The legality of downloading Harmy's Despecialized Edition is contentious. As a fan edit, the cut cannot be legally bought or sold, and treads a line between fair use and copyright infringement. OriginalTrilogy.com states that the edits are "made for culturally historical and educational purposes" and that they are "to be shared among legal owners of the officially available releases only". Consequently, the films are only available via various BitTorrent trackers and through specialized rapid download programs using file sharing sites. Harmáček himself remarked: "I'm convinced that 99% of people who download this already bought Star Wars 10 times over on DVD." As of 2015[update], he had received no legal challenge from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the owner of Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios, over the Despecialized Edition.
Reaction to Harmy's Despecialized Edition has been universally positive. Writing for Inverse, Sean Hutchinson placed it at number one on his list of the best Star Wars fan edits, and described it as "the perfect pre-1997 way to experience the saga". Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker called the edits "the best version of Star Wars you can watch", and named them "the version of Star Wars we've all been clamoring for the last 20 years". Similarly, Nathan Barry of Wired praised the films as "an absolute joy to watch", while Gizmodo described them as "very, very good". In an article listing Ars Technica's favorite Star Wars items, Sam Machkovech selected Harmy's Despecialized Edition, calling it "a treat".
King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ, Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) is a 1962 tokusatsu kaiju film directed by Ishiro Honda and written by Shinichi Sekizawa, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced by Toho, it is the third installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. It stars Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki, Ichiro Arishima, Jun Tazaki, Akihiko Hirata, Mie Hama, and Akiko Wakabayashi. The film was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on August 11, 1962, as a part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration. The idea for the film originated when independent producer John Beck approached Toho with a screenplay by George Worthing Yates titled King Kong vs. Prometheus, based on a story treatment by original King Kong stop motion animator Willis O'Brien. Toho acquired the rights to use Kong from RKO Pictures and Universal, though O'Brien received no credit nor compensation for his idea. Beck produced an altered English-language version of the film for markets outside of Asia, which was released to American theaters by Universal International on June 26, 1963.
Mr. Tako, the advertising department director of Pacific Pharmaceutical, is frustrated with the program and wants something to boost its ratings. When pharmacologist Dr. Makioka returns with red berries from the small Faro Island in the Solomons, he tells Tako about a giant demon god spoken of by the natives there. Tako believes that it would be a brilliant idea to use the god to gain publicity and sends two television employees, Osamu Sakurai and Kinsaburo Furue, on an expedition to find the monster from Faro and bring it back alive. Sakurai is reluctant to go, but is given good wishes by his sister Fumiko and her fiancé Kazuo Fujita, who is departing on a voyage of his own to test the strength of a new synthetic textile he and his company are developing. 2b1af7f3a8