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Scott Andrew Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Feb 2003 21:04:04 -0500
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> The least altered of these films is Monster Zero. About the only thing
> cut were a few short seconds here and there of the Controller of Planet
> X (played by Yoshio Tsuchiya) speaking in an alien language. Also, no
> re-editing was done.

One of the worst films, but Tsuchiya is great in it.  I've seen brief
moments of the Japanese cut in a nice bootleg from Japanimation Video of
_Godzilla Fantasia_.  I don't bu bootlegs anymore, though, because most of
them are as much a rip-off of the consumer as they are of the owner.

 As Scott
> said, the film is intended to be a comedy - specifically a satire on
> the media - and much evidence of this has been excised. Also, certain
> touches are only apparent if one has a knowledge of Japanese, such as
> the humorous name of the pharmaceutical company executive who wants to
> use Kong for advertising - Mr. Tako - which means "Mr. Octopus."

The American version also excludes Akira Ifukube's score in favor of horror
tracks from Universal's music library, including some by Henry Mancini
(Creature from the Black Lagoon), and some other well known composers I
can't attribute off the top of my head.


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