You may think you’re familiar with everything Godzilla has ever done, but unless you’re from Japan, that’s probably not the case. Certain versions of some of Toho’s classic films featuring the Kaiju King have never been available in the U.S., but that’s about to change.
Filmstruck, Criterion’s video streaming service, has just landed a deal to stream 14 classic Kaiju films — many of which feature Godzilla — from Toho’s old library. This includes versions of some of the films (though it’s not stipulated which ones) that have never been available before in North America, giving Godzilla fans something new for the first time since… that new Godzilla movie hit Netflix last week. Still, it’s definitely something to get excited over. Here’s the full list of films, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
War of the Gargantuas (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)
Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)
This is quite a variety of Godzilla goodness, from his earliest appearances and the debut of the big three of Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah; to the introduction of his campy son and later battles with MechaGodzilla and Megalon. Over two decades of Godzilla (and lesser Kaiju) content is included here, and FilmStruck offers a free two week trial for new users, which works out to one movie a day if you’re so inclined. We’d say this news qualifies as a reason to celebrate.