Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection (R1) in August
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Icons of Science Fiction: Toho Collection on 18th August 2009 priced at $24.96 SRP. Toho, the most famous of all Japanese movie studios, first made its name in the West for the extraordinary masterworks of Akira Kurosawa. But they really struck box office gold with the wildly colourful kaiju eiga (monster movies) that began in 1954 with the original GODZILLA (Gojira), the creation of director Ishiro Honda and special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya. Now for the first time on R1 DVD -- and in their original Tohoscope aspect ratios -- Sony Pictures presents three Honda classics that display the enormous breadth of the Toho magic during its glory years. The H-Man, Battle in Outer Space and Mothra are presented in both their Japanese and U.S. versions.
The films are presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with Japanese and English Mono audio and optional English subtitles. Commentaries by authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski on Battle in Outer Space and Mothra.