Four Heisei Era Films Coming to Criterion Channel this July

Return to the Heisei era with the Criterion Channel.

This July, four beloved Heisei era films will be making their way over to the Criterion Channel:


- The Return of Godzilla (1984)

- Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

- Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)


Following a nine-year absence from the screen, the King of the Monsters roared back with a vengeance in 1984 with The Return of Godzilla, inaugurating a new era in the romping reptile’s mythology. The ferociously entertaining kaiju spectaculars of the 1980s and ’90s—which brought back familiar favorites like Mothra and King Ghidorah and introduced a new adversary in the genetically engineered mutant Biollante—reestablished Godzilla as a fearsome force (after previous Showa-era films that had recast Godzilla as a benevolent protector), while taking the series’ political commentary and vaunted special effects in bold new directions.