Godzilla: King of the Monsters - The Dramatic Cut

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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
132
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128
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit began with a need to cut all the jokes that ruined the tension of the action, and the pacing of the dialogue. Underneath all those bad jokes was a strong and intense film, so those jokes and attempts at humor were cut. And added deleted scenes were put in to ehance the dramatic feel.
Intention:
This edit's four goals at its inception:
I: Cut the bad jokes. Why? They ruined the tension. This is called The Dramatic Cut for a reason.​

II: Cut certain shots and lines that help the audience sympathize with the character of Emma. Why? She is a bad person responsible for untold catastrophes around the world who should naturally be less likable. By cutting some of her content and adding in subtle music clips in some shots, a slightly altered version of Emma is presented by the end of this Fanedit. Scenes of her being regretful were left in this edit because she is a dynamic character with feelings.​

III: Cut shots and lines of specific exposition. Why? Because it was over-explanation that detracted from the rest of the already clearly understandable plot line. Examples of this: shots and lines of dialogue were removed from the Monarch Senate Hearings scene. Certain shots and dialogue of Emma over-explaining the worldwide kaiju threat were cut. Certain lines of dialogue from Mark over-explaining the Orca were cut. Many more similar edits were made throughout the film.​

IV: Besides goals I-III, stay as true to the original cut as possible. Why? Because the original cut has many great kaiju action scenes, and decent overall pacing to begin with.​
Additional Notes:
As I got deeper into the editing of this film I realized a scene would work with a music track. I worked hard to blend it back and forth with that of the film's at this point. In a scene towards the end with Emma, I use parts of this same music track to try and emphasize the hopelessness of the moment. After that, I used a remixed version of the song over part of the end titles. It fleshes out the use of the track I hope. This music track is not overused. I intended for it to be understated after it’s initial use. I also wove parts of the deleted scenes into the edit. These include a flashback of Mark with his son during a birthday party and that of Madison using a radio.
Other Sources:
Halo Jump from Godzilla (2014)
"Hacking/Cutting" by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow
"Third Street" by Ryan Taubert
"Why So Serious" by Hanz Zimmer
"Why So Serious" remixed by The Crystal Method
"The Woods" by Lorn
(Additional audio and video credits at the end of the fanedit itself)
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Special Thanks:
A massively huge and Godzilla sized special thanks to ArtisDead and Wraith for all the help and time they put into this. They helped in so many ways from cuts to the film, to guidance on the artwork and logos and the whole submission process. They went above and beyond helping me out. The fanedit itself is now much better off with their help and input. Thank you ArtisDead & Wraith, you are both saints in my book.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Timestamps below are from theatrical cut.
-I cut all the jokes except for a select couple.
-Kitchen scene: major scene cuts that made new audio foley necessary.
-Cut shots of Mark acting weird listening to wolves (13:45sec)
-Cut jokes at Monarch hearing (13:05sec)
-Cut Mark reactions shots (14:54sec)
-Deleted joke at (15:03sec)
-Cut out smoke shot (18:00sec)
-Cut Emma talking to Madison (22:12sec)
-Cut elevator joke (23:04)
-Cut dialogue (27:18sec)
-Cut joke (27:35sec)
-Cut joke (29:33sec)
-Scene change with overlapping audio (31:08sec)
-Cut line about running (35:49sec)
-Cut shot of Emma looking sad (35:54sec)
-Cut partial dialogue of Madison talking about Mark (37:07sec)
-Add deleted scene - Mark dreams of son's birthday (45:20sec)
-Cut Emma shot (48:01sec)
-Cut to word "but" in Emma's speech to truncate it (48:07sec)
-Cut Emma's speech from ".. Earth's natural defense system.." part to " ..unless we restore
balance.." (49:20sec)
- Cut all the rhetorical exposition (50:07sec) and cut to reaction shot (50:10sec)
-Cut joke (55:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:00:52sec)
-Added Godzilla sound effect (1:03:11sec)
-Cut shot (1:03:37sec)
-Added deleted scene - Madison using radio to contact survivors (1:10:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:04sec)
-Cut joke (1:12:21sec)
-Cut exposition and overlap audio for transition (1:14:40sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:14sec)
-Cut joke (1:17:46sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:42sec)
-Cut joke (1:18:47sec)
-Cut joke (1:21:01sec)
-Cut joke (1:23:30sec)
-Cut joke (1:26:48sec)
-Cut joke (1:27:28sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:19sec)
-Cut joke (1:38:25sec)
-Cut joke (1:43:53sec)
-Cut joke (1:44:13sec)
-Cut "funny" arguing (1:47:26sec)
-Cut look of Madison being happy (1:53:24sec)
-Cut partial look of Madison being happy again (1:53:44sec)
-Cut Emma kissing Madison (1:54:12sec)
-Cut Emma smile and one-liner (1:57:02sec)
-Cut joke (1:59:21sec)
-Cut smile (2:00:20sec)
Cuts from August 2021:
-Completely rework introduction credits scene with Godzilla (2014) blended with shots from
the opening of Godzilla: KOTM (2019)
-(52:25) around this fix the double used shot over shoulder
-(37:00) around this fix clipping on helicopter
-Cut Emma crying madi at (1:26:51)
-Cut emma saying "i have to fix this"(1:36:00)
-Cut "we both want to save the planet.."(50:24)
-Cut Alan saying "told them your whole plan" (49:49)
-Cut Madi's smile to see Godzilla in Boston
Completed Changes and Fixes from September 2021:
-cut line: "I record everything..." (around 1hr.16min.)
-Cut/Re-align shots when Alan exclaims "We don't have time for this"
-Cut line: "I have to fix this." by Emma when leaving to find Madison
Cuts from December 2021:
-23:43 - remove line "deep breaths eyes straight..."
-1:05:00 - remove Madi line "you're a monster"
-1:23:25 - cut line "all the legends, the stories, they're true!"
-1:26:35 -cut short action scene - cut to fenway park shot (1:27:09)
-1:35:04 -"Are you ok?" cut line
-1:45:33 -"he's gonna reach critical mass, in 6 minutes" - cut "6 minutes" out
Teaser Trailer

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I just have to say, I watched this movie in theathers, and feeling good for me, but not for the others, and just watching the movie, and then watching everyone after it was over, no one felt good about that, I was like ''my god, was it so bad'', but this guy right here save it, and made like a really good movie, like ''why we won't put some Drama on it?'' and he did it, it was like less jokes and more action, really you really need to see this, forget the theatrical, watch this one.

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First of the music alone makes even the disclaimer appear terrifying and the manner in which it carries on up until the start of the movie makes for a truly ominous and atmospheric experience especially the chanting and the way it rises in intensity and crescendo’s at the end but speaking of audio the majority of the 5.1 Surround Sound audio gives a great sense of immersion to the majority of the chaos and desolation as it truly felt I was among such destruction and carnage unable to escape in some instances well barely being able to escape in others.

I’ve never understood why this movie and similar movies to this often seem to be littered with jokes as there often intrusive and diminish the tension that many of these life threatening situations could have had, it almost feels as if the people behind the production of the theoretical cut were afraid to instil tension into both the product and their audience despite it being a kaiju movie. Thankfully with the vast majority of these tension killing jokes atomised into oblivion the kaiju’s feel much more threatening and dominating in comparison to the human meatsacks where it is made much more apparent that they are treating this globalised threat with more caution and gravitas thanks to the removal of most of the jokes.

The removal of the multiple exposition dumps also helps to make the film feel not only more intelligent but more trusting in it’s audiences ability to figure out and understand the overall plotline though I will say I do think more of the films dialogue should have been cut particularly the parts where certain characters state the obvious or utter things that break immersion such as ‘’Jesus it’s like the whole skies alive’’ ‘’That’s because it is’’ or where a scene telegraphs what’s happening and what someone is going to do or what there thinking based on there body language only for others to spell it out and diminish the subtlety with obvious statements and intrusive dialogue.

The deleted scenes relating to Andrew Russel’s birthday and Maddison’s use of the radio are a great addition to the edit as they successfully expand on the familial aspect of the film pertaining to both Mark & Maddison giving them more humanity and relatability and making them easier to root for especially Maddison who I consider to be the most sympathetic and routable character within the whole film minus the incident where she chooses to stay with her mother though she thankfully redeems herself of that mistake later, even in the theoretical edition I not only felt great pity for her but wanted her to survive the kaiju attack unlike most of but not necessary all the other human meatsacks in fact speaking of said meatsacks.

Your version of Emma Is much better handled due to the subtle audio implementation and the removal of some of her forced attempts at sympathy by the film makers as such she is much better established as a delusional Anti Villain driven insane by grief with a lot more emphasis on the villain part of the trope, though the bit about Maddison claiming that Emma was gonna restore balance does feel like it comes out of nowhere due to said balancing line from Emma in a much earlier scene being cut.

I love the use of the first song that plays during the ending credits as the tension and crescendo increases alongside the imagery that flashes by maintaining the tension and fear that is brilliantly instilled into this edit, the fact the ending credits listing implies that Godzilla along with the rest of the monsters are played by themselves and not human meat sacks (though I think that was part of the theoretical version) brings a smile to my face as does the use of Joker’s theme from the Dark Knight. I truly felt the escalating sense of tension and dread in that sequence.

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INIGHTMARES has done a good job of streamlining "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and removing unnecessary humor and exposition. This edit is a faster-paced, more streamlined version of the story. In most respects, it is an improvement over the original, with a superior tone.

As for cons, I did find myself missing a few bits from the original movie that were cut (like the part where one character asks if they will "Let them fight" before Mark replies that this time they will join the fight). Also, while there were arguably problems with the scene of Emma explaining her motives in the original movie, I felt that the amount that INIGHTMARES removed from it made what she was trying to achieve a little too confusing, as she doesn't give any meaningful explanation of her plan in the edited version.

The video quality is mostly excellent, save for a little banding here and there in a few scenes.

The audio quality is also mostly excellent, except for a part in which the audio volume drops for a few seconds starting around 51:14, and a noticeable audio cut when transitioning from one scene to another at around 1:26:20.

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Wow, what a great edit! For me, the theatrical release of this movie never quite hit the right notes for me, I wanted so much but the jokes kept me from ever really getting immersed in the story. Not anymore! These cuts were just what was needed to tell just a cool monster story, and to do justice to all the classic monsters. Now they don't feel like they were just used as a gimmick.

Solid work for a first approved edit! Bravo! I'm actually interested again in this franchise!

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I really enjoyed this just as much as enjoyed the original for many reasons but the greatest improvement that this fan edit made it better is that he tone down and finally made that annoying Martin Scorcese look-a-like comic relief character actually tolerable. While I can tolerate Thomas Middleditch it could just be that I recognize and like him better and at least he didn't kill the mood like the other guy did who always tries to make a joke every time he talks which is just as much irritating as he looks even in real life apparently. So that was honestly my only real problem in the movie but the rest of the flaws that were fixed were forgivable but much appreciated nonetheless. Other than that the other best thing is getting rid of scenes that were obvious ideas from a Hollywood producer intervening in the movie production like the human villain exchanging funny faces with the daughter after massacring scientists in Antarctica, or the parents bickering whose the bad parent while searching for said daughter in the middle of a monster fight even it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the best place for her to hide in their own home.
My only complaint is the obvious awkward transitions from not just adding new music in the movie but also removing any comedy in the middle of conversations and moments which make the edits look more forced than natural at times, unfortunately. For music the tense music straight from the Dark Knight at the Mexican standoff at the antarctic just ended abruptly and either the music should have just faded out instead of being cut off or have the music ends when the dad finally caught up to the villain. For scenes, there were awkward cut-offs between scenes of the dad and Middleditch's character where the joke is that he clearly hates the guy which I understand why that should have been removed but honestly, I would have preferred editing it in a way that the dad warms up to him as the movies progress or just left it alone since it is a popcorn movie and comic relief character or jokes are inevitable sadly.
Overall a fun movie and I hope you work on the other Godzilla movies too.

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