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#1083242
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Destroy All Monsters AIP HD Reconstruction
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Hey all! Just released a v2.0 of this reconstruction that addresses numerous errors in and issues with the original version, including the noticeable gate weave in the last shot, the confusion of the missing frames around that optical wipe with an intentional edit, and duplicating the missing frames in the reference copy in the recon. It’s in all the usual places; I look forward to hearing how you all like it!

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#1072716
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Invasion of the Astro-Monsters - International version HD reconstruction
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It’s the same dub, but conformed to the editing of the Japanese version - for instance, the scenes of the Controller speaking the language of Planet X are included (reverting to the Japanese audio), and Namikawa’s note to Glenn is shown using the original Japanese shot as opposed to the insert with the English note found in the US version (the differing shot lengths cause a hiccup in the synchronization for a moment after Namikawa’s voiceover ends).

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#1072555
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Invasion of the Astro-Monsters - International version HD reconstruction
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astro

The Invasion of the Astro-Monsters reconstruction is available now!

The 1080p HD reconstruction of Invasion of the Astro-Monsters’ International version is completed and available to download! Venture spleenwards or send a private message for details.

Notes on this release:

  • The Toho transfer had its contrast and saturation boosted to alleviate its flat appearance.
  • This version was synchronized to the UK VHS release of the International version (which was slowed down from PAL speed), and also uses that release’s audio track, which was adjusted slightly for better synchronization.
  • The opening credits were carefully digitally recreated.
  • The expository text at the beginning and the end title card are presented using a combination of the Simitar DVD (to retain the entire image) and the Classic Media DVD (to reduce artifacting around the text itself).
  • The English Toho logo comes from the Godzilla vs. Gigan Blu-ray by Kraken Releasing.
  • The textless riot montage was recreated using a complicated patching/masking process for one shot and reverting to the UK VHS source for the others; the VHS source presents the film in roughly 1.85:1 and so does not fill the entire 2.35:1 frame, but is placed appropriately within it.
  • The Toho transfer is typically missing a handful of frames at the beginning and end of each reel. Where the missing frames couldn’t be compensated for in a satisfactory fashion, the sound/sync reference was trimmed to match what was there.
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#1071511
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Kathleen Kennedy Shuts Down any Hope for Unaltered Release
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If I’m not mistaken, what’s meant by “the unaltered versions don’t exist” is that the OCN was cut up to insert the '97SE shots into it, right? So a full, intact copy of the original negative might not exist, but most of the OCN for the unaltered versions exists as part of the SE negative, and I imagine either the snipped portions still exist somewhere or complete prints of the unaltered versions exist that are only a generation or two removed from the OCN.

Basically what that means is that it’s not that the materials don’t exist to prepare a 4K restoration of the unaltered trilogy, but it would take some work to assemble the finished product from different materials - there’s no complete original negative they can just run through a scanner and be done with it.

So basically it’s not a question of whether they can, but whether they will.

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#1069218
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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Hey folks, quick update: I’ve basically finished the International version of this film and VC’s sent me the covers, so all that’s left to do now is render and upload it! It might be a little while as I’ve got to work around my classes, but it should probably be up in a week or so; two at the absolute most.

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#1042207
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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I’m glad you enjoyed it! I really appreciate the artwork you’ve contributed to my projects; I do my best to present the movies themselves as well as I can, but graphic design of that quality and complexity is a bit beyond me, and I think it really adds something to the presentation having covers that are easily better than what most actual distributors can be bothered to make for these movies, never mind a lot of fan covers.

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#1039548
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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It’s now available on the spleen and the other usual spots as well! One of the spleen mods has disabled the MP4 version saying there’s no need for multiple uploads of the same project (I think he just meant to hide it from the main page), but you can still get it from other spots - message me if you don’t know where to look.

Hope you all enjoy it!

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#1038871
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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Just got a message on Tumblr from someone saying they’d seen these covers; didn’t realize they’d gotten done. They look fantastic, and I love the variety. I think my favorite’s the German poster, but I really like the VHS cover aesthetic as well. Guess I’d better go download these and upload the reconstruction!

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#1032831
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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Naturally. I should probably go get in touch with a mod to get it approved first, as is apparently protocol for fan edits and the like.

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#1032290
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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Just went through and synced up the CM audio, added the grain and all that, looks like it’s pretty much done! I’ll be starting a test render in a minute here. It’ll probably be a while yet before the actual release, though; I’m still waiting on the cover art and Video Collector’s bought a German poster he wants to use for one of the variants that hasn’t arrived just yet. In the meantime, though, I’ll probably post some more BTS/shitpost videos to tide you guys over.

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#1030361
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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I’m afraid I know next to nothing about authoring and burning discs on Windows, let alone on a Mac; I know broadly what codecs are the right ones for Blu-ray but that’s about it. Someone else on here might be able to help you, though!

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#1030246
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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Well I finished syncing the Japanese HD footage to the Simitar DVD late last night, or early this morning, and in addition I’ve recreated the “Henry G. Saperstein Presents” and UPA logo cards at the beginning of the film. I’ve also set up the backgrounds for the recreated opening credits.

What’s left to do, then:

  • Recreate the opening credits
  • Deal with the other US version visuals (location cards, newspaper headlines, “The End”) either through masking, recreating or just substituting the SD shots
  • Add the Classic Media audio since the Simitar audio has this weird volume inconsistency where most of the film is quiet, then the second-to-last reel is a lot louder, then the last reel is a little quieter and also skewed to one side for some reason
  • Add grain to the whole thing, render, test, upload

Also I’m pleased to announce that Video Collector will once again be preparing Blu-ray art for this project. He hasn’t sent me anything yet, but as always I’m excited to see what he comes up with.

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#1027880
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Monster Zero - HD reconstruction
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mz

The Monster Zero reconstruction is available now!

The 1080p HD reconstruction of the original US version of Monster Zero is completed and available to download! Have a look on the spleen or send a private message for details.

Notes on this release:

  • The Toho transfer had its contrast and saturation boosted to alleviate its flat appearance.
  • This version was synchronized to the Simitar widescreen DVD to ensure accuracy, but uses the Classic Media audio (synchronized to the Simitar audio) to avoid some volume and balance inconsistencies in the Simitar audio.
  • The opening Henry G. Saperstein/UPA logos, most of the opening credits, and the Lake Myojin/Washigasawa location titles were carefully digitally recreated.
  • The expository text at the beginning, the English newspaper headlines, the English insert of Namikawa’s letter to Glenn and the end title card are presented using a combination of the Simitar DVD (to retain the entire image) and the Classic Media DVD (to reduce artifacting around the text itself).
  • The Toho transfer is typically missing a handful of frames at the beginning and end of each reel. Where the missing frames couldn’t be compensated for in a satisfactory fashion, the sound/sync reference was trimmed to match what was there.

Original post:

Well, now that Ghidrah is out and hell year is over, looks like it’s time to move on to Monster Zero! So far all I’ve done is create the project file, add a rip of the Simitar DVD that I’ll be using as my guide and possibly the source for certain parts, and create usable rips of the Classic Media DVD and the Japanese Blu-ray. I’ll probably be approaching this in much the same way I did Ghidrah, only the syncing process will probably not take nearly as long, since only minimal edits were made to the film for the US version.

After this project’s done, I may take on a couple simple projects before moving on to the others I have planned. Depending on the level of interest, I may also undertake the recreation of the export version of this film, titled Invasion of the Astro-Monsters, which features a slightly different soundtrack and a few bits the Monster Zero version cuts out. (I’ll be working from an SD reconstruction provided by ultrase7en from Toho Kingdom, so I can’t really vouch for the absolute accuracy of what I’ll be creating, but it’ll be an interesting side project.) I’ll probably open up a poll on that one when I finish this first version. What I’ll almost definitely be doing is creating a new, more accurate version of my AIP Destroy All Monsters reconstruction based on some info provided by Space Hunter M - specifically, I’ll be taking a different approach to the splices in the reference copy and correcting some other small errors and issues with the old version.

But first, there’s Monster Zero. I’ll be starting by syncing the HD Japanese footage to the Simitar DVD, which is the best source available that’s actually taken from a US film element (unlike CM’s DVD). Then there’s the matter of recreating the logos, title and credits in HD in as many cases as possible. There are a few spots where I’ll have to revert to SD sources, but since the title and credits mostly appear over static backgrounds, I’ll be able to recreate the vast majority. There are also a couple of unique visuals during the film proper in the US version; I predict I’ll be able to recreate some of them, but others (I’m thinking of Namikawa’s note and possibly the newspaper headlines) will have to be left in SD. For the final touch, I’ll be comparing the quality of the Simitar and Classic Media audio tracks, and if the CM track is any better I’ll probably sync that up to the film.

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#1026229
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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Video Collector said:

Having just seen the finished project in its entirety, all I can say is thank you once again for all the effort and attention to detail you put in. The editing is seamless, the colours are wonderful and the amount of grain is just right. Apart from a single sound dropout (at 15:37) the sound was perfect, preserving some of the wonderfully analog crackly nature of its 16mm origins.

Also, thank you to all of you who contributed your resources and advice. Truly this is the work of a community working together and pooling its resources. It’s a great time to be a Godzilla fan!

Oh, and once again, thank you for the shout-out in the credits 😃

I’m glad you enjoyed it! And yeah, that sound drop-out is probably where I had to adjust the synchronization. There’s a skip there that’s present on both the video master used for all the US VHS releases (and the CM recreation) and the Siren DVD, suggesting a damaged audio master. After that skip, the audio runs a little under half a second ahead of the picture for (I think) the rest of the reel in every legit copy of the US version.

Faithwyn said:

Wow! I just stumbled on this thread! I have the first 5 Godzilla films
but my copy of GHIDRAH is just awful! Is there any big difference between
the .MP4 & .MKV versions?

A screen from my old copy:
4d1b100728cc11c50f8bc705c1b0ee55.jpg

The MP4 version is a different encode at a slightly lower bitrate (avg. 20mbps video and 192kbps audio as opposed to 25mbps with DVD quality audio). The MKV is also 1920x1080 with black bars at the top and bottom, as opposed to the 1920x818 MP4 which just has the actual frame of the movie itself, and has chapter stops and comes with Blu-ray artwork (it’s meant to be easily remuxed to the Blu-ray format but can also be watched with VLC).

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#1025241
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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I do really appreciate the folks who obtain and share these rare sources and share them with the rest of us. There’s you with these VHS captures, there’s Echo3 fixing me up with a copy of the MHD Godzilla 1985, there’s a guy on Toho Kingdom who’s actually gone and bought a new capture card and LaserDisc player for the sake of creating a new LD capture of Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, there’s folks like Space Hunter M who, aside from posting things on the Spleen and so on, operate YouTube and DailyMotion accounts that are an utter goldmine of material from rare alternate versions of these films. Modest as I try to be, I am quite proud of what I’ve done with these projects - the actual editing and so on is basically always a solo effort - but I couldn’t possibly have even gotten started if there weren’t other fans out there willing to share resources.

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#1024066
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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Echo3 said:

God Save Pop Punk said:

The reconstruction is available from all the usual platforms; I hope you all enjoy it!

Merry Christmas, everybody!

It looks amazing. Honestly, the opening logo and title are almost too clean… they need film grain or some gate judder… 😉

I deliberately kept the grain low on this project to try and keep it relatively consistent with the Toho transfer - I only added it to scenes using still images/digital recreations (so just the opening and the end title card). I think the level here was 84%, whereas Godzilla 1985 had it set at 100%. Maybe I’ll try low-to-mid 90s next time.

Jetrell Fo said:

I was very surprised to see my name in the credits along with all the other great nods you give. Thank you kindly for allowing us to participate in any way we could for the reconstructions. You’re work and care are very much appreciated.

😃

I’m glad you liked it! The VHS rips you uploaded over on the Spleen look fantastic; Son of Godzilla in particular will be incredibly helpful once I get around to that one. The copy of that I had before was really awful.

ray_afraid said:

Watched this last night. Great job! I haven’t seen this film in anything close to HD, so this was really eye popping!
I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: Red Menace deserves to be a name known by all kaiju fans!
Thanks everyone who contributes anything to these projects!

Thanks! I was really impressed by how nice the HD transfer for this looked; it had some of the usual issues with Toho’s HD transfers but it was still head and shoulders above the DVD. I really didn’t do much of anything to it, just enough contrast boosting to improve the black levels and a little nudge to the saturation.

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#1023486
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Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster - US version HD reconstruction
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That’ll be quite the haul. Though a lot of the movies are being shown multiple times, so odds are you’ll have a complete recording of the first movie from later in the weekend.

I’m personally curious what sources/transfers are being presented - I imagine the movies are dubbed, but do they use the current DVD masters? The old TV masters? Are they in HD? It’ll be interesting to find out.

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#1023364
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Destroy All Monsters AIP HD Reconstruction
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Good to know. I might go back over that project one of these days; I believe I still have all the raw materials I’d need except for the Blu-ray rip, which I deleted to free up hard drive space.

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#1022865
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Destroy All Monsters AIP HD Reconstruction
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I thought it might be. I may go back sometime and do a corrected version of this where instead of recreating the splices (and covering one up as I did here), I just leave a gap in the audio. For some reason that approach didn’t occur to me while I was making this.

Also, I suspect a couple other cuts might be splices, except that I could also see them being intentional edits - cutting out the sign outside the emergency headquarters in that shot of the ruins of Tokyo, for instance, since most of the US audience wouldn’t be able to read it anyway.

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#1022405
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Destroy All Monsters AIP HD Reconstruction
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Just bumping this with a little update - I’ve just uploaded both the MP4 and MKV versions of this project to a private tracker that’s popular 'round these parts, so head on spleenwards if you’re interested! I’m hoping to at least get one other seed on each by sometime tomorrow, since I’ll have to disconnect from the internet for a bit in order to render my newest project without my laptop crashing, so grab them now or there’ll probably be a couple days where they’re not available.

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#1022404
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Godzilla 1985 - Reconstruction Project
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Just bumping this with a little update - I’ve just uploaded both the MP4 and MKV versions of this project to a private tracker that’s popular 'round these parts, so head on spleenwards if you’re interested! I’m hoping to at least get one other seed on each by sometime tomorrow, since I’ll have to disconnect from the internet for a bit in order to render my newest project without my laptop crashing, so grab them now or there’ll probably be a couple days where they’re not available.

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