the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

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the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby Xenorama » Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:59 pm

just got in a copy of this from a friend of mine. it's from an old Sinister Cinema tape, made from a strange b/w version of the movie:

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it runs 85 minutes, instead of the standard US one that ran 75 minutes.

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weird, huh? i haven't watched this movie in about ten years, so i am looking forward to seeing it, even in this form.

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these are direct screen caps.

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Postby Lord Hastur » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:12 pm

:o WTF??

Black and white?
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Postby Xenorama » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:22 pm

Brenco didn't strike color prints for US tv back in the day, from what i've been given to understand.

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Postby SeaHawk » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:20 pm

Xenorama wrote:Brenco didn't strike color prints for US tv back in the day, from what i've been given to understand.

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I think it was actually Herts-Lion.
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Postby August » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:44 pm

That's correct; Hertz-Lion was the distributor. They planned a theatrical release, but where reportedly in financial straits at the time, and it went directly to television, and not even in color.

I haven't watched the film in a while, but superfan Kip Doto produced a professional grade hybrid version, using a pan and scan Japanese version from a mid-1980s television broadcast, and a 16mm television print of the English dubbed version. Doto also aped the credits from the English version quite excellently.
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Postby MouthForWar » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:40 pm

This is a good movie. Very underrated.
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Postby jaymazing » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:53 pm

Not a favorite of mine (I like H-Man and Human Vapor better) but it would be nice to have the original widescreen color version here someday. The R2 I have is gorgeous and you can really appreciate the optical effects much better than you can in the B&W copy.

Thanks for posting that. Have no idea what happened to my B&W VHS copy from years ago.
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Postby O.Supreme » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:13 pm

jaymazing wrote: Have no idea what happened to my B&W VHS copy from years ago.


Sorry for the Necropost, but this is another alternate version I just want to add to my oddities list. I actually have an advertisement for a distributor of the B&W English dub on VHS, of course it was from 1991, and the company has long since ceased to exist. I didn't appreciate the film back then , but I am interested in hunting this down if possible. A Japanese DVD with English subs is fairly easy to come by. However the B&W English Dub (oddly enough) is the treasure I am looking for.
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby H-Man » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:01 pm

This was available on VHS from Sinister for a long time, but there’s no longer any entry for it on their website nor in their paper catalog. They have updated VHS titles to DVD-R before so maybe you should send Greg an email about it. Their copy is the black and white “American release,” which itself was the Toho export version with the distributor’s logo tacked on the end. It was uncut, even with visible nude centerfolds. I wouldn’t be surprised if the edited American release mentioned in earlier posts was just cut down from this version by a TV station and not some “official” alternate version.
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby Dr Kain » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:32 pm

Is there any reason why this and The Human Vapor have not been released in the US on DVD subbed?
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby lhb412 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:51 pm

MGM has the rights to Vapor and Gorath, right? Not sure about Telegian. MGM just hasn't shown interest in the titles and a third party label would have to work with both MGM and Toho to put out a quality release, so it would be like licencing the film twice over, which could keep costs prohibitive.
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:28 pm

lhb412 wrote:MGM has the rights to Vapor and Gorath, right?
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:27 pm

lhb412 wrote:MGM has the rights to Vapor and Gorath, right? Not sure about Telegian. MGM just hasn't shown interest in the titles and a third party label would have to work with both MGM and Toho to put out a quality release, so it would be like licencing the film twice over, which could keep costs prohibitive.


When do their licenses expire?
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby H-Man » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:38 pm

It might be like Columbia and Mothra, etc. where the license is perpetual. MGM wasn’t the original distributor, they’ve got these titles through a succession of distributors since the original ‘60s releases in the U.S. That they have the rights more than fifty years since their initial releases I think it’s a safe bet the license won’t expire.
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Re: the Mystery of the Secret of the Telegian

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:40 am

H-Man wrote:It might be like Columbia and Mothra, etc. where the license is perpetual. MGM wasn’t the original distributor, they’ve got these titles through a succession of distributors since the original ‘60s releases in the U.S. That they have the rights more than fifty years since their initial releases I think it’s a safe bet the license won’t expire.


Then someone who cares needs to sublicense them or those people need to get off their lazy asses, pull their thumbs out of said ass, and release them. I should not have to resort to bootlegs to enjoy something.
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