Warner Home Video will be stomping the competition on Sept. 16 with Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with or without a 3D viewing option) and double-disc DVD editions of director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, a successful rework of the Japanese-inspired post-war creation of Gojira.
The film is just shy of $200 million in domestic ticket sales (which should be reached any day now) and this mid-September Tuesday yields an ARR of 123 days.
Godzilla, a fixture in over two-dozen films since 1954, has been a “bad” monster and a “good” monster (sometimes on the “hero” side of the action simply because he seemed to be the lesser of two evils), but this time out he is clearly cast as the hero of the piece.
Ironically so, since the creation of the MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) creatures he battles are a direct result of earlier attempts to destroy this kind-hearted and very misunderstood beast. Another nice “ironic” touch provided by filmmaker Gareth Edwards is the homage climatic battle in San Francisco, which was also the home to the 1955 finale of It Came from Beneath the Sea.
Bonus features include “MONARCH: Declassified” (a nifty three-part exposé on Godzilla and “The Legendary Godzilla” (a four-part series of featurettes that focus on behind-the-scenes action).
Also added to the release calendar this week for delivery on Nov. 11 are Blu-ray editions of director Peter Godfrey’s 1945 romantic comedy hit, Christmas in Connecticut — starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet — and the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart (not to be confused with VCI Entertainment’s 1951 version starring Alastair Sim).
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