Newer Godzilla films on DVD?

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  1. Larry Fletcher

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    Does anyone have any kind of update on whether Columbia Tristar will be releasing the newer Godzilla films such as Godzilla vs. Megaguirus or GMK on dvd in the U.S. anytime soon?
     
  2. Jim Peavy

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    If they do (and I've heard nothing as of yet), you can bet they'll be dubbed only.
     
  3. Matthew Kiernan

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    There are Region 3 Hong Kong discs available with English subs. The quality is pretty decent but all you get is the movie only.
     
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    Apparently Columbia is still working with Toho on getting some kind of release for GXM and GMK. And they won't necessarily be dubbed only. G2000 was supposed to have the Japanese language track in addition to the English dubbed track (and believe it or not, Toho would have actually allowed that) but supposedly they couldn't get the needed elements together in time, in order to keep the scheduled release date of the disc (I wish they just would have postponed the release, it would have been worth it).
     
  5. Jim Peavy

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    I've heard this as well. In fact, I think it was announced by the theatrical english dub and DVD producer (Mike Schlesinger, I believe) that this would be the case.

    Toho "couldn't get the needed elements together in time?" I ain't buying it. Just postpone the release date (like this never happens) for as long as it takes to slap some subtitles on the japanese transfer.

    There has never been, to the best of my knowledge, an english subbed, OSL release by Toho of their kaiju or SF films on any format. Will that change for the release of these 2 films? I don't see it happening.

    For what it's worth though, I hope I'm wrong! [​IMG]
     
  6. Philip Klein

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    you're not wrong Jim
    it's all about the money
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

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  8. Jim Peavy

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    Would be cool. The way Toho goes after bootleggers you
    gotta' think they've got plans for these here in R1 land.
     
  9. Mark Zimmer

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    But it would have to have nonremovable subtitles and be priced at a level so high that it wouldn't pay to parallel import from the US to Japan....and how many discs would they sell in the US at that price point? I don't see the economics working. I think we'll see the DVDs of Harold Lloyd's features before we see a Region 1 OSL Godzilla.
     
  10. Jeff Kleist

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    You may be right Mark, but I believe it'll be $24.95 w/soft subs or nothing
     
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  12. Jim Peavy

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    Yeah, if we thought Universal's classic horror DVDs were a little pricey, we ain't seen nothing until Toho starts selling R1 classic kaiju stuff widescreen and in OSL...!

    I've actually wondered, the extent to which Toho has gone after R1 bootleggers, maybe they were trying to create anticipation/demand for these here in the west. I mean, the R1 boots ain't exactly competing with Toho's (non-existent) R1 product. But then there's that whole reverse exportation thing, so I guess Toho see's that as a threat to their R2 market.

    I realize that this (not making kaiju films available in the west) is certainly mainly about $$ with Toho. However, I still think an aspect of it is that an honorable, highly conservative and no doubt proud co. such as Toho doesn't want to hold one of their franchises up to the ridicule it'd be subjected to with a large, legit western release. Especially a large, legit western release that wouldn't be all that profitable.

    You have to look no further than ADV's recent Gamera DVDs, with their "commentary" by Gamera and "out-takes" (where the films characters express their desire for another character of the same sex, in a southern drawl, no less!) to see the western opinion of kaiju eiga has not changed one whit.

    I mean, if ADV can add an MST3K-style "commentary" to Gamera III, arguably the finest kaiju film ever made, then imagine what they'd do to War of the Gargantuas or Son of Godzilla?

    Anyway, I hope Jeff's right, and a R1, subbed OSL release is in the works as we speak...!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. Sean Campbell

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    Toho might have a problem with releasing OAR and subbed Godzilla discs in the US, but it's always possible that such titles could be released in Europe. The original cut of Godzilla is available in Spain ( with Japanese language track intact ) for less than $15 and Toho have allowed OAR English subtitled Godzilla movies to be shown on British television.
     
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    The Japaneese soundtrack was not included G2K becuase the US version was a diffrent edit of the film, so the JP soundtrack wouldn't fit. The US soundtrack also had new music added.

    The US edit was so well done it was released in Japan.

    The commentary track explains alot of the changes/edits.

    To include the Japaneese soundtrack would have required a second version of the film to be included, not just an alt track. And if they did that on 1 disc we would have seen all the posts attacking it for being too compressed [​IMG].
    2 disc set would have been more expensive, and since G2k didn't do as well at the box office as was hoped I wouldn't count on that.

    Peter
     
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    I was deeply offended by the dubber on the commentary track. Who gave him the right to cut and rearrange someone else's movie and then gloat about it?

    Releasing the "US" version in Japan is trendy, and always grabs a few thousand sales. They do it all the time, it has nothing to do with the quality of the job done
     
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    Toho and the director, actually.

    Schlesinger said he wanted to move some of the Godzilla stuff to the kaiju-less middle of the film (where the lead is trying to download info from the computer before the military blows up the building), but the director said "no," and Mike S. had to comply.

    I would like to see the orig. cut sometime, but considering how uncompelling the non-Godzilla stuff is in the edited version I don't think we're missing too much. For me, the "Big-G" scenes are the whole show in Godzilla 2000 (which are pretty spectacular, I think).
     
  18. Larry Fletcher

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    Holy crap, SciFi showing those two films could be a good sign (they are also supposedly going to air Mothra 3, another film MIA on R1 DVD). Will these films be shown OAR and OSL? I'm in Canada, so I'm not sure if this is the SciFi Channel's normal policy.
     
  20. Jim Peavy

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    OAR perhaps (hopefully). They can go either way with their Godzilla showings. I would guess OAR.

    I seriously doubt OSL, however. Probably the best we can hope for is they come through with the OSL with subs for an eventual DVD release.

    Still, very cool they are showing these on American TV.
     

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