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Gojira :: Godzilla - where it all begins,
This review is from: Gojira & Godzilla King of Monsters [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a great DVD. Up until this release I had only ever seen the US cut of Godzilla. The US version infamously edited huge chunks out of the film and added scenes starring Raymon Burr to Amercianise the viewing experience.
This meant that some of the scenes did not make sense - or rather; the context of some scenes shifted outrageously.
This film is ultimately an anti-war film, a film that uses Godzilla as a tool to warn against the use of nuclear/atomic weapons. The American verion wanted all anti-war references removed. These removals leave a pretty soul-less film, and I personally find it disrespectful given that less than 10 years previous the Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic bombings had blighted the world.
But now you can see this film as is was meant to be seen. It really is a masterpiece. At the time it was the biggest ever budgeted Japanese film.
I recommend you watch the Japanese Version, and then watch the US version to see how the doctoring of such a classic ruined a brilliant piece of cinematic history.