The Japanese video release of Godzilla Vs. Kong has been announced via both the Godzilla Store and Amazon Japan. Both are basically the same with one difference an exclusive SteelBook version from Amazon, they both have multiple extras including a Godzilla and Kong Movie Monster figure exclusive set which features Godzilla molded in clear blue vinyl (with paint applications over it including metallic blue on the fins). There is two 4K versions (with and without bonuses), a regular Blu-ray, and DVD (note Amazon list other versions but it is unclear of the exact difference). Updated with Rakuten bonus items and link. Check out the details and images below.
GODZILLA VS. KONG SPECIAL SET
Amazon limited goods "Japan Original Steel Book" included! (Amazon only, SteelBook version)
Early purchase bonus "Original A4 Clear File" included! (Different styles, both Amazon and the Godzilla Store)
Early purchase bonus Godzilla Store Limited Monarh Metal Reel Keychain (Godzilla Store only)
Destruction God Godzilla vs Guardian God Kong
Earth's Largest The ultimate confrontation! Which is the strongest!
The movie monster series "GODZILLA" and "KONG", which are limited to this product, are included in a special package. The perfect and strongest specification that includes the bonus disc and 12 visual cards that I explained!
Main story DISC 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Main story 113 minutes / 3 layers (BD100G) / 4K 2160p / Dolby Vision / HDR10 +
Audio :( 1) English (original) Dolby Atmos (2) English (original) Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch (3) English (original) Dolby TrueHD 2.0ch (4) Japanese dubbing Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch (5) Barrier-free Japanese voice guide Dolby TrueHD 2.0ch (6) English Audio Commentary Dolby TrueHD 2.0ch
Subtitles: (1) Japanese Subtitles (2) Japanese Subtitles (3) Barrier-Free Japanese Subtitles (4) Audio Commentary Subtitles
Main DISC Blu-ray
Main story 113 minutes / 2 layers (BD50G) / 1080p High Definition
Audio: (1) English (original) Dolby Atmos (2) English (original) Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch (3) English (original) Dolby TrueHD 2.0ch (4) Japanese dubbed Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch (5) Barrier-free Japanese Audio Guide Dolby Digital 2.0ch (6) English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0ch
Subtitles: (1) Japanese Subtitles (2) Japanese Dubbing Subtitles (3) Barrier-Free Japanese Subtitles (4) Audio Commentary Subtitles
Main DVD 113 minutes / Single-sided dual layer / 16: 9
Audio: (1) English (original) Dolby Digital 5.1ch (2) English (original) Dolby Digital 2.0ch (3) Japanese dubbing Dolby Digital 5.1ch (4) ) Barrier-free Japanese audio guide 2.0ch (5) English audio commentary Dolby Digital 2.0ch
Subtitles: (1) Japanese subtitles (2) Japanese dubbing subtitles (3) Barrier-free Japanese subtitles (4) Audio commentary subtitles
Notice editing (1 type of Japanese version special news, 2 types of Japanese version theater notice, 3 types of Japanese version TV spot)
Audio commentary (Director Adam Wingard)
Bonus DISC Blu-ray
68 minutes / 1 Layer
voice: English (original) Dolby True HD 2.0ch
Subtitle: Japanese subtitle
・ Godzilla attack
・ Godzilla phenomenon King of monsters
・ Leaving Kong's hometown
・ Discovering Kong's underground cavity
・ Look at Kong's palace
・ Eighth Wonder of the World
・ Appearance of Mechagodzilla
・ Battle in the 1st round Sea
・ 2nd round either loses
・ Monster tag team King and God
Special Bundled Bonus
Movie Monster Series GODZILLA VS. KONG SPECIAL SET Includes a soft vinyl figure limited to the movie "Godzilla vs Kong" from the "Movie Monster Series" that is three-dimensional with realistic modeling and skillful coloring! The whole body molded in blue is painted black, the back fin is painted pale and shining metallic blue, and the destructive god "GODZILLLA" that imaged the time of heat ray radiation and the ax that appears in the play are newly shaped and give off overwhelming power. Guardian god "KONG" with Battle Axe. Package-limited special figure set that can reproduce the ultimate confrontation at hand!
Overall height: Approximately 160 mm / Product material: PVC / Target age: 3 years old and over / Manufacturer: Bandai Co., Ltd.
Release date: Nov 3rd, 2021.
Retail price: Amazon only 4K SteelBook Set 17,600 yen, 4K Set 15,400 yen, 4K (without bonuses, no DVD) 7,920 yen, Blu-ray 5,280 yen, DVD 4,180 yen (there also appears to be an Amazon SteelBook without the figures for 10,120 yen).
Godzilla Store pre-order here, Amazon pre-order here, and Rakuten pre-order here.
There has been a number of websites and social media pages posting details on the Godzilla Vs. Kong video releases, some of this info is incorrect or unknown at this point, this post is to correct those "rumors" and such.
Best Buy - there are four versions listed 4K Blu-ray Steelbook (BB exclusive), 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD, none have images to go along with them so any images attached by others at this point is purely a guess. The 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD most likely will feature the same artwork as other till the images show up on the Best Buy website it is not official. Update images have been added to the Best Buy website, all are the same as others, Steelbook image is at bottom of this article.
Amazon US - there are five listings three are the same as Best Buy 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD, the other two are Prime Video (digital), and a three pack including Godzilla Vs. Kong, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and Kong: Skull Island, which are all Blu-ray discs. These do all have pics of the front and back of the packages and do appear to be accurate.
Target/Walmart - their releases are the same as Amazon minus the Prime video version, same artwork as Amazon is listed (of note with Walmart, there may not be a DVD version as it did not show up on there site).
Amazon UK - the listings there are basically the same as the US site with the one exception an Amazon Steelbook exclusive which does say region free (and therefore could be the same as Best Buy but again it is not guaranteed).
Warner Bros. Shop UK - there versions feature different artwork but are otherwise the same, it is unclear if their US shop will have these.
Others - there are other sites listing most of the same except the Steelbooks, but there are listings for a four film set that includes Godzilla 2014. Both Zavvi/HMV and Amazon India (oddly) have this set.
As for the Best Buy Steelbook there is an low-res image floating around but it has come from third party sources and is not official.
Release date for the US releases is June 15th, UK June 14th, digital May 21st.
Kong Discovers Hollow Earth
Kong Leaves Home
Behold Kong’s Temple
The Evolution of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World
The Phenomenon of GŌJIRA, King of the Monsters
Round One: Battle at Sea
Round Two: One Will Fall
Titan Tag Team: The God and the King
The Rise of MechaGodzilla
Commentary by Director Adam Wingard (only on 4K and Blu-ray)
Godzilla 2014 is getting a 4K Blu-ray release and we have been getting some details on these releases. Best Buy Zavvi have Steelbook exclusives, Amazon list the standard release, but the coolest is the release from HMV which includes special packaging, art cards, poster, and 32 page booklet (along with the standard version of the release). The HMV and Zavvi versions releases April 12th and are 34.99 and 24.99 (British Pounds), Best Buy, Amazon, and other US releases March 23, the Best Buy Steelbook is $34.99, the standards are $29.99 ($24.99 on Amazon). Note the content of the discs do not appear to be different from the original releases, HMV content list below.
hmv Exclusive Cine Edition: Godzilla (2014) - Limited to 1500 copies.
As we know now that Warner Bros. and Legendary have worked out their issues over the release of Godzilla Vs. Kong and given the film a new release date, so the film's marketing has kicked into high gear. We had a couple of teasers previously, the roar clip, and the punch (HBO Max clip), now three more teaser clips have hit. One feature Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), a quick glimpse of Godzilla and Kong on the carrier, as well as Kong with the axe from the toy line, which leads to a whole host of questions. The second features a longer shot of Kong on the carrier with a voice over and Godzilla emerging from the water toward Kong. A third clip, that does not appear to have a high quality version floating around, appears to show someone holding a crudely made "toy" presented to Kong, the interesting part with this one is Kong does not appear to be full grown in the shot (more Skull Island sized). Also released was a poster, banner, wallpaper (from Legendary's Chinese page), and concept art. Also the Monarch Sciences website has been updated with a "warning" of the impending battle. Check them all out below and above.
Toho is releasing Godzilla: King Of The Monster in Japan and has announced a special edition that includes a limited edition figure, S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2019 Poster Color Version. This special set includes 4 discs, 4k Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, DVD, and special features Blu-ray with each featuring the character poster art. The set will retail for 15,000 yen and it will be released Dec 18th. There are also other added bonuses depending are where you purchase it, Amazon (Japan), Godzilla Store, or Tsutaya. Amazon is offering a Steelbook case, Godzilla Store a Burning Godzilla figure (Movie Monster series), and Tsutaya a blanket,additional all will have two clear files as well. Standard versions (Blu-ray, DVD) without the added bonuses will be available as well. Check out the details below. Note the S.H. MonsterArts figure is only available in the full set, some of the other items (Movie Monster figure, Steelbook case, blanket) may be available with standard releases from each retailer.
A movable figure of modeling and coloring by Yuji Sakai, one of Japan's leading Godzilla modeling experts. GODZILLA, a king of monster colored in blue and white with the color of an American poster visual in the clear molded body!
Overall height: 160mm / Material: Made of PVC / Target age: 15 years old and over
Manufacturer: BANDAI SPIRITS Co., Ltd.
Main disc 4K UHD Blu-ray
Main part 132 minutes / 3 layers (100G) / 4K 2160p / Dolby Vision
Audio: (1) English (Original) Dolby Atmos
(2) Japanese Dubbed 5.1ch Dolby TrueHD
(3) Audio Commentary 2.0ch Dolby TrueHD
Subtitles: (1) Japanese subtitles
(2) Japanese subtitles
(3) Audio commentary subtitles
(4) Barrier-free Japanese subtitles
Main disc Blu-ray
Main part 132 minutes / 2 layers (BD50G) / 1080p High Definition Sinesco size
audio: (1) English (original) Dolby Atmos
(2) Japanese dubbed 5.1ch Dolby TrueHD
(3) Audio commentary 2.0ch Dolby TrueHD
(4) Barrier-free Japanese audio guide 2.0ch Dolby TrueHD
subtitles: (1) Japanese subtitles
(2) Japanese dubbed subtitles
(3) Audio commentary subtitles
(4) Barrier-free Japanese subtitles
Main disc DVD
Main part 132 minutes / single-sided dual layer / 16: 9LB Sinesco size
audio: (1) English (original) 5.1ch Dolby Digital
(2) Japanese dubbed 5.1ch Dolby Digital
(3) Audio commentary 2.0ch Dolby Digital
(4) Barrier-free Japanese audio guide 2.0ch Dolby digital
subtitles: (1) Japanese subtitles
(2) Japanese dubbed subtitles
(3) Audio commentary subtitles
(4) Barrier-free Japanese subtitles
Special benefits disc Blu-ray
Fractional undecided / 2 layers (BD50G)
Main disc contents
Special video: Preview editing
(4 special editions of Japanese version, 7 types of Japanese theater announcements, 9 types of Japanese TV spots)
Special audio: Audio commentary
(Director / Screenplay / Story: Michael Doherty,
Executive Producer / Screenplay / Story: Zack Shields / Oshare Jackson Jr.)
Special bonus disc contents
Godzilla King of Monster Toys
Godzilla series that celebrated its 65th anniversary. Introducing past Godzilla toys loved by everyone, including valuable images such as interviews with people concerned
Event video collection
World Premiere in Hollywood
Japan Special Screening Blue Carpet Event
Japan Premiere Preview Stage Greeting
First Day Stage Greeting
Toho Studio Godzilla Tour
Ken Watanabe, director Michael Doherty,
Japanese dubbing cast (Tanaka Kei, Kimura Yoshino, Hamada Mana)
Godzilla, Mothra, Radon, King Ghidorah Introduction Video Collection
Evolution of monsters
From sculpting, characteristics, and crying, we thoroughly dissect the details of the monsters that the director & modeling artist stuck to
The revived mythical monsters. Explain the important first appearance scene with pre-biz and making video
Milly Bobby Brown
The charm of Millie told by the director and cast
Description of mechanics and technology that appear in the main story, including Orca, which holds the key to the story
Real of Monsters
What is a monster for humanity? Directors, writers, and scholars talk about metaphors embedded in monsters from various perspectives
Monster Bath World
Introducing the world of surviving monsters, Kong, and giant creatures that appeared in this work
North American theater notice
When you look at the box office for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters you quickly realize it won't make as much as Godzilla 2014, whether or not it is considered a success is a matter of opinion. But when you start looking at many sequels in this genre, or even in other genres, is what could be called the sequel or sophomore jinx, that occurs.
Pacific Rim, the film that started the current kaiju trend, made $411 million, Pacific Rim Uprising approx $291 million, a significant drop, Godzilla 2014 made $529 million, Godzilla: KOTM will finish under $400 million (currently $386 million approx.), other big drop. This trend isn't just the recent films King Kong 1933 did quite well but its sequel Son Of Kong didn't do as well, the 1976 remake also did relatively well but its sequel King Kong Lives bombed, more recently Cloverfield did well but its first sequel had a drop at the box office and second sequel was shifted to Netflix. Even looking at the Jurassic Park/World franchise each film has done less than the previous film in each part of that series (Park separate from World films).
In the case of Godzilla Vs. Kong we are technically getting the third Godzilla and second Kong film together, could that combo be enough to buck the trend. While not all sequels have had the same pattern the monster or creature genre seems to have it be more the case, it is a possibility this is why we have not gotten a more definitive word on sequels to other films like Rampage, The Meg, etc. even though they were successful films.
There are many reasons why this can be happening like, the shock/awe valve and curiosity are there in the first film but isn't as much in the sequel. Also many sequels become more story focused and look at the continuing story arc going forward which may loose some, there is also issues because they aren't as interested in the human characters or character/monster development (they want monsters to be monsters for example), it's a delicate balance and it's hard to truly satisfy the audience as a whole, especially non fans of the genre.
Another more modern problem can be reviews, curiosity even with not such great or bad reviews will still allow a new film to do well but that curiosity isn't there in the same way so bad reviews weight a lot more on a sequel. There can also be a lot of dissecting of films now which with all of the special effects, story details, and such that they can can get hurt by being over analyzed.
The big questions for Monsterverse fans is how will Godzilla Vs. Kong do and will the Monsterverse continue. The first question may be helped by the nostalgia, since many fans, serious and casual, have been looking for a rematch since 1962, another thing is Kong was slightly better reviewed and received which may help. On the flip side questions of Kong's size and how he will match Godzilla may and have caused concern, yes he was growing but it has been a source of jokes since his film was released.
Warner Bros. and Legendary have done a lot to try and built to it and build the Monsterverse into something so hopefully that pays off and helps, but the poor showing of Godzilla: KOTM may have hurt mainstream interest. Toho will certainly be watching, a big box office and the Monsterverse continues, a poor showing and Toho may decide to do their own thing (which could happen anyway) and the Monsterverse may end.
We hope it does well as we look forward to where the Monsterverse will go and its continued development. In the end no matter what happens we personal are happy overall with what we got and hope fans are too.
LONG LIVE THE KING AS
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
ARRIVES ONTO 4K UHD COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD SPECIAL EDITION AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
4K Blu-ray Disc features Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+
Own it Early on Digital on August 6
4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on August 27
(Steelbooks will be available from select retailers.)
Experience the epic monstrous action as legendary Titans collide when “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. Directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus,” “Trick ‘r Treat,” “Superman Returns”), the film stars Kyle Chandler (“Catch-22,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Argo,” TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films, TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Millie Bobby Brown (TV’s “Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut.
From Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Toho Co. Ltd. and Huahua Media, the film’s acclaimed ensemble cast also includes Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The Post”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water,” “Blue Jasmine”), Charles Dance ( TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Imitation Game”), Thomas Middleditch (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” TV’s “Silicon Valley”), Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Next Three Days”), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Long Shot”), Oscar nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Godzilla”), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception,” “Godzilla”) and Golden Globe nominee Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
Dougherty directed from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, story by Max Borenstein, Dougherty and Shields, based on the characters “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” owned and created by Toho Co., Ltd. The film was produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers, with Shields, Barry Waldman, Hiro Matsuoka, Keiji Ota, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers, and Ali Mendes and Jay Ashenfelter co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team included director of photography Lawrence Sher (the “Hangover” films, “Godzilla”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), editors Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films), Oscar nominee Richard Pearson (“United 93,” “Kong: Skull Island”) and Bob Ducsay (“Godzilla,” “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”), costume designer Louise Mingenbach (the “X-Men” films, the “Hangover” films) and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Life of Pi,” “Godzilla”). Music is by Bear McCreary (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”).
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. It will also feature HDR10+TM, a new HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” via purchase from digital retailers beginning August 6.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
Warner Bros UK shop has posted listings for Godzilla: King Of The Monster Steelbooks, both have different art on the covers then what has been previously shown in listing so far. It is possible the art use previously was just a place holder, the art for the Steelbook with 3D and 2D version appears to be final while the art for the 4K version is pending approval. Prices in pounds are 29.99 for the 4K and 24.99 for the 3D/2D version, with other versions ranging from 9.99 to 24.99. No other info is listed yet but Michael Dougerty has hinted at bonus footage and the release is rumored for Sept 2019.
Update: these are also on Amazon in Germany with an Oct 31, 2019 release date.
Warner Bros. and Legendary have released new banners to support Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, these include new as well as previously seen images, including the Chinese poster image. Also out are textless versions of the latest posters, check them all out here.