I would like to apologize for the lack of updates on this project. It is still happening for any of you who may have gotten a little worried.
So the first one that will be coming out will be the Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante hybrid, which will serve as the first film of my remastered series. I’m interested in hearing from you guys what name you think would work best. Should I just have it be Godzilla vs. Biollante to fit with the rest of the series, or should I give it a new title?
Here are some screenshots showing off my color correction:
Not the same exact frame but you get the idea
Here is a list of the changes that also serves as a bit of an outline of how the movie will go.
-Title card is from Godzilla vs. Biollante and partially the music from it (the music when it shows the cells under the microscope), but then it transitions to the music from The Return of Godzilla’s title screen. It makes for a nice mix of the two that pretty much encapsulates what the edit is: mostly Godzilla vs. Biollante with a little Return of Godzilla added to it.
-Then is the ship attack from 84 and so on. As in Godzilla 1985, music from Def-Com 4 is added to the scene in which Goro investigates the ship (meaning we still get the sea lice, which I thought was an inspired idea).
-The sea lice scene is edited like the US cut to be shorter, as to remove bad effects.
-After Goro talks to Okumura and the helicopter arrives to rescue them, it cuts to Professor Hiyashida’s conversation with him in which he shows him pictures of Godzilla from 1954.
-After the scene with the Prime Minister in which he hears about Godzilla but decides to keep it a secret, it cuts to the scene in Saradia between Erika and Shiragami from Godzilla vs. Biollante and so on. The Godzilla cells are recontextualized through the completely new subtitles to be from Godzilla’s 1954 attack. Time gap between Erika’s death and the main events of the movie is 5 months, not 5 years. The entire film takes place in 1989.
-After the scene with Kirishima and Asuka at the Godzilla memorial (recontextualized to be a memorial of the 1954 attack), it cuts to the Russian sub being attacked from The Return of Godzilla.
-After that is the news report about the activity in Mt. Mihara. Even though Godzilla isn’t in it anymore it’s still set up for when it causes the earthquake that damages the roses and causes Dr. Shiragami to accept the position to make the bacteria.
-After Asuka reports the girl’s dreams to Gondo, it cuts to the prime minister being told about the Russian sub being destroyed from The Return of Godzilla and so on. No scene of Miki sensing Godzilla in Mt. Mihara since he’s not in Mt. Mihara.
-The news conference in which the prime minister confirms Godzilla is back has the part where Okumura talks cut, since in this film he isn’t a relevant character and neither is his sister.
-After the newspaper montage from The Return of Godzilla is the scene in which Gondo and Kuroki talk about the bacteria. The dialogue about the prime minister not believing the psychic girls is gone as it doesn’t make sense in this context, as this is after the prime minister has announced that Godzilla is back. From here on there’s no more footage from The Return of Godzilla.
-Cut the scene where Kirishima and Azuka talk about making the bacteria at night time. This scene really doesn’t give us any new information and I feel like Godzilla vs. Biollante takes too long to get started, so this helps with the pacing.
-New subtitles during the scene that introduces Super X II will explain that the first Super X was a failed prototype, but this second one is fully operational and improved. This is to fix any continuity issues that would occur with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah by removing The Return of Godzilla and therefore the first Super X (as if Super X II was the first Super X, then it wouldn’t make sense for the one in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah to be Super X III).
-Cut the part where Miki draws Rose Biollante. It ruins the suspense and surprise of seeing Biollante for the first time. Without it Biollante’s reveal is more shocking.
-Instead of threatening to blow up Mt. Mihara, Bio-Major’s ransom is to trigger depth charges that will awaken Godzilla underwater.
-The volcano emergence scene is cut. I do love the scene, but it has to go for continuity. This type of scene was done better in Godzilla vs. Mothra anyway.
-Instead, Godzilla’s first on-screen appearance uses footage from Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (when Godzilla rises from the water due to the Mafia attempting Project T). Sure there are design differences between the 1994 suit and 1989 suit, but they look much more alike than the 1984 suit, and it’s not like the 1989 water and land suits look exactly alike either. This part is after Kirishima leaves after his conversation at the dock with Shiragami and after it is the news scene with the funny Devil guy cameo and so on.
-Cut all of the scenes that split the battle between Godzilla and the Super X II in half, removing that terrible shot of Godzilla’s head rising from the water (which looks like they took a head from an X-Plus figure and raised it with a conveyor belt) and not stopping the momentum of the film.
-The scene where Kirishima and Gondo learn how the Saradian agent is going to leave with the bacteria and the one in which Doctor Shiragami talks to the news woman and when he, Miki, and Azuka realize Erika is no longer in Biollante is moved after the battle with Godzilla and the Super X II.
-When one of Biollante’s tentacles destroys the deck Shiragami and the reporter are on, her cry is out of sync with the tentacle’s mouth opening. This is fixed.
-Right after Miki says “Biollante was calling out to Godzilla!”, it cuts to the shot of Godzilla walking to Lake Ashi through the forest at night with added sound effects, as the music playing during the clip is continued from the scene that I cut below.
-The scene of the military getting into position before the first fight is removed. It’s pointless fat. It’s not even like the military actually intervenes in the fight.
-Cut the part during the fight where Godzilla completely misses Biollante by a long shot with his atomic breath two times in a row. Like seriously, it’s as if he intentionally missed! What’s the point?
-Cut the scene where Shiragami and Kirishima have a pointless talk in the helicopter about generations.
-Cut down on the military preparations for the final assault on Godzilla in Wakasa for pacing.
-Cut the shot in which Godzilla fires his atomic breath at the tentacles at the ground, but the tentacles split in half.
-Cut Godzilla firing his atomic breath at point-blank range at Biollante’s lower jaw while she has him in her mouth. There is no way that blast caused no visible damage, with the amount of damage it normally does to Biollante it should’ve completely destroyed her lower jaw. Now it just cuts from Godzilla’s spines lighting up to him moving his head out of her mouth and blasting his atomic breath into her mouth.
And finally here is a link to a Google doc where I have compiled my ideas for all six movies. None of these are completely finalized (in fact the lists for the last 3 Heisei films are more like bullet points then a specific list, but more details will be added as I go on) so feel free to suggest things: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VClStpc09q0TfAV-_dHSzY6ZfJzaUww_HcdXoGWkk6k/edit?usp=sharing