History Trivia / Godzilla

23rd May '16 10:12:33 AM goji96
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** The worst example would be ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', despite the movie getting a theatrical release in America. The English version of the movie received a release on VHS that has since gone out of print... and that's about it. For some unknown reason, no company has bothered to license ''The Return of Godzilla'' and release either the Japanese version, the American version, or both on DVD or possibly Blu-Ray.

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** The worst For a long time, ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' was the most infamous example would be ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', among fans, with no stateside disc release despite the movie getting a theatrical release in America. The English version of the movie received a release on VHS that has since gone out of print... and that's about it. For some unknown reason, no company has bothered to license ''The Return of Godzilla'' and release either After that, the Japanese US distribution rights were tied up until the terms of Toho's original contract with New World Pictures expired, apparently sometime in late 2014/early 2015. Kraken Releasing are finally bringing out a DVD/Blu-ray release, but thanks to licensing issues related to added music in New World's version, the American version, or both on DVD or possibly Blu-Ray.US theatrical version won't be included, which means that this trope still stands if you want to see Raymond Burr's contribution to the film.
21st May '16 2:19:24 PM Doug86
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** An old and fairly detailed rumor claims that, when Toho was trying to bring Godzilla back during the late '70s, they decided to cash in on the supernatural/Satanic craze that most horror movies were into at the time (like ''[[Film/TheOmen1976 The Omen]]'' and ''Film/TheExorcist'') with ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'', a joint production between Toho and UPA Productions. Mankind's sins begin to take physical form, creating monsters that resemble a spider, a fish and a bird. Godzilla arrives and defeats the demons, but Satan appears to battle Godzilla himself. [[http://tohokingdom.com/articles/art_toho_busters.htm However, this has long since been debunked]]. [[AscendedMeme Years later]], IDWPublishing announces a miniseries entitled ''Godzilla in Hell''...

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** An old and fairly detailed rumor claims that, when Toho was trying to bring Godzilla back during the late '70s, they decided to cash in on the supernatural/Satanic craze that most horror movies were into at the time (like ''[[Film/TheOmen1976 The Omen]]'' and ''Film/TheExorcist'') with ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'', a joint production between Toho and UPA Productions. Mankind's sins begin to take physical form, creating monsters that resemble a spider, a fish and a bird. Godzilla arrives and defeats the demons, but Satan appears to battle Godzilla himself. [[http://tohokingdom.com/articles/art_toho_busters.htm However, this has long since been debunked]]. [[AscendedMeme Years later]], IDWPublishing Creator/IDWPublishing announces a miniseries entitled ''Godzilla in Hell''...
27th Apr '16 8:26:52 PM Arawn999
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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah.

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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah. All that survives of the original project are a couple of SuperDeformed [=FunKo=] models of Ghost Godzilla.
27th Apr '16 8:23:20 PM Arawn999
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** ''Godzilla Raids Again'' was heavily edited into ''Gigantis: The Fire Monster'' by Paul Schreibman and Edmund Goldman of Warner Brothers, though Schreibman later admitted this was a mistake. Their original plan was to make an even ''more'' heavily-edited version called ''The Volcano Monsters''.



*** King Kong, and Zilla - The two american kaiju were hinted to be in the game in an interview. However they never made to the final cut of the game; King Kong due to rights issues with Universal and Zilla due to lack of popularity.

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*** King Kong, Kong and Zilla - The two american American kaiju were hinted to be in the game in an interview. However they never made to the final cut of the game; King Kong due to rights issues with Universal and Zilla due to lack of popularity.


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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah.
12th Feb '16 2:47:13 AM Arawn999
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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether or not the monster from ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' was renamed Zilla. In interviews with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050203181104/http://www.pennyblood.com/godzilla2.html Pennyblood]] and [[http://www.henshinonline.com/archive.html Keith Aiken of Henshin Online]] in 2004 nd 2005, [[WordOfGod Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura]] confirmed that they'd renamed the American Godzilla "Zilla" because the 1998 film had reduced him to a mere animal and not a deity-like entity. In 2013, Matt Frank of IDW stated that Toho does not distinguish between Godzilla (1998) and Zilla as characters, and Chris Mowry - also of IDW - treated the two versions of the character as one-and-the-same [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/monstroushotzone/news/?a=80739 in an interview]] regarding ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth''. However, Keith Aiken later [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/712098e787d5e3d1204cccadb9a294fc/tumblr_nbosoeA8nq1rl1vlfo1_500.png stated via Twitter]] that his interview with Tomiyama and Kitamura had been misquoted,[[note]]Making no mention of his review in November 2005 where he himself conflates them.[[/note]] and Toho does ''NOT'' consider the monster in Godzilla (1998) to be Zilla, but that Zilla is a "variation of the 1998 Godzilla".

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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether or not the monster from ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' was renamed Zilla. In interviews with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050203181104/http://www.pennyblood.com/godzilla2.html Pennyblood]] and [[http://www.henshinonline.com/archive.html Keith Aiken of Henshin Online]] in 2004 nd and 2005, [[WordOfGod Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura]] confirmed that they'd renamed the American Godzilla "Zilla" because the 1998 film had reduced him to a mere animal and not a deity-like entity. In 2013, Matt Frank of IDW stated that Toho does not distinguish between Godzilla (1998) and Zilla as characters, and Chris Mowry - also of IDW - treated the two versions of the character as one-and-the-same [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/monstroushotzone/news/?a=80739 in an interview]] regarding ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth''. However, Keith Aiken later [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/712098e787d5e3d1204cccadb9a294fc/tumblr_nbosoeA8nq1rl1vlfo1_500.png stated via Twitter]] that his interview with Tomiyama and Kitamura had been misquoted,[[note]]Making no mention of his review in November 2005 where he himself conflates them.[[/note]] and Toho does ''NOT'' consider the monster in Godzilla (1998) to be Zilla, but that Zilla is a "variation of the 1998 Godzilla".
5th Nov '15 9:54:32 PM SpaceHunterM
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*** Outside the U.S., the last three Heisei films were virtually unheard of in Europe until DVD, and even today, dubs in almost all of the major languages after ''Godzilla vs. Mothra'' are nonexistent.
5th Nov '15 9:45:04 PM SpaceHunterM
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* NamesTheSame: Raymond Burr's character in the American recut of the original is named Steve Martin. For his scenes in Creator/RogerCorman's cut of ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', they deliberately avoided using the character's full name.

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* NamesTheSame: Raymond Burr's character in the American recut of the original is named Steve Martin. For his scenes in Creator/RogerCorman's New World Pictures' cut of ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', they deliberately avoided using the character's full name.
5th Nov '15 9:42:08 PM SpaceHunterM
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*** In October 2012, some pressings of the extras edition managed to get leaked out, either due to a legitimate manufacturing error, or an intentionally spiteful "oops!" on Media Blasters' part. Either way, relations between the company and Toho seem irreparable at this point, as no further kaiju titles from have been secured from Toho as of 2015. The extras edition has since been proliferated online by fans.

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*** In October 2012, some pressings of the originally planned extras DVD edition managed to get leaked out, either due to a legitimate manufacturing error, or an intentionally spiteful "oops!" on Media Blasters' part. Either way, relations between the company and Toho seem irreparable at this point, as no further kaiju titles from have been secured from Toho as of 2015. The extras edition has since been proliferated online by fans.
5th Nov '15 9:40:34 PM SpaceHunterM
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** ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'' has managed to avert this, but in the worst way possible. Creator/MediaBlasters, who previously released ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'', was set to release ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' on DVD and Blu-Ray under their Tokyo Shock label. However, there was a problem: their DVD and Blu-Ray release of ''Destroy All Monsters'' contained special features that weren't approved by Toho. This resulted in the release going out of print, as well as the DVD and Blu-Ray release of ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' being put on hold while Media Blasters and Toho sort the issue out. As a sort of placeholder, Media Blasters ''did'' release the movie on DVD... a barebones DVD with no special features whatsoever. The Blu-Ray shared the same treatment.

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** ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'' has managed to avert this, but in the worst way possible. Creator/MediaBlasters, who previously released ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'', was set to release ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' on DVD and Blu-Ray under their Tokyo Shock label. However, there was a problem: their DVD and Blu-Ray release of ''Destroy All Monsters'' contained special features that weren't approved by Toho. This resulted in the release going out of print, as well as the DVD and Blu-Ray release of ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' being put on hold while until Media Blasters and Toho sort sorted the issue out. As a sort of placeholder, Media Blasters eventually ''did'' release the movie on DVD... a barebones DVD with no special features whatsoever. The Blu-Ray shared the same treatment.
5th Nov '15 9:36:29 PM SpaceHunterM
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** ''Destroy All Monsters'' was aired regularly on some local U.S. television stations up until the late '80s, but was never released on video until 1999. ADV's release contained only the export dub, however, making the AIP release highly sought after. As mentioned below, Media Blasters ''almost'' fixed this by including it on their initial DVD and Blu-Ray releases.
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