Original Japanese theatrical release poster (1954). ©Toho Co., Ltd.
UPDATED: Rialto Pictures is once again rolling out the uncut Japanese version of the 1954 classic, boasting a 60th Anniversary DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Restoration (the transfer made for the Criterion Collection release) and it is now being booked in theaters around the US of A — contact your local cinema to screen it! Now, here's a quick look at the current dates and cities (as of Friday, February 28, 2014). Dates in red are newly-announced:
:: March 11: AUSTIN, TX • Alamo Ritz 1 (SXSW Film Festival)
:: April 12: HOLLYWOOD, CA • TCM Classic Film Festival
:: April 18 – 24: NEW YORK, NY • Film Forum
:: April 25 – May 1: SANTA FE, NM • Jean Cocteau Cinema
:: May 2 – 5: PORTLAND, OR • Hollywood Theatre
:: May 2 – 8: SEATTLE, WA • SIFF Cinema Uptown
:: May 8: AMBLER, PA • The Ambler Theater
:: May 9 – 15: DENVER, CO • Denver Film Society
:: May 9 – 15: FORT COLLINS, CO • Lyric Cinema Cafe
:: May 13 - 14: ALAMEDA, CA • Alameda Theater & Cineplex
:: May 14: DOYLESTOWN, PA • The County Theater
:: May 15: JENKINTOWN, PA • The Hiway Theater
:: May 23 – 26 HOUSTON, TX • The Museum of Fine Arts
:: May 28: LEXINGTON, KY • Kentucky Theatre
:: July 17: COLUMBUS, OH • Wexner Center for the Arts
Stay tuned for more dates... If you don't see your city or town, contact your local theaters and ask them to book the film. Also, the new, paperback edition of my book, EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS is dropping on April 8th from Chronicle Books — and I'm available to introduce the screenings (with a visual presentation on the making of the film).
Currently, confirmed appearance dates (as of Friday, February 28th) include May 2nd - 5th (The Hollywood Theater, Portland, OR) and May 13 - 14 (Alameda Theater, Alameda, CA). More dates to be announced — for booking contact us at august [dot] ragone [at] gmail [dot] com!
More importantly, Gareth Edwards, director of Legendary Pictures' upcoming GODZILLA, will be hosting the screenings at SXSW in Austin and at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood!