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.
  • 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.
  • Narm Charm: The international dub features most of the same cast as Macross: Do You Remember Love's and has all of the same super thick mid-Atlantic accents, stilted dialogue, and hammy deliveries.
    • "Godziller is eating...his supper."
  • Re Cut: Some of the Japanese executives 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 1985 cut.
  • 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 at odds with much of the goofiness surrounding him, making him a highlight for many who prefer the original film to the recut.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Toho took out Godzilla's death cry on the Japanese home video releases for what reason again?
    • Someone at Toho said "Godzilla shouldn't scream."