Godzilla: First Full Trailer & Poster

Posted by The Daily Zombies Friday, February 28, 2014


Or make whatever best Kaiju roar impression you as we check out Gareth Edwards' Godzilla with the release of an awesome trailer as well as numerous promotional items for the much-anticipated film. 

While any scepticism over yet another Hollywood iterations of Godzilla is perfectly understandable, we have been pleasantly surprised by Legendary Pictures and British film-maker Gareth Edwards' upcoming retelling of the greatest Kaiju ever. 

Although it is true that we here at The Daily Zombies aren't exactly the biggest Kaiju fans out there, we definitely hated another outing of the iconic Kaiju similar to the humiliating 1998 take by Roland Emmerich. We were relatively impressed when we check out the film with the release of its first teaser trailer late last year. And now, with the film set to be released in less than three months, the mighty marketing engines of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are officially heightening their promotional assault to etch the film into our collective consciousness. 

First up, lo and behold, the first full trailer, featuring a pissed-off Bryan Cranston. And we all know very well that the fury of Heisenberg is a good thing. Hit the jump to check out the emotional trailer with a final good shot at the iconic Kaiju.

And here are some awesome screen capture from the trailer featuring the obligatory destruction of the Statue of Liberty.

And in an inspired piece of marketing, the great Kaiju's unique monstrous roar is the focus of attention in this cool SoundCloud audio clip embedded below.

And here's the YouTube edition.

With 2014 incidentally being the 60th anniversary of the original Godzilla, Rialto Pictures will be releasing a new restoration of the film directed by Ishirô Honda. Scheduled to be premiering on April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, hit the jump to check out the video announcement for the original release as well as the press release.

Here's the official press release:

60th Anniversary of Landmark Monster Movie
New Restoration of Uncut Version to premiere at TCM Classic Film Festival in April followed by national release from Rialto Pictures

A new restoration of GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.

GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time.  Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai. 

As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLATHE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme:  in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament.  The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.
The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.

GODZILLA became Toho Studio’s #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time. In 1989, a published survey of 370 Japanese movie critics, Nihon Eiga Besuto 150 (Best 150 Japanese Films), ranked Godzilla the 27th greatest Japanese feature ever made.

A new American version of Godzilla from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, directed by Gareth Edwards (2010’s Monsters), will be released nationally May 16.

Getting back to the new film, here's the latest poster.

In the latest issue of the Empire Magazine, Godzilla got the Kaiju-size coverage with a special "megazine" edition that is 30% larger than the regular-sized issues at approximately 26cm by 34cm. Here's the awesome cover giving us the real full-on shot of the iconic Kaiju as well as the cool variant edition of the cover.

Courtesy of JoBlo, here are some of the images exclusively from the same issue of the Empire Magazine. First up, an awesome size chart giving us a good reference on the sheer massiveness of the latest version when compared to the previous incarnations of the Kaiju.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones,   Godzilla is currently scheduled to open in 3D on May 16, 2014.


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