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Godzilla Minus One to Bring Remastered Black and White Version to US Cinemas

Godzilla Minus One Lands Black-and-White Version

Whether you’ve seen Godzilla Minus One yet or not, there will soon be another way to enjoy the Big G’s latest outing. In a move to thank fans for the immense success the feature has enjoyed since its December opening—surpassing $50 million to become the highest-grossing Japanese language film in North America—Toho has lined up screenings of the remastered black and white version.

Appropriately known as Godzilla Minus One/Minus Color, the black and white version opened in Japan on January 12. Those who want to check it out for themselves will be able to do so when it opens for one week only starting on January 26. That also marks the beginning of the end for the overall run, as both versions of the film will leave cinemas on February 1. 

Here’s what director Takashi Yamazaki had to say about what makes the black and white version special:

“I was very happy that the North American audience embraced GODZILLA MINUS ONE and gave us positive feedback such as “it was incredible! ,” “it was scary!,” and “it made me cry!” And now I am very pleased to be able to release a black-and-white version for North America as well. GODZILLA MINUS ONE /MINUS COLOR will bring a new and visceral experience to audiences and I hope they will tremble with a new kind of terror!”

“GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR is not just a simple black and white version. Our colorist took the time and care to go through a very meticulous and complex process. The black-and-white images make Godzilla look very realistic and documentary-like, which leads to even more fear. Even though we have seen GODZILLA MINUS ONE many times, we felt that something completely different appeared here -and it’s very scary! So this is not only for those who liked GODZILLA MINUS ONE but also those who are seeing it for the first time – they should definitely see this black-and-white version. Especially the scene at the beginning where Godzilla appears in the night – it is so terrifying that it made my knees shake!’

Source: Press Release