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The video starts with the appropriate international Toho logo:
And then, following the smokestack shots without the AIP logo, this title card appears, with a title matching the lettering on the US posters, and recreated copyright info with no attempt made to match the AIP font/lettering:
Then follow the original international credits:
At the end of the film, instead of the “And Yet Another One?” orange lettering against a black background, this appears, with poorly recreated font and imaging:
And, lastly, instead of the original international end title card with “The End” centered in the bottom portion of the screen, under copyright info in the top right, this appears, with “The End” in the bottom left portion, no copyright info, and, again, poorly matched lettering:
I enquired of the poster of this video as to the source for some of these visual materials, but have received no response. I have not watched this video in its entirety, so I do not know if it contains any additional video oddities throughout the film.
This appears to me to simply be a fan’s poor attempt at some sort of reconstruction, but I am baffled as to what exactly it is they were trying to reconstruct, as it clearly contains elements of both the AIP release and the international version.
I do enjoy the altered title card (while I would in no way consider it a replacement for the AIP original), as I have always loved that lettering for the AIP title of this film, and I have always considered AIP’s opening title card quite bland. (I hold a similar sentiment for AIP’s DAM opening title card when compared with that of the international title card.)
Has anyone else run across this version? What are your thoughts on it? Does anyone here have any info as to its origin?
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