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The name Gojira (Godzilla) is a conjoining of two Japanese words, gorira (gorilla) and kujira (whale). Toho chose to translate the name as "Godzilla" for English releases of the film.
There are three notable versions of Godzilla. The first is the original Japanese version, released in 1954, which runs for 96 minutes. The second is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the American version released in 1956. This cut of the film removed a sizable amount of footage and added new footage of Canadian actor Raymond Burr, in addition to dubbing most of the existing scenes into English. It runs 80 minutes. The third version, officially called Godzilla but usually called Cozzilla, is the Italian version released in 1977. This version, using the American cut as a starting point, further changed the movie's content by adding stock footage from real battles and various war movies, dubbing all dialogue into Italian, and including a brand-new soundtrack. This version is also colorized, while the previous two are in black and white. Originally it ran 106 minutes, but the only copies of it known to still exist are recordings from a shortened TV version which runs 88 minutes.
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