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Son of Godzilla US TV version HD reconstruction AVAILABLE NOW

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:42 pm

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The Son of Godzilla reconstruction is available now!

The 1080p HD reconstruction of Son of Godzilla's dubbed US TV version is completed and available to download! Send a private message for details.

Notes on this release:

  • The Toho transfer had its contrast and saturation boosted to alleviate its flat appearance; other sources were color-corrected to roughly match this source.
  • The original US version has only ever existed in 4:3 pan-and-scan, so no widescreen sources for the US title card or textless opening/ending exist. A capture of the 1997 Anchor Bay VHS was used for these portions of the film.
  • Numerous other shots throughout the film have frames missing, with reel changes suffering the worst. Some shots were replaced entirely using the 2004 TriStar DVD, others with the Blu-ray of All Monsters Attack, which reused some of the affected shots, and others had the missing frames reinstated using a roughly 16:9 copy of the French version of the film.
  • The original Walter Reade Organization logo is reinstated at the end, using the recreation featured in the Ghidrah reconstruction.

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Hello everyone, if you haven't been following what's going on on my blog, you've missed a good deal of flip-flopping on my schedule and planned releases. Basically, I've switched things up so that my current project, which I'm hoping to have out by Christmas, is going to be the HD reconstruction of Son of Godzilla's US version, dubbed by Titra/Titan and released to TV by Walter Reade-Sterling. I've got a really good VHS capture that I snatched ages ago for exactly this purpose, and I'm excited to finally be getting to work on it.

This won't be a 100% faithful reconstruction - the US version only exists in pan-and-scan, while this reconstruction will mostly be in full widescreen - but otherwise it'll be as accurate as I can make it. How to approach the opening is something I've given a great deal of thought to in the past; the US version features a unique title card, then plays the footage over which the Japanese title card and credits appeared, but without any text. There is no textless widescreen source, and it most likely isn't possible to stitch together a recreation of the textless widescreen shots from different sources (to say nothing of how awful it would probably look), so the opening will be presented in windowboxed 4:3 using the VHS capture, transitioning to the HD Japanese source and a widescreen aspect ratio as soon as the credits end. (The textless final shot, though, should be doable in widescreen - I'll most likely cover up the Japanese "owari" character using the VHS capture, and the copyright icon with the TriStar DVD.)

I've gotten most of the work done on the transition between sources/aspect ratios:



I'll probably perform a bit of color correction on the VHS capture to make the transition less conspicuous, but you get the idea.
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Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:00 pm

Hope it comes out as good as your previous works. Good luck!
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Postby GodzillaBurgh » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:25 am

That actually looks really cool! Are you going to put the Walter Reade logo at the end?
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Postby G-Matt » Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:58 am

Hey that aspect ratio shift worked rather brilliantly!
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Postby ultrase7en » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:19 am

That AR shift looks really slick! As always can't wait to see the finished version.
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Postby Kore321 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:03 pm

Nice work can't wait for the finished product. Have fun!

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Postby morgoth » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:14 pm

That shift is seamless! Can't wait for this one!!
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Re: Son of Godzilla US TV version HD reconstruction

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:42 am

GodzillaBurgh wrote:That actually looks really cool! Are you going to put the Walter Reade logo at the end?

Just realized I hadn’t answered your question - Yes, that logo will be at the end!

I’ve basically finished the reconstruction; I’ve just got to send it off to the person I’ve got rendering it for me and then get it uploaded and released. In the meantime I’ve got a couple things to show you all, including Video Collector’s Blu-ray covers!
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Postby GodzillaBurgh » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:02 am

I've always look forward to Video Collector's Blu-ray covers!!!
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Postby omgitsgodzilla » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:45 pm



Here's a look at how I handled the last shot, which doesn't contain any "The End" title in the US version. I initially tried to recreate it in widescreen, but both methods I tried were a huge pain and neither really produced results I was happy with, so I figured I'd kind of bookend the movie by adding a similar shift to the one at the beginning.
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Postby Shokara » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:06 pm

^ Works for me. In a perfect world we would've been able to recreate the entire US TV version, textless credits, ending, and all in widescreen HD. If this is the approach that yields the best results visually then so be it. I feel it's a nice theatrical trick, too. It's like this HD reconstruction is fully acknowledging that this was originally a 60's TV presentation, but right after the "opening credits" are done it magically draws back the stage curtains to give us a widescreen theatrical presentation. Then for the ending it closes the curtains again to bring us back to its old US TV self almost like a more literal bookend in several animated movies where they start and finish with a fairy tale storybook opening and closing. I can hardly wait to see this. This is an awesome holiday gift. Thanks. :D

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Postby GodzillaBurgh » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:35 pm

Is the Walter Reade logo at the end gonna be in 4:3 or 16:9?
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Postby omgitsgodzilla » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:36 am

GodzillaBurgh wrote:Is the Walter Reade logo at the end gonna be in 4:3 or 16:9?

I'll be using the same widescreen recreation of the logo I used for Ghidrah. I'd use the actual logo, but most versions I can find aren't terribly high quality.
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Postby GodzillaBurgh » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:30 am

Excuse me for asking, but has Video Collector finished the cover art for SON OF GODZILLA yet? The reconstruction is once again awesome!
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Postby omgitsgodzilla » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:24 pm

He has! I'm gonna revise the OP and then I'll post the covers

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Postby Kore321 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:58 am

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Postby Servanov » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:08 pm

Another great reconstruction! This was actually my first Godzilla movie, my mother rented it from the library and actually no joke told me that I should turn it off if it was too scary XD. Anyway, great job again!

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Postby GodzillaBurgh » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:53 pm

Oh my god, these covers are freaking breathtaking!
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Postby morgoth » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:11 pm

GodzillaBurgh wrote:Oh my god, these covers are freaking breathtaking!

Yes they are! I LOVE that the video treasures cover was represented.
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Re: Son of Godzilla US TV version HD reconstruction AVAILABLE NOW

Postby omgitsgodzilla » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:11 am

morgoth wrote:
GodzillaBurgh wrote:Oh my god, these covers are freaking breathtaking!

Yes they are! I LOVE that the video treasures cover was represented.

I really like that he's started doing covers based on the old VHS artwork since Monster Zero. Hell, he did two for Godzilla vs. the Thing. I've always enjoyed those covers but I could never be bothered to collect VHS tapes between not having much space for them and not having a VCR.
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