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This is a print featuring images from
the classic Japanese horror movie
"Godzilla Raids Again" (Gigantis the
Fire Monster here in the USA).
Included is an image of everyone's
favorite city stomper Godzilla. The
print looks amazing matted to 8 x 10
to 24 x 36 and framed and will make
a great addition to your movie
memorabilia collection. A must for all
Godzilla movie fans!
This image was created by renowned
California photographer Ken Hulsey.
Only $10 at View Obscura
Godzilla is the
granddaddy of all
Gojira / Godzilla,
King of the
appear together for
the first time in this
release from Sony
|Godzilla (2014)(Legendary Pictures)
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni,
Mary Parent, Brian Rogers
Screenplay by Max Borenstein
Story by David Callaham
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Editing by Bob Ducsay
Studio(s) Legendary Pictures, Warner
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates May 16, 2014
Country United States
Budget $160 million
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 Movie
Godzilla Sofubi Vinyl Figure
$59.99 - Entertainment Earth
Straight from the stills of the 1955 Godzilla movie
Godzilla Raids Again! The Godzilla Raids Again 1955
Movie Godzilla Sofubi Vinyl Figure measures about 6
1/4-inches tall, so he makes a great display piece no
matter where you choose to put him.
Godzilla 1964 Version Toho 12-Inch
$159.99 - Entertainment Earth
From the fourth Godzilla movie in the Godzilla film series,
the Godzilla 1964 Version Toho 12-Inch Vinyl Figure
recreates MosuGoji. The MosuGoji design is the basis to
the Showa Godzilla model that lasted until 1975.
Back in 1957 Toho was almost to the point of
desperation, trying everything that they could
to get their movie, "Godzilla Raids Again"
released in the United States. A year earlier,
the Americanized version of "Gojira", called
"Godzilla: King of the Monsters", had done
very well at the box office, and the studio
wanted to act fast to get it's sequel in front
of western eyes.
At about this same time, Hary Rybnick and
Edward Barison of AB-PT Pictures, were
working on a monster movie of their own,
called "The Volcano Monsters." When the
two film makers learned about "Godzilla
Raids Again", and Toho's desire to get it
released in the states, they decided to
approach the studio about melding the two
As was the case, there was very little interest
coming from any of the other US studios, or
distributors, so Toho agreed to let Rybnick
and Barison cannibalise their film, for the
special effects shots. AB-PT would then
shoot scenes with American actors to go
around the existing footage.
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) / Gigantis
The Fire Monster (1959)
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and
Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by
humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee
Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”),
Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue
Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne
Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, story by David Callaham, based on the character
“Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with
Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers,
alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus
McGarvey (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement”); production designer Owen Paterson (“The Matrix” trilogy);
editor Bob Ducsay (“Looper”); Oscar®-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray,”
“Django Unchained”); and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the “Lord of the Rings”
films). The score is being created by Oscar®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (“Argo,” “The
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures production, a Gareth
Edwards film, “Godzilla.” Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D,
2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner
Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Principal photography began on March 18, 2013 in Vancouver, under the working title of "Nautilus", with
scenes shot at the Vancouver Convention Centre., inside BC Place, and in the vicinity of Cypress
Mountain. This was followed by filming in the Richmond neighborhood of Steveston. A large battle scene
was shot on Moncton St, involving approximately 200 soldiers and many military vehicles. Another scene
was filmed at the fisherman's wharf. Additional shooting took place on Vancouver Island, around Nanaimo
and Victoria in British Columbia. Additional filming involving extras took place around industrial areas of
Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Further on-location filming was done in June and July of 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. On June 2, 2013, over
2,000 people applied at an open casting call in Hawaii to be cast as extras. Over 200 extras were hired for
the expected three weeks of shooting in Hawaii, which included dressing up Waikiki Beach as the site of
disaster. According to The Hollywood Reporter, principal photography on Godzilla wrapped on the
weekend of July 13–14.
Seamus McGarvey served as the film's cinematographer, shooting the film digitally using Arri Alexa
cameras with Panavision C-Series anamorphic lenses. Sequences of the film set in the year 1954 were shot
using vintage lenses from the early 1960s in order to give the film a "distant period feel". This effect was
enhanced though the digital intermediate's colour grading, as McGarvey noted that the "look I wanted was
a peeled look with muted colors and diffusion on the highlights, a sense of period distance. I found a lot of
photographs and magazines, and I knew that I wanted the blacks to be imbued with a tint of magenta."
Though the film was made to be released in 3D, it will receive a predominantly 2D release. McGarvey
himself decided to shoot the film if it were only 2D, as he dislikes working with 3D filming equipment and
the experience of watching 3D films in theatres.
Visual effects on the film will be supervised by visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel, best known for his
work on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Rygiel stated that the effects are in the spirit of the original
series, with the blessing of Toho, although the monster will be "more dynamic than a guy in a big rubber
In an interview, Aaron Taylor-Johnson described the filming as mostly on-location, with very little use of
green screens. He described the film crew as fairly small compared to other films he has worked on,
"almost an independent production." CGI will be used to add elements later. - Wiki
In interviews at the 2013 Comic-Con, Edwards discussed the Godzilla creature design. He and the design
group reviewed all previous incarnations of Godzilla's design for inspiration. Edwards commented, "The
way I tried to view it was to imagine Godzilla was a real creature and someone from Toho saw him in the
1950s and ran back to the studio to make a movie about the creature and was trying their best to
remember it and draw it. And in our film you get to see him for real." He went on to say that his Godzilla
remains true to the original in all aspects.Edwards also stressed that, "It was important to me that this felt
like a Toho Godzilla" and concluded by wishing, "I'd love ours (Godzilla) to be considered as part of the
In October 2013, toy and collectible web sites offering pre-orders of merchandise for the film revealed
aspects of the other creatures to appear in the movie. The other creatures are, as a group, known as
"Mutos", with some having the ability to fly and being multi-limbed.
In a January 2014 interview in Total Film magazine, it was revealed that Godzilla will be 350 feet (110 m)
tall. According to special effect chief Jim Rygiel, the mechanics of Godzilla's fighting style is based on the
study of animals, primarily bears and komodo dragons.
For Empire magazine's April 2014 issue, the magazine cover featured a picture of Godzilla, revealing the
monster's design. According to director Edwards, elements of the faces of bears, dogs and eagles were
incorporated into the design of Godzilla's face. Empire also released a sound clip of Godzilla's roar, which
is faithful to the sound design of Toho. Motion capture by the special effects firm The Imaginarium was also
utilized in the movement of the movie's monsters in film sequences.
A flying monster seen in the new trailer resembles the classic Toho monster Rodan. So much so
that fans around the globe have begun to speculate if indeed the monster Rodan, and any other
such monsters will appear in the film. So far Legendary Pictures has not commented.
Director Gareth Edwards confirmed an origin story for the film. Screenwriter Frank Darabont in
interviews described his plans for Godzilla as returning it to a "terrifying force of nature". The film will add
a "very compelling human drama" and that Godzilla would be tied to a "different contemporary issue"
rather than the original atomic bomb testing. In addition to contributing to the script, Darabont mainly
focused on the emotional aspect and further development of the characters. Commenting on Darabont's
work, Edwards stated, "We blocked out the whole story and Frank did a pass at helping the characters
and emotions. He delivered on that. Frank brought a lot of heart to it and soul." Edwards additionally
pointed out that one particular scene from Darabont's script convinced Bryan Cranston and Juliette
Binoche to join the film.
In an interview with Fresh-voices.com, writer David Callaham spoke about his first draft of the film,
stating, "Godzilla is a pretty cut and dry, giant monster smashes stuff. But the reason I got excited about it
is because I saw themes and relationships to the modern world that I could tell in this story that was
important." Callaham also did research not just on Godzilla but animals, natural disasters and municipal
cities in an effort to treat Godzilla as a real-life disaster.
Director Edwards confirmed that his Godzilla will be portrayed as an anti-hero rather than a villain or a
hero. He also discussed the themes incorporated into the film, stating "Godzilla is definitely a
representation of the wrath of nature. We've taken it very seriously and the theme is man versus nature
and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win and
that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve".
Actress Elizabeth Olsen has too confirmed that the film returns to the gritty roots of the original film and
spoke about its themes as well, "There's a strong theme about the importance of family in it as well as the
theme of trying to control nature and how that backfires in the end." Olsen has also stated in a different
interview about the titular character that, "Godzilla is just so deserving of a good American remake, and I
really hope we did it and I really feel like we did."
Actor Bryan Cranston has praised Edwards' vision, tone, and pitch for the film and titular character. In an
interview with Canada's Entertainment Tonight, he compared Edwards' approach similar to Steven
Spielberg's style in Jaws where the film does not immediately show the beast but rather build up to its
appearance while still delivering an eerie and terrifying off-screen presence. Cranston also praised the
characters in the film and cited it as part of the reason as to what drew him to the project, Cranston
stated, "The most important thing about this version of Godzilla is the characterization. The characters in
this are real, well drawn. He (Edwards) takes the time to really establish who these people are, that you
root for them, that you invest in these characters, and that you care for them. That's the best part of it."
Cranston believes that the new film will wipe out the memory of the 1998 version.