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Americanized Godzilla Movies Online Streaming Guide

Because of the Godzilla franchise success in Japan, heavily re-edited “Americanized” versions of some films were made for a theatrical release more suitable for the American audience.

  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    April 27, 1956

    During an assignment, foreign correspondent Steve Martin spends a layover in Tokyo and is caught amid the rampage of an unstoppable prehistoric monster the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’. The only hope for both Japan and the world lies on a secret weapon, which may prove more destructive than the monster itself.

  • Gigantis the Fire Monster

    May 21, 1959

    The altered American release of Godzilla Raids Again. Originally meant to be known as the The Volcano Monsters, the film was eventually released as “Gigantis.”

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    June 26, 1963

    US version. The re-edited John Beck version of the film: released outside of Japan and restructured with new footage of American actors centering around a news report plot not present in the original. Eric Carter of United Nation News is joined by Dr. Arnold Johnson as a prehistoric monster emerges from hibernation while a pharmaceutical company seeks publicity with their own monster.

  • Godzilla 1985

    July 26, 1985

    Originally released in Japan as “The Return of Godzilla” in 1984, this is the heavily re-edited, re-titled “Godzilla 1985”. Adding in new footage of Raymond Burr, this 16th Godzilla film ignores all previous sequels and serves as a direct follow-up to the 1956 “Godzilla King of the Monsters”, which also featured scenes with Burr edited into 1954’s “Godzilla”. This film restores the darker tone of the original, as we witness the nuclear destruction of giant lizard terrorizing Japan.

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