Imagine you're a film executive. You've just been handed a powerful cautionary tale about nuclear power produced in the only nation on earth to ever be on the receiving end of atomic weapons. It seems to be missing something, though. Suddenly it dawns on you. It needs ... Perry Mason!

September 5 marks the first official U.S. release of Ishirô Honda's Gojira in any video format. The 1954 film was re-edited and released to U.S. theatres as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, excising forty minutes of the original with new footage featuring Raymond Burr (who, to be honest, would not play Perry Mason until 1957) as American reporter Steve Martin-- edited into the film. Gojira, of course, tells the tale of a monstrous dinosaur-like creature spawned by nuclear tests in the South Pacific who comes ashore in Japan to perform spontaneous urban renewal.

According to an item on USA Today's website, Classic Media is releasing a two-disk set that will include both versions of the film. Additional features will include an audio commentary from Steve Ryfle, author of Japan's Favorite Mon-star (The Unauthorized Biography of Godzilla) and publisher Ed Godiziszewski, an original movie poster slide show, a featurette on the making of the Godzilla suit, and a 16-page booklet.

Gojira, of course, spawned countless sequels and imitators, even though Gojira itself was made to cash in on the success of the 1953 film The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars, was promoted as the Big G's final appearance, but.then so was Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995), so Godzilla will no doubt be squashing pedestrians between his toes again one day soon.