GODZILLA: American VHS Chronology (1983-2002)

This list is under continual revision, and I welcome any corrections or additional information, which will be added to future editions. 

Why collect Godzilla VHS tapes?
Firstly, Godzilla VHS releases are a Godzilla collectible, it's true, but amazingly, many of these tapes contain alternate dubs, title cards, and other elements that are not officially available at all on DVD or Blu-Ray.  It's sad but true! Also, some contain some pretty awesome artwork, and some are appealing in their lack of awesome artwork...

KING OF THE MONSTERS
1) Vestron, 1983 [1st official US release, SP, first Godzilla VHS?]
2) Paramount, 1992 (original painting for cover)
3) GoodTimes, 1995
4) KOTM/Megalon 2-pack - GoodTimes, 1996
5) Simitar, 1998 (plain black box, sold standalone, in 3-pack, 5-pack)
6) Simitar, 1998 ("dig remastered," colorful box)
7) Simitar, 1998 (Blockbuster version of #6, includes poster)
8) Classic Media, 2002 [last Godzilla VHS?]

GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN
1) Video Treasures, 1989 (matte box, no label on tape)
2) Video Treasures, 1990 (as #1, glossy box, label on tape)
both feature rare print with GIGANTIS title card

KING KONG vs. GODZILLA
1) GoodTimes, 1987
2) GoodTimes, 1998 (clamshell box)
3) GoodTimes, 1998 (release of above in standard box)

GODZILLA vs. THE THING
1) Paramount, 1989
2) Paramount, 1994 (original painting for cover)
3) Simitar, 1998 (plain black box, sold standalone, in 5-pack)
4) Simitar, 1998 (colorful box, SP)
5) Simitar, 1998 ("dig remastered," widescreen; sold standalone & in Widescreen 3-pack)
6) Simitar, 1998 (Blockbuster version of #4, includes poster)
Simitar prints feature "GODZILLA vs THE THING" title cards

GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER
1) Video Treasures, 1988
2) Silver Screen Video, 1991 (triple-feature tape with MEGALON + non-Godzilla movie)
3) Anchor Bay, 1997 (sold standalone & in BIGGEST BATTLES box set)


MONSTER ZERO
1) Paramount, 1988
2) Simitar, 1990 (original drawing for cover)
3) Paramount, 1994 (original painting for cover)
4) Simitar, 1998 (plain black box, sold standalone, in 5-pack)
5) Simitar, 1998 (colorful box, SP)
6) Simitar, 1998 ("dig remastered," widescreen; sold standalone & in Widescreen 3-pack)
7) Simitar, 1998 (Blockbuster version of #5, includes poster)

GODZILLA vs. THE SEA MONSTER
1) Video Treasures, 1989
2) GoodTimes, 1992
3) GoodTimes, 1997 (2-pack with MEGALON)
4) GoodTimes, 1998
5) MEGALON/SEA MONSTER - GoodTimes, 2001 (double-feature tape with MEGALON)
6) Hollywood Home Theatre (date unknown? USA? bootleg?)
tapes feature American (Titra) dub, unavailable on DVD

SON OF GODZILLA
1) Video Treasures, 1987
2) Anchor Bay, 1997 (sold standalone & in BIGGEST BATTLES box set)
3) Videoline (date unknown? USA?)
tapes feature American (Titra) dub, unavailable on DVD

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
1) ADV, 1998
features Toho's International dub of film

GODZILLA'S REVENGE
1) Simitar, 1990 (original drawing for cover)
2) Paramount, 1992 (original painting for cover)
3) Simitar, 1998 (plain black box, sold standalone, in 5-pack)
4) Simitar, 1998 (colorful box, SP)
5) Simitar, 1998 ("dig remastered," widescreen; sold standalone & in Widescreen 3-pack)
6) Simitar, 1998 (Blockbuster version of #4 with poster)

GODZILLA vs. THE SMOG MONSTER
1) "Screener Tape" - Orion Home Video, 1989
2) Orion Home Video, 1989
3) Simitar, 1990 (original drawing for cover)
tapes feature American (AIP) dub, unavailable on DVD

GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND/GODZILLA vs. GIGAN
1) New World Video, 1988
2) Starmaker, 1992 (rerelease of New World)
3) 2-pack with MECHAGODZILLA (light gray box) Starmaker, 1993
4) 2-pack with MECHAGODZILLA (black box) Starmaker, 1995
5) Anchor Bay, 1997 (sold standalone & in BIGGEST BATTLES box set)
[Honorable mention: Canadian tape, released by Family Tyme, contains "GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND" title card]

GODZILLA vs. MEGALON
the most bootlegged movie ever?
1) GoodTimes, 1985 (movie poster cover)
2) Vintage Video, 1985 (movie poster cover)
3) Viking Entertainment, 1985 (cursive title, 1954 still used for art; front is blue, back is red: do not mistake for two different releases)
4) Star Classics, 1985 ("big box" with gatefold, gray; Mechagodzilla on front!)
5) Star Classics, 1985 (standard box, yellow; Mechagodzilla on front!)
6) Star Classics, 1985 (colorized 1954 still on cover)
7) Congress Video, 1989 (with yet another 1954 cover)
8) Crown Movie Classics (date unknown)
9) Trans-Atlantic Video, 1990 ("Movie Favorites," poster cover)
10) Video Treasures, 1985? (same photo as #11 but cropped)
11) Video Treasures, 1986 (same phopto as #10 but less cropped; red header)
12) MEGALON/THE SNOW CREATURE - GoodTimes, 1986 (double-feature tape)
13) Parade Video, 1987 ("Nightmares Series, Volume 4")
14) Troy Gold, 1988 (Tape says Burbank Video)
15) Home Video Syndications, 1989?
16) United American Video Corporation, 1991 (G vs Mothra art on cover)
17) Silver Screen Video, 1991 (triple-feature tape with GHIDRAH + non-Godzilla movie)
18) Alpha Video, 1993 ("filmstrip" cover)
19) Burbank Video, 1993 (reversed movie poster artwork)
20) Alpha Video, 1994 (movie poster w/ "Giant Against Giant")
21) UAV, 1994 (stylized art cover; sold standalone? & in 2-pack box with COSMIC)
22) MEGALON/GODZILLA 1985 - Starmaker, 1995 (2-pack set)
23) GoodTimes, 1996
24) MEGALON/KOTM - GoodTimes, 1997 (2-pack set)
25) MEGALON/SEA MONSTER - GoodTimes, 1997 (2-pack set)
26) Anchor Bay, 1997 (6th tape not included in BIGGEST BATTLES box)
27) UAV, 1998 (painted cover, clamshell box)
28) Front Row Entertainment, 1998
29) UAV, 1998 (flames w/ "original live-action classic")
30) UAV, 1998 (painted cover as #27, standard box; sold standalone & in 2-pack box with COSMIC)
31) MEGALON/SEA MONSTER - GoodTimes, 2001 (double-feature tape)

GODZILLA vs. THE COSMIC MONSTER/GODZILLA vs. MECHAGODZILLA
1) New World Video, 1988
2) UAV, 1988 (movie poster art over orange box)
3) Starmaker, 1992 (rerelease of New World)
4) GoodTimes, 1993 (original painting cover)*
5) 2-pack with GIGAN (light gray box) Starmaker, 1993
6) UAV, 1994 (stylized art cover; sold standalone? & in 2-pack box with MEGALON)
7) 2-pack with GIGAN (black box) Starmaker, 1995
8) Anchor Bay, 1997 (sold standalone & in BIGGEST BATTLES box set)
9) UAV, 1998 (painted cover or movie poster, clamshell box)
10) UAV, 1998 (as #9, but standard box)
11)COSMIC/KING OF ALL MONSTERS -  Brentwood Home Video, 1998 (2-pack box with documentary)*
*these releases feature original "COSMIC MONSTER" title card and print

THE TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
1) Paramount, 1989 (International poster art for cover)
2) Paramount, 1992 (original painting for cover)
3) Simitar, 1998 (plain black box, sold standalone, in 3-pack, 5-pack)
4) Simitar, 1998 ("dig remastered," colorful box, SP)
5) Simitar, 1998 (Blockbuster version of #4 with poster)

GODZILLA 1985
1) New World Video, 1986 (SP)
2) Starmaker, 1992 (rerelease of New World)
3) MEGALON/GODZILLA 1985 - Starmaker, 1996 (2-pack set)
4) Anchor Bay, 1997 (sold standalone & in BIGGEST BATTLES box set)

GODZILLA vs. BIOLLANTE
1) HBO Video, 1992

GODZILLA vs. KING GHIDORA
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1998

GODZILLA vs. MOTHRA
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1998

GODZILLA vs. MECHAGODZILLA
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1998

GODZILLA vs. SPACEGODZILLA
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1999

GODZILLA vs. DESTOROYAH
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1999

GODZILLA 2000
1) Columbia/TriStar, 2000

BOXED SETS (mentioned individually above):
GODZILLA "BIGGEST BATTLES" BOX SET (Anchor Bay, 1997)
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla 1985
Ghidrah the Three Headed Monster
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Son of Godzilla
spines of videos form a "mural," note that Anchor Bay's MEGALON tape forms a 6th piece of this puzzle, but isn't included in the boxed set!

GODZILLA "5 RAMPAGING MOVIES" BOX SET (Simitar, 1998)
King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs. Mothra (The Thing)
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Godzilla's Revenge
Terror of Mechagodzilla
tapes are "black box" EP-speed versions, which were also sold separately
GODZILLA "5 RAMPAGING MOVIES" BOX SET (Simitar, 1998)
Blockbuster version of boxed set, included poster

GODZILLA "3 TAPE SET" (Simitar, 1998)
King of the Monsters
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Trailers & Sci-Fi Monsters
tapes are "black box" EP-speed versions, which were also sold separately


GODZILLA "WIDESCREEN COLLECTION" (Simitar, 1998)
Godzilla vs. Mothra (The Thing)
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Godzilla's Revenge
Digitally Remastered and SP speed; tapes also sold separtely


GODZILLA "2 VIDEO COLLECTOR'S SET" (UAV, 1997-98)
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster
box dated 1997, shows contents as 1994 "stylized" artwork versions; my box contained the tapes with their 1998 painted artwork versions

OTHER GODZILLA VIDEOS:
THE FIRE BIRD (Kids Klassics, 1987) Hanna-Barbera animated series
WEIRD CARTOONS: THE SPECIAL EDITION (Rhino Video, 1987; "Bambi Meets Godzilla" cover)
BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA & OTHER WEIRD CARTOONS (Rhino Video, 1987; tape dated 1989)
HOLLYWOOD DINOSAUR CHRONICLES (Rhino, 1990; 1987 program)
HOLLYWOOD DINOSAURS (Video Treasures, 1991)
FANTASTIC DINOSAURS OF THE MOVIES (GoodTimes, 1992)
FANTASTIC DINOSAURS OF THE MOVIES (GoodTimes, 2000 reissue as part of 5-pack box set called DINOSAURS)
HOLLYWOOD'S DINOSAURS (Marathon, 1995, rerelease of Video Treasures)
GODZILLA and OTHER MOVIE MONSTERS (Passport Video, 1998; 2 tapes in double box)
MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES: GODZILLAMANIA (Gemstone Entertainment, 1998)
GODZILLA TRAILERS & SCI-FI MONSTERS (Simitar, 1998; sold standalone and in 3-pack box set)
GODZILLA vs THE COSMIC MONSTER/KING OF ALL MONSTERS (Brentwood Home Video, 1998; 2-pack)

OTHER TOHO KAIJU:

RODAN
1) Vestron, 1983 (1st release, SP)
2) Video Treasures, 1988
3) Paramount, 1992 (original painting for cover)

THE MYSTERIANS
1) Star Classics, 1989 (artwork from color production stills)
tape contains the American (RKO) dub, unavailable on DVD

VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE
1) VCI, 1990
2) VCI, 1994
tapes contain the American version of the film, unavailable on official(?) DVD

MOTHRA
1) GoodTimes, 1988 (red title)
2) GoodTimes, 1988 (crude cartoon cover)
3) Columbia/TriStar, 1993 (green title)

GORATH (listed here for Magma)
1) Congress Video, 1985
2) Prism, 1986 (side-opening box)
tapes apparently contain the 1967 American TV edit of the film

WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS
1) Paramount, 1992 (original painting for cover)

YOG, MONSTER FROM SPACE
1) Movie Favorites, 1987
2) Vintage Video, 1988 ("Grampa [Munster] Presents")
3) Gee Video (unknown, date unknown? USA? bootleg?)
tapes apparently contain the American (AIP) dub, unavailable on DVD

MOTHRA (REBIRTH OF MOTHRA)
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1998

MOTHRA 2 (REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2)
1) Columbia/TriStar, 1998


A free downloadable PDF version of this list is available HERE.  Please send me any corrections and enjoy!

6 comments:

The Nivekian Konsolate said...

I have an odd question... Of the Godzilla vs Megalon tapes, which one has a yellow top?

Sampoerna Quatrain said...

What I WANT to say is the Star Classics 1985 edition in the bright yellow box (that has Mechagodzilla on the front!), but I just bought one of those, and it came in the mail the other day with no top at all...this was a thing that super-cheap VHS companies did, especially early on, but I found it puzzling. Of course, it's entirely possible that it was available both ways.

Sampoerna Quatrain said...

I looked at the Star Classics Megalon again last night, and it's definitely supposed to be like that--the notches for your thumb (the ones that are usually at the bottom of the spine on VHS tapes) are at the TOP...very weird.
So now my official guess for which Godzilla VHS has a yellow top is the Paramount 1994 MONSTER ZERO; it has a yellow top!

The Nivekian Konsolate said...

Much thanks for your reply. Most of my tapes are in storage and I only have pics of their tops. I will be able to get to them at the end of the month and verify your guess. Also, I will see if I have any that you are missing from this page.

ET13 PRODUCTION said...

You forgot Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla(1974) Anchor Bay release and the Godzilla vs Megalon(1973) Anchor Bay release is on the Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1975) Slide but thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for!! But also Are you preaty sure this is all of the VHS releases?

Sampoerna Quatrain said...

Thank you for pointing that out--I somehow had the Anchor Bay MEGALON in the MECHAGODZILLA slot--I have corrected this.

This is all that I know of, after several years of research...however, I should point out that just last week, I discovered the 2000 re-issue of FANTASTIC DINOSAURS OF THE MOVIES, with a Godzilla cover, that was only available in a 5-pack called DINOSAURS, which I added to this list. There could always be a couple more out there, but hopefully with feedback from readers like you, this list will be complete.

Also, at the bottom of the page is a link to download a much better-looking version of this guide, in PDF format!