Trivia / Godzilla 2000

  • Bad Export for You: Averted. In an irony of fate, the US version of the movie has the best video and audio presentation for any DVD release of the film, with an anamorphic widescreen presentation and 5.1 surround sound that are clearer and brighter than the Region 2 release, as well as some nice extras. Considering the film was released on DVD at a time when it was still acceptable to put out what would now be considered Vanilla Editions, that's quite an achievement.
    • Add to that the American theatrical run. The US version is considered superior to the Japanese version, mainly due to alot of cuts being made to tighten the film up.
  • Dueling Dubs: There are apparently two individual Spanish dubs of the U.S. cut of the film: A dub produced in Mexico for the majority of Latin America and Spanish speaking audiences in the U.S., and another version done separately in Argentina.
  • Recursive Import: Like Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the U.S. version had a brief limited theatrical engagement in Japan.
  • What Could Have Been: As is standard for Godzilla movies, Toho had an "International dub" for Godzilla 2000 produced in Hong Kong. However, when Sony dubbed the movie and produced the American version (intentionally making it cheesy as a send-up to the Hong Kong dubs of the 60s and 70s), Toho liked it so much that they decided to not release the International dub. The American version still contains at least one line from the International dub, however.
    • After the unexpected success of the American release, the writer for the dub and Joe Dante tried putting together a script for an American sequel set in Hawaii featuring Christopher Lee, Bruce Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, with the special effects being done by Toho. However, the studio's head was changed during the script writing process, and he wasn't interested in movies that cost the required budget for the film ($20 Million).
      • The plot of the film would have had Godzilla rampaging his way through the Hawaiian Islands during a scientific conference in Honolulu, gradually making his way to Mauna Loa. However, the military manages to knock Godzilla out during this rampage (originally he was supposed to die, but Toho requested that be changed), only to discover Godzilla's target: a lava bat kaiju dubbed Miba resting in the volcano. Godzilla is then revived to do battle with him.
  • Word of God: Although it's stated nowhere in the film itself, according to Toho in certain materials, the film's Godzilla is the second of its kind and the events 1954 film can be acknowledged as having occurred.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: It was a common theory near the time of release that the Godzilla featured in this movie was the adult Godzilla Jr. from Godzilla VS Destoroyah. This turned out to be false, as the movie has no direct connection to previous films except the 1954 original. The theory does have merit, though, such as the Godzilla of this film and Godzilla Jr. being green, and Godzilla Jr. having a very similar hunched-over posture as the MireGoji design.