To the creators of the original post, thank you oh so much!! This was incredibly informative. While there was some info I already knew, this greatly increased my knowledge of the English versions of these films! I also very much appreciated the wealth of knowledge contained in many of the comments!
Tamura wrote:MOTHRA VS GODZILLA ... -It seems that no copy of the US version is the same, but we won't go into detail for it is very complicated.
I would be interested in learning more about these differences across the various copies of the US version. If there is a page—blog, forum thread, or otherwise—that describes this in more detail, I would appreciate being pointed in that direction!
Tamura wrote:-A version shown on some TV stations in 1986 utilizes the '80s UPA TV and video version, but with the original TV prologue and opening titles added to the beginning.
I have a piece of information to offer that should prove useful.
In 2004, I recorded onto a VHS tape an AMC airing of Terror of Mechagodzilla that fits the above description of the rare 1986 TV version. The entire film is fullscreen, it opens with Saperstein’s 1978 prologue, titles, and credits, and then after the credits it reverts to the 1980s UPA TV and video version. Additional cuts must have been made to this version, as it was broadcast in a 90 min time slot with commercial breaks, IIRC. I’d like to get the VHS back out and more closely examine the edits, but alas, it is in storage and not easily accessible atm. I had not realized how apparently rare this TV version is until I read this post and saw that, according to your records, it only experienced a limited broadcast on a few stations in 1986. Hope this is helpful in adding to your ever-growing database in that this version experienced at least one airing on a major cable channel in 2004.
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-US theatrical version released by Brenco in 1964. Dubbed by Ryder Sound.
-Re-edited US TV version of the Brenco cut distributed by Heritage Enterprises.
-It is not known which edits should be attributed to which version except for the cut scene of the giant walrus, Maguma.
Curious as to why it is unknown which edits belong to which version. Does the original Brenco version no longer exist? I am aware that the 3 US VHS releases contain the re-edited TV version, and that is the only US version I’ve ever been able to find.