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Spuro wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 1:44 pm At least in my age group, the Criterion Channel isn't very well known, and I don't know any people who purchase films from Youtube. And Max isn't even available outside the US. I don't blame people for not knowing where to look. You'll be surprised how many people only watch what shows up on Netflix and other popular streaming services.
People are lazy. Even without the Criterion Channel, it only takes a minute or two for a basic Google search to pull up a plethora of streaming options for films like Mothra vs Godzilla - Amazon Prime, Tubi, Crackle, etc. Obviously these options may vary on region, but they're absolutely out there and available to find with minimal effort. Many of the films are even flat-out FREE to watch on YouTube with ads.

I can only hope that between all these platforms, Toho is seeing enough revenue for Janus/Criterion to convince Toho that distributing the restored versions of the films will be worthwhile and profitable.

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Legion1979 wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 9:01 am
UltramanGoji wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 8:23 am I’ve been in the fandom long enough to know that the Toho of years prior is far different from the Toho of today. Anything could’ve happened behind the scenes as far as I’m concerned.
The Criterion set came out in 2019. It's been a little under 5 years but I don't think Toho has changed enough to expect anything remarkable out of how Janus is able to handle the Heisei series. The more time has passed the more nuts Toho has been with how the movies have been handled internationally. I don't think that's changing now.
That post was in reference to the Kraken discussion. The Toho of 2014 (the one that drafted the initial agreements with Kraken for their releases) is a far different Toho from the one in 2019 that helped Criterion with their set. It’s entirely possible the way they handled in-house dub distribution changed in that timeframe and the Kraken films got the short end of the stick by mistake.
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Rody wrote: Sun Jun 23, 2024 10:19 am People are lazy. Even without the Criterion Channel, it only takes a minute or two for a basic Google search to pull up a plethora of streaming options for films like Mothra vs Godzilla - Amazon Prime, Tubi, Crackle, etc. Obviously these options may vary on region, but they're absolutely out there and available to find with minimal effort. Many of the films are even flat-out FREE to watch on YouTube with ads.

I can only hope that between all these platforms, Toho is seeing enough revenue for Janus/Criterion to convince Toho that distributing the restored versions of the films will be worthwhile and profitable.
While we are on the subject of the restorations, are we seeing anything other than the tired old Hi-Visions anywhere online? Other than 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays, their corresponding 1080p Blu-rays and occasional airings on Japanese TV, I am not aware of any sources for the comparatively beautiful 4K restorations.
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The only official releases the 4K masters have gotten so far have been the TV airings and the subsequent UHD/bluray releases. And I think it's going to be a very long time before they make their way here. I wouldn't be shocked if they don't get released here until all the films get the 4K treatment, and that's going to be a while.

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They just announced a series of theatrical screenings of the 4K restorations for G54, KKvG, GTTHM, and Biollante in Japan. Janus did screen the G54 restoration in 2021 but to my knowledge it hasn't been shown here theatrically since. It would make a whole lot of sense for them to at least start replacing those DCPs of the HiVision masters...
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goji1986 wrote: Mon Jun 24, 2024 6:43 pm They just announced a series of theatrical screenings of the 4K restorations for G54, KKvG, GTTHM, and Biollante in Japan. Janus did screen the G54 restoration in 2021 but to my knowledge it hasn't been shown here theatrically since. It would make a whole lot of sense for them to at least start replacing those DCPs of the HiVision masters...
I don't think Toho is going to start offering them here until all the films are out in 4K in Japan and they can export the new masters in bulk into the US through Janus.

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First four Heisei movies are now streaming on CC...excited to finally check out acceptable transfers of GvsKG and GvsM with subs.

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tomjoad2020ad wrote: Tue Jul 02, 2024 7:43 am First four Heisei movies are now streaming on CC...excited to finally check out acceptable transfers of GvsKG and GvsM with subs.
The subs are likely going to be the only improvement here other than KG’s end credits being used in full. Sony’s releases utilized far better scans of the titles - albeit with the crummy video-generated credits - but then reverted back to the HiVision transfers for everything else.
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