Here I am with an update. I am so pleased to share with you…
GODZILLA: THE GOJIRA CUT
A comprehensive retooling of the 2014 film
Godzilla: The Gojira Cut effectively reworks the film to play out more in tone with what the trailers advertised. Instead of running as a generic action flick with excess subplots and unnecessary humor, the movie now tells a more personal story. One that doesn’t distract from the main character, Ford Brody, and his journey home. Almost all scenes with his wife and son, Elle and Sam Brody, are removed, except for their final appearances. What matters is the audience seeing Ford and his efforts to get to them. Think of it as being inspired by Gladiator (2000). Another priority of the edit is to fix the atrocious color correction and brightness of the official Blu-ray. Each scene is now individually corrected to bring out the best possible realistic presentation. Various sequences in the film have been cut down or shortened, such as the opening Janjira power plant scene, all in effort of delivering a more serious story with the material given.
Special thanks to JawsTDS for all his advice.
The Gojira Cut is currently planned for an October 11th release, probably available on Myspleen first, and then it will find it’s way onto ExtraTorrent and FanEdit.info. It will be released as a BD-50, 2-pack BD-25, and simple MKV. The BD versions will include bonus features!
Bonus features of BD releases include:
*All deleted sequences from the film.
*All trailers available in HD or even uncompressed quality (from iTunes).
*All available HD TV spots.
*Various interviews from cast & crew, including the complete “Meet The Director” series with Gareth Edwards.
*Behind-the-scenes footage (Day 1 shooting/Making The Music/etc.)
*ALL featurettes from the Blu-ray releases are included in the BD versions of this edit.
*ALSO INCLUDES THE ‘GODZILLA: REBIRTH OF AN ICON’ DOCUMENTARY FROM THE TARGET EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY.
Changelog for the edit:
*COMPLETELY OVERHAUL BRIGHTNESS AND COLORS OF THE BLU-RAY VIDEO. SOME SCENES ARE CORRECTED SHOT-BY-SHOT.
*Default Warner Bros. logo changed to ‘The Dark Knight’ Warner Bros. Logo
*Removed sequence of Joe and his family at Janjira home. Cuts from ‘Janjira, Japan’ card to Joe walking into power plant.
*Custom 15 years later title card. Cut out entire San Francisco sequence. Cuts to Tokyo, Japan with Ford at the police station.
*Cut out Serizawa explaining the electromagnetic pulse in the Janjira control room. We already know about it as an audience.
*Cut out Elle trying to call Japan and freaking out.
*Removed line in helicopter ride “Come on Joe, hang in there, buddy.”
*Cut out Ford trying to call home to Elle/shot of helicopter heading to Hawaii.
*Cut out Sam watching the ‘Devastation of Honolulu’ on TV.
*Removed Serizawa’s line “I think Godzilla was only listening,” to create consistency.
*Removed scene of firefighters in Vegas. Unnecessary humor that takes away the tension.
*Cut out small scene of Ford on the C-17 plane.
*Cut out Elle in the hospital and Ford talking to her on the phone.
*Cut out Elle being at the hospital during evacuation and putting Sam on the bus.
*Cut out Elle watching jet fall and slam into building.
*Cut Ford asking if Sam and Elle made it out of the city.
*Cut small scene of male MUTO and Godzilla encounter and door slam. Removes Elle once again and gets rid of the unnecessary teasing.
*Other small trims, etc.
NO CHEESY EDITS. I PROMISE. NO CRAP LIKE PUTTING IN THE GODZILLA THEME.
EXPLANATIONS FOR SOME EDITS:
Many of the cuts chosen were done to bring more gravitational weight to the characters and their struggles. You’d be surprised how much a small edit can radically change some scenes in a film. By cutting out the introduction of Joe and his family in their Janjira home, it makes the later scene in Joe’s apartment all the more heartbreaking. By not knowing he sent Sandra down to investigate, it makes it more sad when he finally reveals to Ford, and the audience as well, “Because I sent her down there son.” Originally, the audience kind of just played along with the scene, because we already knew he sent her. But now, the scene can have more emotional weight by making it more of a surprise. Moving on, by cutting out Elle and Sam Brody and their mostly pointless scenes, it gives the audience more time to spend with Ford, putting themselves in his shoes. By not giving the wife and son a face until the end, it helps the audience relate to Ford more as a person. The movie is now about his journey, and not a standard disaster movie with cookie-cutter copy-paste scenes.
Poster and Blu-ray Artwork:
Shin Godzilla Style Trailer and Brightness Comparisons:
Artwork and Trailers all created by me. Resources by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
DISCLAIMER: You must own the official DVD or Blu-ray to legally own this fan edit. Do not condone piracy.
~The original trilogy is my life… kind of~