TALKBACK #15: Terror of Mechagodzilla

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Re: TALKBACK #15: Terror of Mechagodzilla

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:38 pm

Yeah I was one of the few who remembers that original TV version, since I wasn't quite.old enough to see it in the theater. Somehow a friend of mine in highschool got it recorded off TV as late as 1989, although the Paramount VHS had come out shortly before. I am just so glad Classic Media got us the US TV version on DVD., and there's the older low quality simitar DVD for the theatrical version as well
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Re: TALKBACK #15: Terror of Mechagodzilla

Postby UltraDada72 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:59 am

H-Man wrote:
UltraDada72 wrote:I love it and I recall as a kid on TV, they would actually show the ending with Katsura killing herself. Then later in the late 80's/early 90's, they seemed to cut that scene from TV airings.

If you'll excuse a little pedantry, they actually did more than just cut that scene. The version you remember, with Katsura's self-sacrifice intact, was the initial TV version that was almost uncut (visually only the nudity was removed and some language was muted); this was the version with the weird "History of Godzilla" prologue. It's 89 minutes long, longer than the Japanese/international version. The version that played theatrically ("The Terror of Godzilla") was cut to ribbons to remove just about anything (language, nudity, violence) that could ever possibly offend anyone at the MPAA. The theatrical version was retitled "Terror of Mechagodzilla" and released on video and made its way into UPA's syndication package, replacing the longer TV version. Officially all that happened by 1983 but if your station had a print of the longer TV version then I'm sure they played that as long as they were able; I know it was still being shown in some markets in the late eighties.

Having the theatrical version retitled to match the TV and Toho versions was a blunder that's caused confusion for 30-some years.

Basically they really messed up.

Haha you're right, I do remember the "history of Godzilla intro. I had almost forgotten about that until you mentioned it.
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