Dread Central | Jonathan Barkan

Mill Creek Entertainment has revealed that they will be releasing the 1961 kaiju classic Mothra on Blu-ray, a North American debut, in a gorgeous Steelbook edition. The release, including both the U.S. theatrical cut as well as the original, extended Japanese version of the film, comes packed with special features such as feature-length commentary with authors and Japanese Sci-Fi historians Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski, trailers, and a photo gallery.

“We are excited to offer Mothra on Blu-ray as a gorgeous SteelBook release,” states Barrett Evans, VP of Marketing for Mill Creek Entertainment. “The timing is ideal to present the original Mothra as new audiences will soon see the iconic character in the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie.”

Following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called “Shobijin” who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. When Mothra arrives in Japan and finally transforms into the ultimate beast, impervious to modern weapons, the nation and its people face their destruction.

Directed by Ishiro Honda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Mothra stars Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito, Frankie Sakai, Emi Ito and Yumi Ito.