These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Return Of Godzilla
Alternate Character Interpretation: The U.S. cut has the Soviets intentionally launching a missile while the original version has the agent trying to stop it. Also Godzilla is portrayed a bit more fiercely, upon finding the source of the bird call he seems angry and moves to attack. Only for a maser cannon to fire and save them. The original cut has Godzilla calm and then its ruined by a maser attack.
Being completely fair, the movie was done in the middle of the Cold War. There was no way the Western market was going to accept the idea of Russians trying to avoid nuclear war. Just like with the original Godzilla: King Of The Monsters , this was an edit that just had to be done due to the time it was released.
Awesome Music: Reijiro Koroku composed a truly memorable, dark and foreboding score. The music that plays when Godzilla falls into Mt. Mihara has been deeply embedded into many a Godzilla-fan's brain.
Re Cut: Some of the Japanese executies admitted they found the shorter and more frantic version of the sea louse attack better. However, on the whole, Toho's bigwigs found "Godzilla 1985" to be "more commercial" (which is double-talk for They Changed It, Now It Sucks). Some fans think the U.S. cut of the Soviet sub destruction to be an improvement too.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Being a Godzilla film (but not directed by Ishiro Honda), nuclear weapons being used was the major issue and the whole point of the film, like in the original. But unlike the original film, where Godzilla was used as a living personification of nuclear weapons, it's the usage of nuclear weapons that drives the point of the film. The major debate was the usage of a small-scaled nuclear weapon that would only affect short portions of a major city, while the atom bombs in 1945 were city-wide destructive. The Japanese are still were affected by this, and the Prime Minister had to thoroughly convince the leaders of USSR and United States if they had to do the same despite civilian casualties. Unfortunately, this issue was removed in the English version.
Tear Jerker: Need the Volcano scene at the end be mentioned again?
Took The Bad Film Seriously: This is not a bad film, but not the kind most actors would go to the mat for. When the film was getting ready to be Americanized as Godzilla 1985, Raymond Burr was brought back to reprise his role from the Americanization of the first Godzilla film. He was told that they were trying to add a lighter tone to the dark, gothic film and that the writers had given him lots of funny lines. He turned them down cold, saying he took Godzilla's Japanese nuclear subtext very seriously, as it was portrayed in both the original and this film, and that he would only perform in a serious role. He likewise refused to help with any of the Dr. Pepper product placement in the film, and in the final product gives a deep, thoughtful performance.