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GODZILLA 2000 on DVD: Toho Speaks Out
The company's general manager explains why Sony's disc will not contain the Japanese language version.
November 20, 2000
It has come to our attention today that your article titled 'UPDATE: No Japanese Track on Godzilla 2000
DVD' contains factual errors about Toho's role in this project. The article asserts that 'Toho has stated that Sony didn't have time enough to press the discs,' the licensor [Toho] couldn't provide the necessary elements in time to meet the street date,' and 'Toho didn't want the DVD to contain the Japanese version period, as DVD file suggested.'
However, Toho has fully supported Sony's idea of including the original Japanese version in its DVD release and has provided all the necessary materials as their requests came in. Toho has never hindered the delivery of such materials, nor has Toho ever instructed Sony to remove the Japanese original version from its DVD release. Why would we forbid Sony from including the Japanese original version, thereby reducing the value of the release? Toho will benefit from their sales; thus, it is only natural and sound business practice for us to do whatever it takes to boost the sales. That is why we provided all the available materials including B-rolls to Sony well in advance. In addition, our Japanese DVD will be released on December 21, 2000, before the US release by Sony on December 26, 2000, and both DVD releases will be regionally encoded. There is, therefore, no reason for us to be concerend about the effects of Sony's release on the sales of our release.
It was not until early this month that we heard from Sony that they would not include the Japanese original version in their DVD release because they did not have enough time to do so. It was solely Sony's decision. We respect Sony's decision and hope that their decision will not preclude them from releasing the film in its original version in the future.
It is always our utmost desire to cater to the needs of the fans, and we are always prepared to cooperate whenever and wherever feasible.
We would appreciate your correcting the errors in due course and respectfully suggest and will welcom your contacting us regarding the accuracy of Toho-related issues before printing in the future.
Masaharu Ina, General Manager, Toho Co., Ltd.