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Godzilla: Resurrection - The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla 1985, combined


This project is a fan edit of The Return of Godzilla and its Americanized recut, Godzilla 1985, known as Godzilla: Resurrection. While the original Japanese version of the film is still the definitive one, I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for Raymond Burr’s scenes in 1985, and had always wondered what the final film would have been like had he been present in the Japanese cut.

This re-edit seeks to accomplish just that, while also streamlining the slower pacing of the original cut with suggestions from 1985 to combine the best of both worlds. The film will still be highly critical of both the United States and the Soviet Union, and will work to marginalize the more humorous aspects of the added Pentagon scenes. I’m also using this opportunity to re-grade The Return of Godzilla, as the print used for the American Kraken blu-ray suffers from soft contrast and an altogether dull appearance, while '85’s picture has had its color timing altered towards the blue spectrum, which will necessitate its alteration back to the original color pallette. Finally, this cut will feature a brand new opening to the film, one that seeks to definitely tie the new Godzilla to the original beast in an eerie and unforgettable way.

A very special thanks to Red Menace Official for the use of his reconstruction of Godzilla 1985 in this fan edit.

I’ll be keeping everyone updated here in this thread, as well as on my multiple social media and Wordpress accounts. If you’d like to visit them or give them a follow, my main artistic blog is, with Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr linked accounts, while my movie fan page with additional info is, with the same linked accounts listed above. I am of course on YouTube and Vimeo as Temporal Productions.


It’s an interesting idea, one that has been brought up from time to time in the fandom; much like combining the John Beck scenes from King Kong vs. Godzilla into the Japanese version. I like that you’re porting the sound design from Godzilla 1985.

What I wonder though, is how will you work out the scenes around Godzilla being put into a coma by the Super-X. Since the US cut doesn’t interrupt that scene with the soviet missile being fired, there’s a sense of relieved tension when the Americans watch Godzilla unsconscious (“The only problem now is cleaning up the mess”). I’m not sure it would work to have such a line being said after the missile has been fired.

Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released:
The Shining’s complete OST:


That sequence will actually be one of the few to follow 85’s structure and not TROG’s. I’ve never really preferred TROG’s sequence of events of Godzilla taking awhile to fall unconscious, it just always felt clunky to me. After a hybrid cut of the Super X shelling sequence of my own design, Godzilla will fall into his coma immediately after as in 85, and the Pentagon scene will play directly into the missile being launched, as it was in that cut.


I have been a bit on-and-off with working on Resurrection, but significant progress is being made. I am now into Godzilla’s landing at Tokyo, having just completed re-editing the attack of the metro train.

I do have a few more in-progress clips for you all, I just have to go about uploading them, I will have one new one for you at the bottom of the post. I tried to upload these to YouTube, but alas, even as unlisted or private videos, that damn copyright detector immediately blocks them, so for now, I’m stuck with Vimeo’s limited storage space. I am going to try DailyMotion however, it seems they are a little more forgiving.

I also want to announce that I have secured the help of a second fellow editor in acquiring material for this project: Servanov. After reading on another forum about his reconstruction project of The Return of Godzilla’s English On-Screen Text International Cut, I realized that this fan edit was a means to finally remove the pesky burned-in Japanese text on the Kraken Releasing print, given that Godzilla 1985 did not contain many of the shots I need to replace. Servanov has agreed to provide me with in-progress work for these shots so that I may deliver a more complete experience. Thanks, Servanov!

Taking a break from the editing last night, I was inspired to change my artwork for the edit to something that felt a little more '80s. Given the entire premise of this project is to envision an alternate international version of The Return of Godzilla, it felt important to my sensibilities to have a poster that matches that. The biggest change is the logo; simpler, more original. So without further ado, here it is:


With that being all I have today, I will leave you with the two in-progress clips so far: the Yahatu Maru Wreck and the Ihama Attack. Passwords are daikoku and reactor, respectively. Enjoy!

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