| Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.
In 1962, Roger Corman and the young Francis Ford Coppola produced an English-language re-edit of the film for U.S. release, entitled Battle Beyond the Sun. They removed the US/Soviet conflict, blotted out all the Russian writing, replaced scenes showing models and paintings of Soviet spacecraft with scenes showing NASA ones, replaced the names of all the actors with the names of the people who did the overdubbing, and inserted scenes with monsters. In all, the edit is 13 minutes shorter than the original. The film was distributed by American International Pictures.
At the beginning of the movie (11:17) South Hemis has launched a rocket going to a space station carrying two astronauts. One of them is Dr Albert Gordon. Dr Gordon's wife Ruth also works on the project at ground control. Just after the launch Ruth is shown writing in what is likely a log book and at the top of the page the header reads North Hemis Space Agency instead of South Hemis.
Released (by Roger Corman) in the USA as "Battle Beyond the Sun". This version was recut and also added new footage directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola. In this version, of course, all Soviet propaganda has been dropped.