In the past, it was reasonably common practice for producers to add new scenes to foreign films that they were importing. This was done for several reasons: to add name actors to what would otherwise be a cast of unknowns, to disguise the fact that the film was foreign ([[NeverTrustATrailer at least for the duration of the trailer]]), to [[{{Padding}} increase the running time]], or any combination of the above.

The method is most viable when the main action is done by PeopleInRubberSuits, (or {{Puppets|hows}},) allowing the adaptation's GreekChorus (or in some cases its ''stars'') [[LeadYouCanRelateTo to have similar sensibilities]] [[CulturalTranslation to the importing country]].

This is also possible in animated media, but there has to be a coordination between the original producers and the dubbers; otherwise, the visuals for these segments would be OffModel.

The "expansion" is related to the adding of new footage, not to the actual length of the "expanded" film. Indeed, the "expanded" versions of some films can be much shorter than their original versions.

This has been a DeadHorseTrope for Film since the mid-1970s, when distributors realized that most audiences didn't actually care enough to justify the time and expense of shooting new footage, either for theatrical release or for DirectToVideo. However, it's alive and well in Television Series imports, which run long enough overall for the investment of new characters to pay dividends.

Note that to be an example of this trope requires '''substantial''' original footage; simply adding insert shots of translated signs or the like doesn't count. Neither do repurposed shots used in "AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle" segments.

A subtrope of CutAndPasteTranslation. Compare to the RegionalBonus of video games.
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* ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'', in addition to the heavy {{Bowdlerisation}} that it suffered underwent when it was imported, featured additional animated footage of the AmusingAlien 7-Zark-7, who cracked lame jokes and explained how [[NeverSayDie everyone got away safely]].
* A truly bizarre example of this occurred when New World Pictures brought over ''Anime/AngelsEgg''. Instead of giving it a straight dub (which would have been more or less impossible given the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible nature of the film]]), they cut the film heavily and added about 45 minutes of ''live action'' footage. The resulting mess truly must be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOHelXT3Q1s seen to be believed]].
* The 4th ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' film, Celebi: The Voice of the Forest added three scenes to the English version. Two of them [[ViewersAreMorons served to over-explain a plot point in the story]]. The other was a comedic Team Rocket scene that served no purpose to the plot.
* The English dub of Anime/MapleTown had live-action segments added to the beginning and ending of each episode, featuring a human person named Miss Maple.

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* The UrExample of this trope is probably ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'', the American version of ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', which was completely re-edited to tell the story from the perspective of [[Franchise/PerryMason Raymond Burr]] as [[HilariousInHindsight Steve Martin]], a foreign correspondent who had been following the story. Notable for actually being very well done, as far as these things go, with considerable care taken to match the Burr footage and the original film.
** The second Godzilla film, ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'' (released in the United States as ''[[MarketBasedTitle Gigantis the Fire Monster]]''), managed to avoid this, suffering only the addition of considerable amounts of StockFootage. However, it was almost turned into a film called ''The Volcano Monsters'' that would have been a prime example of this trope. Read about it [[http://www.tohokingdom.com/web_pages/lost_projects/volcano_monsters.htm here]].
** ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' had scenes with "U.N. News Reporters" talking about whatever had previously occurred.
** ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', in keeping with its status as a direct sequel to the original film, had Raymond Burr reprise his role as Steve Martin, as well as product placement-laden scenes where American military personnel crack wise about Godzilla.
-->'''Officer''' (after watching Godzilla destroy a building): That's one hell of an urban renewal program they got going on over there!
* ''Film/VaranTheUnbelievable'' was subjected to a particularly extreme case of this. Its American version was completely rewritten around newly shot American footage with Myron Healey. ''Varan'' is an excellent example of a film that ended up ''shorter'' despite its Importation Expansion; the original Japanese version runs 87 minutes, while the American version, despite adding 40 minutes of newly shot footage, runs only 70 minutes.
* Toho's {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}} movie ''J jin yuki otoko'' was brought to the US as ''Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman'', with over 40 minutes cut and and scenes added of John Carradine and other American actors spouting TechnoBabble and (in a rather [[{{Squick}} squicky]] scene) dissecting one of the monsters.
* When [[Creator/RogerCorman New World Pictures]] picked up the rights to the disaster epic ''Japan Sinks'', they cut it down by 40 minutes, added scenes of [[{{Series/Bonanza}} Lorne Greene]] sitting at a desk, and released the resulting mess as the legendarily awful ''Tidal Wave''.
* UPA performed similar duties with ''Conflagration'', adding scenes with Peter Graves and releasing it to TV as ''High Seas Hijack''.
%%* ''Film/GammeraTheInvincible'' Please insert context here.

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* Several Japanese {{Tokusatsu}} series have been adapted in English, keeping footage where the actors are in face-concealing costumes and replacing the rest with new footage with English actors. In a number of cases, the plot changes drastically in the adaptation.
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Series/VRTroopers''
** ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''
** ''Series/MaskedRider''
** ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad''
** ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''
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* The Soviet animated film ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' had a live-action prologue added featuring Art Linkletter "reading" the original story to some children.

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* The Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies. Godfrey Ho was pretty much the king of this - by his own account he made about 40-50 movies this way. He and producer Joseph Lai would buy up the rights to various 70s/80s Asian films which would usually be unmarketable elsewheren (or sometimes were unfinished or never saw release at all), shoot between 10 to 30 minutes of original footage with Western actors (usually as TechnicolorNinjas), then attempt to tie the whole thing together into an vaguely coherent plot via a HongKongDub. Needless to say this was [[SoBadItsGood usually unsuccessful]].
* Soviet Science Fiction films
** ''Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet''
** ''Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women''
** ''Battle Beyond the Sun''
** ''Queen of Blood'', although similar in genesis, doesn't really qualify, since it only really used footage from the original Russian film as stock footage for its original story.
* When Creator/KarelZeman's ''Journey to the Beginning of Time'' was released in the United States, it got an entirely new beginning for the film. The new footage featured lookalike actors (carefully shot to avoid showing their faces) going to the [[CulturalTranslation New York Museum of Natural History and taking a boat ride in Central Park]] before segueing to the original Czech footage.
** Similarly, Zeman's ''The Deadly Invention'' got a new introduction by television host Hugh Downs, of ''Series/TwentyTwenty'' and ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' fame, when it came to America as ''The Fabulous World of Jules Verne''.
* ''Horror of the Blood Monsters'' started life as a black and white Filipino caveman epic called ''Tagani''. To make it saleable to American drive-ins, hack director ''extraordinaire'' Al Adamson added color scenes with American actors (including Creator/JohnCarradine) as astronauts exploring a "prehistoric planet". The fact that said "prehistoric planet" (the ''Tagani'' footage) was black and white was solved by tinting the film day-glo colors, which, the newly added footage explaned, was caused by [[HandWave "Involuntary shifts ]][[TechnoBabble in Spectrum Radiation"]].
* That shot of Margot and La Mle on the American DVD of ''Film/LaReineMargot''? That whole scene was shot for the American release to strengthen the love story.
* Because ''Film/IronMan3'' was partially funded by China's DMG Entertainment, bonus scenes were added to the Chinese release of the film, primarily focusing on the character of Dr. Wu (who is briefly introduced at the 1999 party and can be glimpsed in the [[spoiler:surgery scene]] in the American version). In a scene that occurs just before [[spoiler:Tony's surgery]], Dr. Wu talks to one of his assistants, played by Fan Bingbing (who will make her American debut in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''). Though this caused some discontentment from Americans, the deal seemed to [[http://www.boxoffice.com/latest-news/2013-05-01-china-iron-man-3-sets-new-record-for-midnight-shows pay off handsomely]] for [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]].

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* ''FraggleRock'' - various markets (including the UK, which didn't redub the Muppet characters) had their own version of Doc. They all had Sprocket, though.

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* Marvel UK's reprint series of ''Comicbook/{{The Transformers|Marvel}}'' added a huge amount of extra stories by Simon Furman in order to avoid {{overt|ookTheManga}}aking the main series, which occasionally required editing the American material to avoid {{plot hole}}s. This bonus material was of such high quality that not only did Furman get to take over writing the American series when Bob Budiansky [[CreatorBreakdown burned out]], American fans actually subscribed to the UK series to get the bonus material.
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