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

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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 temporalproductionsonline.wordpress.com, with Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr linked accounts, while my movie fan page with additional info is themoviemaestroblog.wordpress.com, with the same linked accounts listed above. I am of course on YouTube and Vimeo as Temporal Productions.

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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:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Caligula-1979-Expanded-OST/id/48671
The Shining’s complete OST:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-SHINING-Complete-Score/id/57316

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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.

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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:

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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!

https://vimeo.com/257996782

https://vimeo.com/259922795

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Hey everyone! Haven’t had many chances to work on Resurrection, life once again intrudes (rudely).

I am currently working on restructuring my professional and fan editing spheres to keep them separate, and make a little more sense–so in the very near future, I will be directing all of my fan edit endeavors to my Movie Maestro blog and away from the Temporal Productions website. I’ll be providing links.

I also have several new in-progress clips from Resurrection, I’ll be sharing those soon!

Thanks to all of you for showing interest and offering your support!

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Niiiice!

I prefer the chronology of the Japanese cut for Godzilla’s landing on Tokyo Bay, though I imagine in this new context the hybrid version will fit better. The Super-X’s reveal is more effective in Godzilla 1985 and this edit; however I’d have Godzilla firing first, since it matches the “agressive” Godzilla from the US cut.

As for the sound design, it should be noted that the center channel on the Kraken’s 5.1 track features only the dialog and some sound effects, which might help you mask the edits better. Do you plan to use the loon sound effects that precede the Ihama attack?

Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Caligula-1979-Expanded-OST/id/48671
The Shining’s complete OST:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-SHINING-Complete-Score/id/57316

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I knew that the choice to stick somewhat with the Japanese cut’s “mesmerized” Godzilla beholding the Super X would be a controversial one, but I decided to make it. I fully sympathize and sometimes even agree with the notion that Godzilla should be more aggressive towards the ship, but for this cut, what seemed to be Hashimoto’s and Nagahara’s intent of a curious creature (which increases the sympathy felt by Hayashida for it) won out for me. Plus, I love the idea that the cadmium is affecting him enough to diminish his flame over the notion that the Super X is armored enough to withstand it.

I actually have been using that very track in my edits. Did you notice any spots that were rough? Please do let me know, audio is not my strongest suit.

Thanks for all of your feedback, I appreciate it!

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TheMovieMaestro said:

I actually have been using that very track in my edits. Did you notice any spots that were rough? Please do let me know, audio is not my strongest suit.

Thanks for all of your feedback, I appreciate it!

That I noticed, one in the Super-X intro. At 1:30 the last note of M25 resumes after the cue has already ended. Otherwise it appears to be seamless.

Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Caligula-1979-Expanded-OST/id/48671
The Shining’s complete OST:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-SHINING-Complete-Score/id/57316

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Oh, that was actually intentional. I couldn’t find a way to fade that track out where I wanted without it not sounding right, so I added one last swell to cover it up.

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Hey everyone, still working on it! I just finished the Super X battle, so I’m on the home stretch of the assembly. I would be further along, but work and life continue to beat me up. Those meanies.

I have transferred all of my Resurrection blog posts and videos to my Movie Maestro blog, I felt that would be a better site for it since Temporal Productions is going to be my professional website. From now on, everything fan edits will be hosted there.

https://themoviemaestroblog.wordpress.com/fan-edits/my-fan-edits/fan-edits-my-fan-edits-godzilla-resurrection/

In the meantime, I have another video for you! The workprint of Godzilla’s revival, with some more music added by mwa:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ieycu

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Back again with another update, but I promise this is a big one!

I have finished the assembly of the entire edit, and all but finalized my audio mix: the film runs approximately 113 minutes, sans fan edit credits which will be finished last. Work I still have to do before Resurrection is finished: I still have to replace some shots with the textless versions from Servanov’s EOST (used with his permission), adding my own hard-coded text, color grading and grain addition, and making the removable subtitles. In short, it will still be awhile before I am finished, but the final cut has finally taken shape, and I couldn’t be happier with it!

That being said, I still have need of constructive criticism before I get too deep into the “post-production.” With that stated, who would like to be my beta viewers? I would be sending to you special reels of important sections of the film, for any who choose to help to evaluate and give me any feedback on the cut, its flow, and what may not work. I will not be showing anyone the whole film yet, I kinda want to save the completed product for the masses.

Who’s interested?

Also, the link to the new official page for Resurrection: https://themoviemaestroblog.wordpress.com/fan-edits/my-fan-edits/fan-edits-my-fan-edits-godzilla-resurrection/

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TheMovieMaestro said:

Oh, that was actually intentional. I couldn’t find a way to fade that track out where I wanted without it not sounding right, so I added one last swell to cover it up.

Perhaps using part of another cue would work better. Perhaps the beginning of “M32 The Couple Left Behind”?

Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Caligula-1979-Expanded-OST/id/48671
The Shining’s complete OST:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-SHINING-Complete-Score/id/57316