Half Human Release Guide

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Half Human Release Guide

Postby TylerPreston20 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:35 pm

This is a release guide for all the home releases of Half Human. If anyone find the information in this thread inaccurate, by all means, tell me so. Additionally, if you find other releases and with images, also tell me.

VHS:

US Release:
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Contains the U.S. cut only, was released during the early 90's.

Can be purchased off of Amazon under used and new:
http://www.amazon.com/Half-Human-John-C ... ref=sr_1_2? ie=UTF8&qid=1393800923&sr=8-2&keywords=Half+Human

French Release:
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Was released in 1993. This is the only known widely available copy of the Japanese cut of Half Human
but contains French subtitles.

Additionally, Toho originally was planning to release the Japanese cut of Half Human onto VHS, however,
was cancelled. The same cancelled tape for the Japanese cut thanks to an anonymous uploader was later shared
on the web.

LASERDISCS:

TOHO MONSTER SF ENCYCLOPEDIA:

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Contains a 5 minute disgust version of the Japanese cut for Half Human.


U.S LASERDISC RELEASE:

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Was released by Rhino in either the 80's or 90's. Contains a very rare colorized version of the U.S. cut.
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Godzillian » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:26 pm

The US cut any good?
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Rockzilla » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:22 am

I didn't get around to finishing the US cut, but It is narrated by an actor who doesn't appear with the Japanese cast at all. Strangely enough the Caucasian actors appeared to be dubbed. I'm not sure if they were in the Japanese cut or if that footage was from another movie entirely.

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby MandaSaurus » Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:32 am

So, there's NO Region 1 DVD release for this?

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Postby TylerPreston20 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:53 am

Manda2012 wrote:So, there's NO Region 1 DVD release for this?

Nope, there's no DVD's for either the Japanese cut or the American cut and probably never will be since the movie is banned.

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby MandaSaurus » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:17 am

TylerPreston20 wrote:
Manda2012 wrote:So, there's NO Region 1 DVD release for this?

Nope, there's no DVD's for either the Japanese cut or the American cut and probably never will be since the movie is banned.

Banned WHERE? Japan? They could sell it OUTSIDE Japan...

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Godzillian » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:03 am

Toho just wants to keep it locked in their film archives forever due to it being offensive to a group of people ^^^
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Postby MandaSaurus » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:07 am

Godzillian wrote:Toho just wants to keep it locked in their film archives forever due to it being offensive to a group of people ^^^

And so the REST of us, end up SCREWED by the PC Police. Lovely...

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Godzillian » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:10 am

Manda2012 wrote:
Godzillian wrote:Toho just wants to keep it locked in their film archives forever due to it being offensive to a group of people ^^^

And so the REST of us, end up SCREWED by the PC Police. Lovely...


Disney is doing the same thing with "Song of the South". I'm actually surprised a japanese company is being this PC about something considering some of the stuff that comes out in anime, figures, and other products. No offense meant by that statement
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Postby Mr. Xeno » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:27 am

Why's it considered so controversial?
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Godzillian » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:20 am

Mr. Xeno wrote:Why's it considered so controversial?


According to Wikipedia Japan, the film has been removed from circulation due to the original version depicting the inhabitants of the remote village similar to the Ainu people as being deformed from generations of inbreeding as well as showing backwards and violent behavior.
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Godzillian wrote:
Mr. Xeno wrote:Why's it considered so controversial?


According to Wikipedia Japan, the film has been removed from circulation due to the original version depicting the inhabitants of the remote village similar to the Ainu people as being deformed from generations of inbreeding as well as showing backwards and violent behavior.

Gee, & here I thought that the title refers to the MONSTER. Silly me...

Someone should start a petition to get this thing released - in it's entirety - onto DVD! I'd buy it!

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Godzillian » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:39 am

My sides :lol:

I believe Toho does special screenings of it at cons and film festivals. I could see a limited release if they ever do. I wonder if media blasters ever asked about it.
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby MandaSaurus » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:56 am

^ Someone SHOULD. A limited release - perhaps mail-order only, so the only place it MIGHT shelf-sit is a specialty store - would be perfect!

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby TylerPreston20 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:48 pm

If this adds to the conversation, I have 3 versions of Half Human. I have the original Japanese cut, U.S. cut and a 10 minute disgust version in Japanese. I'm still hoping to get the colorized version of the U.S. cut.

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Postby MandaSaurus » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:46 pm

TylerPreston20 wrote:If this adds to the conversation, I have 3 versions of Half Human. I have the original Japanese cut, U.S. cut and a 10 minute disgust version in Japanese. I'm still hoping to get the colorized version of the U.S. cut.

Colorized? Wasn't this filmed in B&W? GOD SAVE US from Hal Roach Studios...

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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:40 pm

I actually once provided a bootlegger with a .srt subtitle file so he could put together a DVD. It's also all over torrent sites if you know where to look.

Also whoever's on about the "PC Police," shut up. Now. Please. This is a company taking racism and insensitivity to marginalized groups seriously for once and trying to make things right. Christ, to go back to when political correctness just meant trying not to be an asshole to disadvantaged groups and hadn't been turned into a dirty word by ignorant bigots. No one's screwed us; if you really want the movie, you can get it easily and for free, not that you're missing out on THAT much by not seeing it anyway. It's decent, but it's not legendary.
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby Mr. Xeno » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:49 pm

Godzillian wrote:
Mr. Xeno wrote:Why's it considered so controversial?


According to Wikipedia Japan, the film has been removed from circulation due to the original version depicting the inhabitants of the remote village similar to the Ainu people as being deformed from generations of inbreeding as well as showing backwards and violent behavior.

So it showed island natives as incestuous, deformed savages? Similar to how some films showed native Americans as such? I can see why something like that would piss someone off, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be released.
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:48 am

I agree that it's a bit much to suppress it completely, but in the end it's the studio's call. They produced it, they decide whether they want that going out with their name on it.
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Re: Half Human Release Guide

Postby TylerPreston20 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:35 pm

omgitsgodzilla wrote:I actually once provided a bootlegger with a .srt subtitle file so he could put together a DVD. It's also all over torrent sites if you know where to look.


You mind sharing the sub file in a private message?


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