What To Give The Godzilla Fan On Your Holiday List: Movies

Godzilla movie poster
Godzilla movie poster
In celebration of Godzilla’s 60th birthday most of the movies were re-mastered and re-released in Blu-ray. You can update your fan’s (or your) movie collection and pick up any that have been missed at the same time.

Right now the latest installment in the Godzilla franchise: Godzilla 2014 directed by Gareth Edwards is on sale for the low, low price of $5.99. That’s stocking stuffer range right there.

Your Godzilla fan might not have the original 1954 release and now you can get the Criterion Collection version on Blu-ray for just under $24.00

Next up in the release order is Godzilla Raids Again, released in 1954. This DVD only $5.00 not blu-ray but cheap enough to make a nice fat Godzilla stocking this year.

In 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla was released.
You can get the Blu-ray and view the classic in preparation for Legendary and Universal to released a rumored new Godzilla vs. King Kong in 2018. (And pray it’s better too).

1964 brings us Godzilla vs. The Thing, or alternate title Godzilla vs. Mothra. The first female Kaiju and a mythos unto herself, Mothra is a sometimes foe and sometimes ally of the King of the Monsters.

The Blu-ray comes with Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, which was also released in 1964 and introduces one of the best Godzilla villains of the franchise.

As an aside: Mothra has her own three movie series that can be purchased on a single Blu-ray for less than $14.00. A good add to their collection for the Kaiju fan in your life.

In 1965 Invasion of Astro Monster was released, alternate title Godzilla vs. Monster Zero.

You can get the Godzilla movies above along with Terror of Mechagodzilla (but not the three Mothra movies) in a boxed set for less than $23.00

Don’t ask me why they threw the Terror of Mechagodzilla into that box set because I have no idea.

Next up in the chronology is Ebriah: Horror of the Deep, alternate title Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster.

1967 Son of Godzilla was released but I can’t find a link on Amazon for you, which is a real shame. It’s the first appearance of Kamakuras and Kumonga. You have my sincere apologies.

Destroy All Monsters was released in 1968 and is an excellent addition to complete a collection if your fan doesn’t already have it.

1969 brings All Monsters Attack, also released under the alternate title Godzilla’s Revenge. While it was the first movie to address bullying, it’s still widely considered the worst Godzilla move ever. A must have for a complete collection.

Toho skips a year to bring us Godzilla vs. Hedorah, aka Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster in 1971. Yes many people consider this the worst Godzilla movie but I think there are a lot of great ideas in there. Hedorah is a monster ahead of its time. The movie seems almost prescient if you watch it and consider the state of our oceans today, just try to get past the freaky psychedelic club scenes.

1972 brings fans Godzilla vs. Gigan. Ok, the ‘70’s were not kind to Godzilla.

Godzilla vs. Megalon was released in 1973 and this is the one where director Jun Fukuda succeeded in creating a Godzilla movie that is so ridiculous that it’s actually laugh out loud funny. This is what they were going for: a funny Godzilla movie, Godzilla vs. Gigan was just warming up, Godzilla vs. Megalon is where they succeeded.

Also available in this Blu-ray two pack with Destroy All Monsters.

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was released in 1974. There are several different Mechagodzilla titles and they are all different. Check the release date to be sure you are getting the correct one if you are completing a collection.

1975 brought the Terror of Mechagodzilla.

1984 The Return of Godzilla, with alternate release title of Godzilla 1985. There aren’t a lot of these out there so pay attention to DVD region and other things before you buy.

Toho skipped most of the ‘80’s with only two Godzilla movies. The second of those was released in 1989 and named Godzilla vs. Biollante. This is one of my favorite Godzilla movies. Sure there are some questionable parts but Biollante is awesome and this is the first movie with the character Miki Saegusa in it. I like that Miki shows up in several subsequent movies and has a great role in Space Godzilla. But I get ahead of myself.

1991 Toho released Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, which you can get on a duel Blu-ray with 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra, alternate title Godzilla & Mothra, Battle for Earth.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is where Mecha King Ghidorah makes its first appearance and we learn more of the history of Godzilla. There is a particularly terrible (not as in bad acting or bad filmography but as in terrible things happening in the story) scene that always sticks with me from this movie.

Also I love Godzilla vs Mothra. Battra makes its first appearance, and last so far, in this movie.

In 1993 fans got Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II

Which you can get on a duel Blu-ray with 1994’s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla.

Next up is Godzilla vs. Destroyah, from 1995 where we see a return of the Oxygen destroyer from the original 1954 movie. Strangely this is on a duel Blu-ray dvd with Godzilla vs. Megaguirus which showed in theaters in 2000. It’s odd because Godzilla 2000, which showed in 1999 comes between the two. It does make keeping your collection in chronological order rather impossible unless you have duplicates. Anyway:

Godzilla 2000, aka Godzilla Millennium

Next up in 2001 is Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack. This movie has the alleged zombie Godzilla. It is really well done and quite frightening. It brings back all of the terror of the first Godzilla.

Or you can get the Blu-ray along with 2002’s Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
This is the best Mechagodzilla movie if you ask me. Everything about it is well done. If you just need Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla for your, or your fan’s collection here’s the link

2003 gave us Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. which is another of my favorites.

Or if you like you can get it on a duel Blu-ray with Final Wars.

Godzilla: Final Wars is the final movie on my list of Godzilla movies, debuting in 2004.

Certainly Gareth Edwards Godzilla came out in 2014 but I led off with that one. Also you’ll notice I skipped the 1998 Not Godzilla movie. I guess if you really want a complete collection you have to include that one too.

For the Godzilla fan who has all of those there are the 1990 Gamera movies which are surprisingly watchable. In celebration of Godzilla’s 60th birthday most of the movies were re-mastered and re-released in Blu-ray.

The above is a chronological list of Godzilla movies, with a few extras and the notable exception of the 2014 Gareth Edwards Godzilla being listed first. Hopefully this helps you find just the right gift for the Godzilla fan on your list.

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