp print unspools...
IT’S TIME FOR A MAJOR RE-APPRAISAL!”–
San Francisco Chronicle
"STEP ASIDE, KING KONG! GODZILLA
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
“MAGNIFICENT! VISONARY! THE GREAT
MOVIE MONSTER OF THE POST WORLD WAR II ERA.
Godzilla belongs with – and might
well trump – Hiroshima Mon Amour and
Dr. Strangelove as a daring attempt to fashion
a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror
of atomic warfare.”
– J. Hoberman,
“A BRILLIANT RESTORATION! This GODZILLA
rips out those unnecessarily re-shot Raymond
Burr scenes and the corny voice-overs once
added for American audiences, stomping them
all into the cutting–room floor like
so many Toyotas!”
– New York Magazine
“STILL THE MOST AWESOME!
Godzilla is pop culture’s grandest
symbol of nuclear apocalypse!”
– Owen Gleiberman,
“IMPASSIONED AND RESONANT! GODZILLA
IS THE CITIZEN KANE OF BIG LIZARD MOVIES!”
– Jay Carr, A.M.
“UNDUBBED, UNCUT AND UNREPENTANT!
Godzilla rages on its 50th anniversary
with articulated civic anger at nuclear folly,
years before Dr. Strangelove. Godzilla in its
original form is the atomic age’s fiercest
indictment, not of prehistoric beasts loosed
from underwater caves, but of all too-human
button pushers. A sizzling metaphor for nuclear
– Joshua Rothkopt,
Time Out New York