Godzilla VS Kong: The Kongdensed Edition

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Less human, more awesome!!!
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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
113
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
76
Time Cut:
36
Time Added:
1
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Brief Synopsis:
To make a version of the movie for those of us that are not fans of the Scooby Doo B-plot with Millie Bobby Brown (MBB). She only appears in a brief cameo now.

It was important to keep the flow of the main plot while trimming a lot of fat. Lots of trimming even during the main plot; cutaways, repeated dialog etc. It was crucial to me that it still felt like an actual movie while watching this; not just a supercut of the battle scenes or leave you feeling like pieces are missing.
Intention:
I was sick of fast forwarding past the irritating Scooby Gang scenes so I needed to make a change for the good of humanity! (and give Kong a little boost too)
Special Thanks:
Thank you so much to EVERYONE that made this possible and for all the hard work put into making this movie a reality in the first place. My inner child was thrilled to see the coolest version of my favorite characters smashing everything and being awesome!
Release Information:
AVCHD
Editing Details:
Davinci Resolve is an amazing program, and I definitely recommend using it! GvK Kongdensed took me about 2.5-3 weeks weeks full time equivalent to pour over the details and make it as good as I possibly could. I probably could've lowered the time a little if I didn't watch it a million times....

The easy part was chopping out the Scooby Gang scenes, the tricky part was getting all the audio to smoothly line up with the next shot.
It also really bothered me that they took several moments away from Kong; he always breaks out his own chains and he always won random monster fights so that needed to be fixed too!!!
Cuts and Additions:
• Added ‘King of the Monsters’ end stinger with the Ghidorah head before studio logos

• Cut Jia saying “Kong is mad” and Ilene’s weird expression

• Julian Dennison’s name crossed out in the credits

• Add re-edited by Ekimerg Studios

• After the credits, the movie opens with the Apex commercial. Cut babbling Bernie scenes. Entirely removed awkward conversation with the mustache guy in front of the computer. Used a couple shots of the Hong Kong transport HEAVs. (I wanted to show the Skull Crawler egg/tank here but it isn't obvious what it is without MBB's dialog so I kept it out.) Trimmed Bernie escaping shots and linked the plane explosion to the theatrical cut of him getting nearly blasted with fire, so he dies here now!

• Tweaked the newscast: MBB is now watching at home instead of school. Used shots (Close up of her room and newspaper clippings etc) from a later scene. Changed the CNN banner to read "Hundreds dead, dozens injured". (Just 8 dead? Damn man Godzilla has got some skills if he can wreck that much stuff and only kill 8 people!)

• Monarch Relief Camp: Removed Dad's line "that podcast is filling your head with garbage!". Also MBB is completely gone from every remaining scene and shot after this scene. (This obviously means later scenes needed to get re-worked to accommodate for this change… )

• Changed the transition music to the Colorado University after Monarch Camp and trimmed the dialog “I tried” (bad ADR) as well as “carrier pigeons and spawning salmon”

• Cut scene of Jia telling Ilene “she looks nervous”

• Removed kiss between Ilene and Nathan

• Cut Jia looking sad after Ilene agrees to let them take Kong. I kinda like Jia and saying “this is our home”... but, ending on Ilene’s expression seemed to match the cut to the music in the next scene

• Used the ‘TASMAN SEA’ location identifier shot here

• Cut Maia's line “Feel free to be impressed!”

• Cut shots of Ilene while approaching Jia in the rain

• Cut Maia's lines: "is she supposed to be out there?" and "did the Monkey just talk?".

• Cut Ilene kissing the back of her own hand when comforting Jia (huh???)

• Cut some dialog between Nathan and Ilene before Godzilla attacks

• Cut Maia's line “then dump him! Dump the Monkey!” and Ilene’s response

• DELETED Nathan pulling release mechanism on Kong’s chains because KONG IS KING AND HE ALWAYS BREAKS HIS OWN CHAINS!!!!

• Flipped direction of shot when Kong climbs up and turns the boat over, cut shot of Nathan and Maya Simmons inside ship > goes right to Kong standing up and breaking collar. (A little chunky, but ehhh it keeps the pace up nicely and there’s less human!)

• No more depth charges. Kong only gets back to the surface because Godzilla was playing with his food...

• Cut Admiral’s line “This better work!”

• Cut the length of the flashing strobe sequence when they enter the portal to Hollow Earth.

• Removed dialog and lots of cutaways to the humans during the Hollow Earth sequence. Yeah I get it; we’re in a beautiful fantasy world. A handful of cutaways and the line "its beautiful!" is more than enough to get the point across.

• Kong now overcomes the Warbat without human help because KONG IS KING AND HE BEATS RANDOM ENCOUNTERS ON HIS OWN! If he struggled this hard against this creature and couldn't win without interference, how could he possibly hope to stand up against Godzilla? Ultimately very few things can win VS Godzilla, but c’mon! Makes Kong seem weak taking away his victory like that.

• In the Mecha’s death pit, insert shot of Ren in the pilot helmet instead of cutaway of MBB reacting to almost being eaten by the Skull Crawler. (Cuz she's GONE now!)

• Trim dialog and shots during Mecha’s test sequence

• Trimmed length of robot downloading the energy and ENTIRELY removed the Apex goons holding the main characters up at gunpoint. (Who are unarmed and not trained in combat.) This whole stand off stemmed from Ilene being upset that they are taking a sample of the energy– THIS IS THE ENTIRE REASON YOU CAME DOWN HERE. Why are you upset that they are doing exactly what they said they were coming here to do? Granted Apex left out the part of using it to power a giant robot, they did say they wanted to power a weapon. They were pretty transparent about their plan to get the energy from the start. Apex wants humans to win, so why make aggressive moves against people that are here to help you with your plan? Besides, Kong is right there watching, what do you think will happen if you attack them?! This also means the following line from the pilot “this way sir!” when running to the HEAV actually makes sense now. Seems like a big change of heart to hold up unarmed civilians at gunpoint then suddenly care about their well being and safety moments later….

• Cut Nathan throwing a rock at the monster bird. It was a useless gesture anyway.

• Trim shots and dialog when humans are leaving Hollow Earth in the HEAV

• The battle in Hong Kong is all one scene

• Cut line "we're about to breach the vale! Hold on" and shot of Nathan screaming

• Cut line “looks like round two goes to Kong” I LOVE Kong but that was a little silly. Us super nerds already know that anyway. Its nice not to hear people chattering away during the epic sequence. Stay focused movie!

• Cut Simmons' line “ This is how we, a species win ”

• When Simmons is monologuing about his “beautiful amazing dream” some minor edits to the dialog, zoomed in on him to hide people that shouldn’t be there in the background (MBB). Add Ghidorah chittering noises as Ren looks on in confusion. Used shots of Ghidorah’s skull and Ren getting fried instead of cutaways to the Scooby Gang. Also the light inside Ren’s control booth turns yellow when Ghidorah is taking over.

• Trim Nathan’s line “what the hell is that?” Cut shot of Jia running off screen. Horizontal flip a couple shots to match the direction Mecha is facing in the following close up of Mecha smashing Godzilla.

• Cut Ilene’s durpy expression after Nathan’s “aha!” when he boots up the H.E.A.V moments before saying “you better get some distance” and removed the subtitle of “Coward'' from the bottom of the screen

• Nathan now sacrifices himself in the H.E.A.V to restart Kong’s heart– thus meaning he needs to be trimmed from shots after this…

• Added a vignette when the screen snap zooms onto Kong’s axe

• Removed Mecha's glitch moment

• Because of Nathan's sacrifice in this version, I have to crop way too tight on the shot of Jia and Ilene in the aftermath of the battle to sorta hide Nathan being gone, but you can still see his collar.... but its a lot of work for a few seconds and we all know how things actually happen so.... ehhhhhh.... This will probably just stay slightly gross looking

• Entirely re-did the music & audio during the ending sequence in Hollow Earth, used a clip from the Hollow Earth scene from earlier. Removed the subtitle of “Home” from the bottom of the screen. Used a vine creak sound from Peter Jackson Kong during T-Rex scene. Also since Kong roaring at the Apex goons for holding people up at gun point is gone, I re-used that sound in the very last shot of the movie.

• End credits have been sped up to keep the run time as short as possible. Nobody can read them all even at normal speed anyways. So if you want to read them, pause it or go look on IMDB.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Cd5Z0URQk

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9.7
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10.0(5)
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9.8(5)
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10.0(5)
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9.4(5)
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9.6(5)
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I really enjoyed it. Nothing from memory stood out, so the editing is top notch for such a fast action packed film. Action scenes are combined to make the film more explosive. I applaud the editor for making Nathan a much more worthy hero of the film. He's beefed up somewhat and is much more watchable with the goofiness toned down in both his character and towards the film in general.

The visuals and audio are brilliant. There were some sound cues taken from other films that I recognised.

I agree with another reviewer that although Charles Dance is a great actor and one who's work I respect, his intro scene could have been dropped for the edit. It wasn't really needed as it didn't add anything.

Overall I think the edit was exactly what was needed to improve the film. All the right cuts had been made to streamline a bloated action film into an actual monster movie with no unnecessary scenes and keeping the actors lines to a minimum. Brilliant job.

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Tecnicaly flawless. I'll cut right to the chase just like this edit does. By cutting out the subplots of the Scuby gang (it loses noting from thre absense) the audience gets to what they paid there ticket for.: Godzilla V Kong. And its spectacular fun. I was not sure it needed the Charles Dance scene at the start. Maybe I wasnt fully concentrating but I did not understand what was going on there.
This is now my go to version and I cant see myself watching the original again.

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This was a fun movie to begin with but this edit helped to raise the bar by cutting out all the unnecessary “exposition”. Godzilla films are well known for wasting our valuable time before the battles scenes we paid for. This edit gives us what we want…more monster action! I did not see any errors in sound or visuals and I like the pacing much better then the original. I highly recommend this to my fellow monster fans!

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This one gets a big ole' stamp of approval from me, for sure. I was very happy with this edit. fRiEnD did a great job tastefully cutting out a ton of the bad stuff in this movie (and there was SO. MUCH. BAD STUFF) , while leaving plenty enough in to stay as a coherent plot & narrative. wonderful job, and a proud addition to my growing collection.

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There was a time back when I first watched the film in theaters that I had the intention of doing an edit exactly like this myself, but I never got around to it. Then comes fRiEnD and drops an absolute banger of an edit. All of the ideas that I had when conceiving the edit came to fruition and with such focus and precision. The main problem that would've been the final scene with everyone looking to Godzilla as he leaves was also done really well, but as the creator said, it's the only thing that will look slightly gross. An awesome edit that had a lot of thought put into it. This is the only way to watch this film.

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