King Kong vs. Godzilla [Blu-ray]
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I am addressing a complaint that I've seen in many other reviews, and one that I have myself: the lack of the Japanese (and, arguably, superior) version of this film. We've gotten spoiled by Sony and other distributors who've put both versions of the Godzilla films on their BluRay releases. The problem with doing that with this film, simply put, is a rights issue. Universal has the exclusive rights to the American version, Toho has exclusive rights to the Japanese version. As far as I understand it, this agreement is perpetual. The agreement also provides that neither studio can sell their version in the other studio's territory/market.
Therefore, fellow fans, the unfortunate truth is you will never see the Japanese version of "King Kong vs Godzilla" for sale in the USA (at least legitimately). You'll have to purchase the Japanese version directly from Japan, and then play it in an all region/region free BluRay player. That's a familiar situation for the longtime Godzilla fan, myself included, who haunted science fiction or comic conventions in order to purchase Japanese VHS tapes, and eventually DVDs, of Godzilla films long before they were ever made available through American companies. You'll have to decide for yourself if that's worth doing in this case.
The only thing I wish is for a similar quality version of the Japanese cut. I have one that's pretty good, quality wise, and I love it too, but I'd sure like another of Blu Ray caliber. Get this if you love a good time.
The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because you're only getting the American version. Just like the original Godzilla King of the Monsters (Japanese version: Gojira) and Godzilla 1985 (Japanese version: The Return of Godzilla), King Kong vs. Godzilla has a lot of extra scenes filmed and added into the American version. So many that they usually delete some of the original Japanses scenes to make room for the American scenes. You watch Gojira and The Return of Godzilla and there's about 30 - 40 minutes of scenes you didn't get in the American version. I would have liked to have seen the Japanese version included in this Blu-ray.
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Looks very grainy. There's only a terrible English dubbed version. There are no extras and no top menu - it plays right to the ugly looking movie. Read morePublished 1 day ago by David St. Michael
Enjoyed watching this movie very much, it was a lot of fun to watch this old movie which played very well in my Blu-ray player, I found no problems with this blue-ray disc what so... Read morePublished 26 days ago by HHA
Yes, this is a silly film. No, it's not for everyone. But what it is is a journey back to a simpler time. A fun time when kids would flock to movies like this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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These are being distributed by Universal and they only have the rights to the American film.
Also, the runtime shown in the description says 91min. Again, confirming the American's film length.
Too bad though... the Japanese version is far superior.
Jan 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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Most ridiculous of all is that this monstrosity is on blu-ray in North America and KING KONG (1976) isn't.
Sep 25, 2015 by LP Quagmire | See all 2 posts
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